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Production Assistant - Calgary Opera Association

This is a Temporary, Full-time position.

Category: Production
Province: Calgary, Alberta
Position: Production Assistant
Deadline: May 31, 2014
Posted: May 20, 2014

Job Description / Duties


Calgary Opera invites applications for the position of Production Assistant for the 2014-2015 season. Reporting to the Director of Production, and under the supervision of the Technical Director, the Production Assistant provides required support in various aspects of production, administration, maintenance, facility, education, outreach, and event activities.

As assigned, the Production Assistant’s duties include:

• Provide production support for the Calgary Opera summer festival, Main Stage productions at the Jubilee, and Education and Outreach programming
• Set up, support and strike Calgary Opera rehearsals and events at the Arrata Opera Centre
• Act as primary site contact for renters of the Arrata Opera Centre with specific responsibility for basic lighting, video (projection) and audio requirements.
• Assist the Technical Director in the maintenance, operation, loan and rental of all Calgary Opera lighting, sound, video (projection), stage equipment and accessories.
• Administrative tasks
• Simple maintenance and janitorial tasks within the Arrata Opera Centre and warehouse

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2014
Start Date for this application is June 16th, 2014 – start date is negotiable

Qualifications / Required Skills

Applicants will have a Technical Theatre Diploma from a recognized Technical College or University, and experience working in a technical capacity in the theatre community. Must have a valid Alberta Driver Class 5 License and the ability to drive to drive a 5 ton Box truck (no air Brakes) would be an asset. The successful applicant must be self motivated with strong organizational skills and be able to work unsupervised.

Additional Information

This is a salaried position available immediately. Hours will be on a rotating weekly schedule and will be flexible with some evenings, weekends and holidays.

Salary: TBD

Contact Information

Please send cover letter and resume with references to:

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

Fax: 403-263-5428


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 Rehearsalsprovides 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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