Michigan Opera Theatre’s new Ambassadors program will cultivate, train, and empower volunteers to contribute to audience development efforts at the grassroots community level. Drawing inspiration from docent models long used by museums, Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) will provide Ambassadors with the training, resources, and institutional support needed to represent the organization effectively in numerous communities and social networks across the state. Ambassadors will leverage their own passion for opera to help introduce the art form to diverse audiences and build new regional and statewide relationships. Volunteers will advocate for the distinctive needs and cultural interests of their own communities, ensuring appealing and rewarding experiences that help generate new interest in opera and increased ticket sales.

The benefits of becoming an Ambassador are:

Access. Ambassadors will receive invitations to special lectures, behind-the-scenes tours, house concerts, and opportunities to introduce friends and family to an opera for the first time.

Leadership. After training, Ambassadors will be considered part of MOTVA (the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association), and will be part of Opera Volunteers International, a premier resource and advocate for the development and advancement of volunteerism in support of opera.

Camaraderie. Ambassadors will be part of a close-knit community of diverse individuals with the common interests of attending opera performances and supporting Michigan Opera Theatre’s mission in our region and state.

Ambassadors commit to the program with:

Training. Ambassadors will attend a training session, September 29, which will include workshops in public speaking, opera history, and performance production, and a behind-the-scenes peek at MOT’s 2017–18 season.

Availability. Ambassadors commit to producing along with MOT one outreach event per year in their community, or within their social and business networks; they will also schedule an outing for their network to attend a performance at Michigan Opera Theatre. These outings will include subsidized coach transportation and tickets, tours of the Detroit Opera House, and an invitation to afterglow celebrations with cast and crew.

Professionalism. Ambassadors work as part of a larger team of volunteers and staff, and will serve as representatives of Michigan Opera Theatre in their communities, as well as during their attendance at MOT performances and events. Ambassadors are the public face of Michigan Opera Theatre in their community and are warm, knowledgeable, and engaging in their interactions with the public.

Questions about the Ambassadors Program at Michigan Opera Theatre? Contact Colin Knapp,  Audience Engagement Coordinator, at cknapp@motopera.org

2017-2018 Ambassador Application

Your Name


Street Address

City, State, Zip

Preferred Phone #

Your Email

Are you currently, or have you been in the past, a member of MOTVA (Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association)?  Yes No

Have you been a docent at a museum or other cultural institution before?  Yes No

Are you comfortable using e-mail as a regular means of communication?

How did you hear about MOT Ambassadors?

What are your hobbies and interests?

What is your motivation for being an MOT Ambassador? (min. 1 paragraph)

Please describe a meaningful experience you have had with opera, or specifically MOT. Please feel free to answer this question as creatively as you like. People always remember and learn from stories the best, so we want to know how you would present your personal love for the art. (min. 1 paragraph)

Before checking the following boxes, make sure you fully understand the contents and impact of the releases, and the benefits and commitment of becoming an MOT Ambassador outlined above.

 I give MOT permission to release information about my participation as an Ambassador; information that might be solicited from media or granting foundations might include, but not limited to: length of service, volunteer responsibilities, and responses on participation.

 I hereby grant MOT permission to use my likeness in any and all of its publications and advertisements, including website entries, without payment or any other consideration. I understand and agree that these materials will become the property of MOT and will not be returned. In addition, I waive the right to inspect or approve a publication wherein my likeness appears. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph or video.

 Being an MOT Ambassadors is a time commitment, and I acknowledge that I have between 1-3 hours per week to dedicate to representing MOT and its mission in my community. I have read and understand the information above regarding the benefits and commitments of becoming an MOT Ambassador. If selected for participation, I will honor my commitment to Michigan Opera Theatre by fulfilling these commitments for a minimum term of 10 months (August 2016-May 2017).



The MOT Ambassadors program is funded by Opera America’s Building Opera Audiences grant program, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.