Production Director

The Industry

Los Angeles, CA

JOB OPPORTUNITY – Production Director

The Industry, LA’s artist-driven experimental opera company is seeking a Production Director for an upcoming production Sweet Land. This is the opportunity to lead the production team that creates innovative cultural experiences in Los Angeles (War of the Worlds, Hopscotch, Invisible Cities). Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]


About The Industry

Founded in 2010 by director Yuval Sharon, The Industry creates experimental productions that expand the traditional definition of opera. By merging media and through interdisciplinary collaborations, we produce works that inspire new audiences for the art form.


About Sweet Land

Sweet Land brings together two composers/librettist teams—Raven Chacon and Du Yun, Douglas Kearney and Aja Couchois Duncan—to create a multiperspectival opera which explores the myths of American identity, co-directed by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Yuval Sharon. The production runs February 29 – March 22, 2020, at Los Angeles State Historic Park in LA’s Chinatown neighborhood.


Job Profile

The Production Director leads the production team and oversees the big picture of the entire Sweet Land production. The right candidate needs excellent creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure in a shifting environment.


Key responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Management and overview of the entire production process
  • Hiring and managing design and production teams with Artistic Director (AD) and Executive Director (ED)
  • Managing personnel offers and contracts in consultation with ED and AD
  • Serving as a liaison between The Industry and partners on all logistical matters, including communication between artistic and technical sides, and overseeing all production onsite
  • Creating, organizing, disseminating production paperwork related to pre-production and the live event
  • Creating and managing production timelines for the entire production
  • Managing day-to-day production budget in consultation with ED
  • Organizing and attending all production meetings, production-related conference calls, auditions, rehearsals, and performances
  • Running the production meetings, and ensuring all departments report on their progress, and are up-to-date on the overall status of production
  • Proactively checking-in with each department to ensure designers have what they need, and reporting their progress to the AD and ED


Other Qualifications & Skills

  • Production experience with live and/or site-specific events (theatre, opera, music, tv, film)
  • Management of independent project-based experiences
  • Flexible approach for dealing with varied tasks
  • Ability to work well as part of local and remote teams and also on own initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to think and work independently
  • Ability to problem solve creatively
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, have and continue to maintain a safe driving record; will be responsible for personal transportation


Availability: This position is on an as-needed basis, based on production schedule and events at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. We expect working hours to increase on this approximate timeline:


June: ~ 16 hours a week

July- November: ~ 24 hours a week

December: ~40 hours a week  

January: ~40 hours a week or more

February: ~30 hours a week or more

March: ~ 20 hours a week

Through April 15: ~ 10 hours a week

Important Dates:

Piano/Vocal Workshop: November 6 – November 10, 2019

Rehearsals: January 28 – February 27

Performances: February 28 – March 22, 2020

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