2020 Employer Profile: Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS), Baltimore, MD


Baltimore Rock Opera Society is seeking designers and department leaders for upcoming rock operas. Small stipend positions with great freedom to design and execute ambitious designs in a fast-paced musical theater production environment, gain production skills, get training and professional development, learn leadership skills and great amazing art that will be seen by thousands of people on stage. Work together with an amazing community of artists on the largest collaborative art that exists in Baltimore.

Founded in 2007, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) is a passionate community of artists creating original live rock theater for metropolitan Baltimore. As the city’s most collaborative production troupe, BROS is an important showcase for the creativity and talent in Baltimore’s arts scene, delivering performances that bring people together, strengthen communities, and highlight Baltimore as a desirable place to live. According to Baltimore Magazine, “Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) is one of the most glorious representations of what is good and special about the Baltimore arts community.” (October 2017) BROS has produced a new large-scale rock opera every year since 2009 to become a well-known powerhouse of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. In the past five years, BROS original productions include two full productions in 2014 (Gründlehämmer and The Electric Pharaoh) the Rock Opera 6-Pack in 2015, three productions in 2016 (CHRONOSHRED, Amphion, and Brides of Tortuga), one in 2017 (The Terrible Secret of Lunastus), two in 2018 (Constellations and Crossroads and Incredibly Dead!), and one in 2019 (Welcome to Shakesville). Each of these productions sold about 2,000 tickets and BROS has filled nearly 20,000 audience seats since 2009. BROS is also an important contributor to Baltimore’s thriving festival scene, delivering free high-quality performances at Artscape and Light City in 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. This year’s Artscape performance included a pop-up parade that BOPA employees noted as one of their favorite parts of the festival. Other recent free events include a community block party in collaboration with the Greenmount West Community Center and a performance at the 2017 Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting. The Monument Lighting has been regarded as one of Baltimore’s favorite events, and was attended by more than 7,000 people that year. BROS is supported by more than 150 active volunteers, including a highly engaged Board of Directors featuring eight members of the Baltimore arts community. As of September 2019, BROS has more than 13 titled volunteer leaders, along with six paid director-level staffers.