Lyric Unlimited Properties Designer, An American Dream | Lyric Opera of Chicago

Submitted by ttuckett on Fri, 09/28/2018 - 4:14pm

Reports to: Properties and Scenic Art Director & Lyric Unlimited Production Manager        

Status: Seasonal Contract Position

Employment Period:

Immediate hire for design meetings, planning, and budgeting.

Feb 25-March 9: Rehearsals

March 10-17: Load In, Tech Week, Opening & Closing

Compensation: Based on Experience ($2,800-$3,200)

Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera.

Lyric Unlimited (LU) is a long-term, evolving initiative that encompasses company activities outside of Lyric’s main stage season. It was established to provide a relevant cultural service to communities throughout the Chicagoland area, including communities for whom opera and opera companies have been largely irrelevant; to explore a wide range of ways in which Lyric can collaborate with cultural and community organizations throughout the area; and to advance the development of opera, exploring ways in which opera as an art form can resonate more powerfully, and in a range of different ways, with people of multiple backgrounds, ethnicities, and interests. 


  • Assist the Properties and Scenic Art Director & Lyric Unlimited Production Manager with the development of the properties design in coordination with the scenic designer for Lyric Unlimited
  • Participate in pre-production meetings with Directors and Designers
  • Research, develop, coordinate, and procure:  props, set dressing, and armor
  • Work with the Properties and Scenic Art Director to coordinate best use of Lyric resources including stock and available construction and scenic art labor
  • Track and maintain purchases against the assigned properties budget
  • Assist with interfacing between the director, designers, the crew, and stage management, regarding properties development and implementation
  • Attend technical rehearsals
  • Attend room rehearsals as needed
  • Work with the scenic designer to collaborate on solutions to problems before and during tech

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 1-3 years of experience in the field
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Opera production knowledge is a plus but not required
  • Photoshop is a plus
  • Experience working in union venues is a plus
  • Work independently with minimal supervision and meet due dates and deadlines
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Maintain confidentiality.
  • Organize, prioritize and complete varied tasks quickly and accurately
  • Establish effective working relationships and interact with a wide range of people
  • Maintain several projects of equal priority at once and sustain productivity under pressure
  • Driver’s license, and clean driving record


  • Sit at a computer and/or production desk for long periods of time
  • See clearly in low-light situations such as are common back stage and in the theatre
  • Stand for long durations during production days
  • Walk on complex stage settings
  • The employee must be able to perform the functions of the position in a safe manner. 
  • Work weekends and evenings as necessary  


Please forward a resume and cover letter denoting the position of interest to jobs@lyricopera.orgor mail to:  Lyric Opera of Chicago, Attention: Human Resources, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 860, Chicago, IL 60606.

Contact Information
Contact Email: 
Lyric Unlimited Properties Designer, An American Dream | Lyric Opera of Chicago | Chicago Artists Resource


The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later.