Reports to: Properties and Scenic Art Director & Lyric Unlimited Production Manager
Status: Seasonal Contract Position
Immediate hire for design meetings, planning, and budgeting.
Feb 25-March 9: Rehearsals
March 10-17: Load In, Tech Week, Opening & Closing
Compensation: Based on Experience ($2,800-$3,200)
Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera.
Lyric Unlimited (LU) is a long-term, evolving initiative that encompasses company activities outside of Lyric’s main stage season. It was established to provide a relevant cultural service to communities throughout the Chicagoland area, including communities for whom opera and opera companies have been largely irrelevant; to explore a wide range of ways in which Lyric can collaborate with cultural and community organizations throughout the area; and to advance the development of opera, exploring ways in which opera as an art form can resonate more powerfully, and in a range of different ways, with people of multiple backgrounds, ethnicities, and interests.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist the Properties and Scenic Art Director & Lyric Unlimited Production Manager with the development of the properties design in coordination with the scenic designer for Lyric Unlimited
- Participate in pre-production meetings with Directors and Designers
- Research, develop, coordinate, and procure: props, set dressing, and armor
- Work with the Properties and Scenic Art Director to coordinate best use of Lyric resources including stock and available construction and scenic art labor
- Track and maintain purchases against the assigned properties budget
- Assist with interfacing between the director, designers, the crew, and stage management, regarding properties development and implementation
- Attend technical rehearsals
- Attend room rehearsals as needed
- Work with the scenic designer to collaborate on solutions to problems before and during tech
Knowledge and Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum 1-3 years of experience in the field
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Opera production knowledge is a plus but not required
- Photoshop is a plus
- Experience working in union venues is a plus
- Work independently with minimal supervision and meet due dates and deadlines
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Maintain confidentiality.
- Organize, prioritize and complete varied tasks quickly and accurately
- Establish effective working relationships and interact with a wide range of people
- Maintain several projects of equal priority at once and sustain productivity under pressure
- Driver’s license, and clean driving record
- Sit at a computer and/or production desk for long periods of time
- See clearly in low-light situations such as are common back stage and in the theatre
- Stand for long durations during production days
- Walk on complex stage settings
- The employee must be able to perform the functions of the position in a safe manner.
- Work weekends and evenings as necessary
HOW TO APPLY:
Please forward a resume and cover letter denoting the position of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org mail to: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Attention: Human Resources, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 860, Chicago, IL 60606.