Michigan Opera Theatre’s Ambassadors program cultivates, trains, and empowers 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) provides Ambassadors with the training, resources, and institutional support needed to represent the organization effectively in numerous communities and social networks across the state. Ambassadors leverage their own passion for opera to help introduce the art form to diverse audiences and build new regional and statewide relationships. Volunteers 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 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.  Ambassadors are part of MOTVA (the Michigan Opera Theatre Volunteer Association)

Camaraderie. Ambassadors are 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 attend a training session, September 22, 2018. We will explore the opera season as a whole, delve into the themes and productions of individual shows, and talk about how they can best resonate within different communities. I think some of you might enjoy learning about the season and ways to promote it!

Professionalism. Ambassadors work as part of a larger team of volunteers and staff, and 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

2018-2019 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)? YesNo

Have you been a docent at a museum or other cultural institution before? YesNo

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).