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Auditions

2019-20 Atlanta Opera Studio Auditions

Auditions for the 2019-20 season are closed.
Please check back Fall 2019 for information about the 2020-21 season auditions.

General Chorus

General Chorus auditions for the 2018-19 season are closed.
Please check back in March of 2019 for information about the 2019-20 season auditions.

Jobs

Associate Director of Marketing & Communications

Reports to: Director of Marketing & Communications
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: Some


SUMMARY

The Associate Director of Marketing & Communications works with the Director of Marketing & Communications to develop and implement all marketing, PR, and content production activities for The Atlanta Opera, and serves as stand-in for Director when s/he is out of the office.

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DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide support for and implement marketing activities including subscription and single ticket sales campaigns, advertising, telemarketing, special promotions, direct mail and audience development campaigns
  • Supervise the production of marketing deliverables, including advertising (print, broadcast, outdoor, online), direct mail, e-mail, promotional materials and other collateral in cooperation with the Creative Services Manager
  • Supervise marketing patron experience events like Opera’s Night Out
  • Supervise proofing process for the ARIA, the Atlanta Opera’s production program, as well as content development and editorial calendar
  • Help manage budget by managing costs associated with marketing programs, while reporting updates to Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Coordinate press inquiries and schedule interviews with Artistic team
  • Write press releases, emails, and other opera communication as needed


COMPENTENCIES

  • Excellent written and oral communication, and problem-solving skills
  • 4-6 years in communications, PR, or agency experience, with ad buying/media placement experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Affinity for the arts a plus
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience using Tessitura a plus
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner
  • Position requires evening and weekend obligations during the opera season

Please email cover letter and resume with references to resumes@atlantaopera.org, and include Associate Director of Marketing in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Events & Volunteer Manger

Reports to: Chief Development Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: None


SUMMARY

This position works closely with members of the development and marketing teams to define the goals and purposes of events, and then to plan and host those events.  Examples of events include; the annual gala, cultivation and stewardship dinners & receptions, patron tours, as well as other events held in conjunction with performances. The events & projects manager is responsible for managing relationships with vendors and monitoring the budget, revenues, and expenses for each event.

The competitive candidate will demonstrate experience in nonprofit special events, a familiarity with comprehensive development strategy and operations, and a desire to be a part of a dynamic and growing opera company and Atlanta’s broader arts community.

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DUTIES &RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage all aspects of the Opera’s events
  • Recruit, screen, train, and manage The Atlanta Opera’s volunteer program
  • Serve as a point of contact for board members in coordinating events and board activities.  Provide administrative support in preparing for board committee meetings associated with development.
  • Create budgets, financial reports and follow up reports for fundraising, donor recognition and cultivation events
  • Monitor income and expenses for all events
  • Develop, cultivate, manage and provide leadership as needed to a corps of volunteers and/or chairpersons
  • Manage staff at events as needed
  • Fulfill all donor benefits relating to special events (i.e. comp tickets, name recognition, etc.)
  • Manage the solicitation of in-kind contributions for special events
  • With Chief Development Officer, coordinate all corporate and individual fundraising solicitations relating to special events
  • Manage solicitations conducted by the event’s volunteer and staff leadership
  • Work with the development team to engage event donors as annual donors
  • With Marketing and Audience Development staff, assist in developing and implementing initiatives for groups and individuals
  • With Development and Marketing staff, coordinate event copy for newsletters, email blasts, ARIA program books, and other marketing materials
  • With Marketing staff, create and implement press activities for major fundraising, donor recognition, cultivation, and outreach events
  • With Marketing and Development staff, create invitations and other printed materials for events
  • Coordinate staff needs for productions with department leaders
  • Plan and execute a cast party for each production
  • Perform other administrative duties as required (special projects)

 SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS

Late and irregular working hours, evening and weekend work is required.

COMPETENCIES

  • The successful candidate should thrive in a fast-paced team environment and enjoy nurturing relationships with volunteers, artists, donors and vendors.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must have excellent written and personal skills, proven team-building skills, strong computer skills, be multi-task and detail-oriented.
  • The individual must have exceptional communication skills and be able to work at both the conceptual level and the implementation level.
  • The individual must be able to start, stop and resume work on projects, as priority changes.
  • This position requires an individual who can set goals and objectives and achieve them. The individual must be able to work with a diverse range of individuals, while understanding the purpose and mission of each project and thinking creatively to ensure the success of each project.

 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or related field and/or related experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience managing special events.
  • Experience managing event for arts organizations is preferred.
  • Experience with Tessitura or other donor management software is preferred.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Valid driver license, and a clean driving record.
  • Able and willing to drive a rental truck or cargo van to venues.

Please email cover letter and resume with references to resumes@atlantaopera.org, and include Events & Volunteer Manager in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Development Coordinator

Reports to: Chief Development Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: None


SUMMARY

The Development Coordinator is an integral member of the development team. The primary role is to manage the timely processing of donations, gift acknowledgements and pledge reminders. In addition, the development coordinator focuses on prospect research and coordinating the annual fund calendar and drafting copy for print and online donor communications. The development coordinator pulls lists and helps evaluate information with the development team, ensuring accuracy, confidentiality, and compliance with best practices.

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DUTIES &RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In collaboration with the development team, coordinates the Annual Fund for non-board, board, and corporate
  • Drafts copy for online and mail solicitations and talking points for face-to-face meetings and presentations
  • Uses electronic screening and data-mining techniques to identify prospects for major gifts, endowed gifts,special project funding, and annual/sustaining support
  • Conducts research on individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropic prospects according to affinity, ability, and access
  • Provides written reports about specific donors and prospects by synthesizing information from multiple sources into coherent and accurate comprehensive solicitation profiles, standard profiles, and mini-profile reports used to support planning and decision making
  • Maintains policies and procedures for the prospect research initiatives
  • Manage the gift acknowledgement process, ensuring the timely processing of acknowledgement letters, forms, cards, receipts and premiums across multiple Atlanta Opera fundraising campaigns (Annual Fund Individual and Institutional, Corporate, Non-Renewable Giving, Board, Education)
  • Process gifts, pledges and payments daily
  • Assist donors with gift inquiries, providing information and materials as requested
  • Maintain the integrity of donor records in the Tessitura database
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all donor records and TAO financial information
  • Manage data entry and tracking, reports, list management, extractions, and other tasks as assigned to provide support to the Development team
  • Management and oversight of weekly reports for the Development team including contribution, solicitation and campaign reports
  • Be well informed on all current Opera programs and activities, and the expansion planning objectives of the Opera in order to represent them to prospects and donors

COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent customer service and demonstrated success with face-to-face relationship-building with clients, vendors, donors, or customers
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Superier communication (written/oral) skills required
  • Track record of attentiveness to detail, meeting deadlines, documentation and timeliness necessary
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously with excellent follow-through skills

 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

    • Bachelor’s Degree and commitment to mission required
    • 1-2 years of experience in hands-on fundraising preferred, with emphasis on the competencies listed above
    • Proficiency with all Office Suite software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations
    • Experience managing data
    • Tessitura database experience a plus
    • Position requires evening and weekend obligations during the opera season
    • Ability to sit at a desk for up to or over 8 hours per day
    • Ability to communicate using a phone and headset
    • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner

Please email cover letter and resume with references to resumes@atlantaopera.org, and include Development Coordinator in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Costume Shop Foreman

Reports to: Costume Coordinator
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Seasonal Full-Time
Supervisory Requirements: Yes


SUMMARY

The Costume Shop Manager will support the mission of The Atlanta Opera by supervising the work of the costume shop in the creation of world class opera production on both a grand and intimate scale. The Costume Shop Manager will supervise the work of the costume staff and report to the Costume Coordinator.

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DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise the daily work of the costume shop. Maintains the work flow of built, purchased, rented or pulled costume projects in the shop by monitoring all construction processes; monitoring personnel and resource needs
  • Hire seasonal shop and wardrobe staff and per-production over-hire as necessary
  • Resolve staffing issues by identifying staffing needs; making recommendations for hiring and performance evaluation; training and assessing training gaps of current and new staff
  • Schedule and maintain staff hours, timesheets, and pay roll
  • Manage costume shop seasonal budgets and expense accounts, working closely with the accounting department to comply with all financial policies
  • Schedule and attend all costume fittings to ensure consistency and construction standards
  • Attend all dress rehearsals supporting the work of the Costume Coordinator and Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Maintain inventory and order shop supplies
  • Researching and sourcing supplies, materials and equipment
  • Provide instruction and development for other employees
  • Take on shop projects as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

 

COMPENTENCIES

  • Knowledge of costume history, construction techniques, and fabric
  • Knowledge of draping, cutting, constructing, fitting, and alterations
  • Knowledge of safety standards for costume related equipment, products and tools and their implementation is necessary
  • Basic sewing machine repair and maintenance
  • Excellent computer skills (Excel, Outlook, Word, DropBox)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, problem solving and management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and execute projects efficiently and according to schedule


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor/Bachelor Fine Arts or graduate degree in Costume Technology or Management or equivalent work experience in a professional theatrical costume shop
  • 5 years’ experience in costume technology with demonstrated supervisory experience, quality work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends

Please email cover letter and resume with references to jschmink@atlantaopera.org, and include Costume Shop Foreman in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Stitchers

Reports to: Costume Coordinator
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Employment Status: 1 Seasonal Full-Time / hourly
Supervisory Requirements: no

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DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Constructs or alters all assigned costumes according to the instructions
  • Actively participates in a team
  • Researches the period, style, and techniques necessary to complete the costume within the costume designer’s guidelines
  • Maintains the integrity of the costume design
  • Assists Costume Coordinator during fittings

COMPENTENCIES

  • Ability to operate shop equipment including industrial and domestic sewing machines, multi-needle and leather sewing machines, steam irons, and cutting tools
  • Hand sewing
  • Ability to listen, take instruction, and participate in a team to complete the builds/alterations
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Works well in a face-paced and high-pressure environment
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds

 


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Able to perform a variety of construction and alteration techniques with minimum guidance
  • Demonstrates proficiency hand sewing techniques
  • Knowledge of/and experience in a variety of costume construction techniques including tailoring, period construction techniques, and alterations
  • Demonstrates knowledge in theatrical construction and quick rigging techniques
  • Understanding of period shape and how to adapt it to theatrical costumes
  • Good working knowledge of costume history
  • Ability to collaborate with the costume team to efficiently complete assigned projects

Please email cover letter and resume with references to jschmink@atlantaopera.org, and include Stitcher in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Supernumeraries

Supernumeraries are non-speaking, non-singing roles in opera, similar to extras in movies. Casting needs vary per production. The Atlanta Opera accepts supernumerary applications any time of year for all those interested in being a part of an operatic production.

To apply online, please fill out the form below. Once received, we will add your name to our files, and we will contact you if your description fits our casting needs for a production.

Dead Man Walking

The Atlanta Opera is seeking non-singing actors and supernumeraries for the upcoming production of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.  The production period is from January 10 – February 10, 2019 with performances February 2, 5, 8, and 10, 2019. Dead Man Walking is the most performed new American opera of the 21st Century.

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Synopsis

Based on a true story that spawned a best-selling book and an Academy Award-winning movie, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, set in 1980s Louisiana, concerns the relationship between a death row inmate, Joseph De Rocher, and the nun, Sister Helen, who gives him love and support. Even though Joseph has committed a horrible crime and the public has condemned him, Sister Helen agrees to be his spiritual adviser. The unlikely pair end form a close friendship. Finally, Sister Helen convinces him to confess his sins, beg for forgiveness, and give peace to his troubled soul.

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Roles

*all roles are paid, tentative rehearsal schedules available upon request

Male Prison Guards (2) – appear in various scenes, rehearsals evenings & weekends only, stage age 20-50, no specified ethnicity, strong/tough appearance, acting experience preferred but not required

The following roles appear in the opening prologue of the opera, and the Boy & Girl appear as shadows in later scenes. The prologue contains a violent murder/rape scene of a teenage couple by Joseph De Rocher and his brother.  The Atlanta Opera is committed to respect in the rehearsal/performance spaces and we have engaged a fight director to ensure the comfort and safety of our performers. The actors who portray the victims will be required to appear in bathing suits. Actors must be at least 18 years old:

Boy Victim – stage age 18 to 25, Caucasian, comfortable in a swimsuit onstage, comfortable with simulated sex and violence,  acting experience required, some daytime availability required

Girl Victim – stage age 18 to 25, Caucasian, comfortable in a swimsuit onstage, comfortable with simulated sex and violence,  acting experience required, some daytime availability required

Anthony De Rocher – Caucasian stage age 18 to early 30’s, comfortable with simulated violence, acting experience required, some daytime availability required

Below are the stage directions as noted in the score of the opera (note – our production will not include nudity as indicated in original notes below):

A song plays from a car radio onstage. Otherwise it is very quiet except for the sounds of the night. We hear yelps of laughter and splashing. Two teenagers run onstage, naked and wet after skinny-dipping. After toweling each other off, the boy changes the radio station and the girl lays out a blanket.  

As the music on the radio continues, the boy goes to the girl and they make love. In the woods, somebody lights a cigarette. Suddenly, we are aware of two men in the darkness. As the men move towards the car, we see that they are poorly dressed. They are Joseph and Anthony De Rocher. They sneak up quietly behind the car, watching the two teenagers. One of them reaches in to the car and switches off the radio. Silence. Just the sounds of the night. The startled teenagers sit up to see what’s going on. Suddenly, Joseph and Anthony pounce upon the girl and boy. They take turns raping the girl as the other holds the boy. At the end, they shoot the boy. The girl screams in terror and Joseph stabs her over and over again.

All acting and supernumerary roles are paid. Boy, Girl, and Anthony candidates may be asked to do a brief audition or interview. Auditions will not include simulated intimacy. Roles will be filled as quickly as possible.

To submit an actor/super application, please fill out the form below, and contact Wade Thomas at wthomas@atlantaopera.org with any questions.

Supernumerary Application

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  • Please list all previous stage experience. If you do not have any, please leave it blank.
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Internships

There are no internships at this time. Please check back for updates.

Volunteering

The gift of your time and expertise is just as valuable as a monetary gift. Last year, Atlanta Opera volunteers contributed more than 6,000 hours. Volunteers help keep costs low and help us fulfill our mission of presenting world-class opera productions, while fostering education about this important art form. The company is so grateful to have such a supportive volunteer team. Their hard work and generosity keeps the beauty and passion of opera alive in Atlanta. Just some of the ways you can volunteer with The Atlanta Opera:

  • Mailings
  • Sell merchandise at Shop Opera
  • Airport transportation
  • Light Walking
  • Final Dress Rehearsal
  • Phone relief/receptionist coverage
  • Archives
  • Filing
  • Special events

For more information about becoming an Atlanta Opera volunteer, please fill out the form below, or contact Rebecca Danis at 404-881-8736 or rdanis@atlantaopera.org

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  • Contact Information

  • Availability

  • Please indicate when you are usually available to volunteer.
  • Employment Status

  • Emergency Contact

  • Demographic Information

    The information below will be held confidentially. Statistics obtained from this information will be used anonymously for grant reporting.
  • Application Agreement

    I certify that the information given stated on this application are true, accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any false statements made by me may be used as a basis for rejection of this application. All volunteers must provide their own transportation. It is the policy of The Atlanta Opera to afford equal opportunity to all volunteers and applicants without regard to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or physical disability.