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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization known for innovative productions, featuring outstanding young artists.  The company offers a festival opera season each spring which attracts ticket buyers from zip codes throughout the metropolitan area, as well as visitors from more than 40 states and multiple countries.  Opera Theatre operates year-round education and outreach programs serving nearly 10,000 local children and 5,000 adults.  The company’s annual budget size is approximately $10 million; contributed revenue represents more than 50% of the annual budget.

Director of Artistic Administration

Position Description

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) invites applications for the position of Director of Artistic Administration, an artistic partner who will embrace the Company’s mission, share the Company’s core values, and help guide the Company’s artistic development.

The position will be available in the summer of 2019.


The Director of Artistic Administration will partner with the General Director and the company’s artistic leadership to plan and produce all artistic activities of OTSL, including the festival opera season, new commissions, concerts, special events, and the artistic needs of education and community programs. They will act as the primary contact in all matters relating to the company’s creative and performing artists, from the initial audition or interview, through contracting and engagement, to the rehearsal and performance period.

The Director of Artistic Administration will hold administrative responsibility for hiring and casting singers, conductors, and designers in collaboration with the General Director and artistic leadership. Their role will comprise researching artists, traveling to assess potential future OTSL artists and Gerdine Young Artist (GYA) program participants, holding auditions regionally and nationally, and participating in artistic planning discussions. They will oversee the contracting of music staff, principal artists, stage management, dancers, and chorus. They will participate in labor negotiations and will liaise with artistic unions, primarily AGMA, as well as oversee the creation and execution of agreements with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

The Director of Artistic Administration will oversee the administration of the Gerdine Young Artist and Gaddes Festival Artist programs and will work with the General Director to determine and administer professional development support for artists in accordance with the company’s established career award funds. They will also oversee all administrative activity for new works, including the execution of commissioning agreements, workshops, creation of scores, and other related activities.

The Director of Artistic Administration will manage the Artistic Administration department, including 2 full-time year-round direct reports, in addition to seasonal staff. They will create and implement an artistic budget that comprises compensation, housing, and transport expenses for artistic and related support personnel, all expenses related to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as producing costs related to publisher royalties, commissions, and musical materials. In coordination with the General Director and Production and Marketing Departments, they will be an active collaborator on the Festival Season rehearsal and performance schedule.

The Director of Artistic Administration will be a central source of artistic information, advancing artistic plans with the General Director, Artistic Director, Music Director Emeritus, and artists and their representatives. They will be a proactive collaborator with Production, Marketing, Development, Education, and other OTSL Departments to advance the company’s goals. They will act as representative of Opera Theatre in relations with other opera companies, funders, arts and community organizations, as well as federal, state, and local legislative entities.


The ideal candidate will combine a passion for opera with a proven record of success as an artistic leader and manager of people and projects. They will bring education and/or experience that demonstrates they are thoroughly knowledgeable about the operatic voice, artists, and repertoire, keenly aware of the current operatic field and artistic trends, and successful at assessing the working potential of stage directors, conductors, designers, singers, dancers, coach accompanists, stage managers, and instrumentalists.

The successful candidate will be creative, curious, proactive, and persistent. They will be a person of integrity and high ethical standards. They will be open to new ideas and differing points of view, and will approach work with enthusiasm, energy, and a positive attitude.

The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to live in St. Louis, to be a leader in the arts, and to participate actively in the life of the community.


Compensation, including benefits package, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applicants for the position of Director of Artistic Administration are asked to submit a letter that describes specific interest in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and outlines experience and qualifications for the position. Please send this letter along with a resumé and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge.

Opera Theatre expects to identify the successful candidate in spring/early summer 2019.

Submit materials online via Collaborative Strategies, Inc. at:

c/o Michelle Myers, Director of Administration, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Props Personnel

Applications are now open for Seasonal Props Personnel. OTSL, know for inventive new productions and exceptional craftsmanship, is hiring seasonal Props Artisans, Props Carpenters and an Assistant Props Manager. Candidates must have proven ability in carpentry, metal working, crafts and upholstery. Sculpting, casting, paper props and photo shop skills are helpful. Contract dates vary from April 8 through June 16. Competitive hourly and weekly rates, travel and housing negotiable. OTSL is an equal opportunity employer. For more information and to apply please click here.

Run Crew and Front of House Personnel

Applications are now open for seasonal run crew positions in the areas of stage, props, electrics, orchestra, wardrobe, and sound. Front of house positions include ushers, greeters, parking lot attendants, and garden hosts. Competitive hourly wages and employment dates vary from the beginning of May through the end of June. OTSL is an equal opportunity employer. For more information and to apply please click here.


Opera Theatre’s Artistic Department is seeking van drivers to transport visiting artists using a company 12 passenger van. Candidates must be available for the 9 week OTSL festival run from April 28 until June 30, 2019. Applicants must pass a driving records check and have or be willing to obtain a chauffeur's license (Class E). The expense for a Class E license will be reimbursed by Opera Theatre, and the license is valid for three years. Two van driver positions are available; the daytime shift and the evening shift. The daytime shift would be on call from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The evening shift would be on call from 5 p.m. until last ride (likely 10 p.m. on non-performance evenings and midnight on performance evenings). The first and last rides of the day would depend on the scheduled events, which change daily. Each driver would receive every other Sunday off. The van is not in constant motion during either shift, rather van runs are scheduled to coordinate with rehearsal/performance activities.

Please contact Stephanie, Manager of Artistic Operations, at or 314-963-4245 (direct line) to submit your resumé and/or ask further questions.

Opera Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, and veteran or disability status.