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Director of Production

Arizona Opera is seeking a motivated, driven, and energetic Director of Production to join its Production team as the company continues to pursue its vision of artistic vitality, delivery of civic value, audience expansion, and institutional strength and sustainability.

Since 1971, Arizona Opera has produced over 170 fully-staged operas and concerts. As one of the only companies in the country to perform in two major metropolitan cities, 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 operatic main stage offerings each year in both Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and numerous outreach events for children and adults of all ages. The 2021/22 Season marks the company’s 50th Anniversary.

Arizona Opera recently reshaped its strategy around creating the most dynamic artistic program possible for our state, based on a community-centric approach that supports the philanthropic growth necessary to properly support a company of our scale. This strategy shift resulted in the company’s adoption of a new season model launched in the 2018/19 Season, with the new Arizona Opera McDougall RED Series – a two opera chamber series - in the Fall, and the Arizona Opera Main Stage Series in the Winter & Spring, which is comprised of two beloved classics, and one large-scale contemporary opera as part of the Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Modern Masterworks Series. This transformational shift has not only inspired greater excitement in the work on our stage, but has also encouraged greater community investment in the form of contributed income.

In addition to producing five fully staged operas each year in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona Opera offers robust programs in the areas of K-12 education, artist and artisan training, and community engagement, with an expanded focus in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all areas of the company.


Job Title: Director of Production

Location: Phoenix Arizona

Department: Production

Reports To: General Director

FLSA Status: Not Eligible for OT (Exempt)

Classification: Full time



The Director of Production is responsible for the execution of the physical artistic product appearing in Arizona Opera presentations and programs. The Director of Production facilitates the Opera’s mission by planning, executing, and actively managing all aspects of the technical and physical components of producing opera, as well as supporting production needs of other programs across the company as necessary.


Essential Functions

  • Research and recommend appropriate physical components for each production, including scenery, costumes and properties and negotiate and administer all contracts.
  • Identify and contract Scenery, Costume, Lighting, Projection, and Sound Designers as needed and negotiate and administer contracts.
  • Oversee production rentals and purchases, including the purchase and rental of incoming and outgoing productions, both domestic and international; creating and implementing contracts, transportation, and technical materials; as well as negotiating any related fees, insurance, deposits, royalties, and per diems.
  • Manage co-productions, negotiate agreements, review design plans, and ensure smooth transition from co-producers’ theaters to company’s theaters.
  • Administer the building of all new productions, including recommending designers, monitoring the development of designs, and overseeing the realization of all physical components.
  • Manage the Arizona Opera Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Costume Shop and the Arizona Opera Scenic Studio.
  • Create and maintain production budget, providing budget forecasts including annual, monthly and weekly cash flows as required.
  • Create and maintain multi-year Production Calendars for AZO productions in four venues and related activities.
  • Budget, administer and provide support for Resident Company Agreements with Phoenix Symphony Hall and Herberger Theater Center and rental agreements with Tucson Music Hall and Arizona Theatre Company.
  • In concert with the President and General Director, lead collective bargaining negotiations for Phoenix and Tucson I.A.T.S.E. and administer the agreements.
  • Maintain a safe working environment, ensuring all facilities meet current safety codes.
  • Lead the creation of physical components of the company’s special events and other programs as needed.
  • Serve as a resource for outward facing departments departments as public speaker, author, or by providing general information for print and online materials.
  • Arrange for seasonal trucking needs, local and long haul, by receiving and evaluating bids, contracting and communication with vendor(s) and Arizona Opera personnel regarding schedules, and reconcile bills.
  • Establish working relationships with companies and vendors. Stay informed about industry standards and new products.
  • Approve and track all vendor invoices related to departmental expenditures.
  • Generate all required technical drawings.
  • Attend all performances.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Production Manager, Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, Wig and Make-up Manager, Production Stage Manager, and any other per-production personnel including Scenery, Lighting Costume and Sound Designers.
Reports To: 
General Director
Job Category: 



  • 5 years professional experience in opera or theater with a demonstrated successful track record in production management, technical direction and/or shop management
  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theater, design, production, or another relevant area, or proven equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of latest industry and field techniques and trends
  • Awareness of theatrical rigging, automation, hydraulics, and other systems



  • Superior people skills
  • Excellent management abilities
  • Energetic, forward thinking, and creative individual with high ethical standards
  • Strategic visionary with sound analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus
  • Outstanding oral and written skills, comfortable with public speaking and able to give polished, presentations to audiences from varying levels of experience with opera
  • Organized self-directed individual who is a team player
  • Ability to respond effectively to inquires or complaints
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately


Computer Skills:

  • Computer literate and proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, and experience with AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Lightwright, ArtsVision and Photoshop


Physical Demands:

Extended periods at workstation (in the office or theater), using a keyboard, viewing a computer screen and communicating by telephone and in person.


Work Environment:

Work environment is generally quiet, and in an office setting, but intensifies during periods when the company is in production.


Travel/Other Requirements:

Reliable transportation required and must be able to travel statewide. Flexible schedule that will require working some nights and weekends to for rehearsals and performances, attending events, etc.


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.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to