Tools of the Trade - Performing Arts

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Applications are now OPEN.

Tools of the Trade is a program of the Bayview Opera House, funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the Dreamkeeper Initiative. The money comes from the San Francisco General Fund and is part of the 120 million dollars over 2 years that was reallocated from the police department for the direct benefit of the Black community in San Francisco.


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.

There are two tracks of Tools of the Trade:

  • Performing arts (3 segments, segment 2 Winter Wonderland currently open)
  • Visual arts (January 2022 start, details tba)

Tools of the Trade - Performing Arts
There are 3 segments, and each segment teaches unique skills
Segment 1 - Opera Parallele production now closed
Segment 2 - Winter Wonderland, currently open - see sidebar and below
Segment 3 - Winter season multiple performances starts January 10
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

Applications for Segment II of the 3-part program are now open. Successful students from Segment I are automatically eligible for the next two segments, but are not obligated to enroll in them as well.

Apply HERE for Segment II - Winter Wonderland:

Winter Wonderland is an annual Holiday celebration for the Bayview Hunters Point community created, hosted and fueled by the staff at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre. Each year a Winter Wonderland covers the entire BVOH property featuring real snow, vendors, performances, food vendors, ice skating and more!

Members of the Winter Wonderland Tools of the Trade cohort will be instrumental in the creation of decorations, setting up/breaking down the event, holding various leadership positions within the event and most importantly helping to insure that the community has a beautiful time with us.

Cohort members will also receive master classes on marketing/promotion, production planning, networking, fundraising, permits, distribution of electricity, sound and lights for outdoor events and more.

Classes for cohort members are free and successful completion of the segment results in a certificate and a stipend of $500 as well as automatic entry into Segment III if they so choose to continue in the program.

For more information about the schedule and topics check out the sidebar on this page ---->

Segment I - Performing Arts - Harriet's Spirit with Opera Paralléle [Now Closed]

Bayview Opera House has partnered with Opera Parallèle to present Segment I of the Tools of the Trade program. Opera Parallèle has commissioned and is producing a contemporary opera, Harriet’s Spirit, written by renowned San Francisco jazz musician and composer Marcus Shelby and librettist Roma Olvera. Performers will include three soloists, a 10-piece instrumental ensemble and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. The work will be performed at the Bayview Opera House.

Program Description and Guidelines
Schedule of Classes
About Harriet's Spirit

Applications are now closed, but watch this page for announcements about future sessions.


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Tools of the Trade: Segment II - Winter Wonderland




Primary Location: Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (outdoor amphitheater, plaza and parking lot.

Secondary Location: Joseph Lee (Joe Lee) Recreation Center


Monday, December 6th, 2021 2:00PM - 6:00PM ||| Event Planning and Marketing, Permits, Partners Event Set-up, Basics of Event Tech (hands-on)

Monday, December 13th, 2021 2:00PM - 6:00PM ||| Hand-on Event Tech – Lighting and Sound in the great outdoors

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 10:00AM - 4:00PM ||| Event Set-up, Decorations, Event Planning Meeting

**Thursday December 16th, 2021 8:00AM – 10:00PM ||| Main Event

Setup 8:00AM - 2:00PM

Kids Skating (inside Joe Lee) 2:00PM - 5:00PM, continued set-up

Public Event 5:00PM - 8:30PM

Event Breakdown: 8:30PM-10PM

Friday, December 17th, 11:00AM – 5:00PM ||| Event cleanup, and reflections

  • Interns must be available for all listed dates - failure to miss class and/or participate in the event will result in non-receipt of stipend


COVID-19 Requirements for Participation:

If you HAVE a COVID-19 Vaccine: You will be required to provide your proof of vaccination and a PCR COVID-19 test by end of day on Monday, December 13th and provide the results upon receipt of them

If you DO NOT HAVE a COVID-19 Vaccine: You will be required to take a rapid self-test prior to the 12/6 and 12/13 classes and provide the results. You will also be required to take the PCR COVID-19 test by end of day on Monday, December 13th, 2021.

Failure to follow the above noted protocol will result in dismissal from the program and withholding of your stipend.

Stipend: $500

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