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Technical Director - Alberta Ballet - Alberta Ballet

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Technical
Province: Calgary, Alberta
Position: Technical Director - Alberta Ballet
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Posted: May 5, 2016

Job Description / Duties

<div>Reporting to the Director of Production, the Technical Director is responsible for supervising all aspects of the Production while in the theatre and on tour. The Technical Director will assist the Director of Production with the day to day management of the production department, including hiring and supervision of personnel, preparation and control of budgets, and other responsibilities as assigned.

The following responsibilities are the key job requirements of the Technical Director:
- Development and collection of technical information for all performance venues.
- Work closely with the artistic personnel to ensure that all production elements are provided as necessary for rehearsals and performances.
- Collaborate with designers and other members of the Artistic department in the planning and creation of new productions. Plan and coordinate scenery installation, line plots, and lighting. When remounting existing shows without designers present, plan and coordinate scenery and lighting requirements as required.
- Hire and manage appropriate contractors and company staff to accomplish given projects.
- Be responsible for costing of projects and keeping projects within set budgetary guidelines
- Schedule and supervise maintenance of the technical equipment within applicable budgetary guidelines.
- Schedule installation of productions in venues locally and on tour, and liaise with presenters as required.
- Develop production schedules and crew calls in accordance with any applicable collective agreements by liaising with each venue’s technical personnel and provide schedules and calls to the Head Carpenter for distribution to IATSE personnel and locals.
- Hiring, scheduling, and supervision of seasonal and casually employed production staff, including IATSE personnel as required.
- Schedule production transportation and loading of the trailer prior to a tour and the unloading following the tour.
- Supervision of load-ins and load-outs in performance venues.
- Ensure that safe and clean conditions exist both on stage and backstage as well as in the rehearsal halls.
- Organization of crew movements, including arranging for transportation.
- Preparation and control of budgets as necessary.
- Installation of lighting plots as provided when necessary.
- When required by the Ballet, occasional adaptation of lighting designs for the various performance venues and execution of documentation required for the designs, including lighting plots, patch, cue sheets, and colour lists.
- Must be prepared to use his or her personal vehicle for occasional company business, and will be reimbursed for such use on a per kilometer basis. </div>

Qualifications / Required Skills

• Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and computer drafting with either Vectorworks or AutoCad. 3D capability is an asset.
• Knowledge of scenery construction, lighting, audio, video, and special effects for the stage
• Should be fully versed with the operation of all theatrical equipment
• Extensive background in technical theatre, preferably in a variety of capacities.
• Sound interpersonal, team building skills, and a positive attitude.

The Technical Director will ensure:
Working partnerships with the Ballet Master/Mistress, Artistic Director, Company Manager, Production Department, Stage Manager, Wardrobe, as well as with representatives of the School of Alberta Ballet.
Working collaboration with administrative staff.
Foster good relations and communication with a variety of interest groups, these including suppliers, IATSE Locals, the performing arts industry and the community at large.

Additional Information

The Technical Director will act at all times in the best interest of the Ballet in promoting its artistic objectives.

S/he will develop a team oriented work environment in the department, which values staff input and builds on trust, consultation and shared information.

Salary: To be discussed with the Director of Production.

Contact Information

Please send all resumes/CVs to Harry Paterson at:

Employer Profile

Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second-largest ballet company and is renowned around the world for the contemporary and classical productions that encompass its repertoire.

The organization’s roots were planted in the early 1950s by the late Dr. Ruth Carse before taking its official name of Alberta Ballet in 1966 in Edmonton, Canada. In 1990, Alberta Ballet and Calgary City Ballet merged into the company it is today.

The organization’s main administration headquarters are located at 141 - 18 Avenue SW – a renovated train station – in Calgary, Canada. Alberta Ballet has numerous other operating locations, including a box office on 12th Avenue in Calgary, an administrative and box office on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, and a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Southeast Calgary that contains existing sets and is used to build new ones. The official training centre of Alberta Ballet, the School of Alberta Ballet, attracts students from around the world every year and has amassed a reputation as Western Canada’s preeminent ballet institution.

In 2015-2016, Alberta Ballet performs its 49th season and boasts a company of 32 classically trained professional dancers from as far away as Japan and as close to its home-base of Alberta.

Jean Grand-Maître, the company’s Artistic Director, joined Alberta Ballet in 2002 and has elevated the profile of the organization to a global position. Recently, the company has caught the world’s attention for its ‘portrait ballets’ – collaborations with popular music icons including Joni Mitchell, Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and k.d. lang. Excerpts from Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum were performed during the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where Grand-Maître also acted as Director of Choreography.

Alberta Ballet reaches thousands of Albertans each season from September to May, as well as performs across Canada and internationally. The company invites leading and world renowned conductors, choreographers, and other guest artists to take part in its seasons, as well as presents the best of Canada's ballet companies including the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and Ballet British Columbia, as well as leading foreign companies, such as Houston Ballet, Pilobolus, Helios Dance Theater, and Ailey II.

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