Capital Stage Apprenticeship Program
Gain valuable knowledge and experience as an Apprentice
with Sacramento’s BOLD professional theatre company!
We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 Season.
See below for program description and application instructions.
Capital Stage, a professional non-profit theatre company in Sacramento, California, is accepting apprentice applications for its 2018-19 Season beginning in late August 2018. We seek passionate and motivated college students and recent graduates interested in practical training from theatre professionals in all areas of Capital Stage’s operations.
The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to bridge the gap between academic theatre and the professional world by providing additional training and experience to individuals with career ambitions in the theatre. Apprenticeships require a full-time commitment for 6 to 12 months. The weekly schedule varies, but includes classes, rehearsals, performances, projects, and practical application of skills learned in technical production disciplines.
For apprentices at Capital Stage, learning extends beyond the classroom sessions to encompass all aspects of theatre production and administration. Each season new apprentices become fully involved members of the Capital Stage company of artists, technicians and professionals. In past programs, apprentices have had the opportunity to act in our regular season productions, assistant-direct, assistant-design, assistant-stage manage, build scenery/props/costumes, deliver dramaturgical talks, assist with marketing and public relations, take part in new play readings, help staff special events, and otherwise participate in the company. The apprentices produce an Apprentice Showcase, for which every aspect of the production (directing, acting, design, build, stage management, run crew) is performed by the apprentices.
Apprentices receive a modest stipend to defray costs, as well as complimentary tickets to all Capital Stage productions. In addition, apprentices may earn EMC weeks toward eventual membership in Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
The program is designed to be immersive and provide a broad range of experiences across the following disciplines:
- Technical Production & Design (scenic build, props, lighting, costumes, sound, projections)
- Literary Management
- Administration (theatre management, box office, fundraising)
Apprentices interested in focusing on a particular area will have the opportunity to do so, but are expected to participate in other areas as well.
Apprentices will be vested with significant responsibilities and therefore candidates should be passionate about the theatre, self-motivated, dedicated, and able to achieve goals within tight time deadlines. It is important to be flexible and personable, and to have the ability to work effectively with many different personalities within a fast-paced environment.
Apprenticeships require a minimum commitment of 6 months; 12 months is preferred. Hours may vary and will include some combination of daytimes, evenings and weekends. In order to get the most out of this program, apprentices should be prepared to make a full-time commitment.
Interested applicants should complete the Capital Stage Apprenticeship Application and submit all materials between January 1 and May 31, 2018. Interviews will be held based on the strength of the application. An audition is required for Actors. Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.