Assistant Lighting Designer

Job Opportunities

Title: Assistant Lighting Designer
Reports to: Director of Production
Classification: Seasonal, independent contractor, exempt
Compensation: $2,000.00 per production

The mission of the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) is to enrich the lives of all people by producing opera of the highest artistic quality and provide educational opportunities through traditional and innovative approaches. 

New Orleans Opera Association is celebrating its 80th season in 2022-2023 and is proud to continue the legacy of producing opera in America’s First City of Opera, a tradition which began when Andre Getry’s Sylvain premiered in New Orleans on April 22, 1796. Each year, NOOA presents operatic productions that feature both classical and contemporary works. Beyond the stage, the key component of NOOA’s mission is its commitment to outreach and education programs in the Greater New Orleans area.

The Assistant Lighting Designer is a key member of the Company’s production team reporting to the Director of Production to help to coordinate and implement the lighting design elements for each opera production with the Lighting Designer and the creative team. In addition, the Assistant Lighting Designer helps to translate the needs of the design to the IATSE stagehands crew at the performance venues, acting as a liaison between the designer and crew. 

The New Orleans Opera Association is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Lighting Designer for its 2022-2023 Season. Candidates should be available for full time work from: September 19 to October 2, 2022; November 7 to November 20, 2022; and March 13 to March 26, 2023. There will be some occasional work hours before and after these periods for planning and meetings.

Core duties include:

  • Coordinating rental equipment orders with local lighting rental companies
  • Preparing and pulling all gel, gobos, and any other lighting equipment for each design ahead of load in
  • Maintaining a shop inventory of lighting equipment for NOOA
  • Coordinating with the venue Master Electrician regarding logistics for load in
  • Coordinating with Technical Director and Scenic Designer regarding any set lighting builds or practicals that need to be created for the show
  • Preparing “hang tapes” and helpful drawings for the crew to facilitate the load in process
  • Being present at all load ins and technical rehearsals
  • Attending production meetings
  • Coordinating the calling of spotlight cues with the stage manager and lighting designer and monitoring the spotlights during performances and rehearsals over headset
  • Ensuring the proper return of rental gear at load out/strike

This position is good a for fit someone who:

  • Has the ability to read and draw lighting plots and manage paperwork
  • Is proficient in Vectorworks and Lightwright softwares
  • Has knowledge of lighting gear including ETC lighting consoles (our venue uses the ETC Ion light board)
  • Is a flexible, focused, and well-organized team player
  • Has the ability to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail
  • Has the ability to occasionally lift and carry up to 50 lbs

The New Orleans Opera is willing to teach:

  • Specifics about the operatic art form
  • NOOA policies and procedures

At New Orleans Opera, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we are an equal opportunity employer.  NOOA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We encourage candidates who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, otherwise-abled, and other underrepresented identities to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.

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Vaccination Policy: New Orleans Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees to be fully vaccinated (including boosters) against COVID to perform work for the company beginning September 7, 2021. Within 24 hours of accepting an offer of employment with New Orleans Opera, individuals must submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID.  If proof of vaccination is not provided, the offer of employment will be withdrawn. Individuals receiving an offer of employment from New Orleans Opera will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.