Derry Opera House
Certified Production Staff
The Derry Opera House operates without the
benefit of regular paid staff. Rental rates are kept low by
utilization of volunteer and stipend-based labor, whenever possible.
Each user of the Opera House is required to provide for
housekeeping and cleaning as part of their rental agreement. In
addition, each user is required to retain the services of
Certified Production Staff for certain
key production positions, whenever the nature of the production or event entails the corresponding production disciplines.
A Certified House Manager is required for all events with an audience,
in order to comply with the NH State Fire Code.
This program is very similar to the one used by the City
of Concord, NH in managing the Concord City Auditorium. It has
served that venue well for years. The purpose of the program is to
ensure that both the facility and production equipment are used in a safe,
careful and professional manner, and that the production requirements of
your event are met in a safe and effective manner.
There are four categories of Certified Production Staff:
(Scroll down for a listing of names and certification status.)
The scope of responsibilities for each of the positions is
described in a Job Description, available via the hyperlinks in the above
list. Both Certified Production Staff and production company staff
should familiarize themselves with the these roles and responsibilities. Non-certified technicians may hold "operating" staff
positions, such as Light Board Operator or Sound Board Operator, when
working under the supervision of Certified Production Staff. Note
that the Certified Production Staff is responsible for training and
supervision of any operating staff, as well as making suitable
arrangements for routine problem resolution coverage during the
production run, such as replacing blown lamps, etc. The Opera
House Staff Technical Director is also available to assist with
technical problem resolution. Hours of availability will vary.
Coverage is not 24/7.
Certified Production Staff must be familiar with the
facility specifications and usage guidelines contained in the
Opera House Technical Package.
The Opera House provides an ongoing certification program
for production staff. This program consists of:
Formal training workshops
Facility familiarization tours
Internships (on-the-job training)
Evaluation by the Staff Technical Director
Please contact us to find out when workshops are scheduled
or to enroll in one of the internship programs. Highly knowledgeable
and well experienced individuals may skip to the evaluation step.
For most volunteer technicians, a combination of formal training
(workshops) and on-the-job
training (working on shows) will be required. Please understand that this process takes
a certain amount of time. Certification or experience in other
venues is not automatically transferable to the Opera House, in the
sense of "reciprocity".
Certification is conferred by the Staff Technical
Director, based on observation of demonstrated proficiency.
Participation in other elements of the certification program is
supportive of the process, but does not confer certified status.
The Opera House maintains a list of current certified
staff for the reference of all users. Some of the individuals listed
are volunteers and some are professional vendors. Any arrangements
for provision of services are solely between Opera House users (renter)
and the individual certified production staff. Some of the
volunteers will work your show or event for free (or "work for food") and
some ask a nominal stipend. The recommended stipend for
individuals is $12.50 per hour, with a four hour minimum per day. If you ask a certified
production staff person, who is not a member of or otherwise affiliated
with your group, to work on your show you should normally expect to
offer that person a stipend. Professional vendors, because
this is their livelihood, typically command a more substantial
contracted services fee. Contact information is provided via
hyperlink from the name field, below.
List of Certified Production Staff
Click on name for contact information
The abbreviations used in the Status column are:
TD -- Staff Technical Director for the Opera House
ATD -- Assistant Technical Director for the Opera
A -- Avocational (volunteer or part-time)
P -- Professional (full time)
Note 1: This is a large-scale light and sound production
company, with various staff technicians. Please contact the Opera
House Staff TD prior to engaging their services.
Typically only available for working his/her own company's shows.
This page was last updated on:
Thursday July 03, 2014