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16 Jul 2021

Full-Time Assistant Technical Director

lyricopera – Posted by lyricopera Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Associate Technical Director

STATUS:          Full-time, exempt


Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

We are searching for an Assistant Technical Director to develop all technical aspects of Lyric Opera productions. The Assistant Technical Director works closely with world-renowned designers and directors, highly skilled professional stage crew, and stage management teams to primarily guide the scenery and prop elements of the production through the opening. In addition, the Assistant Technical Director will collaborate closely with other members of the technical department to produce the highest quality work in a fast-paced repertory environment.

Lyric produces over ten productions a year, a mix of newly designed productions, revivals, rentals, chamber operas, student productions, and special events. The Assistant Technical Director typically takes on a lead role on three to four productions per season and a supportive role for three to four productions per season.



  • Act as a liaison between designers/directors and stage crew.
  • Supervisory responsibilities aligning with Lyric’s mission and vision: provide direction, oversee backstage departments, lead problem-solving efforts.
  • Assist in the development of the technical aspects of Lyric Opera productions.
  • Coordinate implementation of designers’/directors’ requirements, including developing technical drawings of scenery and props using CAD.
  • Coordinate the production of new elements through completion, including scenic construction and scenic art.
  • Monitor the installation and artistic integrity of productions on stage.
  • Supervise all work notes related to assigned productions.
  • Participate in pre-production meetings and supervision of summer technical rehearsals.
  • Collect and disperse technical information to staff regarding scenery, props, and required stage management documentation.
  • Research equipment and materials required for specific special effects, props, or technical requirements and recommend options.
  • Attend and oversee setup and scenery shifts for rehearsals and select performances. Assist director, designers, musical staff, and stage management staff concerning scenery, props, and staging.
  • Maintain an appropriate record-keeping system for technical documents, production archives, and production rental packets.
  • Coordinate shipment of scenery and wardrobe elements for productions—although prior experience is not required.



  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Basic technical production knowledge, including practical experience in shop/stage operations, scenic construction, stage rigging, painting, and lighting, is essential.
  • Demonstrated skills in AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Adobe Creative, and Microsoft Office Suites,
  • Some design background is beneficial but not required.
  • Experience with union crews is highly beneficial.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and use time efficiently.
  • Must have effective organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and oral/written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with opera repertoire is beneficial but not required.
  • Ability to work and think independently, a motivated self-starter who also works well in a larger team.
  • Maintain a positive and calm attitude under pressure.



  • Ability to navigate uneven stage surfaces.
  • Ability to remain in stationary positions for extended periods.
  • Ability to operate technical equipment and computers.
  • The position is full time mainly Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm, but at times is up to six days per week, including nights, weekends, and occasional holidays. Therefore, hours and scheduling will vary and are subject to change based on the needs of each production or project.


Lyric Opera offers benefits including health, dental, vision, 403B (no company match), 401(k) with company match per company policies, PTO including sick, vacation, and personal days, and holidays, life/AD&D coverage, opportunities for professional development, and complimentary tickets.





The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

Job expires in 25 days.

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