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Technical Director - Canadian Opera Company

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Management
Province: Toronto, Ontario
Position: Technical Director
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Posted: February 10, 2016

Job Description / Duties

The Technical Director is responsible for the planning, management and supervision of all stage, construction and rehearsal work associated with the construction, mounting and running of the Canadian Opera Company’s productions as well as the supervision of the technical operations of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.


• Management of all technical activity and expenditures
• Supervision of Production Department staff including, Assistant Technical Directors, Lighting Co-ordinator, Properties Supervisor, stagehands, scenery shop staff and properties shop staff
• In conjunction with the Director of Production, works with designers, directors and Production Department staff to ensure that all productions are realized to the highest artistic standard, within the constraints of the COC’s schedules and budget
• In conjunction with the Production Manager, creation of technical budgets; management of these budgets including stagehands, set construction, and equipment (capital and equipment maintenance)
• Researching and evaluating future season rental productions and co-productions
• Leads the Production Department’s participation in the COC’s Health and Safety program
• Management of storage facilities
• Other related duties as assigned

Qualifications / Required Skills


• Post-secondary education in the technical/production field
• Minimum of ten years technical theatre supervisory experience including experience working alongside and supervising IATSE union stagehands
• Extensive knowledge of stagecraft, theatre production and scenic construction, rigging, automation, lighting and video
• Extensive knowledge of opera repertoire in relation to technical production
• Skilled 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, competing priorities successfully
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with all staff in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
• Good knowledge of health and safety legislation and best practices
• Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office, FileMaker Pro, Vectorworks

Evening and weekend work is required.

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 February 29, 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.

Date Posted: February 10, 2016

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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