Employment Opportunities

Join The Glimmerglass Festival team

The Glimmerglass Festival employs more than 350 people in the course of a single season. The core of the company is about 20 full-time, year-round staff members, amplified by seasonal staff and interns leading up to and including the summer Festival.

Available Full-Time, Year-Round Positions:
Costume Director

Available Seasonal Positions:
Assistant Wardrobe Manager
Crafts Manager
Events Manager

Production Scheduler
Safety Coordinator
Staff Electrician 
Staff Stitcher
Young Artists Program Residence Manager
Head Chef – Young Artists Program
Sous Chef – Young Artists Program

Year-Round Positions

Costume Director - The Glimmerglass Festival, located in Cooperstown, NY, is seeking a skilled Costume Director to join our year-round team.  Glimmerglass is a summer festival that produces four mainstage operas and musicals, two second stage productions and a youth opera each summer.  The position reports to the Director of Production and manages a seasonal staff of 40+ staff and interns.  Responsibilities include collaboration with design teams to achieve artistic vision within the parameters of the Glimmerglass Festival staff and budget; create and manage build/fitting schedule and budget; hiring and training of seasonal staff; monitor tech rehearsals; manage inventory and supervise rentals. Applicants should have extensive knowledge of costume construction and administration, strong leadership and communication skills, and a minimum of 5 years of experience in an equivalent position.  This year-round position with benefits is open immediately.

Please send cover letter, resume and references to Abby Rodd, Director of Production at abbyrodd@glimmerglass.org.  No phone calls, please.

Seasonal Positions

Assistant Wardrobe ManagerThe Glimmerglass Festival invites applications for the position of Assistant Wardrobe Manager for its 2017 summer season (Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Xerxes, and The Siege of Calais).  Contract dates are early June through late August 2017.  The Asst. Wardrobe Manager assists in the supervision of the wardrobe crew.  S/he is responsible for the maintenance of costumes and dressing duties. Candidates must be able to succeed in a fast-paced festival environment, an excellent communicator, problem solver, and able to work with a wide variety of personalities.  Prior Wardrobe experience are required.  The Asst. Wardrobe Manager receives hourly compensation and is provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.  

Crafts Manager - The Glimmerglass Festival seeks a Costume Crafts Manager for its 2017 summer season (Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Xerxes, and The Siege of Calais).  Contract dates are mid-May through mid-August 2017.  The Costume Crafts Manager supervises a staff of five comprised of artisans and interns on the build of four main stage productions and two second stage productions.  He/She is responsible for craft supplies, equipment, general shop safety and pulling of rehearsal pieces.  Candidates must be a team leader, be able to succeed in a fast-paced festival environment, an excellent communicator, problem solver and able to work with a wide variety of personalities.  Prior craft management experience is required.  The Costume Crafts Manager receives hourly compensation and is provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to Jodi Zanetti, Costume Director, at glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.  Portfolio also required.

Events Manager- The Glimmerglass Festival seeks an Events Manager for its 2017 summer season (Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Xerxes, and The Siege of Calais). Contract dates are June 5 through August 23, 2017. The Events Manager will facilitate the planning and execution of all development and second stage events. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator and extremely organized. S/he must function well in a fast-paced environment. Event experience required. Competitive salary and housing provided. Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to Diane Feller, at glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.

Staff Electrician - The Glimmerglass Festival seeks Electrics Staff for its 2017 summer season (Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Xerxes, and The Siege of Calais). Contract dates are May 22 through August 26, 2017. Responsibilities include installing, circuiting and focusing 500+ unit plot; performing daily changeovers; running productions; and strike. Requires thorough experience with stage electrics. This is a large crew and a team-oriented attitude is essential. The Electrics Staff receives hourly compensation, overtime, and is provided housing. Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.

Staff Stitcher - The Glimmerglass Festival seeks staff stitchers for its 2017 summer season (Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Xerxes, and The Siege of Calais).  Contract dates vary but are generally April through July 2017.  S/he receives hourly compensation and is provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to Jodi Zanetti, Costume Director, at glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.   Portfolio also required.

Production Scheduler – The Glimmerglass Festival seeks a Production Scheduler for its 2017 summer season of four new mainstage productions and all 'Second Stage' productions.  The Production Scheduler creates, manages, and distributes the daily schedule by collecting and synthesizing information from various departments in a clear and succinct way.  Successful candidates will be highly organized, detailed-oriented, and work well under pressure.  Strong verbal and written communication skills are a must.  At least two years of experience in a similar position preferred. Production administration for a performing arts organization required.  Strong editing skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite a must.   Employment from May 15 through August 22, 2017; housing provided; access to a personal vehicle highly recommended.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.  Deadline to apply:  February 15, 2017.

Safety Coordinator - The Glimmerglass Festival seeks a Safety Coordinator for its 2017 summer season (Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Xerxes, and The Siege of Calais).  Contract dates are mid-April through early September.  The Safety Coordinator is responsible for assessing and stocking PPE, overseeing fit-testing and equipment, scheduling first aid and safety training, and assisting in attaining medical treatment for company members and patrons when needed.  Candidates must be an excellent communicator, organized, and able to function well in rapidly changing environments.  The Safety Coordinator receives hourly compensation and is provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to Diane Feller, at glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.   

Young Artists Program Residence Manager – The Glimmerglass Festival invites applications for the 2017 repertory season.  The Residence Manager manages the Young Artists Program residences, coaching venues, and schedules. The Residence Manager, in collaboration with residence manager interns, provides transportation to rehearsals and performances, and acts as a liaison between the Young Artists and the Manager of Artistic Operations.  Other responsibilities include supervising two interns and processing accounting paperwork.  Successful candidates will have a sound sense of judgment, strong organizational skills, stay calm under pressure, and have an ability to work on multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment.  Strong editing skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite are a must.  Employment from May 15 through August 28, 2017; housing provided; a valid driver’s license and clean record are required.  Access to a vehicle is required.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com

Head Chef - Young Artists Program – The Glimmerglass Festival invites applications for the 2017 season.  The Head Chef ensures that members of the Young Artists Program (YAPs) are provided with daily meals during the length of the YAP contract.  The Head Chef creates and cooks daily menus, orders food from select purveyors and local farms to effectively create meals that meet both dietary and budget needs, and manages a Sous Chef and co-manages two YAP Residence Interns with the YAP Residence Manager.  Other responsibilities include catering meals at various locations on the Glimmerglass campus and assisting with larger meals and events on campus.  The Head Chef will work in conjunction with the YAP Residence Manager to enforce compliance with health and safety code and act as the main contact for all health and safety inspections.  Successful candidates will have excellent time management and communication skills, a passion for food and desire to contribute to The Glimmerglass Festival’s “Green” standards, and willingness and ability to take corrective action if there is a problem in the kitchen.  Knowledge and full compliance of State and Federal health codes and safe food handling regulations is required (ServSafe certification is highly recommended). This position reports directly to the Manager of Artistic Operations.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel a must.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs.  Employment from May 15 through August 28, 2017; housing provided; a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and access to a vehicle are required.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.  

Sous Chef – Young Artists Program – The Glimmerglass Festival invites applications for the 2017 season.  The Sous Chef works directly with the Head Chef to ensure all meals are executed with quality and efficiency.  Duties include, but are not limited to, meal prep, meal execution, and dishwashing.  The Sous Chef assists the Head Chef to maintain a well-run kitchen by running errands to local stores and farms, assisting in the creation of menus, and assuming Head Chef duties as needed.  Successful candidates will have two or more years in a Culinary Arts program or equivalent experience, a strong desire to contribute to The Glimmerglass Festival’s “Green” standards, strong time management skills, and an ability to work on multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.  A strong passion for food and interest in learning about all aspects of the kitchen and food industry a plus.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs.  Employment from May 15 through August 28, 2017; housing provided; a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and access to a vehicle are required.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to glimmerglasshiring@gmail.com.  

Updated February 16, 2017

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