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Apprenticeships

Offered in: Stage Management (2 positions), Directing/Casting, Directing/Literary, Production Management, Lighting, Development, and Youth Engagement

TERMS

  • Duration: Scheduling information for the 2021/22 PATP to be announced in August 2021.
  • Compensation: All Apprenticeships pay $17/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 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.

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 (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

  • 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

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 3-4 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 Intern (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

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 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 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 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

 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

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 Apprenticeship, 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 Youth Engagement performance programs
  • 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 Carpio

Lighting

OVERVIEW
As part of our commitment to developing emerging theater artists, we offer a specialized Lighting 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 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

Development (Fundraising)

OVERVIEW
Seattle Rep has designed the Development 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 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.

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

Youth Engagement

OVERVIEW
The Youth Engagement Apprentice is directly involved in the facilitation of Youth Engagement classes and workshops, 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

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