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Assistant Technical Director - Canadian Opera Company

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Technical
Province: Toronto, Ontario
Position: Assistant Technical Director
Deadline: May 27, 2016
Posted: May 11, 2016

Job Description / Duties

The Canadian Opera Company (“COC”) is currently seeking a full-time Assistant Technical Director who will be responsible for directing and overseeing the technical elements of productions and other events.



• Schedules the work of the technical crew and determines the size of crews
• Co-ordinates the work of technical crews which includes assigning and supervising work to ensure the smooth operation of setting up operas

Technical Element Co-ordination

• Forecasts expenses related to shows which includes labour and materials
• Attends rehearsals, performances and work calls to co-ordinate and oversee the provision of the technical elements of productions to ensure budgets are met
• Communicates with representatives of other opera companies to co-ordinate the shipping and logistics of sets and costumes
• Communicates with scene shop staff to ensure repairs or modifications are completed
• Creates, updates and distributes ground plans for each opera
• Establishes rehearsal hall set up plans and provides support to the Stage Management team
• Communicates with other members of the company to gather information, identify issues and develop solutions, ensure the show is meeting the wishes of the creative team, and acts as central point for the dissemination of information
• Discusses design concepts with set designers to gather information and facilitate their vision
• Participates in production meetings regarding shows to review plans, identify issues and plan corrective actions
• Ensures that Health and Safety practices are followed to ensure compliance with the Ontario Health and Safety Act


• Co-ordinates arrangements for the shipping of imported shows, contacting international companies and arranging the logistics for show arrivals and departures
• Tracks production expenses to ensure shows meet budget

Evening and weekend work is required.

Qualifications / Required Skills


• Post-secondary education in the technical/production field
• Minimum of five years technical theatre experience including experience working alongside and supervising IATSE union stagehands
• Extensive knowledge of stagecraft, theatre production and scenic construction, rigging, automation, lighting and video
• Knowledge of opera repertoire in relation to technical production
• Experience in budgeting and personnel management
• Superior organization and communication skills (verbal and written)
• Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and exercise good judgment and initiative
• Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities successfully
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with all staff in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
• Sound knowledge of health and safety legislation and best practices
• Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office, FileMaker Pro, Vectorworks

Contact Information


Please send resume with a cover letter stating salary expectations to:

Lorraine O’Connor
Manager, Human Resources
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

Only applications post-marked by May 27, 2016 will be considered. The COC thanks, in advance, all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

The COC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Employer Profile


Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website, coc.ca.

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