Professional Theatre Apprenticeships

 Full Time:

Variable hours per day over a 6 day work week: day off per week varies

Contract Specifics:

One year, August 2017 - August 2018

Application Process Dates:
All materials submitted by March 1, 2017
(See application instructions below)
Interviews (2 rounds) late March-late April
Notification no later than mid-May
Compensation is $1800/month stipend.
To Apply:

See Instructions for Application

Erin Murphy
Apprentice Coordinator
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Join us for Imagination Stage's 2017-2018 Professional Apprenticeship Program! The apprenticeship is a one-year program that equips a select group of outstanding candidates with intensive, hands-on experience in professional theatre and theatre education.

To be considered, applicants must be set to graduate from an undergraduate program by Spring 2017, or have graduated within the last two years (a graduate of 2015 or later). A proactive spirit, passion for excellence, and a great sense of humor is strongly desired. An excitement about life-long learning is also required! Apprentices must be able to lift, push or maneuver 40 lbs repeatedly, either alone or with others.

Every Imagination Stage Apprentice participates in ALL aspects of theatre production, management, and education, and will work in every department. Each applicant is required to have a first and second choice from the list of career focuses below. Apprentices will each have a unique career focus where they will spend approximately 30 hours a week.

Institutional Development

Two Institutional Development Apprentices support all areas of the Development and Marketing departments, including but not limited to event coordinating, fundraising, grant writing, annual gala support, PR, Graphic Design, grassroots marketing, social networking and patron services. Other projects will be based on the apprentice's interests and department needs.

Access and Inclusion

One Access and Inclusion Apprentice will be responsible for updating and creating student inclusion records including family conversations, implementing lesson plans as an assistant and lead teacher, planning and organizing for our access outreach programs including our Sensory-Friendly initiative, as well as contributing to the creation of student support materials, faculty scheduling, and inventory of access supplies and materials and other projects based on apprentice’s interest and department needs.

Two Education Apprentices will be responsible for scheduling program offerings for classes and student ensembles, stage managing student conservatory productions, implementing lesson plans as an assistant and lead teacher, planning for our outreach programs, maintaining and updating student information, as well as contributing to the creation of student study guides, faculty contracts, inventory of art supplies and early childhood materials, and other projects based on apprentice’s interest and department needs.
Two Production Apprentices will work under the guidance of the Production Manager and tech staff. Tasks will include building and loading in scenery, scenic painting, electrics hang and focus, building props, equipment maintenance, assisting with costumes, and serving as crew on main stage productions. Other projects will align with the needs of the theatre and the skill-set of each production apprentice.

In addition to their career focus, apprentices will participate in other areas, such as:

  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants to theatre-artist educators for our in house and satellite classes.
  • Stage Managers for student productions.
  • Board Operators and Deck Captains for professional and student theatre productions.
  • Participants in department and other meetings, including All Staff and Board of Trustees Meetings.
  • Event Management Assistants for Opening Night Receptions, Board Meetings, the annual Gala, and other special events.
  • Mentors for Access students.
  • Build, load in, & strike crew for all productions.
  • Box office, Front of House, Reception, and Gift Shop Associates.
Instructions for Application:

All application materials must be submitted electronically and adhere to the following guidelines.

 Application Part One

Applicants must send the following materials in one email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Application: Name of Applicant” as the subject line. All attachments must be submitted with the applicant’s last name included in the title (example: “Jones Cover Letter”). Please attach the following materials:

  1. Cover letter stating your interest in this apprenticeship. Please also include your first and second choice focus area (Education, Access & Inclusion, Institutional Development, and/or Production)
  2. Resume
  3. A writing sample outlining your career goals and your philosophy on theatre and/or theatre education. Limit: two pages, single spaced, no smaller than 10 pt. font.  Please submit in Word or PDF format.
  4. DO NOT attach recommendation letters to this email. Two recommendation letters must be sent separately by recommenders. Please see below for guidelines.

 Application Part Two

Two Mentors must send letters of recommendation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Recommendation: Name of Applicant” as the subject line.

 Application materials are DUE MARCH 1st 2017 and will not be reviewed until we have received all application materials from applicant and mentors.


Imagination Stage is committed to diversity both on stage and off stage.  We strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Offers will be made not later than May 2017.

New Opportunity for Apprentice Candidates – Community Engagement Grant

 Beginning with the 2017-2018 apprentice class, we are pleased to offer the Community Engagement Grant to an apprentice who will focus part of their apprenticeship working in these areas. In addition to the standard living stipend offered to all apprentices, the Community Engagement Grant will provide up to $5,000 toward outstanding student loans, approved professional development activities, or other life needs (e.g., healthcare, medical expenses).

As part of Imagination Stage’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, we continually strive to bring the experience of high-quality professional theatre and arts education to underserved communities throughout the DC area and beyond, through initiatives such as partnerships with non profits working with Latino youth, community-based programming in Washington DC, and bilingual theatre performances and educational offerings. Examples of some of the community engagement opportunities an apprentice might have include:

  • Aid in documentation of community engagement efforts including photography, blog posts, and basic filming of projects with our Police and Youth partnership, our Oyeme program for Central American refugee youth, and DC Family Engagment work with partners at Sitar Arts Center and Spanish Education Development Center.
  • Develop an Oyeme Blog and aid in the student performance/sharing in April.  This program is afterschool for Central American refugee youth.
  • Assist in post show curriculum facilitation when logistically possible for our professional tour of the Oyeme performance (professional performance based on the lives of refugee youth living in Montgomery County).
  • Plan family events for young children and their caregivers in the DC neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Petworth neighborhoods.  These events are primarily for a Latino audience and would be bilingual.
  • Create Parent packs for families participating in our community outreach programs in Adams Morgan and Petworth neighborhoods in DC.
  • Assistant Teach on a Classroom Residency with bilingual pre-K students at the Spanish Education Development Center

 Because some of the community engagement opportunities are in locations not easily accessible by public transportation, the ideal candidate will have a valid driver’s license.

Candidates interested in applying for the CEG should submit the following, in addition to their other apprenticeship application materials:

A brief 250-500 word statement addressing the following:

  • Your past experience with community engagement
  • Why are you interested in working in this area?
  • What special contributions do you believe you could make to further our mission to make the arts inclusive and accessible to all children?

While the majority of the community engagement opportunities fall within the education department, candidates for apprenticeship in all areas of focus may apply for the CEG.

If you have any questions about the CEG or the application process, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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