Mentorship Program for Opera Leaders of Color

The Mentorship Program for Opera Leaders of Color pairs BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) professionals with executive-level leaders who can support them in achieving their career goals.

The selected mentees will participate in a yearlong program designed to identify barriers and achievement gaps and then establish an action plan for professional growth and a long-term career trajectory.

The program was established in 2021 as part of OPERA America’s sustained effort to eradicate racism and ensure equity and justice throughout the opera field. It responds to the industry’s history of exclusion toward people of color and seeks to address the systemic barriers that have limited the advancement of BIPOC professionals. 

Program Details

Participation as a mentee in the Mentorship Program is available to individuals who are committed to a management career at an OPERA America member organization.

Mentors are paired based on the mentees’ goals, and they commit to working together for a full calendar year, including attending the annual conference.

Next Application Cycle
Program dates: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Application available online: March 2021
Application deadline: April 28, 2021
Applicant notification: May 2021
How to Apply

Review the program guidelines to apply. All mentee applications must be submitted through the online form.

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Program Guidelines & Worksheets

For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at or 212.796.8624.