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Technicians Application Info

2021 Technical Apprentice Positions

Costume Shop

  • Introduction

    9 to 14 weeks of costume construction, paint/dye or crafts. 4 weeks of dressing for repertory performances (apprentices only). Start dates vary beginning in early May.

    Please note: Costume applicants may be asked to submit a hand-sewing sample which would include:

    Cross stitch (herringbone/catch-stitch), whip stitch (hemming stitch), slip stitch, hook and eye, a 4 hole button sewn with thread shank, and a snap.

  • Stitching/Non-Dressing Apprentice

    The Stitching/Non-Dressing Apprentice is responsible for the construction of new costumes and the alteration and refinishing of existing costumes, under the direction of the Draper/Tailor and First Hand/Assistant Tailor for a 4-production repertory season. The Apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construction, alteration, and finishing work using both hand and industrial machine stitching; pressing and rolling of fabrics; pressing, steaming and labeling of finished costumes; assigned daily costume shop maintenance tasks; and maintain excellence of product. Applicants must have costume/fashion technology experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Start dates varies beginning in May. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Stitching/Dressing Apprentice

    The Stitching/Dressing Apprentice works with an assigned draping/tailoring team during the day and works as part of the wardrobe running team in the evenings for a 4-production repertory season. The Apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construction, alteration, and finishing work using both hand and industrial machine stitching; pressing and rolling of fabrics; labeling of costumes; pressing and steaming of finished costumes; wardrobe inventory check-in; perform simple costume repairs during run of the show; assist artists in dressing at top of show and throughout performance; assist in quick changes; nightly laundry collection and show changeovers; assigned daily costume shop maintenance tasks; participation in the design and/or production of the Apprentice Scenes; and maintain excellence of product. Applicants must have costume/fashion technology experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Start date varies beginning in May. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

Lighting & Electrics

  • Introduction

    9 weeks of hang, trial focus, practical construction, and technical and dress rehearsals. 4 weeks of daily repertory focus and running shows. Start dates vary starting late May, 2021.

  • Electrician Apprentice

    Electrics Apprentices work as part of a crew of eight electricians to complete a daily change over & re-focus of approximately 250 lights in a 1 ½ hour period of daylight, build practicals, and wire set mounts. All apprentices will either run a follow spot or work as a deck electrician for all 4 operas.

    Requirements include: College level technical theatre experience with an emphasis on lighting or comparable professional experience. Pursuing a career as a technician or designer. Experience with a variety of lighting equipment, standard focus procedures, basic knowledge of electricity and wiring. Willingness and ability to work within a rigorous time schedule with a variety of personalities and skill levels. Start date is late May. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

Stage Department

  • Introduction

    10 weeks of technical and dress rehearsals, work notes and repertory changes. 4 additional weeks of repertory running crew. Heavy lifting and physical stamina required.

     

  • Stage Crew Apprentice

    Stage Apprentice positions are responsible for all changeovers and run crew duties for each opera in the repertory. Occasionally stage apprentices are costumed for onstage moves during the show. Apprentices should arrive with experience in standard backstage and shop skills; additional skills will be trained on the job. Project work (carpentry, welding, etc) will be assigned based on skill level and availability. Backstage Seminars and Portfolio Reviews are available for all apprentices later in the season, as time allows. Previous experience in shop work and run crew preferred but not required. Start date May 31, 2021. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

Wigs & Makeup

  • Introduction

    8 weeks of construction of new wigs and accessories, and dressing of existing pieces. 4 weeks of wig maintenance and makeup for repertory performances.

  • Wig & Makeup Apprentice

    Wig and Makeup Apprentices are responsible for overseeing the Apprentice Artist (chorus) needs for rehearsals and performances. Including, but not limited to: ensuring the wigs are in good condition and styles are upheld according to the design specifications and executing any makeup/body paint application called for the production. Additional responsibilities include various projects such as: ventilating, setting , styling wigs & facial hair as well as the maintenance of them (as mentioned above) and the maintenance of the shop itself (organizing, cleaning, etc). Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential. Start date is June 14, 2021.

Apply Now

Application deadline is March 8, 2021.

Please submit a cover letter, current resume with references, and link to website or portfolio to prodjobs@santafeopera.org.

Please direct any questions to prodjobs@santafeopera.org.