Apprentice Areas

Production Apprenticeships:

  • Carpentry/Painting/Technical Direction
  • Costumes/Wardrobe
  • Electrics/Sound
  • Props

Production Apprentices work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, assisting with all aspects of construction, maintenance, and run crew. In general, we have one apprentice in each of the departments, but there may be two. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Production Apprentices may also assist designers on a production, depending on interest, ability, and availability. All apprentices spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of technical theater. Historically: Electrics/Sound will have six run crew assignments, Costumes/Wardrobe will have five run crew assignments, and Carpentry/Painting/Technical Direction/Props will have three run crew assignments; please note that this is not set in stone.

Arts Administration Apprenticeships:

  • Company Management
  • Development 
  • Marketing

The Arts Administration Apprenticeship can be adjusted slightly depending on the skills and interests of the applicant. Historically this apprenticeship is primarily in Company Management and works with the Company Manager on company meals, housing, contracts, and other administration needs. The apprentice will also float to other departments for special projects, including working with/on the Maine Theater Collective.  Past apprentices have worked with Development, Marketing, Education, and others. All apprentices will be on two, if not more, run crew assignments and will spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of theater.

Directing/Dramaturgy Apprenticeships:

Each Directing/Dramaturgy Apprentice typically assists directors during rehearsals of two Mainstage productions and work with the artistic staff on daily administrative activities in the Literary and Education Departments. There are usually three Directing/Dramaturgy Apprentices each season. Apprentices assist with Portland Stage’s annual play festivals, From Away and Little Festival of the Unexpected. Dramaturgical duties include researching, writing, editing, and laying-out resource guides (PlayNotes), reading and evaluating scripts, and assisting with post-play discussions. All apprentices will be on two, if not more, run crew assignments and will spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of theater.

Education Apprenticeships:

Education Apprentices assist the artistic and education staff with planning and running Portland Stage’s Education Programs for students aged 4-18. In general, there are two Education Apprentices each season. Education Apprentices will have the opportunity to assist and co-teach alongside experienced professional theater artists. Responsibilities include leading warm-ups, assisting and co-teaching In-Theater and In-School programs, collaborating with teaching artists on lesson planning, contribute to performances & readings (may include acting, assistant directing, stage managing, design, etc.), and serving as Ensemble Coordinators for the winter show. Apprentices will also take part in the ongoing administration of education & outreach programs.  Administrative duties include organizing & prepping materials, coordinating & communicating with education artists & schools, and researching & writing educational resource guides. All Apprentices will be on two, if not more, run crew assignments and will spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of theater.

Summer Education Apprenticeships:

Summer Education Apprentices assist the artistic and education staff with planning and running Portland Stage’s theater camps for students ages 4-18. In general, there are three Education Apprentices each summer.  Responsibilities include assisting and co-teaching with professional teaching artists, organizing and producing camp materials, leading warm-ups, and planning and executing camp ‘Apprentice Hours’ of lead teaching (1-2 instructional hours daily). This Apprenticeship generally runs from June through mid-August; Education Apprentices from the preceding season are often asked to apply to stay for the summer.

Stage Management Apprenticeships:

Each Stage Management Apprentice works directly with Equity Stage Managers as an integral part of the stage management team. In general, we have two Stage Management Apprentices each season. Typically, each Stage Management Apprentice is specifically assigned to one Equity Stage Manager for the season and alternates between productions. Apprentices assist with all aspects of rehearsal and coordinate activities on deck from the tech process through the run of the shows. When not in rehearsal, time will be spent in other departments outside of Stage Management. Stage Management Apprentices may apply to the Equity Membership Candidacy program during their time at Portland Stage.


Please Note: Each year the specific apprenticeships offered fluctuate depending on the needs of the season and the skills/interests of the year’s applicants.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Summer Education Apprenticeship- February 15
All other Apprenticeships- March 15

Before you apply, we highly recommend that the Frequently Asked Questions page is reviewed in full. Ready to apply?