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2021 Technical Apprentice Positions

Audio & Video

  • Introduction

    Department staff and apprentices set-up, operate, maintain and repair equipment used to support the rehearsals and production of a five opera repertory season. Familiarity with equipment such as wired/wireless microphones, speakers, digital mixers, intercom systems, video cameras, video monitors, recording equipment, computers & networking, terminating wires and cables is required. Earliest start date is May 24, 2021.

    Positions Available: Apprentices (3)

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.

    Positions Available: Apprentices (22) – 5 Stitchers, 12 Stitcher/Wardrobe, 1 Crafts, 2 Millinery, 1 Wardrobe, 1 Administrative/Wardrobe

    First time Costume Apprentice applicants must also include a hand sewing sample which includes examples of the following: 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.

  • Non-Dressing Crafts Apprentice

    The Non-Dressing Crafts Apprentice is responsible for assisting the crafts head and assistants in the construction and alteration of costume craft items, including but not limited to: armor, masks, footwear, belts, bags, and jewelry for a 4-production repertory season. The Apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construction, finish work, and alterations on assigned craft items; correct labeling of finished craft items; assigned daily costume shop maintenance tasks; and maintain excellence of product. Applicants must have costume crafts experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Crafts/Dressing Apprentice

    The Crafts/Dressing Apprentice works with the crafts team during the day and works as part of the wardrobe running team in the evening for a 4-production repertory season. The Apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construction, finish work, and alterations on assigned craft items; correct labeling of finished craft items; 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 changeover; 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 crafts experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Non-Dressing Millinery Apprentice

    The Non-Dressing Millinery Apprentice is responsible for assisting the head milliner and assistants in the construction and alteration of millinery items, including but not limited to: hats, helmets, veils, and headdresses for a 4-production repertory season. The apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities through out the season: construction, finish work, and alterations on assigned millinery items; correct labeling of finished millinery items; assigned daily costume shop maintenance tasks; and maintain excellence of product. Applicants must have millinery experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Millinery/Dressing Apprentice

    The Millinery/Dressing Apprentice works with the millinery team during the day and then works as part of the wardrobe team running shows in the evening for a 4-production repertory season. The apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construction, finish work, and alterations on assigned millinery items; labeling of finished millinery items; 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 changeover; 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 millinery experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Wardrobe/Dressing Apprentice

    The Wardrobe/Dressing Apprentice works with the wardrobe team during the day and then works as part of the team running shows in the evening for a 4-production repertory season. The Apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: dressing room set-up; labeling of undergarments and accessories; costume maintenance including but not limited to cleaning/washing, pressing and steaming of finished costumes; costume repairs; wardrobe inventory check-in; assist artists in dressing at top of show and throughout performance; assist in quick changes; nightly laundry collection and show changeover; participation in the design and/or production of the Apprentice Scenes; and maintain excellence of product. Applicants must have wardrobe experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Administrative/Dressing Apprentice

    The Administrative/Dressing Apprentice is responsible for assisting the costume shop management team in the organization of materials/supplies related to the production of costumes and works as part of the wardrobe running team in the evening for a 4-production repertory season. The Apprentice’s responsibilities are: assist with the inventory and distribution of shipments; assist with rehearsal clothing requests and organization; assist in pulling and re-stocking of clothes, shoes, and accessories; assist workroom in the construction, finishing work, and alterations on costumes as needed; 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. 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.

    Positions Available: Apprentices (8) – 8 Electricians

  • 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.

Production & Music Service Crew

  • Introduction

    8 weeks of supporting onstage rehearsals, orchestra rehearsals and general notes. This position overlaps with several areas of production, i.e.: stage, props, and scenic art. Excellent position for someone interested in theatre production. 4 additional weeks of performance repertory. Heavy lifting and physical stamina required. Earliest start date is May 31, 2021.

    Positions Available: Apprentices (4)

  • Production/Music Services Apprentice

    Apprentice positions which are responsible for all orchestra set-up and tear-down. Duties include everything from making coffee for the instrumentalists to removing a harpsichord from the pit at intermission for tuning. These individuals work in the orchestra pit as well as the rehearsal hall to ensure readiness of equipment for music staff and instrumentalists at all on-stage rehearsals and performances. Regular heavy-lifting of music stands, percussion, harps, and other unwieldy instruments up and down stairs into/out of the pit is required. This crew serves as the stage crew at daily staging rehearsals onstage, cleaning, mopping, setting scenery and conducting scene changes as needed. This crew may be assigned out to other departments to aid in the finishing of scenery, props, or costumes, depending upon skill level and availability. Previous experience dealing with musical ensembles a plus. Start dates begin mid-May, 2021. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

Properties Department

  • Introduction

    12 to 16 weeks in construction and finishing of furniture, stage dressing and prop elements. Run staff and apprentices support technical and dress rehearsals and repertory performances. Earliest start date for Properties Apprentices is mid-May, 2021.

    Positions Available: Apprentices (13) -8 Run Crew, 2 Carpenters/Run Crew, 2 Crafts/Run Crew, 1 Painter/Crafts/Run Crew

  • Prop Crafts Apprentice

    The Prop Crafts Apprentice(s) is responsible for assisting the Prop Staff and other technical apprentices in the construction, maintenance and running of stage props, including but not limited to: furniture upholstery, hand props, soft goods, floral and foliage work; and stage dressing; and to assist in the running of productions with staff and apprentice run crews, for a (4+) production repertory season. The apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities throughout the season: construction and finish of assigned prop craft pieces; maintain excellence of product; maintenance of assigned productions; a willingness and the ability to work rigorous hours and to act as run crew for assigned productions. Applicants must have a college level prop crafts (which should include sewing / stitching) experience or similar experience in other theatrical venues. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Prop Run Crew Apprentice

    The Prop Run Crew Apprentice is responsible for assisting the Prop Run Crew Chiefs including the Head Run Crew Chief, Stage Management team, Production Stage Manager and Stage crew apprentices and their supervisors. The Prop Run Crew interact and assist when needed with other departments. They support the running of rehearsals and performances in a safe and efficient running of stage props.  This includes but not limited to movement of furniture hand props, dressing, soft goods, to and from storage, rehearsal halls, stage and the prop shop for a (4+) production repertory season and the Apprentice Scenes. The apprentice must be prepared to fulfill the following responsibilities through the festival season: accurate note taking for rehearsals and performances show notes pertaining to the run, construction and maintenance of stage props; maintaining a high quality and integrity for the designed stage props. Must be willing and able to move furniture and other stage props. Applicants should have educational and or professional experience in the running of theatrical productions and or Stage Management experience. Start date for this position is May 24th, 2021. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

Scenic Art Department

  • Introduction

    12 weeks of scenic painting, sculpture, texture, other finish work including touch up. You must submit a portfolio to be considered for a position in this department. Staff positions require 3 years of professional experience. Earliest start date for Scenic Art apprentices is mid-May, 2021.

    Positions Available: Apprentices (3)

  • Scenic Art Apprentice

    This position is for those who are looking to gain additional knowledge and experience in scenic art. Basic scenic art skills required. Responsibilities include painting, and finishing of all scenic elements including covering, priming, texture work, sculpting and applying scenic details. Candidates must have the ability to mix and match colors and knowledge of scenic material and tools. 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.

    Positions Available:
    Apprentices (20) – 18 Stage Crew, 2 Shop Carpenters

  • 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 dates are mid-May, 2021. Hourly rate for this position is $9.50 per hour with overtime potential.

  • Scene Shop Apprentice

    Shop Apprentice positions work on the shop floor alongside our year-round skilled artisans. Apprentices should arrive with extensive educational scene shop experience, including layout, carpentry and welding; additional skills will be trained on the job. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) assisting carpenters on scenery projects, initial load-in and fit-up of scenery onstage, and shop upkeep and maintenance. Individual project work will be assigned by the Master Carpenter based on skill level and availability. Backstage Seminars and Portfolio Review are available for all apprentices later in the season, as time allows. Filling in for Stage Crew in running of performances is a possibility. Previous experience in shop work a must. Start dates for this position is May 24th, 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.

    Positions Available: Apprentices (0)

  • 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.

Apply Now

The Production Department Application process for the 2021 Season is now available. 

If you are interested in applying for our 2021 season, please fill out and submit your application form below.  If you have any questions, you may email prodjobs@santafeopera.org.

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