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  Production Stage Manager

Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, is looking for a Production Stage Manager to join our collaborative team of arts professionals.

The Production Stage Manager will be responsible and/or give guidance for calling all productions including our professional company, second company, the School of Richmond Ballet and our Minds In Motion program. Duties will include stage management, lighting design, helping to oversee the technical departments, interfacing with venues to determine schedules and crew calls in conjunction with Technical Director, maintaining show archives, interfacing with guest artists for their tech and design needs, and overseeing all technical progress in the venues.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years of SM experience including some ballet, other dance forms, or musicals
  • Ability to read music is preferred although not required
  • Superb communication skills, written and verbal
  • Collaborative personality
  • Lighting experience, from design to cueing to recreating a show
  • Proficient in Vectorworks, LightWright, Word and Excel
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent Organizational skills
  • Skill in archiving detailed show books
  • Knowledge of the technical theatre, including safety
  • Experience in handling crews both union and non
  • Not afraid of heights
  • Able to lift 25 lbs

Competitive Salary based on experience. Benefits Included. Full Time Seasonal Position.

Prospective candidates should send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and letters of reference to Human Resource Department, 407 E Canal St, Richmond, VA 23219, or email to Please no phone calls. EOE

  Posted: Apr 27, 2018

  Costume Artist

The Richmond Ballet is looking for a costume artist with an emphasis on stitching and crafts. The ideal candidate will feel comfortable with deadlines, and switching between tasks quickly to support various projects. Experience with fabric painting and dying is a must. The ideal candidate will also be comfortable with fabric airbrushing techniques, along with crafting headpieces and millinery techniques. The costume shop is responsible for all costume needs for the ballet including: production wardrobe, the School of Richmond Ballet, and Minds in Motion. This is a 9 month position with the option to renew for the following season, along with the possibility of summer work. This hourly position is eligible for benefits such as health insurance, holiday pay, and sick pay. Compensation is competitive, depending upon experience.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Please no phone calls. EOE

  Posted: Aug 10, 2018

  Ballet Accompanist (piano)

Ballet Accompanist (piano)

The School of Richmond Ballet is seeking to hire a part-time accompanist for weekly ballet classes as scheduled.  Accompanists support The School faculty in presenting ballet classes by providing inspirational accompaniment for dance classes. Pianists with prior dance accompaniment experience are preferred, but The School is willing to train qualified applicants.  Applicants need to possess a strong classical piano technique, good musicianship, and have the ability to follow musical direction.  A ready grasp of classical repertoire is essential and sight-reading, while not entirely necessary, is very helpful.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: accompanying weekly ballet classes as scheduled:  2-3 afternoons/evenings a week and Saturday mornings, preparing appropriate music for classes and/or rehearsals as requested, being available as a substitute accompanist.

Requirements include choosing music with appropriate rhythms and tempos by observing the movement of the dancers, having the ability to adapt/improvise in order to support the quality of the movement, always being prepared and consistent in the studio. Must be diligent, reliable, and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff and students. Pay will commensurate with experience. Prospective candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to EOE

  Posted: Mar 14, 2019

  Costume Cutter/Draper

Costume Cutter/ Draper

The primary responsibility of the Cutter/Draper (a full time, hourly position) is the creation of costumes; interpretation of original design work and custom patterning based on the design, and all facets of the construction process for the costumes as well as alterations, fittings, and maintenance of pulled or rented clothing items. The Cutter/Draper instructs the First Hands, Stitchers, interns as appropriate to the assigned project. The Cutter / Draper works with the Costume Director  to meet construction and fitting deadlines; may assist in other costume production areas as directed by the needs of the production; attends rehearsals and works with designers to meet artistic goals. The Cutter/Draper may act as the supervisory designee for Costume Director as deemed necessary. The Cutter/Draper; supervises, mentors and provides hands-on training for interns.  Richmond Ballet values excellence and professionalism in all aspects of its company and public life. Integral to this position is the demonstration of practical initiative; respectful, courteous and cooperative relationships; affirmative, efficient and ethical working practices. Successful Richmond Ballet employees derive deep personal fulfillment from the exemplary completion of their duties, and in the flexibility required to respond to emergent challenges and opportunities, in accomplishment of the evolving work of the ballet and its training programs. Richmond Ballet expects a strong commitment to the mission of the company to awaken and uplift the human spirit.

Examples of Duties:

  • Discusses assigned designs with Designer and Costume Shop Manager
  • Works as liaison between Designer and Costume Shop within the financial and time constraints to maintain artistic intent.
  • Serves as the communication link for designers, Costume Shop Manager, and staff.
  • Calculates yardage estimates and needs (notions, zippers, etc.) for each costume.
  • Instructs the first hand and stitchers on the accurate construction of costume.
  • Performs drafting or draping of costume pieces for rendered designs.
  • Tailors or alters costumes, as needed.
  • Supervises and/or attends fittings of constructed or pulled costumes.
  • Assists in the restocking or reorganization of costume warehouse and other storage areas.
  • Attends rehearsals, dress rehearsals and preview performances to take necessary costume notes, as needed.
  • Assist in other shop areas, as needed.
  • Attends all costume shop meetings.
  • Cleans and maintains equipment.
  • Stocks and monitors shop supplies.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy and clean work /shop environment.
  • Performs other related work as required.


  • Working knowledge of all aspects of dance costumes and production.
  • Knowledge of textiles and costume history.
  • Thorough understanding of the costume design and construction processes and all the related aspects of the overall theatre production process.
  • Specialized training or experience with tailoring, altering and original pattern creation.
  • Strong organizational and budgeting skills.
  • Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills –written, oral, visual.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or a Certificate of completion from a suitable training program, and 2-4 years experience in a similar position required.

Special Qualifications:

  • Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students, and to staff and students with disabilities.

Other Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Drivers license and have access to a vehicle for transportation to and from business related events.

Work Conditions:

  • Ability to work long hours and work with a flexible schedule.
  • May have to work at heights, around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, and dust.
  • Must be willing to travel and work at various sites.
  • Ability to work safely in an environment containing potentially hazardous electrical equipment, fumes, and/or materials.

Physical Demands:

  • This position will assist students and staff to move/carry theatrical costumes, fabric, and other theatrical costume related material weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • This position will need to frequently communicate with interns and staff in a noisy costume shop and theater environment.
  • This position will need to ascend / descend ladders to access costumes, and costume accessories in storage areas and in the shop.
  • This position will need to constantly work with fabrics and costume accessories.
  • This position will need to work closely with dancers in various states of dress and position themselves around the body of the dancer.

Prospective candidates should send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and letters of reference to Human Resource Department, 407 E Canal St, Richmond, VA 23219, or email to Please no phone calls. EOE

  Posted: May 10, 2019