Work Study Programs at Opera NUOVA


Work Study Overview    

The NUOVA Opera & Musical Theatre Festival could not run without the participation of a dozen emerging theatre production professionals behind the scenes. These paid work experience positions support the mainstage productions of the Five-Week & Six-Week Programs and the work-study students will work directly with both its participants and the NUOVA faculty.

Applicants must have previous experience with opera or theatre on the college, community, and/or professional level. Stage Management applicants must read music proficiently, and knowledge of a foreign language and computers is an asset. Participants are selected on the basis of prior training, experience, demonstrated interest, and assessed potential in professional theatre. Participants normally will have completed at least two years of relevant academic training, with related professional experience, or will have experience in a related area of professional performing arts.

There are numerous paid positions in the following areas:

  • Stage Management
  • Stage Carpentry
  • Properties
  • Technical Direction
  • Set & Projection Design (as applicable)

Production participants accepted into Work Study programs receive a weekly contracted fee. Opera NUOVA’s Work Study program requires a full-time commitment. It is neither feasible nor practical for participants to engage in outside employment during the 6-Week intensive program.

Each participant will work directly with a faculty mentor to guide them through their work position. Each participant will be directly involved in the mainstage productions from rehearsal to build to load-in, run to strike. This hands-on opportunity will provide each aspiring craftsperson with practical, high quality, operatic experience that mimics a demanding professional setting. Assignment of responsibilities will be based on the participant’s ability and willingness to learn.

An interview is required and will be scheduled with each applicant individually.