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Head of Properties - Vancouver Opera

This is a Seasonal, Part-time position.

Category: Production
Province: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Head of Properties
Deadline: October 10, 2020
Posted: October 2, 2020

Job Description / Duties

Working with the Technical Director, the Head of Properties implements and archives the Opera’s Production Props. The individual is responsible for the building, alterations, sourcing and maintenance of Props, including rental productions.

The Head Props will be required to assist in some pre-production work; including communication with Designer, Directors, Stage Mangers and other Artistic Staff. They will assist in the scheduling operations of the Properties Department including the supervision of additional Props Assistants, Builders or Buyers, as approved by Technical Director.

The Head of Properties will work both in the shop and the theatre. They will attend all Production Meetings, Fittings (If Required), Technical Rehearsals and Post-Show Notes. During the theatre technical rehearsal process; the Head of Properties will make any adjustments required and will ensure the running crew is comfortable with the operations and techniques of the production.

The Head of Properties will be a self-motivated individual, with a strong experience in creative creations and sourcing on a budget. They will have a calm and flexible outlook and be diplomatic in dealing with fluctuations in schedule and artistic challenges. With the nature of theatrical pieces other duties may be required.

Qualifications / Required Skills


•Source, alter or manufacture all properties and set-dressing as desired by the Designer, as approved by the Technical Director

•Adjust and Alter creations based on notes from Artistic Directors, Designers, Technical Directors, Stage Management and Performers

•Attend all Production Meetings, Fittings (If Required), Technical Rehearsals and Post-Show Notes

•Assist in the scheduling operations of the Properties Department to achieve the artistic vision

•Supervise and instruct any additional Production Assistants, Props Assistants, Builders or Buyers, as approved by Technical Director

•Supervise and assist with all production props during Load-In, Pack-Up, and Load-Out (Both at the Rehearsal Hall and On-Stage)

•Teach techniques and operations to Performers and Running Crews

•Document and track all show-related configuration in co-operation with the Designer and Technical Director

•Manage the storage and rental of Vancouver Opera’s Properties

•Maintain accurate records of all purchases made by the Vancouver Opera

•Maintain a clean and organized work space

•Keep accurate inventories of tools, equipment, storage and materials

•Maintain and Update Properties Material SDS Reports

•Adhere to Health and Safety Standards of WorkSafeBC and Vancouver Opera

•3+ years of Professional Properties Experience (Film or Theatre)
•Reading and Writing Comprehension
•Interpersonal and Communication Skills
•Creative Problem Solving and Time Management
•Education and Experience in Props Building, Buying and Sourcing
•Comprehensive Knowledge of Theatrical Building Practices
•Valid Drivers License

•Processions Acquisition License – Restricted and Non-Restricted would be an asset

Additional Information

This is a Contract Position for 30/40 hours weekly.

Contracts dates:
October 05, 2020 - December 5, 2020
February 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020

Due to the nature of theatre and entertainment, evening and weekends hours may be required.

Salary: $28.00 per hour

Contact Information

Autumn Coppaway

Technical Director - Vancouver Opera
Indigenous Advocate/Cultural Liaison

Employer Profile

Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada. The company was founded in 1958 by a group of visionary community leaders who believed opera’s power to connect people and explore the human condition through voice, music, art and spectacle. In recent years, the company has intensified and broadened its role as a major creative, educational, and collaborative resource in the community.

It is regarded worldwide for its mainstage productions; for its country-leading education programs, which have reached more than 1 million children and their families; for its innovative and award-winning community programs; and for forging groundbreaking cross-cultural creative partnerships that have brought opera to new generations of Canadians in recent history.

As much is changing in the world of live performance, Vancouver Opera is looking at a number of initiatives to create new ways of presenting. Small scale productions are being staged in early October and late November; as well as one in February and May 2021. These productions will be recorded for future broadcast/streaming on our media platforms.