Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship Program Opera Theatre of Saint Louis


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is looking for the next cohort of Fellows for the 2022-2023 Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship program. This program supports and cultivates future arts leaders and administrators from backgrounds historically underrepresented in opera and arts administration, particularly those who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color). OTSL’s Clayco Fellows each serve in a full-time position specializing in one area (Advancement, Artistic Administration, or Administration) while gaining knowledge and in-depth experience in a range of essential functions across the organization. from artistic administration, fundraising, marketing, audience cultivation, and business administration.

Through this fellowship, Opera Theatre seeks to introduce a diverse group of young professionals to the issues, challenges, and rewards of running an arts organization, whereby developing successful arts administrators who represent the diversity of our communities and who will add to the vibrant future of the opera field.

The 2022-2023 Fellowship program will begin in October 2022 and conclude July 2023. Applications are now open – please note that all submissions must be received no later than June 18, 2022.

Company Bio: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization known for innovative productions featuring outstanding young artists. The company offers a festival opera season each spring which attracts ticket buyers from zip codes throughout the metropolitan area, as well as visitors from nearly 50 states and multiple countries. As of 2021, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has presented 32 world premieres and 28 American premieres, which may be the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any American company. In addition to the spring Festival Season, Opera Theatre operates year-round education and community programs serving nearly 17,000 local children and adults.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has a year-round artistic and administrative staff of approximately 40, which grows to approximately 500 during the Festival Season. Several hundred volunteer members of the Opera Theatre Guild provide support for all aspects of Opera Theatre’s work and advocate for the company throughout the greater St. Louis community. The company’s annual budget size is approximately $12 million; contributed revenue represents more than 50% of budget.


Three fellows will be chosen for the 2022-2023 class, one in each of the following positions:

As a member of Opera Theatre’s Artistic Administration Department, the Artistic Fellow will support OTSL’s artistic planning and activities for the Festival Season and across the year.

Includes areas of focus and learning such as: coordinating activities for the Gerdine Young Artist and Gaddes Festival Programs; contracting; union relations; budgeting; professional development; company management; rehearsal scheduling; music and score preparation; project management for the annual Center Stage Concert and Black Music Month Concert.

Working with Opera Theatre’s Advancement Department, the Advancement Fellow will work across the areas of Marketing, Development, and Community Partnerships.

Includes areas of focus and learning such as: donor communications and stewardship; annual fund campaigns; grant writing and reporting; event planning and coordinating developing press releases and pitches; audience development; social media marketing; planning and executing ad campaigns; fundraising and community events.

As a member of the Administration Department, the Administration Fellow will support the business management of the organization, in addition to partnering with various departments across the organization, such as the office of the General Director, Education, and Finance.

Includes areas of focus and learning such as: governance and board management; budgeting; strategic planning; HR; community engagement and learning events; constituent relations (working with board members, volunteers, and VIPs visiting the Festival Season).

Qualifications / Requirements

• Eligible candidates must have completed at least two years of college-level work or have equivalent experience in arts or arts-related work (administration, performance, or other related experience).
• Candidates may be aspiring or early career administrators or those transitioning from performance into administration.
• Strong candidates will have a passion for the performing arts. They will be self-motivated, balance multiple responsibilities effectively, and demonstrate strong communication skills that will allow them to interact with artists, donors, volunteers, board members, and staff in a range of professional situations.

All Fellows receive:
Full-time salary plus benefits
Relocation and transportation stipend
Professional development.

• Individuals from backgrounds historically underrepresented in opera and arts administration, particularly those who identify as BIPOC, are invited to apply.
• All candidates must complete the online application which includes submitting a resume, cover letter explaining their interest in the program, a response to brief essay questions, and name and contact information for two references.

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will take place this summer. Successful candidates will be notified in early August 2022.

For more information about the selection process and to apply, please visit

For questions, contact:
Tai Oney, Administration & Fellowship Manager

*Note: We use the term BIPOC to mean that we seek to serve individuals of color who identify as: Black/African/African American, Afro Latino/a/x, Caribbean, Chicano/a/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, Middle Eastern/North African, Indigenous Peoples, Southeast Asian/Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan.

We recognize that these descriptions and this language is ever-evolving and will always be inadequate. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to apply.

The Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship is possible thanks to a generous three-year commitment from Clayco and Bob & Jane Clark.