Dance. Music. Culture. Community.
Have questions about this program? Join us for the webinar Wednesday night at 6PM !

Tools of the Trade is an intensive professional development program for performing and technical artists who want to understand all the components that make up a major performing arts production, and learn by doing. Participants can earn an educational stipend of $1,000.

Segment 1 of the program is a collaboration with Opera Paralléle, whose production Harriet's Spirit will be developed and performed at the Opera House this fall. Most classes will be taught by professional artists and technicians who are working on the production.

Interested in learning more  and get tips on applying? 


Join BVOH Program Manager Ashley Smiley and Artistic & Community Manager Daniel Harvey from Opera Paralléle for a Tools of the Trade Info Session where you can learn more about the program, get tips for applying and more. 

Tools of the Trade is made possibly by the San Francisco Dream Keeper Initiative



Tools of the Trade is a workforce development program intended to primarily support Black San Francisco artists in their quest to become financially successful as artists. Bayview Opera House offers practical skill development in many areas that are not easily accessible elsewhere, but are needed to be successful in today's arts eco-system.


Tools of the Trade - Performing Arts

The Tools of the Trade performing arts program is centered around real live productions and events happening at the Bayview Opera House this year.

Tools of the Trade teaches elements of the many different creative and technical skills that are needed for any performing artist’s career, as well as aspiring technical artists, who work behind the scenes to create an environment the performer can shine in. Skills taught over the course of the 3-segment program include, but are not limited to

• Production of complex performances that include many collaborators: artists in different genres, technicians, creative leaders and managers

• The creative thought process , its implementation and manifestation

• Lighting design, lightboard programming and operation

• Live sound, indoors and outdoors

• Sound and video recording of live performances

• Video projection as part of a performance

• Costume and set design

• Event planning and management

• Budgeting for events and performances

• Fundraising for artistic productions
Programs at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre are made possible by:
San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, Invest in Neighborhoods, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the San Francisco Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council,  the Nicholson Family Foundation and many other generous donors.

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