Currently, our program offers two different opportunities, Internships and Apprenticeships, for those looking to start a career in the arts. See below for terms and available opportunities.

Internships

Offered in: Paint, Props, Directing/Casting, and Directing/Literary

TERMS

  • Season-long (9 months), full-time (35-40 hours per week) with some sabbatical time
  • A volunteer opportunity with a $250/week reimbursement for expenses
  • Limited opportunities for free housing available
  • In addition to hands-on training in their chosen field, Interns participate in:
    • Cohort activities to build relationships within the Intern/Apprentice class
    • Seminars with industry professionals to gain an overview of how departments collaborate at the regional theater level. These seminars also introduce Interns to the Seattle theater scene and help them gain an understanding of how different-sized organizations work.
    • Rehearsal observations as arranged with each individual director
    • A final project to be arranged in agreement with the Intern class. This project can be a performance to boost the Intern’s resumes as they enter the work force, or a career day to introduce our Interns and their work to local professionals with hiring power.

Directing/Casting

OVERVIEW
The Directing/Casting Internship 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 3-4 shows, with duties that can range from taking notes, script supervision, research, observation, and more. This Internship 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 Intern, 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 and New Play Development Kaytlin McIntyre is the supervisor for the Directing/Casting Intern (and a former Casting Intern herself). Her advice for future Directing/Casting Interns: "This internship is a great opportunity for emerging directors. It provides a valuable link between the academic and professional worlds."

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
During this Internship, 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, IATSE, and LORT guidelines
  • Participate in season planning and understand how an artistic staff operates
  • Build a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally

REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in directing and experience as an assistant director (directing experience is preferred, but not required)
  • 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

Meet the 2019/20 Intern: Annika Perez-Krikorian

Directing/Literary

OVERVIEW

The Directing/Literary Internship 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 Intern works on 3-4 shows, with duties that can range from taking notes, script supervision, research, observation, and more. As a member of the artistic team, the Intern 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. This Internship is supervised by Artistic Associate & Assistant to the Artistic Director Hattie Claire Andres, a proud former Directing/Casting Intern.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

During this Internship, 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, IATSE, and LORT guidelines
  • Build a network of theatrical professionals locally and nationally

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in directing and experience as an assistant director (directing experience is preferred, but not required)
  • 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

Meet the 2019/20 Intern: Reed Flores

Properties

OVERVIEW
The Properties Internship is a training ground—the place between the educational and the professional theater world. The Properties Intern 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 Intern will have an opportunity to learn about:

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

REQUIREMENTS
For the Properties Internship, we look for:

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

ACCEPTABLE WORK SAMPLES:

  • Pictures of individual props the applicant has worked on
  • Pictures of full productions with an explanation of the props that 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 Intern: Jamie Coblentz

Scenic Art (Paint)

OVERVIEW
In addition to assisting on all productions and the maintenance of the paint shop, the Scenic Arts (Paint) Internship includes intensive instruction on painting techniques such as texturing, sculpturing, and color mixing. Seattle Rep customizes this internship to enhance skills in perspective, color theory, and faux finishes, as well as emphasize fundamental concepts of scenic design. Interns 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 Lead Scenic Artist Maureen Wilhelm, who offers this advice for future Paint Interns: "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."

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of the Internship, 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 Intern include:

  • Working in a union shop
  • Completion of at least five projects to high standards
  • Leading the intern 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 

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 Intern: Gabrielle Duong

Apprenticeships

Offered in: Stage Management (2 positions), Lighting Design, Production Management, Marketing & Communications, Youth Engagement, Seattle Rep’s Public Works, and Fundraising.

TERMS

  • Season-long (9 months), full-time (40 hours per week) with some sabbatical time. Select Production Apprentices may receive overtime during production tech weeks.
  • Pays Seattle-based minimum wage ($16/hour).
  • In addition to hands-on training in their chosen field, Apprentices have the opportunity to participate in:
    • Cohort activities to build relationships within the Intern/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.

Youth Engagement

OVERVIEW
The Youth Engagement Apprentice is directly involved in the facilitation of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, 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 well-rounded experience in both the administrative and direct-contact areas of theater education. The supervisor for this Apprenticeship is Alex Lee Reed, Youth Engagement Manager.

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
  • The American Century Cycle by August Wilson

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

Meet the 2019/20 Intern: Yanci Huezo

Fundraising

OVERVIEW
Seattle Rep has designed the Fundraising Apprenticeship to provide an immersion into the full array of funding 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 Melissa Husby, Associate Director of Development.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 
At the end of this Apprenticeship, the Fundraising 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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

Meet the 2019-20 Apprentice: Alyssa Woodbury

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 experience or extensive small theater experience in lighting design and are looking to expand their knowledge to the workings of a large, regional theater. 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 supervisor for this position is Lighting Director Robert J. Aguilar, who offers 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."


PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNTIES
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

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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


ACCEPTABLE WORK SAMPLES:

  • 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

Meet the 2019/20 Intern: Abigail Wang

Production Management

OVERVIEW

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 theater, 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. The supervisor for this Apprentice is Sann Hall, Production Manager.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

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
  • Stage management experience is preferred, but not required
  • Candidates must have experience working in Microsoft Excel

Meet the 2019-20 Apprentice: Antonieta Carpo

Stage Management

OVERVIEW
The Stage Management Apprentices (2 positions available) 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. 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 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 theater staff members

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

Meet the 2019/20 Apprentices: Anna Vraney, Madisen Crowley

Seattle Rep’s Public Works

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

EQUITY – Listen fully and do our best to make sure everyone has what they need to show up, feel safe, and succeed.

IMAGINATION – Exercise our creativity not only in what we are making but in how we are making it.

JOY – Enjoy each other and the work. Plant, cultivate, and grow our collective joy.

As Seattle Rep’s most public-facing initiative, we work to engage community in ambitious works of participatory theater through deep, longitudinal partnerships with non-profit organizations throughout our region. Seattle Rep’s Public Works team collaborates to host weekly classes, one-day workshops, and events that are responsive to our participants and partner organizations. The supervisor for this Apprenticeship is Angie Kamel, Seattle Rep’s Director of Public Works.

Learn more about Seattle Rep's Public Works!

OVERVIEW

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

  • Attending Public Works weekly classes, one-day workshops, and events
  • Supporting the Public Works Associate and teaching artists with curriculum, schedules, recruitment, and logistics
  • Collaborating with the Public Works Associate and Director to organize and successfully execute events, including but not limited to Field Trips and Potlucks
  • Assisting with the day-to-day administrative function of the team and cross-departmental 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, this 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 (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) 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 Public Works Team staff, which can include setting/cleaning up food, strategizing best practices in the community, and attending partner events
  • Ability to function independently within clear parameters when necessary
  • Ability to attend and participate in some evening and weekend commitments

This is the inaugural year for the Public Works Apprenticeship!

Marketing & Communications

OVERVIEW

Seattle Rep’s Marketing & Communications Apprenticeship provides hands-on experience of how we brand, market, and promote our artistic programming at Seattle Rep to the community. Our marketing efforts include advertising, communications, public relations, social media, and digital and grass-roots marketing. It also involves developing relationships and coordinating promotions with other arts organizations and community associations that can further our reach into the market and attract new audiences. The supervisors for this Apprentice are Communications Director Christian Barclay, and Marketing & Advertising Director Steve Brown.

 

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At the end of this Apprenticeship, the Marketing & Communications Apprentice will have:

  • Developed comprehensive marketing and communications skills, including (but not limited to) grassroots promotions, digital communications, and proofing processes
  • Hands-on experience in inter-departmental collaboration in a regional theater
  • Gained exposure to big-picture marketing strategies in a regional theater setting
  • A portfolio of work to include in applications for future employment opportunities

 

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
  • Work Sample

ACCEPTABLE WORK SAMPLES

  • A writing sample that you feel speaks best to your writing skills, style, and personal writing voice. This can be any writing sample of your work – an essay, blog post, article, review, etc. Direct tie of subject to the Marketing & Communications field not required.

This is the inaugural year for the Marketing & Communications Apprenticeship!