Assistant Technical Director, WNO

As Assistant Technical Director, Washington National Opera: coordinates load-ins, load-outs, and union crews on stage; completes and updates show archival information, including computerized drafting, photographs, and paperwork for each Opera.

Duties and Responsibilities:

35% For all WNO productions, coordinates computer drafting for new, borrowed, and rented shows; maintains technical liaison with designers and other opera companies for rental productions; assists in determining onstage objectives and needs for stagehands; oversee stagehands in assembly; arranges transportation of scenery, props, costumes, and all other production equipment to and from Kennedy Center, warehouse rehearsal facility and rental companies. Attends specified rehearsal and performances.

25% Manage WNO Driver, maintain storage plan for KC/WNO Warehouse, manage crews for construction projects within KC/WNO warehouse, Organize warehouse shop area and manage warehouse shop resources. Assist with set ups and other technical needs at the WNO Rehearsal Studios.

20% Documents productions with photographs from load-in through load-out, computer drafting, video recordings and other archival paperwork.

15% Using KCMaster: creates purchase orders for scenery and lighting; place orders and maintain good relationships with vendors; track all receipts and invoices; generate payrolls for scenic artists, Local 19 and Local 22 driver, as needed.

5% Other duties as assigned, including occasional Production Manager work for incoming KC Clients

Education/Experience

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of opera or similar live performance experience
  • Bachelor's degree in technical theater is required; M.F.A. preferred.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required
  • Thorough working knowledge of all areas of theatrical production and presentation
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Office, Excel and Adobe Photoshop preferred. Proficiency in AutoCad required.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and management skills are required, as well as the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to prioritize in a multi-task environment are required.
  • Ability to translate artistic and financial concerns of the Kennedy Center while ensuring the successful mounting of productions and presentations is necessary.


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan.


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