Opera Production Assistant

Fisher Center at Bard

60 Manor Ave
NY 12504




Jan 05, 2023

The Opera Production Assistant (PA) is part of the Stage Management team in the Production department and will assist in managing Bard SummerScape Opera rehearsals and performances. They will report directly to the SummerScape Opera Stage Manager, and will work closely with other production team members and renowned singers, directors, and designers.

This entry-level position is ideal for those with a background in stage management and an interest in the field, but have little professional experience.

This is a seasonal position from Monday, June 5 - Tuesday, August 1, non-exempt (overtime eligible), paid hourly at a rate range of $15 - 17/hr depending on experience. Hours will average 35+ndash;40 hours/week, with potential for overtime, during a six-day work week with regular hours scheduled on nights, weekends, and holidays. In addition, all employees are able to receive three meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday for free via Bard Dining, and twice a day, brunch and dinner, Saturdays and Sundays.

This position requires local residence during the dates listed above. Housing is provided as needed and includes a single bedroom and shared amenities based on availability.


-Maintain a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace at all times.
-Create, update, and maintain production specific documentation.
-Update the Rehearsal Hotline.
-Set up and maintain the rehearsal room and call board.
-Call performer entrance cues.
-Create the monitor plot for the sound department.
-Distribute hard copies of the schedule, create name tags and sign-in sheets, and copy scores.
-Track chorus hours.
-Other duties as assigned.

Company-Wide Responsibilities:
-The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
-Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism
-Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture


-Frequently works in environments with theatrical and atmospheric elements including but not limited to: haze, strobes, dim lights, loud sounds, dry ice and more.
-May work in outdoor conditions or event tent conditions with limited temperature control.
-May often be asked to travel between multiple performance and rehearsal locations on campus in a single day, traveling by vehicle or foot.


Bard’s beautiful 1,000-acre campus is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Annandale-on- Hudson, New York. Community life is defined by numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and by proximity to New York City. Nearby towns and villages include Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and Red Hook, New York.


The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future. The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York+rsquo;s Hudson Valley. The Fisher Center offers outstanding programs to many communities, including the students and faculty of Bard College, and audiences in the Hudson Valley, New York City, across the country, and around the world. Building on a 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow+rsquo;s thought leaders.

Learn more about the Fisher Center, its programs, and values at


Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow+rsquo;s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit



-High school diploma or equivalent
-A passion for the arts; some theatrical experience necessary+mdash;either scholastic, community, semi-professional or professional.

-Proficiency in reading music, including piano vocal and full orchestral scores.
-Ability to work in an organized, self-directed, and detailed manner.
-Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced, continually-changing environment.
-Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
-Working knowledge of Google Suite
-Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
-Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays, as set by production schedule
-Ability to climb stairs
-Ability to move and lift up to 50lbs.
-Ability to remain calm during high-pressure backstage situations.Successful candidates possess strong communication skills and a keen attention to detail. They are collaborative, self-motivated, and bring a positive, can-do attitude!


-Familiarity with one or more foreign languages.
-Knowledge of operatic and classical music production.

Application Instructions

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Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.