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Assistant Lighting Designer, 2017/18 Season

Arizona Opera was founded in 1971. Since its inaugural year, Arizona Opera has produced over 170 fully-staged operas and concerts. On stage, Arizona Opera presents artists of both international stature and emerging talent, and each season balances debut artists and the return of favorite performers. In addition to producing five grand operas each year in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and numerous outreach events for children and adults of all ages.

Arizona Opera seeks an experienced Assistant Lighting Designer (ALD) for the 2017/18 Season.  AZO performs four operas at Symphony Hall in Phoenix and The Music Hall in Tucson, 1 November 2017 through 15 April 2018.

Tosca* Production & Performance: 2 November – 19 November 2017 (LD: Gregory Allen Hirsch)

Candide* Production & Performance: 18 Jan – 4 February 2018 (LD: Robert Wierzel)

Barber of Seville* Production & Performance: 22 Feb – 11 Mar 2018 (LD: Gregory Allen Hirsch)

Das Rheingold Production & Performance: 30 Mar – 15 April 2018 (LD: Nicole Pearce)

*Opera Techs in Tucson

Essential Functions

  • Create, draft and update lighting paperwork as needed including all hookups, schedules, focus charts, cue lists, follow spot cue lists, etc.
  • Focus under the direction of the Lighting Designer
  • Coordinate adaptation and focus of shows in second performance venue
  • Attend rehearsals as needed, and all performances
  • Coordinate all aspects of the electrics department including prep, load-in, focus, techs, dress rehearsals, performances, and load-out in collaboration with the Technical Director
  • Serve as the primary contact for all Visiting Lighting Designers.
  • Provide effective communication between the lighting designer and all departments.
Reports To: 
Lighting Designer



  • BFA in stage design or technology with an emphasis on lighting.

  • Knowledge of opera production standards

  • Ability to read music

  • 3 to 5 years experience as either an Assistant Lighting Designer or Lighting Supervisor

  • Proficiency in Vectorworks2017, Lightwright 5/6 and Microsoft Office.

  • Proficiency with ETC consoles and off-line software.

  • Experience working with IATSE labor.  

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (English).

  • Good organizational and time management skills.


  • Independent Contractor Fee per show is commensurate with experience.  Assistance with housing and transportation is possible.

to apply:

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest with subject ALD18, resume, references and salary requirements by email to hr@azopera.org
No Phone Calls, Please.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

The Arizona Opera is an Equal Opportunity employer.  The Arizona Opera does not discriminate against an Employee or candidate for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status.  We prohibit discrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, engagements, assignments, training, discipline, termination, promotions or other conditions of employment or career development.  We offer Reasonable Accommodations where necessary to candidates for employment and to our qualified employees with disabilities.

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