Professional Theatre Apprenticeships

 Full Time:

Average of 55 Hours per week over a 6 day work week: day off per week varies

Contract Specifics:

One year, August 15, 2016 - August 13, 2017

Application Process Dates:
All materials submitted by March 1, 2016
(See application instructions below)
Interviews (2 rounds) late March-late April
Notification no later than mid-May
Compensation is $1550/month plus benefits, including full healthcare coverage and transportation subsidy for either parking or Metro.
To Apply:

See Instructions for Application

Kate Kolarik
Apprentice Coordinator
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2015-16 Apprentices


Join us for Imagination Stage's 2016-2017 Professional Apprenticeship Program! The program offers a one-year contract 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 2016, or have graduated within the last two years (a graduate of 2014 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.

Theatre Management
One Theatre Management Apprentice will work on projects with Production Manager, Artistic Director, and Associate Artistic Director that allow the apprentice to become familiar with over-arching administrative and organizational considerations of a professional theatre. Projects may include organizing auditions held at Imagination Stage, attending local auditions with artistic team, assisting with new programming initiatives, building production schedules and calendars, organizing season selection process, scheduling and attending production meetings, 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 as the following:

• Teachers and Teaching Assistants to theatre-artist educators for our in house and satellite classes.
• Box office, Front of House, Reception, and Gift Shop Associates.
• 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.

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: “Kolarik 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, Theatre Management, 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 2016 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 encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Offers will be made May 2016.


4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Info: 301-961-6060
Box Office: 301-280-1660

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