Apprenticeships at Studio Theatre

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.

Applications for the 2021-2022 season apprenticeships are closed.

Position Descriptions

DIRECTING

The Directing Apprenticeship is an immersive training experience, giving early-career directors and producers first-hand, practical experience with the artistic activities of one of the country's most respected mid-sized theatres. Through frequent interaction with Studio Theatre's guest artists and direct mentorship by the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Director, the position provides a chance to learn from and work with established working directors, dramaturgs, and producers.

The Directing Apprentice serves as an assistant director on plays in Studio’s Main Stage season and new play development projects, and provides active support to the Casting, Scouting, and Literary departments at Studio. Responsibilities include supporting the director and creative teams; assisting with understudy management 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 creative problem solvers with directing experience and strong writing, research, and communication skills.  ln addition to the other application materials, candidates for this apprenticeship should submit up to five pages of critical writing that shows your ability to communicate original ideas in a clear and non-academic tone; writing about productions preferred.

PRODUCING/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Producing/Community Engagement Apprenticeship is an immersive training experience, giving early-career directors and producers first-hand, practical experience with the artistic activities of one of the country's most respected mid-sized theatres. Through frequent interaction with Studio Theatre's guest artists and direct mentorship by the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Director, the position provides a chance to learn from and work with established working directors, dramaturgs, and producers.

The Producing/Community Engagement Apprentice serves as the lead assistant producer for Studio’s 2021-2022 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; reading and evaluating play submissions; supporting the budgeting and administration of the artistic department; writing support materials.  

Applicants should be creative problem solvers with directing, producing, and/or community organizing experience and have excellent writing, research, and communication skills.  Depending on interest and skill level, candidates may also have the opportunity to assistant direct one or more productions and new play development projects.  ln addition to the other application materials, candidates for this apprenticeship should submit up to five pages of critical writing that shows your ability to communicate original ideas in a clear and non-academic tone; writing about productions preferred.

MANAGEMENT

The Management Apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to gain a firsthand experience in all aspects of one of the country’s most respected mid-sized theatres through interaction with its finances and administration. The Apprentice will have the opportunity to learn from key decision-makers thru direct mentorship and collaboration as well as attending high-level meetings regarding all aspects of theatre operations.  

The Management Apprentice works closely with Studio Theatre’s General Manager, assisting in daily tasks as well as long-term institutional projects.  Opportunities and responsibilities 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 professional development programs including coordinating logistics of training for staff, 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.  This Apprenticeship will often work cross-departmentally, taking part in the full administrative side of the theatre as well as interacting with and support the theatre’s Board of Trustees.  Opportunity for additional projects from the Managing Director and General Manager available based on interest and skill level.

Applicants should be able to work with contracts including creating templates, organize and interpret data, be able to create and maintain systems and standard practices, and be able to handle confidential information.

FINANCE

The Finance Apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to gain a firsthand experience in all aspects of one of the country’s most respected mid-sized theatres through interaction with its finances and administration. The Apprentice will have the opportunity to learn from key decision-makers thru direct mentorship and collaboration as well as attending high-level meetings regarding all aspects of theatre operations.  

The Finance Apprentice focuses on learning finance and operations/best practices alongside the Finance Manager.  Specific duties include cash, income, and expense management; collaborating with all departments on budget tracking including forecasting; overseeing monthly reconciliation of income and expenses, aiding in the preparation and execution of the annual financial audit; culminating with collaborating on the annual Operating Budget for the 2022-2023 season.  Opportunity for additional projects based on interest and skill level.

Applicants should be able to work with budgets and numbers, organize and interpret data, and be able to handle confidential information. Prior experience with data entry software (particularly Microsoft Excel) desired.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION

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.

DEVELOPMENT

The Development Apprenticeship is an engaging, hands-on opportunity for an early-career individual 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, including e-fundraising, cultivation and fundraising event 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. 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 have excellent writing, research, and computer skills. This position has many deadlines and requires prioritization; some evening and weekend work will be required.

ELECTRICS

The Electrics Apprenticeship allows the apprentice to work on a myriad of projects and assignments during the Theatre's full season.

This position gives 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.

This position works with a variety of different personalities, and the Apprentice will learn to approach similar work with different tactics in order to ensure successful collaboration. 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.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

The Marketing and Communications Apprentice will receive a first-hand look at marketing and communications for a 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 material; archiving of all media and marketing collateral; grassroots marketing strategies; and researching new marketing opportunities.

Applicants should be comfortable with persuasive writing, have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word), and have an interest in marketing and sales.

SOUND AND PROJECTIONS

The Sound and Projections Apprenticeship allows the Apprentice to work on a myriad of projects and assignments during the Theatre’s full season.

This apprentice will have the opportunity to learn how a production is installed by working with the Sound Supervisor on hang, focus, and special projects. This apprentice 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.

This position works with a variety of different personalities and the Apprentice will learn to approach similar work with different tactics in order to ensure successful collaboration. 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.

STAGE MANAGEMENT

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.

TECHNICAL DIRECTION

The Technical Direction Apprenticeship is curated for an early career individual who is pursuing a career as a Technical Director for a regional theatre. The position reports to the Technical Director and works alongside and trains with seasoned carpentry professionals and designers employed by the Studio 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.  

Applicants should have basic carpentry and theatre construction experience. Depending on interest and skill level, candidates may also have the opportunity to lead the scenic needs for one production. ln addition to the other application materials, candidates for this apprenticeship should submit visual representations of their past work. These can be but are not limited to: construction images, drafting, napkin sketches, or production photos.

What We Offer to Apprentices

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 their 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 weekly stipend of $200 to assist with daily expenses, disbursed bi-weekly throughout 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.

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