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. Learn More

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Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks a Graphic Designer

Oregon Ballet Theatre is seeking an experienced graphic designer to implement print and digital collateral in support of our season performances, school registration, fundraising programs, and education outreach initiatives. If you thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, are equally comfortable taking direction as well as offering creative solutions, work well as part of a team, and have the skills to manage multiple projects, OBT could be good fit for you.
The successful candidate will have experience in multiple forms of print and digital design and demonstrate a diverse portfolio of work. We’re a mission-driven and highly collaborative organization, so the ability to articulate design direction and work through projects with a give-and-take approach is essential. Experience following branding and visual identity systems is required. Typical projects include: design and production of season brochures with related digital and print advertising campaigns for individual shows; annual gala and fundraising collateral; school brochures; website design and maintenance, email campaigns; simple video editing for social media; and maintenance of brand and style guidelines. Our work supports OBT’s ability to share the expressive power of ballet, inspiring an enduring appreciation of dance, and connecting in meaningful ways to our community through excellence in performance, training and educational programs. An interest or background in dance is a plus.


We seek candidates who have a strong portfolio, demonstrating excellent print and digital design skills and creativity, as well as diversity of work; are highly proficient
with graphic design software, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator in both MAC and PC environment; and have a Bachelor’s degree in visual communications, graphic design, or related field, and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience, with two or more years’ experience in design. While not required, successful candidates will have specific experience within dance and the arts.

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Interested parties are required to send a cover letter, resume, and at least three examples of work that demonstrates your level of skill and diversity in design to:
Human Resources at Oregon Ballet Theatre, 0720 SW Bancroft Street, Portland, OR 97239, or you may email all files in a PDF format to jobs@obt.org.

Ballet Accompanists

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.

Dance-in-Schools Teaching Artist | 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.