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Assistant Director of Production

FUNCTION: In conjunction with the Director of Production, direct production planning and operations in a safe, orderly, and efficient manner. This is a full time, exempt position with competitive compensation and full benefits.



  • Lead all coproduction and production rental coordination, including, but not limited to: promoting productions amongst partner companies; contract negotiation; budget development and tracking; shipping; coordination with outside companies; assisting shops with the packing and unpacking, as needed.
  • Assist in analyzing designs to identify and resolve potential problems.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the production design and artistic goals to ensure proper operation and finish of all production elements.
  • Collaborate in all production planning, scheduling, budgeting, and coordination activities.
  • Manage the calendar program for the company and year round spaces.
  • Assist designers, directors, and production staff in assessing priorities throughout the production process and keep them apprised of any problems, while offering constructive and appropriate solutions.
  • Attend, assist in leading and take notes in production meetings and other production planning sessions. Disseminate meeting information to relevant persons.
  • Ensure proper preparedness for all rehearsals, performances, and other production projects and activities.
  • Participate in and support staging and technical rehearsals as needed, assisting with communications and production planning among design team and production department.
  • Lead pre-performance safety walks, and attend and supervise performances in conjunction with the Director of Production.
  • Participate and lead all departments in appropriate safety procedures, including but not limited to: dealing with workers comp claim management in the off-season, annual OSHA report, off-season safety checks, hiring Safety Coordinator and assistant, keeping track of all safety training records.
  • Assist in production administrative duties, as needed.
  • Assist in coordinating the advancement of concerts, if needed.


  • Accept responsibility for other appropriate projects relating to The Santa Fe Opera.
  • Give support and show appreciation to the Board of Directors, Opera Guilds, patrons, and other volunteer organizations and supporters of The Santa Fe Opera.
  • Follow procedures and policies of The Santa Fe Opera as stated in the employee manual.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A BA in Theatre or comparable professional experience in technical theatre production, preferably including: set and prop construction and rigging; lighting and video projection; sound reinforcement; and costuming.
  • Training in and understanding of safe practices for the theatre environment.
  • Training in and understanding of basic scenery, props, costumes, lighting, video projection, and sound designs and implementations.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to stay flexible and solution-oriented within fast-paced and ever-changing environments.
  • The ability to maintain and work within a budget.
  • Comprehensive skills in reading and interpreting design and build drawings.
  • Willingness and ability to work within rigorous and demanding time schedules, including morning, evening and weekend hours.
  • Willingness and ability to work with a variety of different personalities and skill levels.
  • Understanding of business operations, accounting, and bookkeeping practices.
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word. Auto CAD is a plus.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience


This position involves moderate work with lifting or moving of up to 40 pounds occasionally, occasional climbing and work from ladders and standing for long periods of time . The position requires ability to use computer equipment, manual dexterity, and the ability to communicate verbally and in written word. This position requires long hours and a flexible work schedule.

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee

occupying this position. The fundamental job requirements are included and these are essential job

functions. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their

supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonable accommodate

individuals with disabilities


The Santa Fe Opera is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, or any other basis prohibited by law.


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