DMMO Crew Heads and crews are paid hourly, receive free housing and a travel stipend.
All crew/department head and some assistant positions (marked with *) require at least 2+ years professional experience and/or work in a BFA/MFA program. All other positions require professional experience and/or work in a BA/BFA/MFA program. Special consideration will go to those who have previously worked in summer stock rep. All Stage Management applicants must be able to read music.
DMMO has the following position open for the 2016 summer season:
Carpentry Department: Modification and construction of scenery. No run crew. Shop Carpenter (1 position open): May 21 – July 22
Paint Department:Paint scenery. No run crew. No open positions available for 2016 please check back in December 2016 for open positions for the 2017 Summer Season
Stage Department: Technical and dress rehearsals, work notes, repertory changeovers, and run crew. No open positions available for 2016 please check back in December 2016 for open positions for the 2017 Summer Season
Properties Department: Construct, alter, and fabricate all props. Run Crew Chief and Interns run shows and assist properties artisans in notes and repairs. Assistant Properties Master (1 position open): May 24 – July 22
Wardrobe Department: Fittings and alterations for seasonal costume rental. Some costume construction. Run crew. Costume Crew/Stitcher (1 position open): May 24 – July 22
Electrics Department: Hang, circuit and focusing of the season plot; perform daily changeovers; run special effects during productions; assist with the set up of audio/visual equipment. Stage Electrician (1 position open): May 24 – July 22
Stage Management Department: 3.5 weeks of rehearsal, technical rehearsals, running shows. No open positions available for 2016 please check back in December 2016 for open positions for the 2017 Summer Season .
Hair & Makeup Department: Daily maintenance and setting of wigs, pre-performance application of wigs and makeup and assist with chorus quick changes. No open positions available for 2016 please check back in December 2016 for open positions for the 2017 Summer Season
To apply for a position:
Submit an online application at 2016 Production Staff Application OR
Send filled out Employment Application form (download link here), resume with 3 references, and a cover letter to: Des Moines Metro Opera
ATTN: Christopher Brusberg
106 West Boston Ave.
Indianola, IA 50125
No Openings at this time.
OPERA IOWA MUSICAL DIRECTOR & APPRENTICE MUSICAL COACH
Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc., seeks a Music Director for its 2017 OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe. Dates of the engagement are from February 1 through April 30, 2017. Performances will include Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Davies’ Jack and the Bean Stalk. Both productions are sung in English. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: musical preparation and piano accompaniment for all productions, and participation in educational workshops. The ideal candidate will possess proven leadership abilities, the ability to make decisions under pressure, and demonstrate adaptability to scheduling changes, in addition to excellent coaching skills. DMMO provides a fee ($500/week), travel stipend for travel to and from Indianola and housing and per diem while on the tour.
Ideally, the musician selected for the Music Director position, would
return to DMMO during the summer season of 2017 as the Apprentice Musical Coach. As a member of a talented staff of musical coaches and stage directors, the Apprentice Musical Coach contributes in the preparation of scene assignments within the Apprentice Artist Program for singers as well as assisting as a pianist for the mainstage rehearsals of the Summer Festival. This position provides significant professional experience and learning opportunities for talented young musicians.
To apply, please send a resume with references and cover letter to: Sam Carroll, Artistic & Education Coordinator, Des Moines Metro Opera, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call 515-961-6221.