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Assistant Technical Director - Calgary Opera Association

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Technical
Province: Calgary, Alberta
Position: Assistant Technical Director
Deadline: November 15, 2013
Posted: October 31, 2013

Job Description / Duties

 Working with the Technical Director, assisting on all of Calgary Opera’s main stage, school tour, emerging artist productions, summer festival, special events, warehouse, facility, and rentals.
 Assist heads of departments with planning and execution

Qualifications / Required Skills

The ideal candidate must have the following qualifications:

 A Diploma or Degree from a recognized professional training program.
 Knowledgeable in theatre lighting, audio, scenic construction, scenery and rigging practises, working experience in some of these fields is an asset.
 Minimum 5 years of experience working in a professional theatre with a counterweight fly loft.
 Competent in CAD drafting with Vectorworks (alternate AutoCAD – must be prepared to learn Vectorworks).
 Valid Canadian Driver’s license, capable of driving a 5 ton, driver’s abstract may be required.
 Experienced and comfortable directing IATSE crews.
 Able to work in a collaborative environment.
 Ability to communicate with suppliers, vendors, commercial contractors, stage management, directors, designers and administration.
 Able to work with minimal supervision and make decisions.
 Able to source equipment and supplies.
 Strong computer skills including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, Open Office or LibreOffice.
 Current Fall Arrest, Scissor Lift, First Aid, Forklift, Aerial Boom and WHMIS certification would be an asset.
 Able to work evenings and weekends as required.

Additional Information


Salary: TBD

Contact Information

Mail: Calgary Opera
Attention: Bonni Baynton Sprague, Director of Production
1315 7 St SW, Calgary AB T2R 1A5


Fax: (403)-263-5428 Attention: Bonni Baynton Sprague and include a cover page.

Employer Profile

Founded in 1972, Calgary Opera’s Mission is:

“To Engage our Audience and Enhance our Community through the Magic of Opera.”

Since its inception, and especially in the past decade, Calgary Opera has made a name for itself as a company that is committed to the development of Canadian talent and the development of new opera works.

In July 2005, Calgary Opera moved to a new home - the Arrata Opera Centre - a 29,000 square foot facility in the historic Wesley United Church that brings together administration offices, rehearsal and education space, as well as props and wardrobe workshops. Calgary Opera mainstage productions take place at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

At the end of Calgary Opera’s 2009-2010 season it was announced that the Emerging Artist Development Program would receive the Canada Arts Training Fund’s support at $125,000 over three years. This was a great acknowledgement of the value and strength of the program which was founded in 2004. Other recipients include the National Ballet School of Canada, the National Theatre School and the Canadian Opera Company’s ensemble.

Calgary Opera has an annual operating budget of almost $5 million with a subscription base close to 3,400 and total attendance at 85% capacity.

Over the past decade creating new works and building new productions has been a cornerstone of the company. By the opening of Calgary Opera’s 2013-14 season, the company will have presented six world premieres, four Canadian premieres, and many company premieres. Calgary Opera’s most recent world premiere, What Brought Us Here: A New Community Opera focused on the true stories of three new immigrants to Canada.

Calgary Opera’s outreach and education programs are helping the company connect with the community more than ever. Let’s Create an Opera continues to take the magic of opera into Calgary schools, giving children the chance to write and present their very own operas to Calgary audiences. The Opera for All program offers those ordinarily not able to come to experience live opera performances, and our For Students Only Dress Rehearsals provides thousands of students with hugely discounted tickets to mainstage productions.

On the mainstage, Calgary Opera produces a subscription season of three full-scale operas at the 2,400-seat Jubilee Auditorium complimented by a series of opera-related events and fundraisers.

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