Technical Director

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Title: Technical Director
Reports to: General and Artistic Director
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Compensation: $50,000 – $60,000 commensurate with experience, plus benefits (paid vacation, sick days, health insurance, retirement plan with company match)

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. The Technical Director plays a critical role in the realization of the company’s goals and the overall growth of the New Orleans Opera.

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.

This position reports directly to the General and Artistic Director, and supervises a team at the H. Lloyd Hawkins Scenic Studio, in addition to stage crew at the studio and performance venue. The Technical Director will oversee the full life cycle of scenic production, including design, fabrication, installation, strike and logistics. In addition, the Technical Director oversees the New Orleans Opera set rental program, which also provides vendor services to local schools, arts organizations, and corporate clients. Design opportunities for the New Orleans Opera are available to the right candidate, if desired.

If you are passionate about the power of the arts to change people’s lives, have deep experience in the theatrical arts, and are a great leader, we want to hear from you.

Core duties include:

  • Create and implement logistical plans for upcoming productions – scheduling, installation, and running; and ensure the safe, efficient, and effective handling of productions with particular emphasis on the load-in and setup planning.
  • Advise and assist scenic, properties, lighting, video, and sound designers on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for each individual show and supervise the implementations of approved technical designs.
  • Oversee construction drafting for projects to be built in the Studio.
  • Develop and manage shop build schedules, and oversee builds as necessary.
  • Oversee budgets for new construction by projecting material and labor needs for projects.
  • Oversee procurement of materials for builds in accordance with project budgets.
  • Supervise the scheduling and load-in/out for all scenery at the Studio and onstage.
  • Oversee compliance with all appropriate federal, state, and local safety and health practices.
  • Oversee all production equipment logistics and transportation logistics.
  • Maintain materials and labor expense reporting for all Studio activity.

SUPERVISION RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct supervision of:

  • Master Carpenter
  • Properties Coordinator
  • Scenic Painter
  • Studio crew

Indirect supervision of:

  • Stage crew, carpenters, riggers, lighting, video, and audio technicians.

This position is a good fit for someone who:

  • Has deep experience in technical theatre or similar trades (event production, film and television, expo etc).
  • Has familiarity with drafting software.
  • Has construction and/or fabrication experience.
  • Has strong leadership skills – confident in supervising a union crew, both in the build in the Scenic Studio as well as onstage.
  • Is able to budget set builds for designers, creatively adjust designs as necessary, and complete set builds within the allotted budget.

The New Orleans Opera will provide training for:

  • Specifics about the operatic art form.
  • OSHA standards and practices.
  • AutoCAD/Vectorworks, VCarve, or other software training as necessary.
  • NOOA policies and procedures.
  • Any additional training as necessary.

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.

To Apply:

Vaccination policy: New Orleans Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID to 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.