Conference Opportunities

Cirque du Soleil Employment

Cirque du Soleil, the world’s largest producer of live theatrical attractions is hiring! At the Annual Conference & Stage Expo in St. Louis, Cirque du Soleil will be interviewing candidates for internships and full time positions. Watch for more information in upcoming newsletters and on the Cirque du Soleil website.

Student Ambassador Program: International Opportunity for 2017

The Student Ambassador Program is an exceptional opportunity for students to interact closely with renowned international designers and technicians attending the conference. Three student members will be chosen for this honor in St. Louis based on their areas of interest, compelling application, and letter of recommendation. Student Ambassadors will receive free conference registration and a luncheon with the three international guests. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. Applications must be sent electronically to Mallory Nelson at For more information, click here.

World-class backstage theatre training in the heart of London

Interested in studying at London’s prestigious Guildhall School? Guildhall will be holding interviews with candidates for September 2017 entry at USITT Conference in St. Louis. With programs in Technical Theatre Arts, Video Design for Live Performance and Collaborative Theatre Production & Design, you will be trained to keep the highest standard in production in state-of-the-art technical facilities, to prepare you for professional life in the theatre and live performance industry. Find out how to apply to the Guildhall School.

Other Opportunities

Opera Leaders Mentorship Program

The implementation of the Opera Leaders Mentorship Program in 2016 broadened its focus to include the development of emerging operatic leaders in stage direction, stage management, design (scenic, lighting, and costume), as well as coaching and conducting. The program serves a dual purpose by providing 1) expert practical, technical, and artistic guidance to the young opera professional in a leadership position; and 2) structured oversight of mentees and their work for the sake of the company and production. For more details, click here.

National and International Travel Grants

Travel grants and funding are available for USITT 2017.

For Individual and professional members: provides USITT members with funding for international travel for advanced research and education in theatre related fields. Applicants must be Individual, Early Career, Professional, or Senior USITT members. To apply, click here.

For Student members: these grants were established to assist USITT student members to travel internationally for education and research in theatre related fields. They fund projects that seek new knowledge through international travel to exhibitions, productions, and collections. To apply, click here.

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

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