Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia's Backstage Pass

Opera Philadelphia’s vocational awareness 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. 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. Participants of the Backstage Pass program discover the ins and outs of each job, networking on their journey of learning to launch their careers and find future employment. 

Over the course of this FREE program, students meet industry professionals (like carpenters, lighting technicians, costume designers, wig and makeup designers), visit theaters and workshops, and build their skills through hands-on training sessions taught by industry professionals. Qualified participants undergo an application and interview process to continue to subsequent phases and further immersion. 

Select students have the opportunity to participate in paid WorkReady summer internships at local theater and arts organizations to further immerse themselves in the field of theater technical arts.   

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

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