2017-18 Portland Ovations Offstage Ambassador Program

Application Deadline for 2017-18 is closed.

The Ovations Offstage Ambassador program is open to any high school student who is a resident of Maine.

Program runs from January-May 2018.

Ambassador program benefits:

  • Opportunities to attend different genres of performances and write reviews for immediate posting, tweeting, and status updating
  • Meetings with different arts professionals throughout the season
  • An insider’s view of different performance and administrative careers in the performing arts
  • Opportunities to represent Portland Ovations at different events
  • Exposure to a non-profit business model
  • Guest speakers, masterclasses, backstage tours, meet and greets with professionals in various career paths connected to the arts


There is nothing like “real-world experience” for igniting the spark within a student. Educators are constantly looking into their community for connections for high school students in particular. This opportunity for high school students to be immersed in all aspects of the arts including performance outreach, management, and lectures will be life-changing.”—Karen MacDonald, a former Maine Teacher of the Year (2014) shared in a statement about the merits of this new program.

Welcome to Ovations Offstage’s inaugural class of Offstage Ambassadors. The class, comprised of sophomores and juniors from four area high schools, will participate in a semester-long opportunity to explore what a professional commitment to the performing arts truly entails and to help spread the word about the power of the performing arts.

With the launch of the Offstage Ambassador program, Portland Ovations hopes to engage students in the arts in a new, exciting way, encouraging their active participation and allowing them to gain new perspectives on the performing arts and share valuable insights along their path to college and a career.

The 2017-18 Offstage Ambassadors will attend a minimum of four Portland Ovations mainstage performances and accompanying pre and post-performance events, and various outreach activities to expand their interest in and knowledge of the arts. They will job shadow Ovations’ staff to get an inside look at a leading cultural non-profit organization. They will participate in a two-part workshop with Bob Keyes of the Portland Press Herald in early January on the art of the review, as they will be asked to post their own reviews on social media sites and/or the organization’s website, PortlandOvations.org. At completion of the Offstage Ambassador program which will run from December through June each season each student will receive community service hours for his or her participation.


Call 207.773.3150 ext. 3 or email offstage@portlandovations.org



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