Employment & Auditions

Auditions

Audition for Portland Opera's Production of Sweeney Todd

Auditions will be held: August 31, 2015
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers, Portland OR, 97214

ROLES TO BE CAST:

Beggar Woman: Mezzo Soprano, 35-50’s, once lovely, now a deranged and schizophrenic prostitute. Vocal Range: Ab3-F5

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:

Auditions are by appointment only. Please send your resume and headshot to auditions@portlandopera.org. You will be notified by August 15 if you have been granted an audition.

REQUIREMENTS

SING – 16 bars of a musical theatre selection of your choice, along with pages 21-23 of the Sweeney Todd score. Sheet music will be provided upon request.

READ – Please be prepared to present a dramatic monologue.

REHEARSAL and PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Staging begins May 9, 2016

Performances are June 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, 2016

Please note: AGMA contracts will be issued for this engagement. Actors’ Equity Members are encouraged to apply as there is reciprocity between AGMA and equity. For more details, please contact AGMA@Musicalartists.org. Portland Opera is considering local Portland actors only at this time.

Portland Opera Orchestra: Core Principal Trumpet

Auditions will be held: July 31, 2015

Core musicians in Portland Opera’s orchestra are considered first for positions as orchestration dictates. All Core musicians will be offered contracts before such contracts are offered to Expanded Core musicians.

Interested candidates should send a one-page professional resume and a $35 check (payable to Portland Opera and refundable at the time of audition) to:

Bianca Rios, Artistic Operations Coordinator
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

All resumes and checks must be received by July 15, 2015 in order to be guaranteed an audition spot.

Auditions are tentatively scheduled to begin at 4 PM. Finals will begin immediately following the preliminary rounds. Times are subject to change; the need for multiple preliminary rounds is contingent on the number of candidates auditioning.

For more information, please contact Bianca Rios at 503-321-5262 or at brios@portlandopera.org

Portland Opera Orchestra: Core Section Cello

Auditions will be held: August 2, 2015

Core musicians in Portland Opera’s orchestra are considered first for positions as orchestration dictates. All Core musicians will be offered contracts before such contracts are offered to Expanded Core musicians.

Interested candidates should send a one-page professional resume and a $35 check (payable to Portland Opera and refundable at the time of audition) to:

Bianca Rios, Artistic Operations Coordinator
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

All resumes and checks must be received by July 15, 2015 in order to be guaranteed an audition spot.

Auditions are tentatively scheduled to begin at 11 AM. Finals will begin immediately following the preliminary rounds. Times are subject to change; the need for multiple preliminary rounds is contingent on the number of candidates auditioning.

For more information, please contact Bianca Rios at 503-321-5262 or at brios@portlandopera.org

Portland Opera Orchestra: Core & Expanded Core Section Violin

Auditions will be held: August 3, 2015

Core musicians in Portland Opera’s orchestra are considered first for positions as orchestration dictates. All Core musicians will be offered contracts before such contracts are offered to Expanded Core musicians.

Expanded Core musicians augment the core orchestra whenever additional players are needed. Work is shared equally between Expanded Core members of the section.

Interested candidates should send a one-page professional resume and a $35 check (payable to Portland Opera and refundable at the time of audition) to:

Bianca Rios, Artistic Operations Coordinator
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

All resumes and checks must be received by July 15, 2015 in order to be guaranteed an audition spot.

Auditions are tentatively scheduled to begin at 4 PM. Finals will begin immediately following the preliminary rounds. Times are subject to change; the need for multiple preliminary rounds is contingent on the number of candidates auditioning.

For more information, please contact Bianca Rios at 503-321-5262 or at brios@portlandopera.org

MAINSTAGE AUDITIONS
Please contact music@portlandopera.org for information on mainstage auditions.

PORTLAND OPERA CHORUS
Auditions for the Portland Opera Chorus are held on a biennial basis. The next round of open auditions is scheduled for spring of 2016. Further details will be available on the audition page at a later date.

SUPERNUMERARY APPLICATION
Portland Opera seeks non-singing performers (supernumeraries or supers) for future productions. Supers perform a variety of roles, from servants to soldiers, and get to experience opera up close and personal from the Keller Auditorium stage. This exciting opportunity allows you to become part of the production on an intimate level. This is a volunteer position with free parking and two passes to the dress rehearsal provided. Please contact Bianca Rios at brios@portlandopera.org for applications.

Employment

BROADWAY MARKETING ASSISTANT (BMA)

Status: Regular, Part-time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Broadway Marketing
Direct Reports: None
Normal Hours: 20 hours per week
May include evenings and weekends in conjunction with performances or events

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES

As a member of the Portland Opera Presents (POP) team, the Broadway Marketing Assistant performs a variety of marketing administrative duties in support of the Broadway in Portland series.  In addition to working closely with the POP marketing team, the BMA also works closely with the Box Office team and coordinates with Broadway team members in the Broadway Across America Seattle office.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

– Coordinates distribution of all Broadway collateral and promotional materials
– Sets up and staff patron table at Broadway performances and special events
– As ticket lottery lead, assists the Box Office in coordinating and staffing ticket lottery events
– Assists with database entry
– Maintains and continuously updates Broadway press, photo and general Broadway files – electronic and hardcopy – as well as appropriate databases and media reports
– Researches and monitors other organizations’ social media efforts to identify new trends and ways to apply them to the Broadway series communications channels more effectively
– Assist in planning and executing special events
– Other duties as assigned in support the marketing Broadway in Portland productions
– Opera series duties may occasionally be assigned

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

– Marketing, Public Relations or Communications degree and at least one year of experience in a similar position, or three years of similar experience (degree completion not required)
– Strong interest in working in a performing arts environment
– Proficiency with standard office productivity applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database, image management; effective search skills
– Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and projects, often with competing deadlines
– Strong oral and written communications skills

Helpful
– Experience with Ticketmaster Archtics or other integrated ticketing system, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

JOB CONDITIONS

The Broadway Marketing Assistant position requires creating and maintaining paper and computer files and communicating using e-mail and telephone.  The workspace is lit with fluorescent lighting and indirect nature light.  The work area is open to the hallway used primarily by the Marketing team and the noise level is moderate.

Equipment used:  The workspace is equipped with a workstation including all necessary computer hardware and software to accomplish assigned tasks.  The computer workstation, desk and other equipment are not shared and can be adjusted for optimal ergonomic comfort.

Physical Demands:  About 75% of the workday is spent working at a computer workstation or on the telephone.  Phone and computer work is typically not for prolonged periods of the workday.   Occasional lifting tasks are required and are limited to 20 pounds or less without assistance.

Work schedule and local travel:  Evening and weekend work is required in support of touring Broadway shows and special events.  This schedule is typically set months in advance.

A current driver’s license and clean driving record are required.  Although a company vehicle may be available, company preference is for BMA to have use of a personal vehicle for occasional work errands and other local travel during the course of the workday.  Public transportation may be available for many trips within the central city.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to marketingjobs@portlandopera.org

Please no phone calls!

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Status: Regular, Seasonal Exempt
Reports to: Director of Production
Direct Reports: Assistant Stage Managers (ASM), Assistant Directors, Theater Personnel
Rehearsal weeks: 10:00a-10:00p Monday through Friday,
 10:00a-11:00p Saturday, 12:00p-10:00p Sunday.
 Rest and meal breaks scheduled according to rehearsal demands.
 Non-rehearsal weeks: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday
, seasonal employment is generally 22 weeks, March through August

POSITION SUMMARY

Portland Opera is currently seeking qualified candidates for Production Stage Manager for our 2016 spring/summer season, which includes four productions. The 32-week employment period runs January 11 – August 14, 2016.

Key duties include running all rehearsals and performances, coordinating show-related activities with artists, artistic and administrative staff, and venue department heads and crews, creating and maintaining calendars and documentation necessary for smooth-running productions, and supervising assistant stage managers.

Qualified candidates should have a complete understanding of opera/theatre practices and processes, including repertoire and music; strong organizational skills and ability to anticipate potential problems and propose timely solutions. Only those with demonstrated professional experience in a regional opera company as a PSM will be considered.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Stage Manager is responsible for supervision of rehearsals, performances and related issues for the Department of Production. Organizes and oversees schedules for all production and music activities. Supervises all rehearsal and performance activity. Works with the Director of Production and Technical Director to determine staffing and crew needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Administrative

•    Coordinate show related activities with artists, artistic staff, administrative staff; production department heads and theatre department heads and crews.
•    Recruit and hire assistant stage managers, assistant directors, and specialty performers.
•    Establish and maintain contact with directors and others as required to assemble information prior to start of rehearsal process.
•    Assemble and circulate production schedules and information.
•    Create and maintain documentation of running requirements for each production
•    Prepare accurate archival documentation of running requirements for new productions.
•    Prepare rehearsal projections and schedules for future seasons, advise in budgeting.
•    Organize and publish schedules for rehearsals, classes, coachings, other production and music events. Coordinate room schedules within The Hampton Opera Center.
•    Working knowledge of relevant union contracts and Portland Opera’s employee policies

Rehearsal & Performance

•    Act as stage manager for all mainstage productions.
•    Run all rehearsals, both in the rehearsal studio and onstage, and all performances for mainstage productions.
•    With technical managers and ASMs, determine staffing needs for each area of production.
•    During rehearsal process, act as primary liaison between the company and all performers—soloists, chorus, actors, dancers, & supers.
•    Supervise and direct cast, crew, and staff in necessary rehearsal and performance activities.
•    Produce and distribute daily rehearsal schedules and production notes.
•    Coordinate with and/or supervise assistant stage managers in the following areas:
•    Auditions as required for soloists, chorus, actors, dancers, and super casting.
•    Supervision and preparation of artist materials—packets, dressing room assignments, etc.
•    Chorus attendance.
•    Rehearsal hall preparation, including daily set-up requirements
•    Production running paperwork

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

Essential Skills

•    Thorough knowledge of theatre/opera production methods and practices, including repertoire and music
•    Strong organizational skills and ability to anticipate potential problems and propose timely solutions.
•    Skill at interacting effectively with, and clearly communicate information to, a wide range of people, both within the organization and outside.
•    Strong leadership qualities.
•    Ability to attend to numerous projects concurrently; skill at establishing priorities, and the ability to respond positively, effectively and quickly to continually shifting priorities and needs.

Helpful Skills

•    Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office.
•    Working knowledge of FilemakerPro.
•    Working knowledge of VectorWorks or similar CAD-program

JOB CONDITIONS

General: The PSM will work in three main areas: office, rehearsal hall, and theater. There is some natural light available in the office, which is lit with a combination of fluorescent and incandescent lighting. The rehearsal hall is lit with fluorescent lighting. Lighting at the theatre varies, but is generally incandescent. No natural light is available in rehearsal or at the theatre. Non-rehearsal and performance duties in the office are performed primarily at a desk and computer workstation. Job responsibilities include evening and weekend work.

Equipment Used: In addition to computer workstation and telephone, the PSM uses copy/fax machines and printers to perform duties. The PSM will also use drawings, scale rule, tape measures, and hand tools in the rehearsal hall. While in the theatre, the PSM will also use a headset system, radio, video equipment and paging system. Use of other standard office tools may occasionally be required.

Physical Demands: Rehearsals and performances require long periods of standing as well as climbing up and down steps and platforms. The PSM has access to ergonomically correct chairs when needed. Computer and phone work are intermittent and usually not for prolonged periods of the workday. Lifting tasks are occasional and limited to 40 pounds or less without assistance. Office computer workstation and desk are not shared and can be adjusted to make them more ergonomically comfortable for the PSM.

Please send cover letter and resume to productionjobs@portlandopera.org. Complete job description available upon request. No phone calls, please. Portland Opera is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COSTUME SHOP MANAGER (CSM)

Status: Regular, Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Production
Direct Reports: Cutters, Drapers, Stitchers, Craft People, Dressers
Normal Hours: Monday through Friday,
 9:00am – 5:30pm. During performance season, additional evening and weekend hours will be required.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Costume Shop Manager (CSM) position provides year-round oversight of all costume department activities at the Hampton Opera Center and performance venues for all rehearsals, performances and rentals. All costume shop personnel report directly to the CSM. As a working manager, the CSM ensures that shop employees have the tools, supplies, and other resources necessary to perform their duties. The CSM oversees the logistics of renting, building, and/or maintaining Portland Opera costume stock, as well as all related transportation requirements. The Costume Shop Manager works under the Director of Production to establish and manage overhead and production expense budgets. The CSM oversees costume, supply, and equipment inventories and ensures that all workrooms are well-stocked, clean, clear, and meet health and safety standards. Duties may require some travel to coordinate costume builds or rentals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

•    Serve as Costume Department Head, including planning, preparation and coordination, and supervision of all costume activities associated with productions, costume shop operations and rentals.
•    Establish and maintain contact with designers, directors, rental houses, and renting (“producing”) companies as required to plan, schedule and implement shipping, fitting, alteration and wardrobing of costumes for season productions.
•    Estimate, control and track both material and labor expense for all costume rental, construction and wardrobe activity. Report on estimate-to-forecast and forecast-to-actual comparisons of all such expenses.
•    Ensure optimal operation of shop equipment by scheduling routine and emergency maintenance. Participate in facilities and equipment upgrade projects.
•    Oversee inventory and supply of materials including fabrics, threads, notions, and shop supplies.
•    Coordinate activities with Production Clerk, Technical Director, Wig and Make-up department head, Property Master, external contacts, volunteers and theatre operations staff.
•    Coordinate fitting schedules, rehearsal needs, and performer requests with Production Stage Manager. Oversee fittings to ensure consistency and construction standards.
•    Oversee wardrobe crew, including determining dressing assignments, backstage needs, and staffing needs as well as daily wardrobe activities, including show laundry and cleaning.
•    Attend all dress rehearsals, taking and receiving notes, ensuring implementation of alterations
•    Maintain a positive and communicative atmosphere in the workroom, mediating any conflicts among personnel.
•    Drape, pattern, sew as required by circumstance.

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

Essential Skills

•    3-5 years experience managing a costume shop; managed group of at least 3 employees is preferred.
•    Demonstrated ability to establish and manage priorities; effective time management is a must.
•    Must be effective troubleshooter, able to anticipate potential problems and propose appropriate solutions quickly in an environment of shifting priorities and needs.
•    Extensive knowledge of costume history, construction techniques and fabrics as well as knowledge of safety standards for costume related equipment, products, and tools.
•    Leadership ability and skill at organizing construction schedules, supervising costume preparation.
•    Demonstrated communication skills, especially verbal. The CSM interacts with a wide range of individuals internal and external to Portland Opera.
•    Demonstrated financial management skills, including estimating, forecasting, cost control and budget preparation, adjustment and maintenance.
•    Working knowledge of human resource and payroll management and as they relate to a costume shop environment.
•    Effective computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Internet browsers, Google Drive, Drop Box, and other applications and utilities standard in a costume shop setting.
•    Individual must thrive in a team environment but also be highly self-motivated, and able to balance these in a high-energy production environment.

Helpful Skills   

•   Knowledge of art history and opera literature
•    Strong written communication skills
•    Background in a related design field

JOB CONDITIONS

The Costume Shop Manager spends about 25% of the workday in an office setting, on the phone or at the computer. About 50% of the workday is spent at a shop table. Other activities include attending rehearsals and meetings, transporting costumes to performance venues or the warehouse, fitting costumes, and overseeing activities of others.

Equipment Used: The work area is lit with a combination of fluorescent and incandescent lighting. In addition to computer workstation and telephone, the CSM uses copying and printing devices, as well as other standard office tools and devices. Various costuming tools are also used frequently; these include, scissors, sewing machines, sergers, washer, dryer, needles, steamer and iron.

Physical Demands: Computer and phone work are not performed for prolonged durations and the CSM is typically free to move about the shop and other locations throughout the workday. Lifting tasks should be limited to 50 pounds without assistance. Lifting or moving devices – or the assistance of another individual – should be used for heavier items. Bulky or awkwardly shaped items should be handled to minimize injury, regardless of weight.

The company provides respirators and eye protection for work in the spray paint booth. Other safety items (goggles, gloves, earplugs, etc.) are provided for craft room work. The CSM must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, push, pull, stand and sit while working long hours as required by typical theater production schedule. Ability to climb stairs and step ladders and work overhead are also required. The computer workstation, desk, work table and other office equipment are not shared and can be adjusted to make them more ergonomically comfortable for the Costume Shop Manager.

FACILITY MANAGER

Status: Part-time, Non-Exempt, Regular
Normal Hours: Monday through Friday,
 9:00am – 5:30pm. During performance season, additional evening and weekend hours will be required.

POSITION SUMMARY

Portland Opera is seeking qualified candidates for a part-time Facility Manager to assist the Systems and Operations Manager (SOM) with oversight of all aspects of repair, maintenance and security of the Hampton Opera Center (HOC) building, landscaping, and parking lot.

General duties include:

•    Perform general repairs and maintenance tasks
•    Develop and implement periodic building inspection, maintenance and repair programs.
•    Serve as primary contact with outside building and maintenance vendors and services, including landscape maintenance/irrigation vendors
•    Serve as primary contact for second floor tenants regarding building matters
•    Serve as owner’s representative for large repairs or improvements
•    Maintain inventory information related to building systems, tools and equipment, etc.
•    Active participation in Portland Opera’s health and safety programs and initiatives; making recommendations to management as appropriate.
•    Set up rooms for meetings, rehearsals and events as directed
•    Work with the SOM to prepare annual R&M budget
•    Oversee the janitorial service work schedule, monitors the quality of cleaning
•    Respond to staff requests for repair or moving of office furnishings (often in consultation with the SOM)
•    Assist Production management with technology aspects of venue load-ins
•    Provide general support to the administrative staff as directed

The ideal candidate has 3-5 years of full-time experience (or equivalent) working in similar building environments, and possesses solid project management skills, strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills, a demonstrated ability to manage building plant systems, and strong computer skills applicable to the position. A strong sense of customer service and teamwork, the ability to communicate professionally with internal and external contacts at all levels, and a valid driver’s license are essential.

Interested candidates should forward a résumé and cover letter, along with three references, to adminjobs@portlandopera.org. Please, no phone calls. Portland Opera is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.