The Artistic Apprenticeship is an immersive experience, giving the apprentice first-hand experience with the artistic activities of one of the country's most respected mid-sized theatres. Through daily interaction with members of Studio Theatre's artistic staff and direct mentorship by the Associate Artistic Director, the position provides a chance to learn from established working directors and dramaturgs.
The apprentice serves as an assistant director on the five Main Series shows and provides active support to the Casting, Scouting, and Literary departments at Studio, with a special focus on casting and rehearsing understudies for the season. Other responsibilities include reading play submissions, writing support materials; compiling scouting information; preparing, running, and filing season auditions; and assisting in the day-to-day needs of the artistic department. Applicants must be a quick learner with directing experience and excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
ln addition to the other application materials, candidates should submit up to five pages of critical writing (if you provide multiple samples, at least one must be about a play).
The Business Apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to gain a firsthand look into all aspects of the Theatre through interaction with its finances and administration.
The apprentice will have the opportunity to learn from key decision-making meetings regarding all aspects of theatre operations. Other opportunities include learning about cash and income and expense management, collaborating with all departments on budget tracking, overseeing monthly reconciliation of income and expenses, assisting with the budgeting process for the Theatre, aiding in the preparation and performance of the Theatre's annual audit, learning about human resources processes, supporting contract negotiation and management, and other facets of business and general management of the Theatre. Opportunity for additional projects based on interest and skill level.
Applicants should be detail-oriented, have experience or an aptitude for working with budgets and numbers, and be able to handle confidential information.
The Carpentry Apprenticeship affords professional set construction experience by working on a full season of productions alongside seasoned professionals as a full time member of the scene shop. The apprentice reports to the technical director and works alongside, and trains with, the staff carpenters and contracted employees. Opportunities include learning carpentry, metalwork, rigging and automation, crew supervision, budgeting and timelines, atmospheric effects, pneumatics and hydraulics, and CAD for scenic applications.
Applicants must have carpentry experience, be organized and detail-oriented, and must be able to successfully complete projects independently. Driver's License, ability to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly and throughout the day, and ability to build from designer and shop drawings required.
The Company and Production Management Apprentice works closely with the Company Management/Production Management team. The primary goal of this apprenticeship is to learn company and production management practices by providing support and creating a positive experience for all visiting artists as well as assist in a busy Production office.
The apprentice works with the Assistant Production Manager/Company Manager to schedule and facilitate guest artist travel, manage artist housing in units owned by Studio, and respond to visiting artists’ day-to-day needs. In addition, the apprentice will help maintain the housing and travel calendar as well as help manage housing and travel budget lines. The Company Management and Production Apprentice also assists with execution of all production meetings, closing night events, and Institutional Special Events. The Company and Production Management Apprentice provides administrative support to the entire Production Department during the rehearsal and tech processes. This position provides the opportunity to learn about managing a production budget of nearly $1 million.
The Development Apprenticeship is an engaging, hands-on opportunity for an early-career professional interested in fundraising, institutional storytelling, and connecting artistic vision with fiscal stewardship. The Apprentice will receive broad exposure to Studio Theatre’s fundraising program, which provides 47% of the operating income for the Theatre. The Apprenticeship provides practical training in all areas of the Development team—individual and institutional giving, corporate partnership and events, and institutional advancement—with a particular emphasis on event planning and execution, direct mail and solicitation writing, grant writing, and stewardship of Studio’s robust portfolio of donors and corporate and foundation sponsors. This position works closely with the entire fundraising staff at Studio, but will receive specific mentorship and support from the Senior Manager of Major Gifts and Individual Giving.
Specific opportunities and responsibilities include: conducting research; coordinating and assisting with fundraising events; creating and strategizing for e-fundraising campaigns; coordinating direct mailings; representing Studio as the point of contact for Friends With Benefits (our young professionals program); and assisting in the day-to-day needs of the Development Department. The Apprentice will also have the opportunity to identify and cultivate projects in areas of interest within the Development Department, as well as with close collaborators in other departments.
Applicants should be detail-oriented and highly personable, have excellent writing, research, and computer skills, work well under deadlines, and have the desire to be part of a great Development team. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
The Education Apprenticeship grants an early career professional the opportunity to learn the inner workings of a multi-faceted theatre education program. The apprentice supports all of the Theatre’s education initiatives, including assisting in the management of Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, a renowned training institution in Washington DC.
Specific opportunities and responsibilities include assisting with registration for adult classes and the Young Actors Program; assisting with marketing for the Conservatory; managing the Conservatory’s space and equipment; assisting with student relations; managing the Arts Motivating Youth program, the Youth On-Stage program, and Studio in Play: the Student Matinee Program; and helping with programming and planning for the apprenticeship and internship programs. The education apprentice also helps with the day-to-day needs of the department, including managing the department expense budgets.
While this position may include a minimal amount of classroom teaching for the Youth On-Stage program, it is primarily administrative. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, detail-oriented, and interested in exposure to the institutional needs of an active conservatory and theatre education program. Though the usual schedule for this apprenticeship is regular administrative office hours (Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm), night and weekend hours will be required as well.
Through the Electrics Apprenticeship, the apprentice works backstage with theatre professionals during the Theatre’s full season.
This position has the opportunity to learn how a show is installed by working with the lighting supervisor on hang, focus, and special projects. This position also works closely with visiting artists, programming ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) Eos family consoles and learning how to implement a lighting design. The apprentice also participates in sound and projection work calls as needed with the sound and projections apprentice and sound supervisor.
Applicant should be detail-oriented and personable, with the ability to work effectively with many different personalities. Electrics experience and lighting console programming experience required, as well as comfort with heights on ladders and catwalks. Familiarity with setting up Clearcom and QLab a plus.
Through the Facilities and Events Management Apprenticeship, the apprentice gains knowledge about the management and operation of the Theatre’s building, equipment, and space use for events. The position gives a qualified candidate exposure to the workings of a multi-faceted theatre, whose physical campus includes a three-building, four-theatre complex, a 14-unit apprentice house, and apartments that house visiting artists.
This position will have the opportunity to learn from the Facilities Manager regarding the maintenance, repair, and operation of Studio Theatre’s buildings and equipment as well as planning and executing longer-term capital improvements. The apprentice also collaborates with the Special Events Associate in facilitating the use of the Theatre’s space by outside groups, and internal events. Other areas include learning about accounting records, contractor scheduling, and facility inspections, as well as project management and researching and ordering materials. The apprentice will also learn about client interaction, building contracts and on-site event logistics.
Applicants should be detail-oriented, personable, resourceful, and have the ability to learn quickly and work autonomously. Additionally, applicants should possess strong time and project management skills and the flexibility to respond to changing circumstances. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, other construction or building repair skills, or experience with events are a plus. The applicant must have the ability to stand for 4 hours and lift 50 lbs.
The Management Apprenticeship provides an in-depth look at the operations of a nonprofit theatre. The position works closely with Studio Theatre’s Managing Director, assisting in daily tasks as well as long-term institutional projects. As a support to the Managing Director, the Management Apprentice will often work cross-departmentally, taking part in the full administrative side of the Theatre as well as interacting with the Theatre’s Board of Trustees.
Opportunities and responsibilities of the Management Apprentice include scheduling support for the Managing Director, assisting in budgeting for the executive department, tracking donor portfolios and relationships, and maintaining executive contacts. The apprentice will also have the opportunity to work with Studio’s Board of Trustees and act as a coordinator for long-term institutional projects, including implementation of the Theatre’s strategic plan and support for the Capital Campaign. Opportunity for additional projects from the Managing Director and General Manager available based on interest and skill level.
Applicants should be detail-oriented, personable, able to prioritize well, and able to exercise confidentiality and discretion.
The Marketing and Communications Apprentice will receive a first-hand look at marketing and communications for a midsized, nonprofit theatre, working closely with all members of the marketing and communications department.
The apprentice will receive training in the areas of the planning and implementation of key marketing operations including: advertising, media contracting, press and media relations, social media and digital marketing creation, distribution of promotional materials, archiving of all media and marketing collateral, grassroots marketing strategies, managing the department’s expense budget, and researching new marketing opportunities.
Applicants should be detail-oriented, highly personable, and well spoken, and have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word). Interested applicants are required to submit three writing samples.
The Marketing Multimedia Apprenticeship provides a unique, creative opportunity for a budding graphic designer or filmmaker to work closely with all members of the marketing and communications department as well as members of the Theatre's artistic department.
The apprentice will gain knowledge of graphic design for programs, advertisements, posters, flyers, invitations, email graphics, and online collateral. The position will also have a holistic focus on video production for marketing and promotional purposes. The apprentice will have the opportunity to assist with digital marketing content. Advanced competency with Adobe Creative Suite with focus in Photoshop, InDesign, Premeire, Adobe After Effects is preferred. Interested applicants are required to submit graphic design or multimedia samples or a portfolio.
The Sound and Projections Apprenticeship allows the apprentice to work on a myriad of projects and assignments during the Theatre’s full season.
This position has the opportunity to learn how a production is installed by working with the Sound Supervisor on hang, focus, and special projects. This position also works closely with visiting artists, programming QLab and Isadora, working with live sound, and learning how to implement a sound and projection design. The apprentice also participates in lighting work calls as needed with the Electrics Apprentice and Master Electrician.
Applicant should be detail-oriented and personable with the ability to work effectively with many different personalities. Experience programming QLab is required. Familiarity with projectors, Isadora, and sound mixing experience a plus, as well as comfort with heights on ladders and catwalks.
The Stage Management Apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of the work of Actors Equity Association (AEA) stage managers. This position reports to the Production Management team. The apprentice will receive professional rehearsal and performance experience while training with Equity stage managers in Studio Theatre’s four-theatre, state-of-the-art complex.
The apprentice will receive hands-on training by serving as an assistant stage manager for a majority of the productions throughout the season. In rehearsal, the apprentice will learn how to prepare rehearsal paperwork, coordinate rehearsal properties and costumes, be on book, track line notes, and interact with other members of the production department. During performances the apprentice will manage all backstage show operations, including managing additional run crew. The apprentice participates in a career-building curriculum while gaining exposure to all areas of theatre operations and is eligible to receive EMC (Equity Membership Candidate) points through the program.
This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, personable, candidate who loves working in a fast-paced theatre environment. Candidates must have stage management experience, be extremely organized and eager to learn on the job, and possess the discretion and flexibility to thrive in a busy theatre environment.
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In the years of Studio Theatre’s Apprentice Program, alumni have already established careers in various professional theatre, nonprofit, and academic organizations around the country, including Studio Theatre.