Apprenticeships at Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre’s Apprentice Program is inspired by the concept of a “teaching hospital” and structured with two pillars in mind: on-the-job training and programmatic seminars and events.  We see it as a partnership between Studio Theatre and the Apprentice – one that is mutually beneficial for all parties.

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 work together with the staff to meet the demanding deadlines of the field.

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Position Descriptions

Artistic Apprentice—Directing  

Overview: 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 Creative Producer and Literary Director, the position provides a chance to learn from and work with established working directors, dramaturgs, and producers.  

What You Will Do: 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. 

What You Will Learn: Studio’s Directing Apprentice will gain a deeper understanding of directing, strengthen their communication skills by working under pressure with people in multiple departments with differing work styles and priorities, build their leadership skills through problem solving, and learn practical artistic administration skills. Apprentices are also mentored through a year-long process to set and pursue their own learning goals to set them up for work after Studio. 

Skills/Qualifications: Applicants much be creative problem solvers with directing experience and strong writing, research, and communication skills. Studio has hosted successful Apprentice candidates out of both undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Additional 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; at least one writing sample should be about a theatrical production. 

Artistic Apprentice—Producing & Community Engagement

Overview: 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 on of the county’s most respected mid-sized theatres. Through frequent interaction with Studio Theatre’s guest artists and direct mentorship by the Creative Producer and Literary Director, the position provides a chance to learn form and work with established working directors, dramaturgs, and producers. 

What You Will Do: 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. 

What You Will Learn: The Producing & Community Engagement Apprentice will both learn and practice Creative Producing, deepening their understanding of the relationship between available resources and artistic programming; learn how to effectively manage relationships with visiting artists; meaningfully engage with community members and observe the interplay between management and board governance; they will learn practical artistic administration skills; develop strong communication skills by working under pressure with people in multiple departments with differing work styles and priorities; build leadership skills through problem solving. Apprentices are also mentored through a year-long process to set and pursue their own learning goals to set them up for work after Studio. 

Skills/Qualifications: Applicants should be creative problem solvers with directing, producing, and/or community organizing experience and have excelling writing, research, and communication skills. 

Additional 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; at least one writing sample should be about a theatrical production.

Arts Admin Apprentice 

Overview: The Arts Admin Apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to gain direct managerial insight and firsthand operational experience at a mid-size theatre through interaction with its finances and management teams. The Apprentice will have the opportunity to learn from key decision-makers thru direct mentorship, collaboration, and by attending high level meetings. 

What You Will Do: The Arts Admin Apprentice works closely with Studio Theatre’s entire Management team, including the Executive Director, General Manager, and Finance Manager, assisting in daily tasks as well as long-term institutional projects. Opportunities and responsibilities include: introductory bookkeeping and accounting duties like Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and daily cash management; regular financial reporting, and aiding in the preparation and execution of the annual financial audit; supporting the Theatre’s Board of Trustees and attending all meetings of the full Board, as well as some committee meetings; running the daily operations of the office, and providing general admin support to all staff and visiting artists. The Apprentice will often work cross-departmentally, collaborating on budgets, hiring, wellness, and professional development programs. 

What You Will Learn: This Apprenticeship affords a wide range of learning opportunities. By sitting in on high level meetings – Board Meetings, Board Committee Meetings, and Senior Staff, amongst others – the Apprentice gets a firsthand look at topics discussed at the top of an institution, as well as our decision-making process. Through the budgeting process, the Apprentice sees into every nook and cranny of running a theatre; How do we earn our money? How do we spend our money? Finally, the Apprentice learns real world skills that they can take to other theatres or industries by processing weekly Accounts Payable and Receivables, and working as the point person in running a busy office. 

Skills/Qualifications: Applicants should be able to work with budgets and numbers, organize and interpret data, and be able to handle confidential information. Prior experience with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel), and with working with a diverse group of people in a friendly manner desired.

Development Apprentice

Overview: The Development Apprenticeship is an engaging, hands-on opportunity for an early-career individual interested in non-profit administration, specifically 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.

What You’ll Do: You will support the individual giving team implementing various fundraising campaigns, assisting with event logistics, and providing admin support through our database of 600+ donor households. You will have monthly mini-seminars with the Grants Coordinator learning the ins and outs of the grant writing process from initial inquiries to writing a mock grants proposal. You will also gain experience in cross-departmental collaboration, working with the marketing team, specifically to request design assets, build emails, and create social media content.

What You’ll Learn: You will learn database management through the arts CRM Tessitura, including pulling reports, looking up giving history, and ensuring proper data hygiene practices; various communication skills by drafting multiple forms of donor correspondence; board relations by supporting two board committees most concerned with fundraising; and event management through the planning and execution of donor events, amongst other responsibilities of a small non-profit fundraising team.

Skills/Qualifications: Applicants should have an interest in writing, fundraising, and digital systems; have good problem-solving and customer service instinct; and have flexibility for some evening and weekend work as required.

Electrics Apprentice

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Marketing and Communications Apprentice

Overview: 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. 

What You Will Do: Day to day responsibilities include: drafting, building, and sending marketing emails; maintaining a social media calendar, drafting content, and updating platforms; making updates to Studio’s website and building web pages; writing a variety of content, including social media posts, press materials, direct mail, and on-site collateral; assist with press/influencer outreach; brainstorm with the Marketing team on subscriptions and single ticket sales strategies throughout the season. 

What You Will Learn: The Apprentice will receive training in 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. 

Skills/Qualifications: Applicants should be comfortable with persuasive writing, have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word), and have an interest in marketing and sales. Familiarity with social media platforms and best practices, digital marketing/email marketing platforms, website CMS, and database management are a plus, but not required. 

Production Management Apprentice

Overview: The Production Management Apprentice works closely with the Production Management team to learn what it takes to effectively manage a busy production department in a professional non-profit theater environment.  

What You Will Do: As the Production Management Apprentice, you will work to expand and develop your understanding of the role and function of Production Management and how to build a career as a professional Production Manager.  Studio’s Director of Production serves as the overall mentor for this Apprenticeship, but the Apprentice will have opportunities to work with design teams and all members of the production department to guide the design and build process for Studio’s productions  

What You Will Learn: The Production Management Apprentice will participate in the process of developing and executing a season plan and will work with the DoP and Production Manager to oversee a six show season in Studio Theatre’s state of the art four theater complex. As a member of the Production Management team, they will delve into both administrative and creative aspects of the work, including design development, scheduling, budgeting, contracting, expense tracking and forecasting, technical problem solving, event planning and management, and all other aspects of running production for a busy non-profit regional theater company.   

Skills/Qualifications: This is an ideal position for someone who loves working in the intersection of the artistic, the technical, and the administrative aspects of theater.  Candidates must have prior training or experience in a technical coordination role, such as production management, stage management, or technical direction, and at least a basic understanding of what each technical theater department does. To enjoy this experience, you should be extremely organized and eager to learn, enjoy the process of solving problems, and be a strong communicator with the discretion and flexibility to thrive a fast-paced theatre environment. 

Sound and Projections Apprentice

Description coming soon 

Stage Management Apprentice

Overview: Studio Theatre’s Stage Management Apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the role of stage management in a non-profit regional theater while observing and participating in all aspects of the work.   

What You Will Do: As the Stage Management Apprentice, you will work to expand and develop your understanding of how Stage Management functions and how to build a career as a professional Stage Manager.  Studio’s Director of Production serves as the overall mentor for this Apprenticeship, but for each production the Apprentice will be teamed with an experienced AEA Stage Manager who will work with them to focus on specific aspects of the work. Through these show specific mentorships the Apprentice will learn about and gain experience in professional rehearsal and performance practices in Studio Theatre’s four-theatre, state of the art complex.  In addition, you will be offered opportunities during the season to speak with and observe professional stage managers at work in other professional theaters in the area. 

What You Will Learn: The Apprentice will receive hand-on training by serving as an assistant stage manager for a majority of Studio’s productions throughout the season. In rehearsal, the Apprentice will learn how to prepare rehearsal paperwork, create schedules, coordinate rehearsal properties and costumes, be on book, track line notes, and interact with other members of the production department. During performance 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 the theatre operations and is eligible to receive EMC (Equity Membership Candidate) points through the program.

Skills/Qualifications: This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, personable candidate who loves working in a fast-paced theatre environment. Candidates must have prior stage management training or experience, be extremely organized and eager to learn, and possess the discretion and flexibility to thrive.  

Technical Direction Apprentice

Description coming soon 

 

What We Offer to Apprentices

Studio Theatre provides the following for all members of our Apprentice class: 

Contemporary Style Housing: Butler House, located in the bustling Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington DC, is just a short walk from the Theatre. This 14-bedroom, six-bathroom row house provides each Apprentice their own private bedroom, completely furnished with paid utilities and household consumables during the duration of their Apprenticeship. 

A Weekly Stipend: A weekly stipend of $250 to assist with living expenses, disbursed bi-weekly throughout the Apprenticeship. 

Travel Stipend: A travel stipend of $500 for all Apprentices to assist with relocation and moving expenses.  

Metro Card: Apprentices will receive a metro card with $100 to support exploring the nation’s capital and to take in the plethora of DC theatre.  

Complimentary Tickets: Tickets will be available 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: Participation in two distinct seminar series: The yearlong series: The Life Cycle of a Season, which dives deep into each department’s contributions to Studio Theatre’s success. And the multi-part Professional Development series geared towards successfully launching Apprentices into their next career step. 

Mentorship: Each Apprentice is partnered with an established theatre professional to customize an education plan and provide learning opportunities alongside real-world experience.  Apprentices work side-by-side these Mentors allowing them to ask questions and gain unique insight about their career in theatre. Apprentices will also have regular interaction with Senior and Executive Leadership.  

Other Opportunities: Apprentices will have the opportunity to attend first rehearsal events (including interacting with directors, designers, actors and other artists), staff meetings, invited dress rehearsals, and board/committee meetings. In addition, there are networking opportunities with other DC-area apprentices.

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