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



· 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 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.




- 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


- 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



* 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



* Cost Management*


- Assist in preparation of detailed long-range budget estimates for

technical departments with Director of Production

- Monitor technical production and labor expenses during production


- Obtain competitive costings for all elements of expenditure within

the technical department

- With the Dept Heads, prepare and secure shop order estimates and


- Report and forecast expenses in a timely manner

- Participate in reconciliation of settlement statements expenses


* Operations Management*


- 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


identify and recommend modifications to facilities and processes as


- 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


- Work closely with Director of Production on a variety of office

based and administrative tasks.




● 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.




● at least 5 years professional experience in leadership and technical



● 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



● 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


[email protected]


subject line: TD Search


Absolutely no phone calls or faxes accepted


Position open until filled