The Virginia Opera has the following positions currently available:

Assistant Stage Manager

Virginia Opera seeks an Assistant Stage Manager for the Fall 2019 Season of Tosca and new production of Il Postino. Virginia Opera is located in Norfolk, VA at the Harrison Opera House.

Dates of contract are approximately September 3rd, 2019 – December 8, 2019, housing and travel provided. The Assistant Stage Manager reports to the Production Stage Manager and Director of Production. This position will require night and weekend hours and follows a 6 day a week work schedule. All mainstage productions will tour to additional venues. Travel and housing on the road provided.

Please submit a current resume and statement of interest to Production Stage Manager, Erin Lindsay Carr at erin.carr@vaopera.org and Director of Production, Lee Marc Molnar at lee.marc@vaopera.org. Please no phone calls.

Responsibilities include:

  • Generate running paperwork for either props or costumes/wigs as assigned
  • Prepare and organize the rehearsal hall/backstage area
  • Assist the PSM in the running of rehearsals
  • Attend production meetings as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by the PSM and DOP

Requirements include:

  • Undergraduate Degree in Stage Management/Technical Theatre or equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years’ experience as an ASM for Opera productions
  • Ability to read music and cue singers from a piano vocal score
  • Knowledge of standard opera paperwork and repertory
  • Tour experience preferred
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Willingness to take direction and work on your own
  • Valid Driver’s license

Box Office Associate

Virginia Opera, located in Norfolk, VA, invites applications for the position of Box Office Associate. Virginia Opera produces main-stage productions in three distinct markets throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

The Box Office Associate is a seasonal, part-time position. The Associate is responsible for inbound and outbound box office phone calls and processing ticket orders using a highly sophisticated CRM database.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be a team player
  • Be highly organized with attention to detail
  • Possess good computer skills
  • Be available for occasional evening and weekend events
  • Be able to answer phones and process ticket orders quickly and efficiently
  • Have previous experience in the customer service field
  • Knowledge of CRM databases such as Tessitura or ETIX is preferred

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to the Director of Audience Development at amanda.ely@vaopera.org. Please include “Box Office Associate” in the subject line.

Technical Director

Virginia Opera, located in Norfolk, VA, invites applications for the position of Technical Director. Virginia Opera produces main-stage productions in three distinct markets throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

The Technical Director supervises all aspects of scenery construction, refurbishment, stage operations, and the state-wide touring of four large-scale productions. The Technical Director also maintains the safety standards for the organization, oversees all technical aspects of scenery rentals and provides support to various state-wide events.

The successful candidate will have a BA or BFA and 5-7 years professional theater or opera experience, which include the knowledge of theatre safety, all areas of stage operations and production, and both union and non-union personnel management. Strong skills in budgeting, AutoCAD and shop maintenance, along with a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive trucks up to 26’ is required.  Strong communication and the ability to multi-task is a plus.

Position will remain open until filled.

Please send your cover letter and resume with three references to Lee Marc Molnar, Director of Production, at lee.marc@vaopera.org. Please include “Technical Director” in the subject line.

Production Electrician

The Production Electrician, in collaboration with and under the general direction of the Lighting Supervisor and Master Electrician, is responsible for lighting/video and some sound production for all shows and events; including, but not limited to, maintenance and repair of all equipment related to electrics, supertitles and projections; equipment load-in schedules; supervising crews in assembly and focus of lighting as specified by the Lighting Supervisor; monitoring all performances of productions; attending tech/dress rehearsals and specified production meetings; serving as House Electrician on outside events using the theater.

Examples of Duties, including but not limited to:

  • Serves as staff supervisor for occasional Electrics work calls at the Harrison Opera House
  • Run the Light Board for all Mainstage Virginia Opera productions
  • Assists in the repair and maintenance of lighting department equipment
  • Working with the Lighting Supervisor, maintain all Harrison Opera House related paperwork
  • Working with Master Electrician, prepare equipment for remounting in other venues
  • Hand and maintain House Light Plot when Virginia Opera is not in Production
  • Maintain a safe, healthy, and clean work/shop environment
  • Performs other related work as required

Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of all technical production and performance aspects of theatre
  • Working knowledge of the ETC Eos family of Lighting Consoles
  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral and visual
  • Exceptional computer skills
  • Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge/understanding of the principals of lighting, lighting technology, electricity, design, in addition to other aspects as they relate to the overall theatre production process
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or 2-3 years professional experience in similar position

Other Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Driver’s license and the ability to drive a 16′ box truck

Work Conditions:

  • Ability to work long hours and work with a flexible schedule
  • Must be willing to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and dust
  • Ability to work safely in an environment containing potentially hazardous electrical equipment, fumes, and/or materials

Physical Demands:

  • Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to: lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking.

Position is full-time seasonal
Housing not provided
Please send your cover letter and resume with three references to Lee Marc Molnar, Director of Production, at lee.marc@vaopera.org with “Production Electrician” in the subject line.