Applying for a Position at The Grand

Thank you for your interest in applying for a job at The Grand! The Grand Opera House, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to create and maintain a diverse workplace.

The Grand Opera House is a multi-disciplinary, multi-venue performing arts presenter in Wilmington, Delaware, the heart of the Northeast touring corridor. The organization manages three venues (two of which are historic) that are shared by three resident companies, as well as being aggressively rented to community groups and independent promoters. The Grand serves an annual audience of over 200,000 with 150-200 performances and 350 events each year.

The Grand will contact you if an interview is considered appropriate. Application materials for a specific position are kept on file for one year.

Due to the volume of resumes received, The Grand is unable to acknowledge each resume.

Open Positions

Programming Associate F/T

Position Description
In response to rapid and substantial growth, The Grand is seeking a savvy and ambitious individual to assist in every aspect of programming our three very diverse live venues. Although an entry-level position, this situation offers potential for timely advancement, based on the applicant’s ability to thrive in a fast-paced and complex environment.

The qualified applicant should possess superior communication skills; be detail-oriented and comfortable with deadlines; and be able to work well with a larger integrated team. Primary responsibilities are to assist with all aspects of entertainment research, negotiation of offers and contracts, and close interaction with the Administration, Marketing and Box Office departments of The Grand. The potential to learn and progress at an accelerated pace under the tutelage of an experienced industry veteran is a rare opportunity for the right person.

Primary duties as follows:
•    Research and data correlation of current and planned national tours in all areas of programming
•    Manage multiple active calendars including avails, holds and confirmations
•    Build and maintain productive communication with all major agencies, agents and assistants, as well as several independent promoters
•    Attend regional and national conferences when appropriate
•    Work directly with Marketing and Box Office department to assist with show specific marketing and sales strategies.

Solid computer skills with particular experience in Microsoft Outlook and Excel are required. A flexible work schedule may be required at times, but the primary work requirement is typically Monday – Friday.

Entry-level position available mid- to late May. Health care benefits. Generous vacation and comp time policy.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and three references to: Teresa Crawford, Payroll and Benefits Manager, Please, no phone calls.


Assitant Technical Director  – Playhouse F/T


Position Description
The Grand, a multi-disciplinary, multi-venue performing arts presenter in Wilmington, Delaware is seeking an experienced, driven individual as Assistant Technical Director (ATD). The Asst. Technical Director will supervise all production and technical operations for the 1240-seat Playhouse on Rodney Square, which houses the organization’s Broadway series. The Playhouse ATD reports to The Grand’s Technical Director.

The qualified applicant should be detail-oriented, flexible, pro-active, and able to work well and communicate effectively with a larger integrated team. 3-5 years of production management experience and familiarity with touring Broadway in a union house essential. Solid computer skills with particular experience in Microsoft Outlook and Excel are required. Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends.

Primary duties as follows:
•    Maintain the stage and all related technical equipment.
•    Oversee safety during all building occupancies.
•    Work with Local 284 to properly staff all Broadway and other booked performances.
•    Advance technical details with road management staff for all scheduled events.
•    Oversee stage work calls, load-ins, performances, strikes and load-outs.
•    Order any rental equipment and/or expendables necessary for performances.
•    Co-ordinate with Hotel and City personnel to facilitate large load in/out, truck parking, school busses for children’s shows, etc.
•    Work with Managing Director of Programming in estimating technical costs, assessing viability for prospective artist offers.
•    Work with GOH Director of Finance on preparing expenses for show settlements, and to plan and maintain PH budget.
•    Work with the Director of Operations on production-related facility maintenance.
•    Provide assistance to Technical Director on non-Playhouse shows as needed.

Position available immediately. Health care benefits. Generous vacation and comp time policy.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and three references to: Teresa Crawford, Payroll and Benefits Manager, Please, no phone calls.


Education Manager F/T


Position Description
The Grand Opera House seeks an Education Manager to plan, implement and evaluate educational programs of The Grand and The Playhouse on Rodney Square. Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement, he/she is responsible for key service programs (listed below) providing arts education for all ages and segments of the community, with a strong focus on school-aged children.

Stages of Discovery school matinees and Summer Children’s Theater:
•    Process reservations for school matinees and show-related programs, including database entries, confirmation letters, invoices, payments, and seating assignments; coordinate efforts with box office staff
•    Take phone calls to answer questions and resolve issues for ticket buyers
•    Develop and oversee complementary program elements, such as classroom visits, educational partnerships, transportation scholarships, etc.
•    Coordinate marketing efforts
•    Advance show details with operations and production staff
•    Execute program evaluations

Broadway in Wilmington
•    Coordinate teaching artist residencies at local schools and/or community centers

DanceWorks partnership program with First State Ballet Theatre:
•    Assist in coordinating weekly dance classes
•    Communicate with participating schools, instructors, and FSBT
•    Coordinate year-end recital, onstage rehearsals, and family tickets

Other duties will be assigned as needed, including but not limited to:
•    Assistance at Grand/Playhouse concerts and special events
•    Arts Academy administration and student performances
•    Oversight of student interns or volunteers
The ideal candidate will have experience in arts education or administration, and a passion for the performing arts. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, strong problem-solving, customer service, organization and attention to detail are essential. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and database management. Bachelor’s degree required.

Instructions to apply:
This is a full-time position with occasional evening/weekend hours required. Compensation commensurate with experience, plus health benefits and generous vacation time. Please send cover letter, résumé, three references, and salary expectations via email to: Teresa Crawford at tcrawford@grandopera.orgg, or send via mail to: The Grand Opera House, Attn: Teresa Crawford, 818 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Please, no phone calls.

Applications must be received by the closing date: Monday, May 16.


SUMMER IN THE PARKS On-Site Coordinator P/T


Position Description
The Grand Opera House seeks a part-time, seasonal On-Site Coordinator to support Wilmington’s Summer in the Parks program, in cooperation with the City of Wilmington.

The On-Site Coordinator must be present at all park activities. The 2016 season will run from June 20 through August 19. Activities are scheduled Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm, plus 1-2 evenings per week and occasional weekends. Responsibilities will include:
•    Monitor weather forecasts to determine viability of program occurrence
•    Communicate with artists, production staff, Grand staff, City offices, volunteers, and regular attendees with program updates, changes, needs, etc.
•    Assist with arts activities as needed: setup and breakdown with artists, hands-on assistance with small children, crowd control with large groups, etc.
•    Represent The Grand and the City of Wilmington in a positive manner, build relationships with event participants and neighborhood residents
•    Collect participant data and feedback during events
•    Basic photography and social media posts

The successful candidate will be comfortable working in Wilmington’s urban neighborhoods, enjoy the summer outdoors, and be able to travel around the city on their own. He/She must be friendly, have strong customer service and relationship-building skills, and be accustomed to working with children in an artistic environment. This position requires a positive attitude and composure under potentially stressful situations.

Background or familiarity with arts and/or arts education is desirable. The job comprises approximately 25 daytime hours, plus weekly evening events (5-8pm) and occasional weekends from mid-June through late-August. Offering a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience, plus mileage.

Program Background:
The administration of the City of Wilmington, under Mayor Dennis P. Williams, initiated this collaboration with The Grand and local artists in 2013 to provide a safe and creative outlet for neighborhood youth during the summer months. Wilmington’s Summer in the Parks presents a series of free community events to engage the City’s youth and families and to strengthen our communities, while balancing with bigger entertainment events in the larger park venues. The Grand acts as producer of the series with oversight of programming, production, marketing and communications, and serves as liaison with the City of Wilmington.

Instructions to apply:
Please send cover letter, résumé, and three references via email to: Teresa Crawford at, or send via mail to: The Grand Opera House, Attn: Teresa Crawford, 818 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Please, no phone calls.