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Robert Schaub

Seattle Opera
Technical and Faciltiies Director

Robert Schaub has been Seattle Opera’s Technical and Facilities Director for more than 24 years, overseeing much of what an audience sees on stage, including lighting, scenery, and props. In addition, he manages the company’s facilities and operations, and played a key role in the development and realization of the designs for McCaw Hall, which opened in 2003.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Schaub began his career working as a stagehand while in college. Eventually, he began his own corporate entertainment company, which led to such high-profile engagements such as working with Bill Klages lighting the 1989-90 Emmy Awards.  Schaub was a technical director for the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles during the Olympic games.  He also served as Technical Director for the 6,000-seat Universal Amphitheater (now the Gibson Amphitheater) in Universal City, California. In 1989, Schaub left Los Angeles for Seattle, and soon after was hired as Seattle Opera’s Technical and Facilities Director.  In 1990, he was a lighting director for the Seattle Goodwill Games and did the lighting for the closing ceremonies. In 2011, Schaub co-designed Seattle Opera’s production of Magic Flute.

Schaub has had many career highlights with Seattle Opera in the past two decades, including his work on the company’s signature production of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen, for which he was honored with a 2001 Eddy Award. During the years he has headed Seattle Opera’s Tech Department, his preference for investing in employee training so that work can be completed in-house instead of relying on outside experts has fostered a highly-skilled technical staff capable of producing its own aerial effects, pyrotechnics, and digital imagery.

In May 2011, Schaub made his debut with Seattle Opera as a set designer when he teamed with designer Robert Dahlstrom for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. When his schedule permits, Schaub also acts as freelance theater consultant and lighting designer in the Seattle area.