Glimmerglass Apprentices- Multiple Positions

The Glimmerglass Festival

Opera Festival

Cooperstown, NY

Work Location: In-office


  • Seasonal
  • Cooperstown, NY
  • Mon, May 2, 2022
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Opera
  • Hourly Rate (USD$): Apprentices are compensated at a rate of $13.20/hr, are eligible for overtime, and are provided housing.

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Opera Festival

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.

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.

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.

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.

What’s Included
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
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.
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.

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

– 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.

-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.

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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.


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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.

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