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1999 Internship Opportunities

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Main Index1999 INTERNSHIPS

Why Opera?
Only opera combines all the theatrical elements into one incomparable package. If you're seeking a dynamic performance experience, opera is the place for you.

Why Glimmerglass Opera?
Each summer, Glimmerglass creates four new productions, mixing exciting new versions of traditional operas with daring interpretations of rarely produced works. Our artists are drawn from major U.S. and international opera companies and many exciting regional theaters. All are drawn to what has become "the ideal spot for opera in the U.S., according to The Wall Street journal, "where there is no such thing as business as usual."

Why apply for an internship?
A good internship carefully immerses you in a professional environment and allows you to test in the real world the skills and knowledge you have gained in school. It should also offer you the opportunity to begin making meaningful contacts within the industry.

Why become a Glimmerglass Opera Intern?
As a Glimmerglass intern, you will experience a unique combination of practical work in a supportive environment and directed educational programs, each designed to further your growth. Whether in production, music, or administration, you will work directly with noted professionals while under the guidance of supervisors and staff from many of the best theaters, opera companies, and schools in the nation. Comprehensive workplace health and safety training plus a variety of career-enhancing workshops, covering such topics as resume and employment resources, unions and taxes, and graduate schools and assistantships complement the work experience. Production seminars and opera previews enhance your understanding of production development.

Finally, Glimmerglass interns continue working. Many go on to hold senior positions both here and in other companies or enroll in prominent graduate programs.  In other words, Glimmerglass Opera is a great place to start.



Audio/Video/Projected Titles 1 position. May 17-August 27. Assist with installation, use and maintenance of Clear-Com and in-house audio & vide monitoring systems; set-up, run, and maintain computer-controlled Xenon projection system for projected titles. Interns must have good basic experience with sound, video and/or projection systems.

Costume Construction-Stitcher 3 positions. May 17-July 30. Assist with construction and/or alteration of costumes for four operas. Interns must have basic theatrical sewing skills and academic shop experience. Professional experience desirable.

Costume Shop Management 1 position. April 26-August 27. Assist with purchasing/finance, scheduling, shopping and designer relations. Requires basic knowledge of costume shop procedures, terminology and familiarity with WordPerfect for Windows and Quattro-Pro.

Electrics 4 positions. May 24-August 27. Assist with installing, circuiting and focusing 500+ unit plot; perform daily change-overs; run productions; strike and load-out. Requires thorough experience with stage electrics.

Hair & Make-up 1 position. June 14-August 27. Interviewed and hired through Eisen Associates, Glimmerglass Hair & Make-up designers. Apply through Production Off ice.

Production Shop Management 1 position. May 10-August 27. Assist the TD and all other non-costume shop heads with office routines, scheduling, shopping, designer relations and staff support. Requires basic knowledge of production procedures and terminology, and familiarity with WordPerfect for Windows.

Prop Construction/Maintenance 2 positions. May 17-August 27. Assist in prop shop and maintain props throughout run; as part of Stage Operations staff, organize and run props for rehearsals and performances. Requires basic shop knowledge, good organizational ability. Skill in one or more shop areas (wood, soft goods, paint, crafts, etc.) preferred.

Scenic Art 1 position. May 17-July 30. Assist with in-house scenery and prop painting and with touch-ups and repaints of contract shop scenery. Excellent drawing and good layout, mixing and scenic craft skills are required; professional experience desirable.

Scenery Construction 2 positions. May 3-July 30. Assist with installation and rigging, additions to and alterations of repertory scenery (most scenery built by contract shops). Requires good stage and shop carpentry skills and basic knowledge of counterweight systems and rigging. No running crew assignments.

Stage Management 2 positions. May 24-August 27. Assist with setting up, maintaining and cleaning rehearsal halls, coordinating with shop heads and designers, overseeing and supervising the work of production rehearsal and running crews and creating production books, scores and inventories. Interns do not call shows, but must read music proficiently and have considerable academic stage management experience.

Stage Operations 10 positions. May 17-August 27. Install repertory scenery; run deck, rail and properties; perform daily scenery change-overs; install, run and maintain rehearsal scenery and properties; strike scenery at the end of the season. Some interns will have performance opportunities as supernumeraries. This is an excellent introduction to most aspects of production and requires only a basic familiarity with stage procedures.

Wardrobe 3 positions. June 7 -August 27. Maintain large repertory costume inventory; dress chorus and principals and assist with back stage quick changes. Interns also assist in costume shop for the first 2-3 weeks of the contract period and need basic theatrical sewing skills. A congenial and singer-oriented personality is essential.


Accounting/Finance 1 position. Early May-late August. Assist Accountant with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and general finance office administration. Accounting or business administration focus preferred. Strong computer skills including spreadsheet (Quattro) experience. Excellent filing skills a must.

Box Office 6 positions. Mid May-August. Assist with ticket, group and special events sales, patron services, preparation of income reports and gathering marketing data. Must be dedicated, enjoy assisting people, have excellent phone and personal manner, have customer service experience and be computer literate.

Development 1 position. May-August. Assist in preparation and set-up of fundraising projects, audience development, and education programs including hosting, research, site arrangements, scheduling; provide secretarial/off ice support; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Must be computer literate.

House Management
1 position. May-late August. Solicit and schedule volunteer ushers; assist with orientations, creating signage, opening and closing the theater; assist House Manager at all performances. Prior house management experience a plus. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Housing and Transportation 4 positions. April/May-August. Assist with housing, transportation and general administration for 300-person company. Must be reliable and flexible, with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ingenious problem-solving abilities. Must be computer literate. Driver's license required.

Marketing/Public Relations 2 positions. April/May-August. Assist in all aspects of public relations, including preparation and distribution of press kits, press releases, and other materials, and staffing of press and audience services desk at performances. Also, assist in various aspects of marketing and publications. Requires computer skills in Microsoft, Quark, and WordPerfect, telephone skills, and a congenial public manner.

Music 3 positions. Mid May/June-late August. One keyboard technician to maintain and tune the company's keyboard instruments. One music intern and one orchestra intern to assist with locating and copying music; locating, hiring and transporting instruments, with some heavy moving required; rehearsal room and orchestra pit set-up; attendance at orchestra rehearsals and performances. Must be reliable and flexible, with good interpersonal and organizational skills and some background in music. Driver's license required.

Operations/Special Events 2 positions. May-August. Assist with planning, set-up and breakdown of special events (dinners, symposiums, etc.). Oversee initiatives program. Attendance at every performance at Audience Services desk to assist patrons. Must have good communication and interpersonal skills.

Young American Artists Program Administration 3 positions. Mid May- late August. Live at Young Artists Residence. Assist with setting up and closing down residence; schedule coachings, masterclasses, concerts. Schedule and provide transportation to rehearsals and performances; produce printed programs and publicity materials for recitals and concerts; act as liaison between the Young Artists and the Director of Artistic Administration; excellent juggling skills with level-headedness a priority. Strong interpersonal, organizational skills allied with flexibility, reliability and discretion key qualities. Also required: computer literacy and driver's license.


To be considered for the 1999 Summer Intern Program please submit:

A current resume including: Present and permanent addresses. Day and evening telephone numbers. Education (post-high school) and dates of attendance. Work experience, internships and dates of employment. Two references. State relationship (i.e., employer, teacher), address and day/evening telephone numbers.

A cover letter including: Three choices of internships, in order of preference. Earliest date available and latest departure date.

Application deadline is March 12, 1999.
Selection notification begins March 1999. Later applications will be considered until all positions are filled. Send applications to:

Intern Search Department B
Glimmerglass Opera
P.O. Box 191 Cooperstown, NY 13326

For further information, write Intern Search Department C at the above address.

Interns will be engaged for periods of 10-18 weeks, with some positions beginning as early as April 26. Most begin mid-May or early June and continue through August 27.

Each intern will receive a weekly stipend and free housing.

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