Apprenticeships

2022 Glimmerglass Apprenticeship Program

Graciously supported by Denise Littlefield Sobel

The Glimmerglass Festival has offered internships in all aspects of industry practice for decades. With a desire to offer a more inclusive, equitable and diverse experience for the next generation of theater professionals, the Festival has announced several changes and adjustments to its annual summer educational programming.

With the generous support of Denise Littlefield Sobel, we bring you the Glimmerglass Apprenticeship Program, offering hourly paid summer apprenticeships in administration, artistic administration and theater production, providing a unique combination of practical, work, and educational experiences.

Our Apprentices join the program after gaining interest through practical experience or their academic studies. Our Apprenticeship Program  is geared toward participants who would like to continue to learn and grow in their chosen field. Apprentices work directly with noted professionals under the guidance of supervisors and staff from many of the best theaters, opera companies, and schools in the nation. Apprentices are engaged for a period of 7 – 18 weeks, with some positions beginning as early as April.

Program Mission

To provide experience and knowledge to early career professionals and students who seek to further their professional growth through practical training, personal mentorship, and a range of workshops and seminars across multiple disciplines. 

Program Goals

Goal 1:  Train competent and creative professionals.
Apprentices receive training in industry best practices and current technologies in areas of their interest within the performing arts. 

Goal 2: Provide mentorship and evaluate growth.
Apprentices work alongside professional staff and artists from around the world, as well as work with Supervisors to establish goals and review progress throughout the season.

Goal 3: Deliver a broad range of educational programs.
Apprentices participate in seminars, workshops, and resume & portfolio reviews with industry professionals.

Goal 4: Foster equity and access to the Apprenticeship Program
Recruitment and outreach connections are expanded every year to maximize accessibility and visibility for participation in the program while also reviewing the applicant’s hiring process to ensure that each candidate is evaluated equitably and (should they be hired) compensated fairly.

Program Methodology and Curriculum

The Glimmerglass Festival Apprenticeship Program provides a unique combination of practical experience and educational programs, each designed to further professional and personal growth. Each Apprenticeship offers a well-rounded experience including structured training sessions; curated seminars (both required and elective); and frequent opportunities to learn and work alongside  seasoned professionals in formal and informal settings. 

Training/Seminars

Training Sessions include but are not limited to: (required by department/role)

  • Safety: Lifts and ladders; lockout/tagout; tool checkout; CPR/first aid; emergency procedures; active shooter awareness; vehicle training; slips, trips, and falls; back safety; fire extinguisher training; Fit testing
  • Technology: PhotoShop, InDesign, AutoCAD, MS Office Suite, Google Workspace
  • Creative Skills: Lighting, scenic, costume design sessions

Optional seminar offerings may include but are not limited to: 

  • Marketing & Branding as a Theatre Professional
  • Hacking the Nervous System
  • Firearm Safety for the Stage
  • Leadership in the Performing Arts – industry guest speakers with Francesca Zambello
  • Hazardous Materials in the Performing Arts – industry guest speaker
  • Portfolio reviews – individual sessions with acclaimed professional designers
  • Google Workspace vs. Microsoft Suite
  • Dissecting Arts Administration
  • Adobe Suite
  • Website Building
  • Lighting Design
  • Music Librarian
  • Production Design Presentation/Panel/Q and A
  • Theatre Skills applied Outside the Industry
  • Fall Arrest
  • Lighting Workshop
  • Design to Production Forum
  • CNC Basics
  • Speaking Structures
  • Welding Workshop
  • Stage Management Forum

Program Administration

The Program is advertised at vocational institutions, academic institutions, in industry publications, and at professional and collegiate conferences attended by interested parties. The application process is comprised of an online application, where candidates choose up to three Apprenticeships in order of preference and submit required materials such as portfolios, writing samples, and references. Applications are reviewed by year-round staff; the strongest applicants are forwarded to Apprentice mentors/supervisors for interview.

Apprenticeships are competitive, and are awarded based on the candidate’s:

  • Demonstrated interest and/or applicable experience  
  • Academic achievement, development of technical skills, and/or personal merit
  • Potential and desire to pursue a professional career in the chosen field

Mentor responsibilities: 

  • Work with Apprentices to set goals for the term of the apprenticeship. Use the evaluation form and instruction sheet for pre-season, mid-season, and post-season evaluations.
  • Supervise Apprentices day to day; ensure an appropriate mix of practical experience and educational opportunities.
  • Administer any documentation or program criteria required by the Apprentice’s academic institution, if applicable.  

Application Information and Instructions

The application process will involve filling out an online Employment Application Form (EAF) and attaching  one PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and references. Some positions may require an additional portfolio attachment.

Cover letter
– Indicate earliest date available and latest departure date.  Glimmerglass start dates are often more flexible than end dates.  Applications that have start and end dates significantly outside of the dates provided below will not be considered. 

Resume
– Include mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, education (post high school, if applicable), work and internship experience (with dates).

References
– Provide contact information for three references. Indicate your relationship to each reference, their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.  Applications listing “References upon request” will not be considered.

Portfolio
-Some positions (Carpentry, Costumes, Costume Crafts, Design, Hair & Makeup, Paints, Props, and Photography) may require examples of your previous work- please include either a link to your digital portfolio/webpage or images with descriptions on additional pages at the end of your PDF submission. Online portfolio is preferred. 

E-mail questions to production_admin@glimmerglass.org.

Apprentices are compensated at a rate of $13.20/hr, are eligible for overtime, and are provided housing.

The Apprenticeship Program is highly competitive; some positions are filled as early as February. Early applications are encouraged. All positions in the Apprenticeship Program will be posted for two weeks prior to the start of the interview process and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 

Apply Today

(When you link to our Employment Application form, you will be prompted by Google to sign in. You are able to use a non-Google email to complete the sign-in process.)

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks to hire persons of all backgrounds, lived experiences, and identities. Developing and investing in our employees is our highest priority to achieve an environment that fosters company wide success. The Festival aims to employ individuals at varying stages of their careers, who have a desire to work for a leading arts organization that values professional and personal growth through collaboration and commitment to creating the highest quality product possible. Click here to learn more about the initiatives and actions we are taking to make progress in these areas.

The Glimmerglass Festival is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data or any other legally protected status.

The Apprenticeship Program is highly competitive; some positions are filled as early as February. Early applications are encouraged. All positions in the Apprenticeship Program will be posted for two weeks prior to the start of the interview process and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 

Artistic Administration: 1 position. May 23 – August 28. Coordinate all aspects of the Young Artists Program auditions, liaise with industry professionals and process ticket requests.  Serve as primary contact for the youth opera production team, and assist with the creation of the daily schedule. This position works collaboratively with staff, artists, and visiting industry professionals. Successful candidates possess a sound sense of judgment, initiative, and the ability to remain composed under pressure; strong organizational skills, and an ability to work on multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment; strong editing skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite. Knowledge of opera repertoire is a plus. Driver’s license with a clean driving record required.

Artistic Operations: 1 position. May 23 – August 28. Coordinate all logistics for ancillary and off-site performances, booking industry professionals’ travel and accommodations, create travel itineraries, and assist in creation of the daily schedule. This position will be responsible for child wrangling and liaising with parents/guardians of the youth chorus. Other duties include assisting with artistic planning, liaising with music staff, and assisting the Director of Artistic Administration with artist relations duties, including wellness checks and backstage duty. Successful candidates possess strong organizational skills, an ability to multitask, an ability to remain composed under pressure, a sound sense of judgment, and strong computer skills. Knowledge of opera or classical repertoire is a plus. Driver’s license with a clean driving record required.

Box Office 2 positions. June 1 – August 28. Assist with ticket sales, patron services, and preparation of income reports, as well as coordinating group activities. Successful candidates have good organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy.  Customer service skills are desirable. 

Communications 2 positions. May 23 – August 28. Work directly with the Director of Communications on Content Marketing and Public Relations. They assist with the preparation and development of press materials, work with members of the media and general public, and support the Audience Services/Press Desk at all performances. Brainstorm and draft social media content with the company voice, draft e-commerce copy and assist in the gift shop. Excellent writing and proofreading skills, strong research skills, and a congenial public manner appreciated. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, and POS systems is helpful but not required. Moves equipment up to 25lbs. Driver’s license with clean driving record preferred. 

Company Management: 3 positions. Early May – Late August. Assist department responsible for the housing, transportation, and other practical concerns of singers, directors, designers and general personnel, including on-campus transportation of patrons. Operates as part of a 9-person team, but will have many tasks that require independence. Will need to respond positively and tactfully to a variety of logistical arrangements. Problem solving skills, flexibility, and quick decision making is desired. Driver’s license with a clean driving record required. 

Development 3 positions.  Early May – late August. Assist with the administration and execution of summer fundraising projects and events, including: prospect research, analysis of prospective donors and the subsequent one-on-one engagement of selected patrons. Event planning, execution, and follow-up are major components of this Apprenticeship, including prospect identification, invitation tracking, set-up and logistics, and face-to-face, written, and phone communication with donors. Provide assistance with tickets and trip logistics for donors, and help with general development administration and long-range projects, such as the annual fund campaign and grant preparation. Successful Apprentices have excellent verbal and written communication skills, are flexible in a fast-paced environment, and work successfully as an individual and as part of a team. A musical background is not required, but knowledge of and appreciation for the arts is preferable. 

Front of House  2 positions. Late May – late August. Assist House Manager with management of theater and secondary venues to ensure audience comfort and safety. Assist with soliciting, scheduling and training volunteer ushers. Provide support to Box Office, Patron Services, Group Sales, and Events as needed. A successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Information Technologies  1 position. Late May – late August. Assist with the install, update and support of Windows/Apple software and hardware; function as Help Desk support, respond to end-user requests via phone, in person and electronically; track changes and support calls; map network drives and printers, monitor systems and network status; run preventative maintenance.  Knowledge of MS Office 2010, as well as Windows and Mac OS are desirable. Lifts and carries 40lbs. There is occasional local travel between remote offices and properties; driver’s license with a clean driving record required. 

Music Library: 1 position. Mid May – Late August. Primary duties  include: marking of piano/vocal (P/V) scores and orchestral parts for changes to cuts, and string bowings; notating changes using both hand and computerized engraving techniques, helping maintain collection of circulating P/Vs, arias, excerpts and anthologies. Position works closely with music librarian, and orchestra personnel. Candidates should be able to read a full score, be familiar with marking string bowings, have exceptional attention to detail, possess excellent penmanship, and be able to work independently. Driver’s license with a clean driving record required.

Orchestra Operations: 2 positions. May 23 – August 28. Supervised by the Music Operations Manager, orchestra operations interns are primarily responsible for the set-up and tear-down of rehearsal rooms and the orchestra pit for every orchestral service. Guided by the collective bargaining agreement between AFM Local 443 and Glimmerglass, apprentices are also responsible for the secure transportation of instruments and strict adherence to all written company policies and CBA work rules. Attendance at all orchestra rehearsals and performances is required. General administrative and run-out performance duties within the artistic department may also be assigned. A background in music and/or music ensemble logistics is preferred. These positions work closely with orchestra members, conductors and the stage operations team. Successful candidates will be highly organized, reliable, and have strong interpersonal skills. These positions require heavy lifting (+50 lbs.) and manual labor on a nearly daily basis, but they also require meticulous care to protect Glimmerglass and orchestra-owned instrumental assets. Work is scheduled primarily on weekends and evenings in the summer season specifically catered to the orchestra schedule. Driver’s license with a clean driving record required.

Photography 1 position. Early June  – August 26. Working and learning under the company photographer within the Communications Department, help documents the many facets of the Festival, photographing everything from mainstage performances, rehearsals and coachings, to events and community endeavors. Maintain photo files and occasionally assist company videographer with second shooting and equipment set-up and breakdown. Successful candidates are familiar with photographing action in a variety of lighting situations. Familiarity with external flash is helpful but not required. Independent work-ethic, strong communication skills and a high degree of professionalism desired; must possess a valid driver’s license with clean driving record. Portfolio required.

 

Audio/Video Engineering 1 position. May 23 – Aug 28. Assist with installation, use and maintenance of in-house audio & video monitoring/playback systems, a large wired and wireless intercom system and a computer-controlled projection system for projected titles. Experience with sound, video, intercom and computer systems desired.

Scenic Carpentry 2 positions. May 2 – August 28. Assist carpentry with construction and modifications to scenery; initial install of scenery; load-ins and some changeovers. No run crew. Requires the ability to read drawings, good stage carpentry skills in both wood and metal, and basic knowledge of single purchase counterweight systems. MIG welding experience required.

Costume Crafts 2 positions. May 2 -August (End Dates Vary). Assist with craft work including dyeing, distressing, millinery and footwear of costumes for four productions. Requires theatrical sewing skills and skill in one or more crafts areas. Portfolio required.

Costume Administration 1 position. April 25 – August 28. Assist designers and management with shopping and tracking of purchases. Some shop work as required. Valid driver’s license with clean record required. 

Costume Stitcher 6 positions. May-July (Dates Vary). Assist with construction and/or alteration of costumes for four productions. Requires theatrical sewing skills and academic shop experience.  Portfolio required.

Electrics 4 positions. May 23 – August 28. Assist with installing, circuiting and focusing 500+ unit plot; perform daily changeovers; run productions; and strike. Requires thorough experience with stage electrics. This is a large crew and a team-oriented attitude is essential.

Hair & Makeup 2 positions. May 30 – Aug 28. Assist with daily maintenance of wigs; pre-performance application of make-up, wigs and hairstyling for singers; and backstage quick changes. Ventilating experience necessary, and a congenial and artist-oriented personality is essential.  Portfolio required.

Lighting Supervision  1 position.  May 23 – August 28.  Will work closely with the Lighting Supervisors and Lighting Director to document, archive, and maintain 2 of 4 operas in repertory. In addition, will act as the second assistant on two operas. Must be familiar with Vectorworks, Lightwright, Microsoft excel, and basic electrician knowledge.

Production Administration 1 position. April 25 – August 28. Assist production management and production department heads with office routines, scheduling, shopping, purchasing and budget tracking and staff support including safety program implementation and crew meals. Requires organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; basic knowledge of production procedures and terminology; computer literacy; and valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Properties 1 position. May 6 – August 11. Assist with construction and procurement of props for mainstage productions and other events. Basic woodworking skills are required as well as skills in one or more of the following areas: sewing, sculpting, painting or metal working. No run crew.

Properties Paint 1 position. May 6 – August 11. Assist with the painting of props for mainstage productions and other events. May assist the scenic artists at times. Requires the ability to replicate scenic treatments through instruction from the Scenic Charge and/or references from designers. No run crew. Portfolio required.

Rigging 1 position. May 2 – August 28. Assist rigging staff with construction and modifications to flying scenery; installation of rigging systems for scenery and lighting equipment; electrics load-ins and rigging notes.  No run crew. Requires the ability to read drawings, good metal fabrication skills and basic knowledge of single purchase counterweight systems. Basic MIG welding experience required.

Scene Design 1 position. May 16 – August 28. Assist scenic designers during the technical rehearsal process with notes, research and drafting. Also assist in prop or paint shops as needed. Requires attention to detail and the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Photoshop skills are desirable. Portfolio required. 

Scenic Painting 2 positions. May 6 – August 11. Assist with scenery, prop painting and touch-ups. A strong foundation in drawing, layout, mixing and scenic craft skills is required. No run crew. Portfolio required.

Stage Management 2 positions.  May 16 – August 21.  Assist stage management team with prep and running rehearsals of mainstage shows; run rehearsals and performances for second stage shows as assigned.  Requires organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, ability to read music, and stage management experience on the academic level with a preference for those with an interest in opera.

Stage Operations 5 positions. May 9 – August 28. Install repertory scenery; run deck, rail and properties; perform daily scenery changeovers; build, install and maintain rehearsal scenery and properties; and strike scenery at the end of the season. Basic familiarity with stage procedures is ideal. The position is an excellent introduction to most aspects of production. This is a large crew and a team-oriented attitude is essential. 

Technical Direction 1 position. May 2 – August 28. Assist Technical Director and ATDs with shop management, drafting, budgeting and technical rehearsal supervision.  AUTOCAD experience required. 3D preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft office is required. 

Wardrobe 4 positions. May 30 – August 28. Assist in maintaining large repertory costume inventory, dressing principals and chorus, and backstage quick changes. Interns also are given the opportunity to work in costume shop and/or crafts shop for the first weeks of the contract period and need basic theatrical sewing skills. A congenial and artist-oriented personality is essential.        

Application Information and Instructions

The application process will involve filling out an online Employment Application Form (EAF) and attaching  one PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and references. Some positions may require an additional portfolio attachment.

Cover letter
– Indicate earliest date available and latest departure date.  Glimmerglass start dates are often more flexible than end dates.  Applications that have start and end dates significantly outside of the dates provided below will not be considered. 

Resume
– Include mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, education (post high school, if applicable), work and internship experience (with dates).

References
– Provide contact information for three references. Indicate your relationship to each reference, their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.  Applications listing “References upon request” will not be considered.

Portfolio
-Some positions (Costumes, Costume Crafts, Design, Hair & Makeup, Props, Photography, and Carpentry) may require examples of your previous work- please include either a link to your digital portfolio/webpage or images with descriptions on additional pages at the end of your PDF submission. Online portfolio is preferred. 

E-mail questions to production_admin@glimmerglass.org.

Apprentices are compensated at a rate of $13.20/hr, are eligible for overtime, and are provided housing.

The Apprenticeship Program is highly competitive; some positions are filled as early as February. Early applications are encouraged. All positions in the Apprenticeship Program will be posted for two weeks prior to the start of the interview process and applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 

Apply Today

(When you link to our Employment Application form, you will be prompted by Google to sign in. You are able to use a non-Google email to complete the sign-in process.)

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks to hire persons of all backgrounds, lived experiences, and identities. Developing and investing in our employees is our highest priority to achieve an environment that fosters company wide success. The Festival aims to employ individuals at varying stages of their careers, who have a desire to work for a leading arts organization that values professional and personal growth through collaboration and commitment to creating the highest quality product possible. Click here to learn more about the initiatives and actions we are taking to make progress in these areas.

The Glimmerglass Festival is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data or any other legally protected status.