Jobs & Opportunities

Director of Production

Status             Full-time salaried with benefits

Reports to      General Director

Works with     Directors of Artistic Administration, Finance and Administration, Marketing and Education

Supervises      Costume Director, Wig/Make-up Designer, Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer, Stage Management, IATSE crew.

About Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) was founded in 1960 as part of the Honolulu Symphony Society, and was independently chartered as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) in 1980.  Defined as a cultural and educational institution, HOT is the only performing arts organization in Hawaii presenting Opera, thereby increasing the public’s awareness and appreciation of an artform that provides a unique combination of music, theater and dance.  Hawaii Opera Theatre’s goal is to be recognized as an outstanding regional opera company, one that consistently produces performances of the highest quality while maintaining a strong financial position.  HOT currently produces three mainstage and one chamber opera productions per season.

 Chief role

To manage and oversee production and technical operations of the company, including budgeting, planning, managing physical plant operations, supervising IATSE and non-union personnel, and execution of all technical aspects of season productions and other events.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with designers, co-production partners, rental companies, and HOT staff to develop and execute new production designs and/or adapt existing productions
  • Oversee procurement of production materials, either by purchase or rental; oversee return of rentals and shipping of production components
  • Oversee physical plant operations, including facility leases, insurance, maintenance, and upkeep
  • Create and manage production budget and expense projections
  • Oversee creation of master production calendar
  • Negotiate seasonal contracts with production vendors and personnel
  • Manage rentals of facilities, production materials, props, and costumes
  • Identify partners for co-production ventures, and research and negotiate co-production and rental contracts
  • Oversee creation and distribution of rental packages to opera companies and 
others interested in renting HOT production elements
  • Hire and manage production department staff; provide coaching, mentoring, training as needed
  • Negotiate contracts with directors and designers
  • Participate in IATSE negotiations; insure compliance with 
contracts and work rules; serve as principal liaison to IATSE
  • Supervise hiring of other contract and production personnel
  • Oversee preparation of production payrolls
  • Work with General Director and Board of Directors in locating suitable property and facilities for warehouse, workshop, and rehearsal usage; oversee any necessary renovations to existing facilities
  • Work with Education Department in developing and executing production designs for Education projects


Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in technical theater, performing arts, or a related field; 7 or more years of professional production management experience in opera or musical theatre; thorough knowledge of current practices, procedures, equipment, and technologies in professional performing arts production management; knowledge of CAD software. Successful candidates will have demonstrated leadership ability; superior team management and interpersonal skills; experience with union crews, operations analysis, resource, timeline, and budget management. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, multi-tasking environment also required.


Please email: Cover letter to include statement of interest and how you meet the job specifications, resumé, and the names of three references to:  

Hawaii Opera Theatre is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. 

Chorus Auditions

Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus auditions will be held on the evening of Tuesday, September 6th, by appointment only, starting at 6pm. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Jordan Sasaki at or 808-683-7214.

Please prepare two pieces in a classical or musical theatre style for the audition. A pianist will be provided. Please bring an extra copy of your music for the pianist in the key you will be singing.

Mainstage Auditions

HOT holds auditions in New York City for principal roles. Audition announcements are sent to a select list of artist management agencies. Non-managed singers with professional experience and opera training may submit materials (bio, resume, audio files or website/YouTube links) to Please understand that not all inquiries will be answered or audition requests granted. Please do not call or mail your materials.

There are no auditions scheduled at this time.

Hawaii Opera Theatre is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.