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Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) is a classically-based professional ballet company, established in 1989, in Portland, Oregon. The company performs an annual season of programs at the Keller Auditorium and Newmark Theatre while participating in many community events as well as regional and national touring.

OBT has grown from being a respected regional company to one of national significance, as evidenced by the invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center in 2008, as part of the “Ballet Across America” series in 2013 and Wolf Trap in 2014. The recent additions of Artistic Director, Kevin Irving, and Executive Director, Dennis Buehler, position OBT for significant growth opportunities in the years to come.

In addition to the performing company, The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the premiere ballet schools in the country. OBT’s mission also includes a far reaching dance education and outreach program throughout Portland and Oregon.

OBT is supported by an annual budget of more than $5 million. For more information and recent news about OBT, visit our website: www.obt.org.


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Posted 8/6/15

Generous Weekly Stipend / September 2015 - May 2016
Applications Due No Later Than Friday, August 21st

Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) is seeking advanced level male dancers for positions in its newly launched junior company, OBT2. This pre-professional ensemble offers many performance opportunities including: OBT2 performances, the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre's Annual Performance, and performances with Oregon Ballet Theatre. OBT2 is a pre-professional training ground for dancers aspiring to professional ballet careers whether with Oregon Ballet Theatre or other nationally acclaimed companies. Select members of the ensemble receive a generous weekly stipend from September 8, 2015 - May 28, 2016.

Interested applicants must be no older than 21 years of age on 12/31/15 and submit their picture, resume, and audition video link to SOBT no later than Friday August 21st. The video should not exceed 10 minutes and must include a classical variation and/or performance clip.

Submissions should be emailed to: schoolofobt@obt.org Please include "OBT2 Male Dancer Application" in the subject line. OBT2 is located in Portland, Oregon. If accepted, dancers must be prepared to begin Monday, September 8, 2015.

Posted 4/28/15 / JOB DESCRIPTION


Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks an experienced, driven and detail orientated person to serve as our Accounting Manager. Successful candidates shall also be adaptable to change in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate a history of maintaining and ensuring the integrity of general ledger accounts and the preparation and accuracy of financial statements. Candidates should also be strong communicators with the ability to work alongside diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.


We seek candidates who have at least three years of demonstrated experience in a similar role and size organization or demonstrated track record of success in managing multiple priorities and the job responsibilities of the positon. While not required, successful candidates will have specific experience within dance and the performing arts. A full job description can be obtained on the OBT website.

A full job description can be downloaded HERE.

Interested parties should send a resume with cover letter to the attention of Human Resources at 818 SE 6th Avenue, Portland, OR  97214 or jobs@obt.org


Oregon Ballet Theatre is seeking experienced ballet accompanists to play for School of Oregon Ballet classes on an hourly basis, afternoons, evenings, Saturdays and summer.  Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@obt.org.

Education Outreach Department

NOTE: Thank you for your interest in working with Oregon Ballet Theatre's Education Outreach department. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in the future!

OBT employs dance-in-schools teaching artists — as part of a cohort of enthusiastic ambassadors for the art form — to bring ballet alive in young learners, primarily Pre-K—8. The central goal of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Education Outreach department is to enrich the lives of children and adults by providing meaningful learning experiences that get people doing, thinking, and wondering about dance. OBT’s Education Outreach programs occur throughout the year: as teaching residencies in public and private schools Pre-K through college; as educationally focused performances; as studio tours and lectures; and as experiential events in community venues.

818 SE Sixth Avenue / Portland, OR 97214
(Between Belmont and Morrison)
Administration: 503.227.0977
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