The Metropolitan Opera – Stage Managers and Stage Directors Fellowship

January 24, 2023
March 10, 2023

The Metropolitan Opera offers a Stage Manager Fellowship and a Stage Director Fellowships. These are both full-time paid positions that will participate in the production of repertory opera at the highest level. The Met strongly encourages applications from groups underrepresented in the opera and performing arts industry.

Salary: $1,500/week per CBA

Application deadline: March 10, 2023, 5pm (ET)
Notification: by the end of May 2023

Both the Stage Director and Stage Manager Fellows will have the opportunity to:

    • Hone necessary skills by being present for the challenging process of stage directing both new and repertory productions.
    • Practice problem solving through observation of leaders in the field of opera stage directing working through the production process.
    • Cultivate a personal workflow to learn and prepare an opera production.
    • Create important paperwork and working scores.
    • Learn the intricacies of all facets of scheduling repertory opera including space, time and personnel constraints, multiple union contracts the needs of the artists.

Dates, Compensation, and Commitment

    • Dates: 33 weeks, starting in the last week of August. The exact schedule will be established based on rehearsal and production schedules.
    • Full-time. The fellow will be prepared to make a significant commitment to the program as must be able to work a variable schedule, including nights, weekends, with some weeks of work with hours up to 60 per week.
    • Compensation: $1,500 per week (less applicable taxes and deductions), with benefits.

Eligibility and Requirements

    • Fellowships are open to individuals with an established curiosity and enthusiasm for pursuing a career in theater, opera, or music.
    • We welcome applications from international students, who are responsible for ensuring they have valid status under applicable U.S. visa regulations to work in the U.S. The Metropolitan Opera does not sponsor visas for internships.

How to Apply - Applicants must use the online application portal and submit the following materials:

    • Resume
    • Personal statement of up to 250 words that will tell the panelists something unique about you. As you will be spending quite a significant amount of time in this program, what would you like us to know about you before you start?

The Metropolitan Opera believes that diversity is critical to our success and growth as a leading performing arts institution and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

The Metropolitan Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and existing employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship status, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.