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Technical DirectorOpera Naples • Full-Timehttp://www.operanaples.org/Naples, FLReports to:
Artistic Director and Executive Director/CEO
Hours of Employment: Full-Time, Exempt
In preparation for the opening of the Wang Opera Center
, Opera Naples seeks one person with the technical theater background to act as Facilities Manager and Production Manager/Technical Director. The two jobs are described separately below;
Opera Naples’ season generally consists of three full scale opera productions and two small scaled productions or concerts. When not in a production period, roughly 75% of the typical workday is spent managing the Wang Opera Center. When in a production period the Production Manager/ Technical Director spend roughly 80% of the typical workday making preparations of the performances. The work flow varies greatly throughout the year, with work time demands beyond the standard workweek determined by production planning and execution. The Facilities Manager and Production/Technical Director must be available year round to a schedule agreed with the Artistic Director (as relates to Productions) and Executive Director (As relates to facilities) and maintain irregular and extended working hours, although it is anticipated that the extended demands will occur mostly during the Naples “season”—November through May.
Working within the vision of the Artistic Director, The Production + Technical Director (PTD) is responsible for planning and supervising all production related activities for Opera Naples. Working closely and in collaboration with the Artistic Director (AD), Executive Director/CEO (ED) and Music Administrator (MA)/ Education Outreach Director (EOD) this individual is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all technical aspects of programs including main season productions, Studio Artists’ productions, Educational and Outreach program and any other events that include a theatrical or production component to it. On small scale projects, the PTD will design lights and sets.
This includes the following areas:
- Technical production administration & planning
- Technical set and lighting design & direction
- Production scheduling
- Cost management and budget assistance
Working closely with the AD and production directors and designers, the Technical Director creates drawings, schedules and financial information related to production and technical related items in a timely manner to the production team. (This information is available for the ED and board at any time thereafter.)
The Production Manager/Technical director takes a leadership role to help create and support a working and producing environment that is artistically satisfying, professional, efficient and safe; attends and lends perspective and expertise at appropriate staff and production meetings, including technical and dress rehearsals, and represents Opera Naples to build positive relationships on its behalf within the profession and with others in the community as appropriate.
Technical Production Administration & Planning
- Working with the production Stage manager and Artistic Administrator, create and maintain a master calendar for all production-related activities including but not limited to: pre-production and production meetings, set build schedule, costume build schedule, staging rehearsals, onstage technical rehearsals, performances, costume and wig fittings, photo shoots, etc. Identify a reliable and easy way for all ON personnel to access such calendar.
- Provide consultation and advice to ED and AD during the production and pre-production planning process as it relates to the technical, logistical and financial demands of a season.
- Coordinate work and schedules with production staff, designers, theater staff, and other departments as related to Opera Naples productions. (Redundant)
- Responsible for scenic and lighting planning and documentation, some design work on smaller productions.
- Assist Artistic Director with current and future season planning and administration.
Technical Design & Direction
- Review, analyze, revise and document new productions and incoming rentals.
- Plan and supervise technical activities associated with scenery, lighting and stage property operations.
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director, liaise with Designers to implement all technical requirements of a design as needed.
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director and Artistic Administrator, liaise with other companies’ technical departments and designers on Co-productions and rentals as needed.
- Arrange and implement outside hire contracts and suppliers for technical support, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented by ON in advance of production dates.
- Determine the necessary technical staff support required for each production.
- With Head Electrician and Assistant Lighting Designer, coordinate light plot and communication with the Designers.
- Attend design meetings, production meetings, and ON staff meetings.
- Apply and secure permits and certifications.
- Coordinate production trucking and transport.
- Participate in assessment of viable performance venues.
- Analyze and interpret designs and technical documentation for new productions and rental productions, and assess their viability for ON’s performance and rental uses
- Prepare, update and maintain technical drawings, shop details, shop orders, specifications and manifests.
- Coordinate designer drawings with Designers and technical drawings with the scene shop; drafting as required
- Procure sample materials for scenic construction.
- Prepare working CAD drawings of performance venues.
- Coordinate rigging and other technical requirements with Head Carpenter and Head Electrician.
- Prepare and execute backstage, offstage, and theatre facility technical requirement.
- With the Stage Manager, prepare and execute rehearsal room staging needs.
- Oversee workshop activity during set and prop construction periods, and electrics preparation periods.
- Supervise stage operations and labor (union and non-union over hire) during rehearsal and performance period; establish labor call times and personnel requirements.
- Work closely with the Artistic Director and the Artistic Administrator to prepare and execute all technical and production needs related to artistic personnel and orchestra.
- Prepare detailed long-range budget estimates for technical departments, including union and non-union labor projections for all ON productions.
- Monitor technical production and labor expenses during productions phases.
- Obtain competitive costs for all elements of expenditure within the technical department.
- With the Head Electrician and the Assistant Lighting Designer, prepare lighting plots of r pricing; secure shop order estimates and updates.
- Report and forecast technical expenses.
- Participate in reconciliation of settlement statements expenses.
Wang Opera Center Facilities Manager
- With the Artistic Director, liaise with performance venue management and personnel.
- Responsible for oversight of production healthy and safety requirements; identify and recommend modifications to facilities and processes as necessary.
- Supervise all warehouse and storage activities. Oversee organization and maintenance of company stock, sets, props, backdrops and costumes.
- Maintains and records ON inventory and orders specialized supplies.
- Review, analyze and make recommendations for warehouse facilities and ON stock upgrades, expansions, transfers and acquisitions. Arrange for preventative maintenance on stock good and equipment.
- Keep up to date with all technical developments within the theatre industry.
In collaboration with the Executive Director, oversee and manage Wang Opera Center physical plant and equipment.
Reports to the Executive Director
The Facilities Manager is responsible for overall management (including operations and financial planning and management) of the Wang Center, working closely with the ED/CEO and other relevant operations staff to optimize development and use of the building to support the mission and strategic objective of Opera Naples.
- Oversee and manage all aspects of Wang Center development and maintenance, including timely and proactive financial analysis and reporting to Opera Naples Board of Directors in collaboration with the Executive Director.
- Coordinate the use of the Wang Center by third parties when not required by an Opera Naples production or related rehearsals or community outreach projects.
- Until completion, work with the Execute Director in selection of technical furnishings of the Wang Center (such as lighting, temporary stage design, seating, flooring, etc.)
- Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects in a production environment and to deal proactively with company requirements.
- Analyze information logically, drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary to generate appropriate and/or creative solutions.
- Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Complete understanding of theater techniques and processes, including industry safety standards.
- 3+ years with scenic and lighting installation.
- Experience with union crews and interpretation and implementation of union agreements.
- Demonstrable detailed specialist knowledge of scenery construction, materials, pain and finishing processes, and rigging.
- Additionally, a high level of competence in one or more of the following disciplines: lighting, sound, video and film technology.
- Knowledge of Collier County building and fire department codes and permitting process.
- Experience in opera and/or musical theater production environments.
- IT literate with intermediate or above understanding of Microsoft Office, outlook, office tools typical of an office environment, and a plotter for large-scale printing.
- Occasional use of a variety of power tools and audio/video equipment.
- Ability to work in a quick and detailed fashion in VectorWorks, AutoCAD, or similar CAD program.
- Interest in the Naples arts community and international opera industry community.
- Clean driver’s license.
Send cover letter and résumé including salary expectations to Opera Naples, Inc., 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples, FL 34112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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