Director of Arts Production

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Director of Arts Production

Calgary Opera is one of the most innovative and ambitious professional opera companies in Canada and is looking to bring on a new director of arts production to join the leadership team. This role is responsible for all production projects and related staff, including planning, preparation, management and financial oversight. This position also works closely with the artistic director on projects and planning and is a key communicator with artistic partners in the community, helping to nurture those relationships.

As the director of production, your day-to-day responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide oversight for all areas of production including the development and maintenance of systems, processes, purchasing, royalties and documentation.
  • Create and manage administrative duties including budgets, schedules, critical plan timelines, archival materials and reports.
  • Prepare forecasts and expense reports for all production activities, ensuring the timely processing of invoices and time sheets.
  • Develop season and production calendars.
  • Serve as the primary contact and scheduler with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium to ensure production needs and logistics are arranged.
  • Recruit and manage all stage management personnel; supervise the technical director who is responsible for construction, load-in, set-up, rehearsal, performance and strike.
  • Ensure proper operation of facilities, including the Opera Centre and warehouse, and manage Opera Centre rentals.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with leadership, designers and the artistic team.
  • In conjunction with the general director & CEO, negotiate collective bargaining agreements with IATSE and CAEA.
  • Act as the main contact and maintain lasting relationships with contractors.
  • Stay current with theatrical technology, safety and participate in national forums.

The right candidate will demonstrate on their resume:

  • 5+ years’ experience with rehearsal and performance requirements and processes.
  • Proven experience with scenery, wardrobe, properties, lighting, projections, and special effects.
  • Training in production management or related experience.
  • Previous experience leading a team.
  • Post-secondary education in a related field.
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety procedures and requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is an asset.

During the interview process, we will be looking for behaviours that demonstrate:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with a sense of humour.
  • An innovative and problem-solving mindset.
  • A focus on high artistic standards while still meeting deadlines.
  • The ability to create an inclusive, safe and respectful workplace.
  • A highly motivated, collaborative and supportive team player.
  • Passion for the performing arts.

What’s in it for you?

  • A creative environment and a passionate team.
  • Opportunities for growth and development.
  • Competitive base salary and vacation allotment.
  • Health and dental benefits.
  • RRSP matching.
  • Our values of stewardship, quality, collaboration and innovation.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Calgary Opera values diversity in thought as well as representation. They are committed to building an environment that provides a foundation for safety and belonging and are challenging their biases and assumptions daily. Should you need any support during the application or interview process, please do not hesitate to reach out to our HR partners at

Think you’d be a good fit?

Please apply online with your cover letter and resume in one document.

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This position will require a valid driver’s license and will be subject to a background check.

While we thank all candidates who apply, we will only be reaching out to candidates who are eligible to work in Canada and who meet the basic requirements on their resume.

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