Opera Apprenticeships | Wolf Trap

Opera Apprenticeships

Opera Apprenticeships

Summer apprenticeship applications are due March 1.

All productions are performed in original language with full orchestra and are professionally conducted, directed, and designed. Opera apprentices must have their own transportation and be willing to work the long hours that a production schedule requires. Wolf Trap Opera is pleased to offer apprentices housing in the home of an approved Housing Host or at George Mason University.

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Available Opera Apprenticeships:


Artistic Administration

Assist Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming in the daily operations of the department, which includes:

  • The coordination and distribution of daily schedules 
  • Tracking Artist and VIP ticket requests and guest lists 
  • Creating supertitle PowerPoint files and cueing score for each show
  • Compiling and editing program materials and text booklets 
  • Working with the Development and Special Events departments on donor receptions and opening night cast parties
Requirements
  • Interest in pursuing a career in opera or classical music administration
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Publisher)
  • Strong organizational & communication skills
  • Previous experience with a performing arts organization strongly recommended

Apply for this Position


Communications

Assist Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming in promoting the Opera season to the public, which includes:

  • Creating video trailers for each Opera production to be used as marketing materials
  • Generating social media content
  • Working with the PR department to coordinate artist interviews & public appearances
  • Filming archive footage of all Opera performances
Requirements
  • Experience with video equipment and editing software highly desirable
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign, Publisher)
  • Strong organizational & communication skills
  • Familiarity with opera and classical music recommended

Apply for this Position


Stage Management

Function as an Assistant Stage Manager for Opera productions at The Barns at Wolf Trap and the Filene Center, which includes:

  • Generating prop and costume running paperwork for the shows to which you are assigned
  • Managing rehearsals in conjunction with the rest of the production team
  • Assisting on the running crew for each performance
  • Stage managing certain smaller projects (Studio Spotlight, recitals, etc.)
Requirements
  • Must have already stage managed a show, or at least assisted on a show
  • Interest in pursuing a career in opera stage management
  • Experience in musical theatre or opera stage management
  • Ability to read music
  • Knowledge of or experience in opera highly desirable

Apply for this Position


Technical Theatre

Expand your experience in technical theatre and learn from the experts. Work side-by-side with professional designers, carpenters, electricians, and technicians to produce scenery for multiple operas.

  • Build scenery using carpentry, metal working, carving, and other various techniques
  • Take on unique responsibilities as running crew for opera performances at The Barns
  • Assist with hang and focus, load-in, and strike
Requirements
  • Prior scene shop or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of basic tool and scene shop safety
Apply for this Position

 

Scene Painting

Learn basic and advanced scene painting and finishing techniques from professional scenic artists. Apprentices will work alongside our scenic artists to finish professional scenery for fully produced shows.

  • Use traditional and exotic techniques to finish scenic elements
  • Work with paint, foam, fabric, and other media to create finished scenery
  • Take on unique responsibilities as running crew for opera performances at The Barns
Requirements
  • Prior scene painting or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of basic scene shop safety
Apply for this Position

 

Props Assistant

Provide assistance to the Props Master and learn the art of crafting, building, and acquiring all the necessary hand and furniture props needed in fully produced professional shows.

  • Work with paper, fabric, upholstery, glue, glitter, and magic to craft unique stage props
  • Assist the Props Master in managing paperwork and tracking props
  • Take on unique responsibilities as running crew for opera performances at The Barns
Requirements
  • Prior stage properties or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of basic scene shop safety

Apply for this Position


Costuming

Work directly with Wolf Trap Opera’s Costume Shop Foreperson, Costume Designer, and professional stitchers in costume construction, wardrobe maintenance, and dressing.

  • Create and tailor garments using sewing machines and hand sewing techniques
  • Build costume jewelry and accessories
  • Assist with laundry and costume maintenance
Requirements
  • Prior costume shop or equivalent experience

Apply for this Position


Wigs & Make up

Work directly with Wolf Trap Opera’s Wig & Make Up Designer, Crafts Designer and professional artists in craft construction, wig and make up maintenance and application, and backstage as an integral part of the wig and make up team during all mainstage shows.

  • Help performers apply makeup and prepare for performances
  • Assist in styling hair and help to create stage personas
Requirements
  • Prior wig & make up/crafts experience or equivalent experience

Apply for this Position


Lighting

Working with the Master Electrician to hang, focus, and maintain the rep plot for our summer season. Help to create atmospheric and special effects required for each production.

  • Run cable for lighting, video, and various technical needs
  • Assist in maintaining the rep plot, light board, and stage gear 
  • Take on unique responsibilities as running crew for opera performances at The Barns
Requirements
  • Prior stage lighting experience or equivalent experience
  • Basic understanding of safety required when working with electrical equipment
  • Must be comfortable on ladders and using lifts

Apply for this Position



Important Notes for ALL Wolf Trap Opera internship positions
  • These positions follow the Opera company rehearsal schedule and work on a 6 day/week schedule (one day off that varies from week to week; standard production schedule)
  • Because of the rigorous schedule, interns in these positions are provided housing in the dorms at George Mason University


Technical Theatre, Scene Painting, Props Assistant, Costuming, Lighting, and Wigs & Make Up Apprentices also become the run-crew for all performances at The Barns at Wolf Trap.

Select the position you are interested in applying for and click the “Apply For This Position” button at the bottom of the position description to apply online. If applying for more than one internship (up to three allowed), you must submit separate applications for each position.

You must complete the entire online application to be considered for an internship. Below is what is required in the online application:

  • Cover letter with brief personal statement, outline of career goals, and specification of departmental apprenticeship(s) for which you’re applying. If applying for more than 1 apprenticeship (up to 3 allowed), do not submit different applications for each—just specify top choices. 
  • Resume listing relevant courses, previous experience, and special skills. No transcripts please.
  • 2 academic and/or professional references. Please include phone number and email.
 

Interviews

  • Hiring supervisors will review applications and invite select candidates to interview.
  • Interviews may take place in person, or by phone or Skype. 
  • All applicants should receive information on the status of their application about 1 month after the application deadline. 
  • Make sure internships@wolftrap.org is added to your contact or safe email list. 

Questions

Call 703.937.6304 or 1.800.404.8461 or email internships@wolftrap.org

The Wolf Trap Internship Program is funded in part by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative, ExxonMobil Corporation, The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Something Different Contracting, and Anonymous Foundation. Funding for the Diversity Initiatives has been provided by the Anthony and Beatrice Welters Family.