Jobs & Auditions
Under the general supervision of the Long Beach Opera (LBO) Director of Production, the Technical Director is responsible for planning and supervising technical production activities and personnel in the following areas:
- Technical production administration & planning
- Technical design & direction
- Cost management and budget assistance
- Operations management
When not in a production period, roughly 75% of the typical workday is spent either on the phone, in meetings, or working at a computer workstation. Remaining time is spent supervising warehouse activities, visiting off site shops and contractors, and working with designers on technical needs. When in a production period and during technical rehearsals, the Technical Director spends roughly 90% of the typical workday in the performance venue. The workflow varies greatly throughout the year, with work time demands beyond the standard workweek determined by production planning and execution. The Technical Director must be available year round on a schedule agreed upon with the Director of Production, and be able to maintain irregular and extended working hours.
- Coordinate work and schedules with production staff, designers, theater staff, and other departments as related to opera productions
- Scenic and lighting planning and documentation
- Video, sound, and supertitle planning and documentation
- House seating arrangements for non traditional/experimental venues
- Assist Director of Production with current and future season planning and administration
- Report directly to the Director of Production with weekly meetings/updates
Technical Production, Administration, and Planning
- Review, analyze, revise, and document all productions (mainstage and special events)
- Plan and supervise technical activities associated with productions’ scenery, lighting, video, sound, and supertitles operations
- Prepare all co-production technical documentation and liaise with co-production department heads
- Liaise with designers to implement all technical requirements including video and sound
- With Director of Production, determine the necessary technical staff support required for each production
- With department heads (Light, Sound, Video, AV, Props), coordinate needs, paperwork, deliverables, and communication with designers
- Participate in development of LBO production schedule
- Attend design meetings, production meetings, and LBO staff meetings
- Assist in securing permits and certifications for building materials (i.e., fire certificates)
- Coordinate production trucking, transport, and storage
- Must be able to help find and secure venues for future LBO productions, advising on the safety and security matters as well as the feasibility of production in the venue before contract negotiations
- Participate in assessment and installation of special events
Technical Design and Direction
- Analyze and interpret designs and technical documentation for LBO productions and assess their viability for LBO’s use
- Prepare, update, and maintain technical drawings, shop details, specifications, and manifests
- Coordinate designer drawings with designers and technical drawings with the scene shop; drafting as required
- Prepare working CAD and Vectorworks drawings of performance venues
- Coordinate rigging and other technical requirements with Head Carpenter (ATD), Head Electrician, Audio Head, AV Head
- Prepare and execute backstage, offstage, and theater facility technical requirements based on safety and fire codes
- With the Stage Manager, prepare and execute rehearsal room staging needs including taping of floor and procuring rehearsal props and costumes
- Step in for positions not filled as needed (Props Master, Master Electrician, A2)
- Oversee and participate in scene shop activity during set and prop construction periods
- Supervise stage operations and labor during rehearsal and performance periods including strike; establish labor call times and personnel requirements with Director of Production
- Install and strike patron seating as needed
- Participate as stage crew as needed
- Work closely with the Artistic Department to prepare and execute all technical and production need related to artistic personnel and orchestra
- Assist in preparation of detailed long-range budget estimates for technical departments with Director of Production
- Monitor technical production and labor expenses during production phases
- Obtain competitive costings for all elements of expenditure within the technical department
- With the department heads, prepare and secure shop order estimates and updates
- Report and forecast expenses in a timely manner
- Participate in reconciliation of settlement statements expenses
- With Director of Production, liaise with performance venue management and personnel
- With the department heads, hire and supervise crew under the guidance of Director of Production
- Provide management oversight of production health and safety requirements; identify and recommend modifications to facilities and processes as necessary
- Supervise all storage and transport activities
- Review, analyze, and make recommendations for facilities, upgrades, expansions, transfers, and acquisitions. Arrange for preventative maintenance on stock goods and equipment
- Keep up to date with all technical developments within the theater industry
- Work closely with Director of Production on a variety of office based and administrative tasks
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of safety requirements, stage operations, and design theory/principles to translate design specifications, blueprints, or drawings into lighting/sound production and effects
- Strong ability to draft scenic technical drawings as needed in a timely manner
- Must be comfortable using standard tools and equipment, ability to weld and build is essential. Have an understanding of rigging techniques, counterweight systems, light rigging, focus and control, and sound rigging and control
- Must be able to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment; cope with rapid change while meeting strict deadlines; apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems; and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions
- Must be able to be detail oriented with strong organizational skills; learn, interpret, apply, and explain policies and procedures; communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Must have the ability to work long hours as necessary and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- At least 5 years professional experience in leadership and technical roles
- Advanced scenic carpentry skills, with a full knowledge of common techniques and industry standards
- Intermediate to advanced metal working skills and/or rigging skills
- Intermediate understanding of scenic painting, lighting, audio, and video
- Time spent installing scenery either as a freelance carpenter or on tour in a fast-paced, evolving environment
- Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and insurance are required as there will be driving involved
- Fluency in AutoCad, Vectorworks, Excel, QLab
- Appreciation of music and performance art
- Must live in Southern California
Send cover letter (including 3 recent references) and resume listing work/theater experience to:
- Director of Production: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject line: TD Search
No phone calls or faxes accepted. Position open until filled.
AUDITION OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2015 SEASON
LBO is seeking team oriented people who are willing to join us for the adventure this season! We need knowledgeable, experienced, quick, good humored, and project oriented Carpenters, Electricians, Prop Masters, and Dressers/Stitchers. Hours are often long, rewarding, and made for people who like to be part of a team. Lunch and parking is provided during the load-in/tech week. Must have a valid driver's license. Positions are paid. Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to email@example.com with the subject line "Crew interest: (last name)." No phone calls. No faxes.
Audition announcements will be posted on the LBO website and will be sent to agents. Auditions are held only for specific roles in upcoming productions. LBO is not able to offer private auditions to singers who are passing through Southern California and wish to be heard for future consideration. If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send us a link to a YouTube or other video selection of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have management, and wish to be considered for a specific role in a production announced on our website, ask your manager to contact LBO about that role at email@example.com. Please note that at this time LBO does not hold general auditions.
SUBMISSIONS OF NEW WORKS
If you are a composer who would like to have a work taken into consideration for production at the Long Beach Opera, please submit the following: A comprehensive synopsis of the work, describing the action by scene and a sound or video recording via YouTube or another format where we can easily and quickly determine whether your work may be a match for our needs. If we are interested we will contact you and request further materials. Please mail materials to:
507 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Please follow the steps described above, and do not mail scores unsolicited as we will not have the time to review them.
Founded in 1979, Long Beach Opera was the first major opera company in the metropolitan Los Angeles/Orange County region. LBO’s essential purpose is to advance the frontiers of opera in both repertory and production style. Long Beach Opera’s artistic vision is to present unconventional works often neglected by more mainstream opera companies. LBO presents selections from opera’s earliest beginning to modern avant-garde compositions, emphasizing their theatrical and musical relevance to our time. Long Beach Opera is well-known for its world, American, and West Coast premiers of new and rare operas. The company has a repertoire of more than 100 works. LBO’s success helped provide the stimulus for the subsequent founding of other opera companies in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Austrian conductor Andreas Mitisek has served as LBO's Artistic & General Director since 2003. In 2012, Opera News named Mitisek, who also serves as General Director of Chicago Opera Theatre, as one of 25 people who will be a major force in the field of opera in the coming decade. Under Mitisek's leadership, LBO has seen tremendous growth with annual productions growing from two to five, and season subscriptions increasing from 120 to over 900. LBO currently has an annual operating budget of $1.6 million with approximately sixty-six percent raised through contributed revenue. LBO is governed by an engaged and committed 15-member volunteer Board of Directors.
In September 2012, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, LBO launched Outer Limits, a new series which includes a broad spectrum of music styles, theatrical innovation, and experimental storytelling with productions staged in intimate alternative venues. Since 2007, LBO's innovative education and outreach initiative, OperaEncounter has reached over 12,000 students from local school districts, especially in the inner-city area of Long Beach.
The mission of the Long Beach Opera today is to expand the boundaries of the opera experience in Southern California by presenting new and rare works that engage diverse audiences and instill a love for opera in youth. LBO is guided by a vision to create works on the highest artistic level and redefine the perception of opera as a vital life changing force.
With the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep, Long Beach is the fifth largest city in California. Proud of its diversity, the city is 36% Hispanic, 33% Caucasian, 19% African-American, and 17% Asian/Pacific Islander. Four freeways, rapid transit to Los Angeles, cruise lines, and the Long Beach Airport provide easy access to and from all of Southern California and the world.
Residents enjoy a lovely Mediterranean climate with approximately 333 sunny days per year and an average temperature of 75 degrees. Residential neighborhoods include every income bracket and style, all served by the innovative, award-winning Long Beach Unified School District. Long Beach is also home to California State University, Long Beach, ranked the fourth best public regional university in the western United States in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges Guide.”
Recognized for its excellence in park and recreation management, the City of Long Beach offers programs and services at 162 parks with 26 community centers, two historic sites, two major tennis centers, one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses, the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with 3,800 boat slips, and six miles of beaches. Long Beach is also home to other vibrant cultural organizations including the Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Museum of Latin American Art, the only museum of its kind in the United States