Seattle Repertory Theatre has designed the Development Apprenticeship to provide an immersion into the full array of development activities. The Apprentice will function as a vital member of the team and gain a working knowledge of major giving, annual giving, board engagement, corporate and foundation giving, and special events. Ongoing opportunities include cultivation/stewardship/solicitation of donors, prospect research, database management, donor correspondence and grant writing, and special events support. This Apprentice will have a high-level of interaction with trustees, donors, and staff leadership.

At the end of this Apprenticeship, the Development Apprentice will understand the development cycle and how it applies to donors at all levels and of all types.

    • Identification
      • Use Tessitura and prospect research databases to identify and research individual and institutional funders.
    • Qualification
      • Identify donor priorities (interest, affinity, and capacity) and how they align with organizational priorities and programming.
      • Use Tessitura as a tool to analyze and track donor history and patron behavior.
    • Cultivation
      • Understand all the aspects of cultivation included but not limited to: networking, communication strategies (non-solicitation), and events.
    • Solicitation
      • Learn the different strategies behind written and in-person solicitations depending on the target audience.
    • Stewardship
      • Learn different methods for donor acknowledgement, benefits and recognition included but not limited to: generating donor receipts, writing thank you letters, event invitations, etc.


  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills
  • Computer proficiency and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, and forward thinking
  • Creative and innovative
  • Flexible team player
  • Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple projects
  • Deadline-meeting and multi-tasking capabilities

Past experience with fundraising or in a patron-facing role is desirable but not required

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Lighting Design

As part of our commitment to developing emerging theatre artists, we offer a specialized Lighting Design Apprenticeship for applicants who have academic experience or extensive small theatre experience in lighting design and are looking to expand their knowledge to the workings of a large, regional theatre. The Apprenticeship focuses on two main areas: developing practical skills in the area of Assistant Lighting Design (ranging from drafting and paperwork, to communicating and working with a union crew), and developing the Apprentice's design skill-set through a series of theoretical design projects (research methods, drawing, storyboarding, model building, etc.). The supervisors for this position are Resident Designer L.B. Morse and Lighting Associate Robert J. Aguilar, who offer this advice for future Lighting Design Apprentices: "The hours are long, the work is hard, and you'll be exposed to some of the best design in the country."

Throughout the course of the season, the participant will:

  • Serve as the primary Assistant Lighting Designer on at least one production
  • Be exposed to and build relationships with some of the top designers in the country
  • Culminate the program in one portfolio-worthy lighting design project, including a final light plot and lighting section, research images, and storyboards


  • Prior knowledge of how to read and generate a lighting plot and basic lighting paperwork
  • Basic understanding of standard stage lighting equipment
  • Aptitude for creative problem solving
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to maintain patience and composure under pressure
  • Work Sample


  • One hand or computer-drafted lighting plot
  • Either four photographs of your design work OR a link to a digital portfolio or website that includes photographs of your design work

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Production Management

In assisting the Producing Director and Production Manager, as well as the Director of Artist Relations, this Apprenticeship provides hands-on experience in contracting artists, maintaining schedules, making artists feel welcome in our theatre, and producing the work that goes on our stage. The Apprentice will experience the inner workings of all areas of production, and will learn the ins and outs of the various theatrical union contracts.


At the end of this program, participants will:

  • Have developed enhanced management skills across a variety of theatrical disciplines
  • Participated in production meetings with professional directors and designers from across the country
  • Utilize skills learned over the course of the season by being the primary producer for the August Wilson Monologue Competition
  • Have built a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally


  • Attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of personalities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to see the bigger picture
  • Stage management experience is preferred, but not required
  • Candidates must have experience working in Microsoft Excel

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Stage Management

The Stage Management Apprentices will serve as a member of the stage management team on at least three productions throughout the season. The scope of the apprenticeship will include assisting the Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager in all aspects of the show process, from prep work for rehearsals, to technical rehearsals onstage, to the running of performances. When appropriate, there will be opportunities to learn and call a performance as well as assist with new play workshops and readings.

Upon completion of the Seattle Rep Stage Management Apprenticeship program, individuals will:

  • Be well-versed in how to run a professional rehearsal room and onstage performances
  • Have a working knowledge of various union rules including AEA and IATSE
  • Have further developed skills to organize and communicate large amounts of information efficiently
  • Have begun to practice managing and working with many different types of directors, stage managers, actors, designers, crew, and theatre staff members


  • Previous stage management experience
  • Experience in other aspects of production
  • A proven ability to multi-task
  • A strong desire to be a part of a series of teams

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