Auditions & Jobs
Under the general supervision of the Long Beach Opera (LBO) Director of Production, the Technical Director (TD) 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 work week is spent either on the phone, in meetings, or working at a computer workstation. Remaining time is spent supervising warehouse activities and visiting off site shops and contractors and working with designers on technical needs. When in a production period and 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 to a schedule agreed with the Director of Production and maintain irregular and extended working hours. The work week is a minimum of 25 hours during standard business hours.
- Coordinate work and schedules with production staff, designers, theater staff, and other departments as related to Opera productions.
- Responsible for scenic and lighting planning and documentation.
- Responsible for video, sound, and supertitle planning and documentation.
- Responsible for 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 & 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 liase with co-production Dept Heads
- Liaise with Designers to implement all technical requirements of a design 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 the Designers.
- Participate in development of the LBO production schedule
- Attend design meetings, production meetings, and LBO staff meetings
- Assist and secure 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 & 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 theatre 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 period 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 Dept 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 Dept 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 theatre industry
- Work closely with Director of Production on a variety of office based and administrative tasks.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of safety requirements, stage operations, and design theory and principles to be able to translate design specifications, blueprints, or drawings into lighting or 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.
QUALIFICIATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- at least 5 years professional experience in leadership and technical roles
- advance 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 face pace, evolving environment
- valid driving license and 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 (include 3 recent references) and resume listing work/theater experience to:
Director of Production
subject line: TD Search
Absolutely no phone calls or faxes accepted
Position open until filled
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: Cast and orchestration, 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.