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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: February 16, 2018
Posted: January 27, 2018

Job Description / Duties

The Assistant Technical Director reports to the Technical Director and Director of Production.


 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.
 Competent in producing scenic construction drawings.
 Able to create, modify and adapt CAD drawings for shows as required.
 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.
 Assist with the upkeep and maintenance of the Mamdani Opera Centre and Warehouse.
 Possess a good sense of humour

Salary: To be negotiated

Contact Information

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

Employer Profile

Founded in 1972, Calgary Opera’s Mission is: To be the best at connecting people, through the magic of opera, to themselves, to each other, and to the community.

For 44 years, 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, as well as bringing opera to all ages in the community on a broader scale.

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 2016-17 season, the company will have presented six world premieres, six Canadian premieres, and numerous company premieres. Calgary Opera’s most recent Canadian premiere, Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, opened to rave reviews. In addition, Calgary Opera re-mounted the original work Filumena in February, which premiered originally in 2003 in partnership with The Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and composed by John Estacio with libretto by John Murrell.

Calgary Opera is the only opera company in Canada with an outdoor summer opera festival (Opera in the Village), which brings opera to over 9,000 locals and tourists at ENMAX Park on the site of Calgary Stampede’s Indian Village.

The company’s Emerging Artist Program is the only one of four designated annual National Training Programs funded through Canadian Heritage in all of Canada, which provides 8 young artists the opportunity to learn through an intense program of vocal coaching, acting, performances, touring and one-on-one training with experts in the opera world.

Furthering community outreach, Calgary Opera brings opera to younger audiences through school tours in Calgary and northern/southern Alberta, and the Let’s Create an Opera program allows schools to conceptualize, create, construct, and produce their own opera to Calgary audiences. As well, the company’s For Students Only Dress Rehearsals provides thousands of students with hugely discounted tickets not otherwise available.

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.

The Mamdani Opera Centre is Calgary Opera’s administrative and rehearsal home, situated in the Canadian Heritage Site of Wesley United Church, where we also invite other local arts groups to use as performance space.

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