Production StaffMusic/Directing Staff

Summer Production Staff

Early response is encouraged (before February 1); notifications for phone and in person interviews will start to go out early-December. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2017.

If you are currently an undergraduate student looking for experience as an intern check out open positions in Design and Production Internships

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 2017 summer season:

Carpentry Department: Modification and construction of scenery. No run crew.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

Paint Department:Paint scenery. No run crew.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

Stage Department: Technical and dress rehearsals, work notes, repertory changeovers, and run crew.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

Properties Department: Construct, alter, and fabricate all props. Run Crew Chief and Interns run shows and assist properties artisans in notes and repairs.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

Wardrobe Department: Fittings and alterations for seasonal costume rental. Some costume construction. Run crew.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

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.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

Stage Management Department: 3.5 weeks of rehearsal, technical rehearsals, running shows.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

Hair & Makeup Department: Daily maintenance and setting of wigs, pre-performance application of wigs and makeup and assist with chorus quick changes.
Now accepting applications for 2017 summer festival.

To apply for a position:
Send filled out Employment Application form (download link here), resume with 3 references, and a cover letter to:

OR mail to the following address:
Des Moines Metro Opera
ATTN: Jim Lile
106 West Boston Ave.
Indianola, IA 50125

Production Staff
No Openings at this time.

Music/Directing Staff

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, For more information call 515-961-6221.

Des Moines Metro Opera is accepting resumes for a Music Coach/Pianist on its music staff for the 2017 Summer Festival Season. This position reports to the Music Director/Principal Conductor and the Director of the Apprentice Artist Program. Duties include, but are not limited to: rehearsal piano for one mainstage production (Billy Budd) during the festival season, musical and language coaching of several scenes for performance within the Apprentice Artist Program, and providing training/coaching in musical disciplines with members of the Apprentice Artist Program. The ideal candidate will have professional experience in operatic repertoire as well as working with young singers in a significant training experience. Duration of employment is May 25 through July 16, 2017. Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2017 Summer Festival Season includes performances of Puccini’s Turandot (sung in Italian), Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (sung in English) and Britten’s Billy Budd (sung in English) as well as a 2nd Stages Series production of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires.

Interested candidates should contact Michael Egel, General Director, Des Moines Metro Opera at 515-961-6221 for more information or email materials to