Technical Director

Boston Lyric Opera

New England's largest opera company, founded in 1976.

Boston, MA

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office


  • Seasonal
  • Boston, MA (Remote)
  • Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office
  • Opera
  • $0
  • Hourly Rate (USD$): weekly pay varies for on/offsite work

Website BostLyricOpera Boston Lyric Opera

New England's largest opera company, founded in 1976.

Boston Lyric Opera has an opening for a Technical Director for La bohème. Dates for this contract are August 8, 2022 through September 4, 2022 while off site (averaging 20 hours per week) and September 5, 2022 through October 4, 2022 with industry standard work hours for load in, tech, dress, performances, and strike. The Technical Director will be involved with all aspects of the physical scenery, properties, electrics, audio, video, and wardrobe from install through performances and load out. This position reports to the Director of Production and is responsible for managing the physical space in the theater in consultation with BLO staff and IATSE Local 11 Production Crew. This position is a non-exempt temporary position for the offsite pre-production period and an exempt temporary position for the onsite production period with weekly salary.

After designs and pre-production are complete and in consultation with stage management and Director of Production, maintain and update comprehensive technical drawings for all production aspects in the performance venue. This includes allocation of space for wardrobe, hair/wigs/makeup, and any ancillary spaces while in the venue as well as storage and support spaces.
Attend all meeting as required, including but not limited to production meetings and expense tracking and reconciliation meetings
Implement and document any changes to predetermined orchestra pit plot including updating drawings and obtaining necessary materials within budget
With Production Coordinator, oversee the transfer of materials to and from BLO storage facilities, prep spaces, and the performance venue
Oversee the physical use of the performance space regarding technical needs, liaising with venue staff, Production Crew heads, Stage Management, and BLO staff.
Along with Director of Production, manage and update technical paperwork including but not limited to lineset schedules, video and audio plots, equipment pull lists and rental orders, and, in collaboration with Lighting Director, all lighting paperwork. Ensure this paperwork is made available to all necessary parties utilizing BLO’s cloud-based data system.
With Production Coordinator, ensure all production supplies are stocked. These should include all necessary supplies and materials for wardrobe, hair/makeup, properties, lighting, sound, video, and scenery (in consultation with relevant Production Crew and Department Heads)
Keep Director of Production informed on schedule adjustments, labor needs, and personnel issues as needed.
Procure production materials with approval necessary for anything over $300
With Production Coordinator, oversee all hiring paperwork, timesheets, union breaks and meal penalties, hospitality, etc. for IATSE Production Crew and Stagehands. Accurately report timesheets and keep Director of Production apprised of any deviations from original financial estimate and schedule.
Maintain a thorough understanding of BLO’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and Project-Only Agreements along with additional side letters with IATSE
Attend all production meetings taking notes and helping prioritize notes time on stage in consultation with Director of Production
If production materials are to be saved, create and/or update a comprehensive technical packet for future use. Oversee all storage needs in consultation with Director of Production.

Five years’ experience in technical direction, stage management, and/or production management in a high-profile opera environment.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite
Preferred proficiency in AutoCAD or Vectorworks.
Clear, effective written and verbal communications skills
Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
Ability and desire to show exceptional attention to detail in all aspects of work
Ability to communicate with and effectively organize large groups of people
Experience working in a union setting, preferably IATSE
Ability to manage a large workload over a short period of time

Job Conditions
The workflow varies greatly throughout the production period, with work time demands beyond the standard workweek determined by production planning and execution.  The role requires irregular and extended working hours including nights and weekends.

Work Location(s)
BLO Main Office, Remote Work, Warehouse, Rehearsal Halls, Performance Venues; Meetings in and around Boston.

During off-site prep commitment, this position offers weekly non-exempt pay of $750 with an expectation of 20 hours per week. During on-site commitment, the weekly exempt pay is $1500 per week.

BLO values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran’s status or any other protected category. BLO is an equal opportunity employer.

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