Apprenticeships

The application deadline for 2022/23 PATP is June 16, 2022 at 4 p.m. PT. 

2022/23 season offerings in: Development, Directing/Casting, Directing/Literary, Lighting Design, Production Management, Stage Management (2 positions), Paints, Properties, Public Works, and Youth Engagement

TERMS

  • Duration: Seattle Rep’s 2022/23 Season runs August 2022 - June 2023. Apprenticeship contract start/end dates will vary by department.  
    • Directing/Casting, Directing/Literary: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 35 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.
    • Lighting Design, Production Management : Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 36 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks. 
    • Stage Management (2 Positions) : Full-time (40 hours per week) for 26 - 31 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.  
    • Props, Paints : Full-time (40 hours per week) for 31 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.  
    • Development: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 35 weeks, with some sabbatical time. 
    • Youth Engagement: Part-time for up to 39 weeks.  
    • Public Works: Part-time for up to 37 weeks.  
  • Compensation: All Apprenticeships pay $17.27/hour 
  • Apprentices should expect to work on-site. Some work from home may be offered. Find Seattle Rep's evolving COVID safety protocols here
  • Personal days depending on length of engagement.  
  • Some limited availability for housing, for applicants not in the Puget Sound Area. 
  • In addition to hands-on training in their chosen field, Apprentices have the opportunity to participate in:
    • Cohort activities to build relationships within the Apprentice class.
    • Seminars with industry professionals to gain an overview of how departments collaborate at the regional theater level. These seminars also introduce Apprentices to the Seattle theater scene and help them gain an understanding of how different-sized organizations work.
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Apprenticeship Options & Applications

The application deadline for the 2022/23 PATP is June 16, 2022

Properties

OVERVIEW

The Properties Apprenticeship is a training ground—the place between the educational and the professional theater world. The Properties Apprentice will also be able to pursue a personal project relating to the properties field. (Past projects creations include: a grandfather clock, a bow, a writing desk, a library ladder, and a globe bar.)

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

During the season, this Apprentice will have an opportunity to learn about:

  • Furniture construction, refinishing, and fixing
  • Welding and metal work
  • Upholstery
  • Painting and distressing

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Previous experience working on props for a production
  • Good attitude
  • Strong work ethic
  • A sense of humor
  • Enthusiasm
  • Willingness to learn
  • Two work samples 

 

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
  • Work samples, please see note above. 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation with your application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application.)

ACCEPTABLE WORK SAMPLES

  • Submit 2 samples of work, or a website, that demonstrates pictures of individual props the applicant has worked on.

Application tip: It would be useful to have a list of tools the applicant has used: such as sewing machine, staplers, woodworking tools, computer programs, etc. 

 

Meet the 2019/20 Apprentice: Jamie Coblentz

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Scenic Art (Paint)

Scenic Art (Paint)

OVERVIEW
In addition to assisting on all productions and the maintenance of the paint shop, the Scenic Arts (Paint) apprenticeship includes intensive instruction on painting techniques such as texturing, sculpting, and color mixing. Seattle Rep customizes this internship to enhance skills in perspective, color theory, faux finishes, and copies of master paintings, as well as emphasize fundamental concepts of scenic design. Apprentice will also increase their knowledge of the various types of materials and tools employed in a paint shop. The supervisor for this internship position is Charge Scenic Artist Maureen Wilhelm, who offers this advice for future Paint Apprentices: "You have to be honest with yourself about how much you want to be a scenic artist. It is a commitment, a struggle. It can be painful and joyous at the same time." Supervisor for the apprentice position and projects is  Assistant Charge Artist Maureen Wilhelm.  Production work will be overseen by Charge Artist Ruth Gilmore

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will have:

  • A firm grasp on tools and techniques needed for scenic painting
  • Filled the gaps they may have from their formal education
  • Confidence in a wide range of techniques, styles, and materials
  • An understanding of the intricacies of working in a union shop

 Opportunities for the Scenic Arts Apprentice include:

  • Working in a union shop
  • Completion of at least five projects to high standards
  • Leading the apprentice paint seminar
  • Contributing to the production process
  • Connections to the scenic art community

REQUIREMENTS

  • Painting or visual art experience
  • Solid drawing foundation and strong color mixing skills
  • A team player and with a great willingness to learn
  • Experience painting on at least three productions is preferred 

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
  • Submit one letter of recommendation with your application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application.)
  • Work samples, please see note below

ACCEPTABLE WORK SAMPLES

  • Submit 2-10 samples of work, or a website, that demonstrates drawing skills, color mixing, production process shots, master copy skills, and/or any design.

Meet the 2019/20 Apprentice: Gabrielle Duong

Apply Here! 

Public Works

PUBLIC WORKS:

OVERVIEW

Seattle Rep’s Public Works is theater of, by, and for the people; rooted in the values of equity, imagination, and joy.

EQUITY -We work to make sure everyone has what they need to show up fully and succeed.

IMAGINATIONWe exercise our creativity not only in what we are making but in how we are making it.

JOY -We plant, cultivate, and grow our collective joy. 

Since 2016 we have worked to engage community in ambitious works of participatory theater through deep, longitudinal partnerships with non-profit organizations throughout our region. The Public Works team collaborates to host weekly classes, one-day workshops, and events that are responsive to our participants and partner organizations.

 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

As a member of the Public Works Team, the Apprentice will build community through theater by:

  • Supporting Public Works weekly classes, one-day workshops, and events
  • Supporting teaching artists on curriculum, schedules, recruitment, and logistics
  • Collaborating with Manager & Director to organize and successfully execute events such as Field Trips and Potlucks
  • Assisting with day-to-day function of the team in cross department collaboration organization-wide
  • Join in the ongoing examination of the processes to ensure the team continues to work from stated values

At the end of the apprenticeship, the individual will have:

  • A lived experience of Public Works values-led methodology
  • An understanding of community-engaged theater-making strategies both in and outside of the regional theater
  • Connections within the creative community in Seattle as well as Public Works National
  • Experience in arts administration
  • Helped people feel seen and supported by utilizing art as a medium for building community

REQUIREMENTS

  • A strong interest in and/or experience with community-based arts
  • A strong EDI lens, an open heart, and readiness to lead with trauma-informed values
  • A deep desire for our collective success
  • Project management skills
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the work alongside the PW Team which can include setting/cleaning up food, strategizing best practices in community, and attending partner events.
  • Ability to function independently within clear parameters when necessary
  • Ability to attend and participate in evening and weekend commitments  

TO BE CONSIDERED

Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity. 

Complete all areas of the online application. 

Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter). 

Include one letter of recommendation with the application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application.) 

Please note: This position is part time for up to 37 weeks, starting in Fall.

 Meet the 2021/22 Public Works Apprentice: Donovan Olsen

Apply Here! 

Stage Management

OVERVIEW
The Stage Management Apprentices (2 positions available) will serve as a member of the stage management team on two or 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. The supervisor for this apprenticeship opportunity is Stina Lotti, Production Stage Manager.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Upon completion of the Seattle Rep Stage Management Apprenticeship, 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 (Actors' Equity Association) and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees)
  • 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 theater staff members

REQUIREMENTS

  • Review the  minimum requirements  for the opportunity. 
  • Previous stage management experience
  • Experience in other aspects of production is a plus
  • A proven ability to multi-task
  • Ability to remain calm in pressure situations 
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of personalities and needs, with a lens towards equity. 
  • A strong desire to be a part of a series of teams

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
  • Include one letter of recommendation with the application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application.)

Meet the 2021/22 Apprentices: Bella Marziello & Quinn Chase

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Directing/Casting

OVERVIEW
The Directing/Casting Apprenticeship provides an opportunity to assist leading directors in the field and be part of the day-to-day life of regional theater artistic staff. As an assistant, you will work on 2-3 shows, with duties that can range from taking notes, script supervision, research, observation, and more. This apprenticeship is unique in that you get to spend roughly half the time in rehearsal and half the time in the Seattle Rep administrative offices as part of the Casting team. As the Directing/Casting Apprentice, you will help organize and run auditions for our mainstage season, and attend showcases, general auditions, and readings throughout the year. In addition, you will participate in season planning, artistic staff meetings, and additional artistic work as assigned. Director of Casting & New Play Development Kaytlin McIntyre is the supervisor for the Directing/Casting Apprentice (and a former Casting Intern herself). Her advice for future Directing/Casting Apprentices: "This Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for emerging directors. It provides a valuable link between the academic and professional worlds."

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
During this apprenticeship, participants will:

  • Learn about the art of directing through assisting, discussions, and optional guided projects
  • Be exposed to and build relationships with some of the top directors in the country
  • Gain valuable credits as an Assistant Director in a professional regional theater
  • Participate in the casting process from start to finish and understand every factor that contributes to a successful casting session
  • Have a working knowledge of AEA (Actors’ Equity Association), IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), and LORT (League of Resident Theatres) guidelines
  • Participate in season planning and understand how an artistic staff operates
  • Build a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in directing and experience as an assistant director 
  • Strong people skills—comfortable communicating with a broad range of personalities over phone, email, and in person; displays sensitivity and emotional intelligence
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and interested in all elements of the theater
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).

Meet the 2022 Apprentice: Elliott Hartman

Apply Here!

Directing/Literary

OVERVIEW

The Directing/Literary Apprenticeship provides an opportunity to assist leading directors in the field and be part of the day-to-day life of a regional theater artistic staff. Time is split between the rehearsal room and administrative experiences, making it a unique and holistic opportunity for young directors interested in artistic administration as well. As an assistant director, the Directing/Literary Apprentice works on 2-3 shows, with duties that can range from taking notes, script supervision, research, observation, and more. As a member of the artistic team, the Apprentice participates in season planning, script reading, industry research, and artistic administrative work. Additionally, assists the producing team and artists in the room for The Other Season, Seattle Rep’s new-play development lab. The Apprentice is supervised by Artistic Associate & Assistant to the Artistic Director Hattie Claire Andres, a proud former Directing/Casting Intern.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

During this apprenticeship, participants will:

  • Learn about the art of directing through assisting, discussions, and optional guided projects
  • Be exposed to and build relationships with some of the top directors in the country
  • Gain valuable credits as an Assistant Director in a professional regional theater
  • Participate in the ongoing literary duties of an artistic department (reading, researching, and organizing scripts)
  • Participate in season planning and understand how an artistic staff operates
  • Participate in the development processes of new work
  • Have a working knowledge of AEA (Actors’ Equity Association), IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), and LORT (League of Resident Theatres) guidelines
  • Build a network of theatrical professionals locally and nationally

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in directing experience as an assistant director 
  • Demonstrated interest in literary, dramaturgical and/or new work development
  • Excellent writing and analysis skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, collaborative, and a good sense of humor

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a directing/theatrical resume and letter of interest (cover letter).

Meet the 2019/20 Apprentice: Reed Flores 

Apply here!

Production Management

OVERVIEW

In assisting the Artistic Producer, Director of Production, Associate Director of Production, and Company Manager, this apprenticeship provides hands-on experience in contracting artists, maintaining schedules, making artists feel welcome in our theater, and producing new works along with 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. The supervisor for this Apprenticeship is Tyler Krieg, Associate Director of Production.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At the end of this Apprenticeship, participants will:

  • Have developed enhanced management skills across a variety of theatrical disciplines
  • Participated in production meetings, technical rehearsals, and previews with professional directors and designers from across the country
  • Utilize skills learned over the course of the season by being the primary producer for Youth Engagement performance programs
  • Have built a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally
  • Have interacted with a wide variety of theatrical unions 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 
  • Candidates must have experience working in Microsoft Word and Excel 
  • Strong affinity (or quick study) for organizational technology, such as MS Teams, Sharepoint, Zoom, etc. 

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
  • Submit one letter of recommendation with your application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application.)

Meet the 2021/22 Apprentice: Ellie Hughes

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Lighting Design

OVERVIEW
As part of our commitment to developing emerging theater artists, we offer a specialized Lighting Design Apprenticeship for applicants who have academic or equivalent early career experience in lighting design and are looking to expand their knowledge to the workings of a large regional theater. This Apprenticeship focuses on two main areas: developing the practical skills of an Assistant Lighting Designer – VW Drafting and paperwork, communicating with vendors, working with a union stage crew, pre-production and planning, etc. – and developing the Apprentice's design skill set through a series of theoretical design projects including research methods, drawing, storyboarding, model building, etc. The Lighting Design Apprentice will split their time between the rigors of tech and the fast-paced environment of an active production office, honing skills and developing work practices that will guide them throughout their career in Lighting Design.

The supervisors for this apprenticeship are Lighting Director Robert J. Aguilar and Lighting Associate Lily McLeod. 


PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout the course of the season, the Apprentice 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
  • There may be some additional design-related experiences available depending on the season and the Apprentice’s availability

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

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

ACCEPTABLE WORK SAMPLES:

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

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
  • Submit one letter of recommendation with your application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application.)
  • Submit a Work Sample using the above guidelines.

Meet the 2022 Apprentice: Chih Hung Shao

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Development (Fundraising)

OVERVIEW
Seattle Rep 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 Development 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. The supervisor for this Apprentice is Darragh Kennan, Major Gifts Officer.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 
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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).

Meet the 2022 Apprentice: Joel Curry

Apply Here!

Youth Engagement

OVERVIEW
The Youth Engagement Apprentice is directly involved in the facilitation of the Next Narrative Monologue Competition, Youth Engagement classes and workshops (including Black is the Light and Collective Playwriting), the Student Matinee Program, and Teen Nights. Tasks include: communicating with schools to encourage participation in our Student Matinee performances; writing articles for our show-specific Play Guides and connecting the Guides with Common Core academic standards; designing curriculum; assisting and leading in-classroom workshops; scheduling teaching artists; writing contracts; attending inter-departmental meetings; and other administrative tasks. This apprenticeship offers a well-rounded experience in both the administrative and direct-contact areas of theater education. The supervisor for this apprenticeship is Alex Lee Reed, Associate Director of Arts Engagement - Youth & Learning.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of this apprenticeship, participants will have a deep understanding of:

  • Lesson planning and assessment
  • Best classroom management techniques when working with large groups
  • Incorporating state standards for theater education in their practice
  • Generating content that links a production to current events and academic standards in our Play Guides
  • Logistics associated with running theater programs

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Be fully comfortable around middle-school and high-school students
  • Experience working with students
  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, and Outlook) with the ability and enthusiasm to learn
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • A strong sense of social justice and racial equity analysis, as well as strong cultural competency when working with a variety of diverse communities

TO BE CONSIDERED

  • Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  • Complete all areas of the online application.
  • Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
  • Submit 2-3 references including their name, title, email, and contact phone number.

Please note: This position is part time for up to 39 weeks, starting in the Fall.

Meet the 2022 Apprentice: Anna Klein

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