Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia's Backstage Pass

Interested in making magic happen behind the scenes in the theater?  

Opera Philadelphia’s vocational program, Backstage Pass, helps students set the stage for an exciting career behind the curtain in theater, concert, opera, television, film, corporate events, and more. Over the course of this FREE program, students attend a Career Day at the Academy of Music, meet industry professionals (like carpenters, lighting technicians, costume designers, wig and makeup designersand visit theaters, workshops and artist studios. Participants discover the ins and outs of each job. Further immersion in the industry takes place over subsequent program phases. 

Backstage Pass
Costume Director Millie Hiibel greets students from the CHAD high school in the Opera Costume Shop Credit: Michael Bolton

Technical theater careers, many of which do not require a college education, are rewarding, take place in a variety of exciting job locations, and offer high-paying wages 

Participating students undergo an application and interview process to continue to subsequent phases. Select students have the opportunity to participate in paying WorkReady summer internships to further immerse themselves in the theater.  

To learn more about Backstage Pass, click the REGISTER button to join us for Career Day at the Academy of Music.

For more information, call 215.893.5946 or email education@operaphila.org.

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