As a respected midsized theatre, Studio is both ambitious enough to provide invigorating programming and small enough to allow its apprentices unique access to the Theatre’s artistic and administrative leadership. The work is rigorous and rewarding; apprentices have a full schedule, and work together with the staff to meet the demanding deadlines of the field. Night and weekend hours are sometimes required.
Studio Theatre's apprentice positions for the 2020-2021 season have been filled. We will open up the application process in fall/winter for the 2021-2022 season.
The Directing Apprentice serves as an assistant director on the five shows in the Studio’s Main Series and provides active support to the Casting, Scouting, and Literary departments at Studio. Responsibilities include supporting the director and creative teams; casting and rehearsing understudies for the season; maintaining shows; reading and evaluating play submissions; writing support materials; scouting local talent; and assisting in the day-to-day needs of the artistic department. Applicants must be quick learners with directing experience and excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
In addition to the other application materials, candidates for this apprenticeship should submit up to five pages of critical writing (if you provide multiple samples, at least one must be about a play).
The Producing/Community Engagement Apprentice serves as an assistant producer for Studio’s complete season, and provides active support to the Community Engagement, Casting, Scouting, and Literary departments at Studio. Responsibilities include co-curating and producing show-specific programming to deepen audience engagement with our season; event planning and execution; assisting on the Student Matinee program; producing immersive elements for Studio X; reading and evaluating play submissions; supporting the budgeting and administration of the artistic department; and writing support materials. Applicants must have directing, producing, or community organizing experience, be quick learners, and have excellent writing, research, and communication skills. Appropriate candidates may also have the opportunity to assistant direct one or more Studio X productions.
ln addition to the other application materials, candidates for this apprenticeship should submit up to five pages of critical writing (if you provide multiple samples, at least one must be about a play).
The Arts Administration Apprenticeship provides an in-depth look at the operations of a nonprofit theatre. The position works closely with Studio Theatre’s General Manager, assisting in daily tasks as well as long-term institutional projects. The Arts Administration 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 Arts Administration Apprentice include: drafting and executing artist contracts and license agreements including calculating royalty and payment schedules for commissions and ensuring terms are executed property; developing human resource management skills including hiring and onboarding processes and creating and implementing wellness initiatives; maintaining Studio’s safety protocols including coordinating logistics of training for staff, assisting with drills and updating and revising documentation as needed; and running the daily operations of an office including assisting with IT, managing the office supply and equipment budgets, and general admin support.
The apprentice will also work with Studio Executive Assistant on matters related to the Board of Trustees including maintaining and updating executive documents and staffing select committee meetings. Opportunity for additional projects from the Managing Director and General Manager available based on interest and skill level.
Ideal applicants will be interested in pursuing careers in arts management or arts administration. Applicants should be detail-oriented, personable, able to prioritize well, and able to exercise confidentiality and discretion.
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. Prior experience with Excel and/or data entry a plus.
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 roughly half of the operating income for the Theatre. The Apprenticeship provides practical training in many areas of the Development team—individual and institutional giving, cultivation events, and campaign strategy and execution—with a particular emphasis on direct mail and solicitation writing, event support, grant writing support, and stewardship of Studio’s robust portfolio of donors. This position works closely with the entire fundraising staff at Studio but will receive specific mentorship and support from the Development Operations Manager and the Manager of 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; contribution processing and acknowledgement generation; 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, be able to prioritize, and have the desire to be part of a great Development team. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
The Electrics 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 Lighting and Sound Supervisor on hang, focus, and special projects. This position also works closely with visiting artists, programming ETC Eos family consoles and learning how to plan, budget for, and lead the implementation of various lighting designs. The apprentice also participates in sound and projection work calls as needed with the Sound and Projections Apprentice and Lighting and Sound Supervisor.
Applicant should be detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills, 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, and the ability to lift up to 50 pounds unaided. Familiarity with the use of power tools highly encouraged. Familiarity with computer networking and sound/projections concepts/software a plus.
Through the Events & Partnerships Apprenticeship, the apprentice gains knowledge about the planning and coordination of internal and external events as well as a hearty introduction to the world of partnerships. 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.
This position will have the opportunity to learn from the Manager of Partnerships and Events in facilitating the use of the Theatre’s space for internal events, rental clients and providing space for our community partners. The apprentice will learn about client interaction, building contracts, and on-site event logistics. The apprentice will also assist in planning cultivation and stewardship events. This position will have the unique opportunity to play a role in the planning and execution of our campaign.
In addition to the events work, this apprentice will have a hand in the cultivation and maintenance of our corporate sponsorships and in-kind partnerships. The apprentice will assist in all partnership acquisitions and benefit fulfillment.
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 be client service oriented. Previous experience with events is a plus. The applicant must have the ability to stand for 8 hours.
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: creating and implementing email marketing strategies, 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, social media, 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, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, and After Effects is required. 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, working with live sound, and learning how to plan, budget, and lead the implementation of various sound and projection designs. The apprentice also participates in lighting work calls as needed with the Electrics Apprentice and Lighting and Sound Supervisor.
Applicant should be detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills, coupled with the ability to work effectively with many different personalities. Experience programming QLab is required, as well as comfort with heights on ladders and catwalks and the ability to lift up to 50 pounds unaided. Familiarity with the use of power tools highly encouraged. Familiarity with projection concepts, computer networking, sound mixing, and stage lighting concepts/software a plus.
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.
The Technical Direction Apprenticeship is curated for a young professional who is pursuing a career as a Technical Director for a regional theatre. The apprenticeship will focus on computer aided drafting (CAD), labor and material estimation, budgeting, purchasing materials, rigging and safe rigging practices, shop management, industry standards for scenery creation, installation, and strike for a full season of productions. The position reports to the Technical Director and works alongside and trains with seasoned carpentry professionals and designers employed by the Studio Theatre.a
Studio Theatre provides the following for all members of our apprentice classes:
State of the art housing. Butler House, located in the bustling Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington DC, is just a short walk from the Theatre. The complex provides each apprentice with his or her own private bedroom, completely furnished with paid utilities. This 14-bedroom, six-bathroom row house affords Studio apprentices a place to call home during their year in Washington, DC.
A modest stipend to assist with daily expenses. The stipend is disbursed bi-weekly over the 50 weeks of the apprenticeship.
Complimentary tickets to Studio Theatre productions, as well as tickets to many Washington DC area theatre productions. Apprentices also receive two free tickets for guests to each Studio Theatre production.
Seminars with Studio Theatre leadership, including Artistic Director David Muse.