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One of the core components of West Edge Opera’s success is the dynamic and creative members of our company. We hope you’ll consider joining us!

Production and Artistic Administrator

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and CV to General Director Mark Streshinsky at mark@westedgeopera.org

West Edge Opera in Oakland/Berkeley, California seeks a skilled Production and Artistic Administrator to join our small team of dedicated collaborators making opera for a new generation while completely thrilling the older generations.  Everyone in the company moves fast, managing a wide range of artistic projects. Please visit our website to learn more about the company. www.westedgeopera.org

This is a full-time job managing the artistic and production efforts of the company including the Snapshot concert, three Summer Festival productions, commissioned operas in progress, and the Aperture online program.

We have gained notoriety for hosting our Summer Festival at unconventional venues for opera, such as the abandoned 16th Street train station in Oakland where we did two seasons of the summer festival. We are seeking an individual with the theatrical, problem solving and management skills to thrive in raw spaces when necessary.

Duties and responsibilities will focus on how the operas are cast and staffed, providing research and suggestions of artists and collaborators to consider. They/She/He will be expected to take a major part in our efforts to have a company of around 120 seasonal employees that reflects the racial and identity makeup of our community.

Skills required: Training in and an understanding of theater production, good project management abilities, clear spoken and written communication, computer skills, organization, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, contract negotiations and time management. A background in opera is helpful but not essential. This may be a good fit for a stage or production manager interested in transitioning from freelance to steady employment. The position comes with professional growth opportunity. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience.

Projects which will be within the scope of this position are:

  • Assist the General Director and Music Director in casting and hiring artists and production personnel for all WEO programs and productions.

  • Create and manage contracts for all artistic personnel.

  • Take a lead in managing the production budget.

  • Work with designers to create deadlines and manage approvals for set, costume, props and lighting designs, submit finalized designs for budgeting.

  • Manage the daily rehearsal schedule, plan and execute load-in, strike, post festival activities and returns.

  • Attend and lead production meetings; act as the point person to execute decisions made during these meetings.

To apply please send a short cover letter and resume to General Director, Mark Streshinsky, mark@westedgeopera.org.  Feel free to send a short “intend to apply” email if you are unable to submit right away.  We will accept applications until we find the perfect person!

About West Edge Opera:

West Edge Opera was founded in 1979 as “Commedia dell’Opera” by baritone Richard Goodman.  In 2012, we became West Edge Opera led by General Director Mark Streshinsky.

Our organization’s activities support the region’s singers, musicians, conductors, designers, composers, and librettists. The programs that support these artists include our Summer Festival; Snapshot; and new in 2020, Aperture and commissions. West Edge Opera has grown to include 7 people on staff (3 full-time, 4 part-time contracted) and 13 people on our Board of Directors.

 

Vision Statement: We strive to be leaders in the evolution of opera. We listen to our patrons, artists, and community to bring diverse audiences together for a compelling artistic experience.

 

Values and Guiding Principles: Above all, we are committed to the highest quality of innovative theatrical and musical experiences for our Bay Area audiences and beyond.

 

WEO is committed to excellence, accessibility, and inclusion. These goals are achieved in a variety of ways including the

 

● promotion of diversity in race, age, and gender in all casting and staffing
● support of new opera from diverse artists
● presentation of musical works in innovative spaces that are rich in historical legacy

● availability of affordably priced seats
● offering of events that are dedicated to welcoming new, diverse audiences while celebrating long-standing patrons.

 

Believing that we have a responsibility to make opera more accessible to diverse audiences, we look to partner with organizations that strengthen our commitment to accessibility, inclusion and excellence.

 

West Edge Opera is an equal opportunity employer.