The San Diego Symphony technical director/ stage manager will be present at all load-ins, rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances. It is this person’s responsibility to represent the Association in all production matters, act as a resource to protect Copley Symphony Hall, and supervise San Diego Symphony-owned equipment. A management fee will be charged in addition to stage crew charges.
The Association’s contract with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) requires that all renters of Symphony Hall employ union stagehands. Our minimum requirement is for three Heads of Department, those being carpenter, electrician and properties. If your production requires the use of sound amplification/recording, the use of the fly-rail or video, it will be necessary to employ additional Heads of Department.
CREW RATES (Important): Please call for rate information. In order to expedite an accurate estimate, please have a technical rider or a detailed idea of your production needs and an anticipated schedule for the day(s) you will be renting the Hall.
SHOW CALL: A show call based on a 3.5-hour minimum will be charged for all rental events that include a performance for which tickets are sold. Show call rates vary and should be confirmed with I.A.T.S.E. management staff. Cancellations must be made no later than 12 hours before call time to avoid the four-hour minimum charge. I.A.T.S.E. costs include hourly rates, benefits, and payroll/workers compensation.
OVERTIME: Will be billed at 1.5 times the base rate after 8 hours daily. Double (2) time be will be charged for work performed between midnight and 8 a.m. or after 12 hours in one day. For work on holidays (including NYD, MLK Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, President's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), the base rate will be double the straight time hourly for all hours except actual performances, which will be paid as 1.5 times of performance rate.
MEALS: One hour must be allowed for a meal after every 5 continuous hours of work, or a meal penalty of 1.5 times the base rate will be paid until a one-hour meal break is given. (Overtime rate also applies when exceeded in conjunction with a meal penalty period.)
Stage Entrances and Exits
The service freight elevator (for stage loading) is located on 8th Avenue between "A" and "B" streets. The stage door (artist's entrance) is located on 8th Avenue immediately south of the elevator.
There are fire exits on the northeast and southeast sides of the hall on all levels.
The stage is approximately 23’ below Eighth Avenue. The primary loading access to the stage is a freight elevator located stage left, with gate openings at sidewalk, stage, and basement levels. The elevator has a capacity of 5,000 lbs. Its gate opening at stage level is 5' x 7', and the elevator interior length is 15' 8". Additionally, there is a 14'-0" high by 6'-0" wide wall opening at the sidewalk level, 23’ above the stage. Large set pieces may be lowered to the stage through this, via block and falls or by a chain hoist system consisting of (2) 1 ton motors attached to a beam that can lift and lower approximately 4,000 pounds to the stage level.
Note: some events may require City Traffic Control during load in / load out. Please call for details.
Local Street Access
Eighth Avenue is a one-way street, and is graded approximately 30° downhill in the direction of travel. Average loading time is slightly over one hour per truck with a sufficient crew size. There is a commercial loading zone immediately outside the freight elevator for loading and unloading; however, full day truck-parking arrangements MUST be made in advance. (See additional section.) Due to the grade of the hill at the freight elevator, traffic control is required for all semi trucks longer than 45' in length. Scheduling and cost will be determined during advance process per city regulations.
During the summer of 2008, the basement level dressing rooms / green room areas underwent a complete remodel / upgrade. This upgrade was intended to not only improve the visual appearance of the space but also allow for an enhanced green room environment for all to share. Upgrades include but are not limited to: new flooring, furniture, restrooms and locker rooms in conjunction with a limited use kitchenette area. Lockers in the basement areas are the property of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and are not available for rental use. Locker rooms may be used, but that use must be approved by SDSOA during the advance process.