Apprenticeships

2024 Glimmerglass Apprenticeship Program

Graciously supported by Denise Littlefield Sobel

The Glimmerglass Festival is reinforcing the company’s decades-long history of mentoring and educating theater professionals with the Glimmerglass Festival Apprenticeship Program. With staff undergoing anti-bias training and education in creating more accessible, equitable and inclusive work environments, the company offers hourly paid summer Apprenticeships in Administration, Artistic Administration and Theater Production. Our Apprenticeship Program provides a unique combination of practical, work, and educational programs, each designed to further professional growth.

Our Apprentices join the program after gaining interest through practical experience or their academic studies. Our Apprenticeship Program is geared toward participants, ages 18 and over, 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 top theaters, opera companies, and institutions 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, one-on-one 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 company’s hiring process and policies 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, and frequent opportunities to learn and work alongside seasoned professionals in formal and informal settings.

Training & Seminars

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

  • Safety: Lifts and ladders; lockout/tagout; tool checkout; CPR/first aid; emergency procedures; vehicle training; slips, trips, and falls; back safety; fire extinguisher training; respirator fit testing; standard and oversized vehicle trainings; spray booth training; secondary containers; emergency procedures and active shooter awareness;
  • Technology: PhotoShop, InDesign, AutoCAD, MS Office Suite, Google Workspace
  • Creative Skills: Lighting, scenic, and costume design sessions
  • Applied Skills: Resume building, health and wellness, communication skills.  

Seminar offerings may include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to CNC Routing 
  • Hacking the Nervous System 
  • Getting & Giving Useful Feedback
  • Apprentice Mixer 
  • Design Seminar for all Mainstage Productions
  • Design to Production Forum 
  • Hazardous Materials in the Performing Arts 
  • Color Theory in Practice
  • Creating a Design Mood/Research Board
  • Hand Sewing Skills
  • Leadership in the Performing Arts
  • Welding Theory and Practice
  • Resume, Cover Letter, and Portfolio Workshop 
  • Professional Communications for Arts Management
  • When Teamwork Is Spelled With An “I”
  • *Alumni Spotlight Forum
  • Costume Design with Van Broughton Ramsey
  • Lighting Design with Kevin Adams
  • Opera America Making Connections & Finance as a Theatre Professional, 
  • JR Clancy & Wenger Tour
  • Wightman’s Lumber Mill Tour
  • Thistle Hill Weavers Tour

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 a cover letter, resume (with references), and portfolios. Applications are reviewed directly by the Apprentice’s would-be mentors/supervisors, and evaluated for interview.

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

  • Demonstrated interest and/or applicable experience  
  • Academic/Experiential 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 in day-to-day work, development, and operations.  
  • 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.

Updated: February 23, 2024

About

You can apply for up to three different Apprenticeships! Multiple single-page resumes are recommended when applying for multiple Apprenticeship positions.

The Glimmerglass Festival offers summer Apprenticeships in Artistic Administration, Company Administration, and Production. The Glimmerglass Apprenticeship Program provides a unique combination of practical, work, and educational programs, each designed to further professional growth.

Our Apprentices join the program after gaining interest through practical experience or their academic studies. Our Apprenticeship Program is geared toward participants, ages 18 and over, 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 top theaters, opera companies, and institutions in the nation. Apprentices are engaged for a period of 7 – 18 weeks, with some positions beginning in early May.

For further information, email the Hiring Search Department at hiring@glimmerglass.org.  

No phone calls, please.

ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION 

Artistic Administration: 2 positions. Supervised by the Director of Artistic Administration and Artistic Operations Coordinator, apprentices will primarily assist in the clerical and operational duties supporting  our Guest Artists, Young Artist Program (YAP), and Youth and Local Chorus. These positions work collaboratively with staff, artists, visiting industry professionals, and parents/guardians.  Shared duties include: coordinating logistics for ancillary and off-site performances/events including the YAP Industry Auditions, liaising with industry professionals to book travel and process ticket requests, assisting with artistic planning, liaising with music staff, assisting the Director of Artistic Administration with artist relations duties, and managing wellness checks and backstage duty. Apprentices will be responsible for child wrangling and serve as the primary contact  during the youth opera. Successful candidates possess a sound sense of judgment, strong organizational skills, initiative, remain composed under pressure, and an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Strong editing skills and proficiency in Google and Microsoft Office suite are strongly recommended. Knowledge of opera or classical repertoire, and  previous experience working with children is a plus. Driver’s license with a clean driving record required. May 28 – August 23.

Music Library: 1 position. 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. May 28 – August 23.

Music Operations: 2 positions. Supervised by the Music Operations Manager, orchestra operations apprentices 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. June 3– August 23.

 

Company ADMINISTRATION 

Box Office 2 positions. Assist with ticket sales, patron services, and preparation of income reports, as well as coordinating group activities. Successful candidates have excellent attention to detail, good organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as computer literacy.  Customer service skills are desirable.  June 10 – August 20.

Company Management: 5 positions. Assist department responsible for the housing, transportation, and other practical concerns of singers, directors, designers and general personnel. This position will spend a majority of time in the field transporting staff and artists and responding to housing concerns and developments. 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.  May 10 – August 26

Development 3 positions. 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. Early June – late August.

Front of House  1 position. 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. Late May – late August.

 

Updated: February 23, 2024

PRODUCTION

Costume Administration 1 position. Assist Production Management in facilitating costume department accounting and reconciling all purchases/shipping/returns, distributing information to the Costume Shops, processing occasional fitting photos, purchasing and distribution of Costume Shop/Craft Shop supplies, as well as assisting in the execution of Orientations, Seminars, and Crew Meals. A working knowledge of computers and word/excel, some understanding of costume shop terminology, and experience in administrative organization are desired. Requires organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; Valid driver’s license with clean record required. May 13 – August 25.

Costume Crafts 2 positions. Assist with craft work including dyeing, distressing, jewelry construction and modification, leatherwork, stitching, painting, dying, labeling, shoe/boot modification, fabric and garment aging, and  millinery/footwear construction and modification of costumes for four productions. Requires theatrical sewing skills and skill in one or more crafts areas. Portfolio required. May 20 – August 4 (1 position) or August 18 (1 position).

Costume Stitcher 4 positions. Assist with construction and/or alteration of costumes by hand and with machine for four productions while working on a team within the Costume Shop structure. Requires theatrical sewing skills and academic shop experience.  Portfolio required. June 3 – July 23 (2 positions) or July 29 (2 positions).

Dramaturgy/Titles 1 position. Assist Dramaturgy/Titles team with creating research materials to support current and future festival seasons; program supertitles for all shows; call titles for rehearsals and performances. Successful candidates will read music well; possess typing, proofreading and organizational skills; demonstrate excellent attention to detail and professionalism. Opera knowledge is a plus. June 3 – August 20.

Electrics 3 positions. 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. May 20 – August 25.

Hair & Makeup 2 positions. 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. A successful candidate will have broad knowledge and experience working with all hair types and skin tones, ventilating, foundation building, and show running experience. Portfolio required. June 3 – Aug 21.

Production Administration 1 position. Assist Production Management and production department heads with office routines, scheduling, shopping, purchasing and budget tracking; provide staff support including safety program implementation, as well as assisting in the execution of Orientations, Seminars, 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. May 6 – August 25

Properties 1 position. 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, soft goods, crafts, sculpting, painting or metal working. No run crew. Portfolio required.  May 6 – July 28.

Properties Paint 1 position. 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.  May 6 – August 11.

Scenic Carpentry 1 position. 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. May 6 – August 25

Stage Management 2 positions. Assist stage management team with prep and running rehearsals of four productions; run rehearsals and performances for ancillary shows and concerts 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. May 27 – August 20

Stage Operations 4 positions. Assist with the install of repertory scenery; run deck, rail and properties; perform daily scenery changeovers; 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. May 13 – August 25.

Wardrobe 3 positions. Assist in maintaining large repertory costume inventory, dressing principals and chorus, and backstage quick changes. Apprentice’s 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. June 17 – August 25.

Updated: February 23, 2024

APPRENTICESHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION/INSTRUCTIONS:

You can apply for up to three different Apprenticeships!

Application information will be posted at www.glimmerglass.org starting on January 3, 2024. The application process will involve filling out an online Employment Application Form (see link below) and attaching one PDF file containing a one-page cover letter and a one-page resume with references. Some positions may require an additional portfolio attachment or link (preferred).

Cover letter

– One (1) page. 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

– One (1) page. Include telephone number, e-mail address, education (post high school, if applicable), work and internship experience (with dates). You can apply for up to three different Apprenticeships. Multiple single-page resumes are recommended when applying for multiple Apprenticeship positions.

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, Crafts, Design, Hair & Makeup, Paints, Props, Scenic Carpentry, or Technical Direction) 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 link is preferred.

For further information, email the Hiring Search Department at hiring@glimmerglass.org.  

No phone calls, please.

Apprentices are compensated at a rate of $15.00/hr and are eligible for overtime. Housing provided. 

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

For further information, email the Hiring Search Department at hiring@glimmerglass.org.  

No phone calls, please.

To apply, please prepare your one-page Resume with three references, one-page Cover Letter, and possible portfolio in a single PDF file and complete the Glimmerglass Employment Application Form by clicking the button below. 

Glimmerglass Employment Application Form

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More positions may be added; please check back for updated information.

Please note: All company members will be required to follow all safety, health, and wellness policies and procedures.

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.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Updated: January 3, 2024