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Tacoma Opera is looking for a Production Manager starting in August 2019.

Tacoma Opera is currently seeking to fill the Production Manager position for the 2019/20 Season. This position is a nine-month W-2 seasonal employee contract commencing in August 2019 and terminating at the end of May 2020 with the potential for contract renewal for the following season.

The Production Manager plays a crucial part in ensuring that Tacoma Opera productions are a success. The Production Manager must be a highly motivated and organized individual, and possess strong interpersonal, conflict resolution and communication skills in order to succeed in this position.

The majority of the hours for this position take place in the afternoon and evening, with an average of 10 hours per week leading up to tech week and up to 50 hours per week during tech week. Some work can be completed from home, such as email correspondences.

Duties include:
– Collaborating with Tacoma Opera office staff, Tacoma Arts Live personnel (office and crew), TO production crew, stage director, artists, orchestra manager, music director, and any other entities involved in the development, rehearsal and performance of any given TO production.
– Scheduling and leading production crew meetings and taking responsibility for the outcome of those meetings.
– Attending TAL advance and technical meetings and being prepared with relevant information and/or questions for TAL staff.
– Collaborating with the Orchestra Manager for orchestra member needs, acquiring the pit plot from the Orchestra Manager for each production and sending it to all necessary TAL staff.
– Prepping the performance facility for Opera crew such as the costumer and makeup designer.
– Coordinating load-in and load-out, including scheduling crew for each, working with TAL staff, scheduling a moving truck loaned from Mountain Moving & Storage Co. if necessary.
– Assisting the set designer with acquiring materials, either from our current stock or elsewhere.
– Assisting the costume designer and props manager, including transporting material goods from one location to another.
– Writing and sending regular email correspondences with pertinent information to all necessary parties (office staff, production crew, artists, etc.). Artists, crew, and directors will look to you for answers during tech week.
– Keeping production crew accountable to their work.
– Coordinating with our video and AV team to ensure they have what they need to succeed.
– Being the go-to person between office, artists and crew should questions or concerns arise.
– Being present at all performances for the season productions to assist with the running of the shows and filling in as necessary to make sure the performances run according to plan.
– Being flexible when last minute changes or issues occur.
– Other duties as assigned

All questions about the position should be directed to Tacoma Opera’s Artistic Administrator at 

Tacoma Opera is accepting applications for Theatrical Designers for the 2019-20 Season

Tacoma Opera is accepting applications for designers for the 2019-20 Season in all areas of Design, including Lighting, Scenic, Costume and Properties. Interested applicants should send a cover email explaining along with a work resume related to design experience attached in a PDF format. The email should be sent to 

Tacoma Opera is accepting applications for Interns for the 2019-20 Season

Tacoma Opera is currently hiring undergraduate and graduate interns (high school students with teacher recommendation only) for our 2019/20 season to work in various different capacities within our company. We are specifically seeking interns who are interested in or are studying the following fields:

Nonprofit or Arts Leadership/ Management
Performance Production/ Stage Management
Production Tech/ Backstage Crew/ Set Building and design
Hair and Makeup Design
Costume Design
Properties Design/ Management

Hours required per week depend on the position being applied for. For instance, production internships may require long evening hours or weekends, depending on how close we are to production, whereas office internships would require steady, pre-set hours per week (M-F with some weekend commitments).

Modest stipend per show dependent upon experience and role within the company.
Course credit awarded by intern’s originating institution.
All questions about the position should be directed to Tacoma Opera’s Artistic Administrator at