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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are full-time opportunities for early-career and emerging artists and arts administrators to gain experience in a professional, non-profit theatre setting.


Current Apprenticeship offerings for the 2021-2022 Season Include:

 

Dramaturgy and Casting Apprenticeship

The Dramaturgy and Casting Apprentice works closely with the Dramaturg & Literary Manager as well as the Associate Artistic Director in charge of casting on a broad range of projects and initiatives in the Artistic Department.

Duties may include:

  • Evaluating and responding to script submissions
  • Conducting dramaturgical research for main stage productions
  • Creating a variety of published materials (including season playbill articles)
  • Leading talkbacks and other audience engagement events
  • Providing administrative support for public programming
  • Providing administrative support for local and national casting efforts

Applicants should have:

  • A strong background in dramatic literature
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfort speaking in public
  • An interest in the American regional theatre.

A Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in dramaturgy, theatre education, or similar applicable experience is highly recommended.

We recognize that some candidates feel demotivated to reach out or apply to a position if they don’t fit every qualification of an application. We know that candidates offer skills and abilities beyond those that are listed and encourage you to apply.

 

Stipend: $400 per week.

  • Shared company housing inclusive of private bedroom, internet and basic utilities within 6 miles of the theatre is available to rent for $200 per week.

Apprentice Schedule:  While hours will vary from week to week., an average of 40 hrs/week is anticipated for this training position.

Length of Dramaturgy and Casting Apprenticeship: September 1, 2021 – May 30, 2022

 

How to Apply:

Please submit an online application with cover letter, resume, and 3 references. Applicants must also submit a writing sample (either a script report or a sample playbill article).

 

To Apply


Stage Management Apprenticeships

Stage Management Apprentices are an integral part of the stage management team in pre-production, rehearsal, and performance throughout Asolo Rep's season. SM Apprentices work closely with AEA Stage Managers and actors, union stagehands, and nationally recognized directors and designers. Several apprenticeship tracks involve working on multiple productions in a rotating repertory environment. 

Duties may include:

  • Prepping for start of rehearsals with the AEA SM & ASM.
  • Tracking props, costumes, and entrances/exits.
  • Taking and distributing line notes.
  • Assisting in the maintenance of an organized, clean, and inclusive rehearsal room. 
  • Assisting the the creation and upkeep of the run sheet. 
  • Involvement in the choreographing of transitions and communication with the AEA ASM and IATSE crew. 
  • Helping to manage backstage throughout tech and performance. 

 

Applicants should have:

  • strong communication skills
  • knowledge of the production process
  • the ability and desire to work closely on a team of SMs
  • interest in pursuing stage management professionally. 

A college degree in theatre with a focus on stage management or equivalent experience is highly recommended. Professional experience at a regional or summer stock theatre is encouraged, and with union crews is a plus.  

We recognize that some candidates feel demotivated to reach out or apply to a position if they don’t fit every qualification of an application. We know that candidates offer skills and abilities beyond those that are listed and encourage you to apply.

Stipend: $450 per week.

  • Shared company housing inclusive of private bedroom, internet and basic utilities within 6 miles of the theatre is available to rent for $200 per week.
  • Asolo Rep is not able to provide transportation to apprenticeship participants at this time.

Apprentice Schedule:  While hours will vary from week to week., an average of 50 hrs/week is anticipated for this training position.

Average length of typical Stage Management Apprenticeship: 10-40 weeks

How many tracks are being offered?  We are seeking up to 8 Stage Management Apprentices for the 2021-2022 season, which runs late August 2021 through June 2022. Apprenticeship tracks vary in length based on show assignments; please indicate your availability in your cover letter.

This apprenticeship is no longer accepting applications. 


 

What is the Application process?

Please note: These steps are a guideline for the process, but may vary depending on the apprenticeship and number of applicants. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact education@asolo.org

 

Step 1: To apply for the Career Development Program, Candidates must fill out an online form. Submission Materials Include:

  • Contact information
  • Cover Letter (pdf format)
  • Resume (pdf format)
  • 3 References

Please note: Candidates may apply for more than one CDP Apprenticeship.

 

Step 2: Members of the Asolo Rep Career Development Team  look at submitted materials and will choose candidates to interview.

  • Emails will be sent out to candidates who are not chosen to be interviewed.

 

Step 3:  Initial conversations will be scheduled with candidates. These conversations are with the immediate potential supervisor and another member of the Career Development Team.

  • Some positions may require further materials to be turned in, like a portfolio or writing sample. Candidates will be notified of this when contacted about their interview.
  • References will be checked after this conversation for candidates that are moving forward in the process.
  • Emails will be sent to candidates who are not moving forward in the process.

 

Step 4:  If needed, Zoom conversation with candidates will be scheduled with immediate potential supervisor, department team member(s), and a member of the Career Development Team.

 

Step 5:  Offers will be sent out to 21-22 Apprentices.

Equitable Practices

Asolo Repertory Theatre is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

 

Please be sure to read about Asolo Rep's Commitment to Anti-Racism, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity by clicking below.

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Health & Safety

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Have questions? Please contact education@asolo.org.