Chrisman Studio Artist Program
Named in recognition of the support of Sarah and Roger Chrisman, the Chrisman Studio Artist Program has now refocused to employ California based artists for 360º training opportunities both on stage and off.
Information about our new Chrisman Studio Artist Program:
- PROGRAM EXPANSION AND REGIONAL FOCUS: Beginning with the 2021-22 season Opera Santa Barbara will shift from our traditional, seasonal 4 artists-in-residence program, to a new model that aims at providing training and performance opportunities to a larger and more diverse group of promising young artists based in California.
Artists will be selected based on their career potential in performance and other areas of the performing arts industry.
- TRAINING ON-STAGE AND OFF: Our studio artists will have free access to year-round training with top industry professionals. Training opportunities may include voice lessons, vocal coachings, dramatic coaching, movement, masterclasses, and more. In addition to performance training, Chrisman Studio Artists will receive training and hands-on experience in all aspects of performing arts administration and production, according to their individual interests and skills. The overall goal of the Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio is to better prepare artists for an industry that increasingly requires them to be enterprising individuals as well as performing at a high level.
- SHORT-TERM RESIDENCIES & CONTRACTS: Along with the free training opportunities, Chrisman Studio Artists will be offered short performance contracts for assignments customized to each artist’s strengths and skill level. These opportunities may include community concerts, mainstage roles, cover assignments, educational programming, digital content creation, and more. By focusing on California artists, scheduling training opportunities on weekends, and offering intermittent, short residency contracts, it is our hope to make participation possible for young artists who may need to stay close to home and make a living from multiple sources.