Technical Director

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Technical Director

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Position Title: Technical Director
Department: Production
Responsible to: Director of Production

Calgary Opera’s Vision: Calgary Opera aspires to be a leader in the opera field, known for its intensive collaboration with arts organizations of all sizes, a thoughtful balance of traditional classics and more alternative works, and a mix of larger-scale and smaller artistic projects. The company will rely on a network of diverse sources to recruit artistic and operational talent, with a strong commitment to develop and showcase top Canadian talent.

Calgary Opera’s Mission: Calgary Opera engages our entire community with innovative and inspiring operas in a multitude of forms and venues, and through educational activities and the training of young Canadian artists, while developing our people and managing our operations in a fiscally sound and efficient manner.

Calgary Opera’s Values:

  • Dynamic, progressive and diverse works that advance the artistic practice, drive excellence and engage the broadest spectrum of our community.
  • The development and promotion of Canadian talent.
  • An unrelenting commitment to and relationship with audiences and the community at large.
  • Being part of our community.
  • Nurturing and maintaining a high performance team.
  • Financial responsibility and long-term sustainability.
  • Thrilling audiences, board, staff and partners every time we interact.


The technical director is responsible for managing the technical production-related aspects of all Calgary Opera productions and events.


  • Degree or diploma in a recognized professional training program.
  • Minimum three years experience as a technical director in opera or regional theatre.
  • Experience working with union crews.
  • Experience in a theatre with a counterweight fly system.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to communicate with directors, designers, administration, stage management, suppliers and vendors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the director of production, the technical director negotiates technical support, contracts and coordinates all personnel, equipment, and services related to physical productions all Calgary Opera productions and events.
  • Coordinate shipping logistics for production rentals.
  • Assist director of production in developing production budgets as well as monthly budget reconciliation and forecasting.
  • Maintains production records, updates rental information for productions, manages, production rental inquiries and rental contracts.
  • Act as the set up and strike supervisor for all Calgary Opera productions.
  • Sets production schedule in coordination with director of production.
  • Supervises the work of the assistant technical director and production assistant.
  • Researches and coordinates purchases and construction for all productions, outreach, and special events.
  • Working closely with the designer, provide costing, construction drawings, and develop scenery construction and painting schedule.
  • In conjunction with stage management, ensure the smooth and accurate integration of all technical elements into each show in the rehearsal process and performances.
  • Supervises load-ins, load-outs, technical rehearsals, performances and special events, creates crew calls for shows and determines labour needs.
  • Sits on negotiating committee with regard to contract negotiations with I.A.T.S.E.
  • Responsible for inventory of warehouse, maintenance of contents, which includes repair and/or refurbishment of sets and props.
  • Acquisition of lighting and additional gear needed for production and events.
  • Drawing, drafting and distribution of plots, including rail, for shows and for onsite set constructions.
  • Act as construction team leader for all set construction projects.
  • Attend all technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Be responsible for the approved acquisition, maintenance, loan and rental of all Calgary Opera lighting, sound, video (projection), stage equipment and accessories.
  • Provide support, where possible with facility related issues/repairs/rentals.
  • Stay abreast of current trends in lighting, sound, scenic construction, and special effects technology.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Vectorworks.
  • Knowledgeable in theatre lighting, audio, scenic construction, scenery and rigging practices.
  • Valid Canadian Driver’s licence, clean driving record (capable of driving a five ton is an asset)
  • Current Fall Arrest, Scissor Lift, First Aid and WHMIS.

Measurements of Success

  • On-time delivery of each production element for all areas of responsibility.
  • Positive reports from directors, designers, stage managers and technical department heads.
  • Low rate of accident reports filed.

Please submit application and resume with references to:

Bonni Baynton
Director of Production

Deadline for Submissions: May 31, 2019 or until suitable candidate has been found.
Start Date: Mid June or sooner. Start date is negotiable.

Candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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