Apprentice Program

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021/22 Season! Gain valuable experience as an Apprentice with Sacramento’s cutting-edge professional theatre company! See below for program description and application instructions.

2021/22 Season Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021

Capital Stage, a professional non-profit theatre company in Sacramento, California, is accepting applications for the 2021/22 Apprentice Company. Capital Stage’s mission is to entertain, engage and challenge our audience with bold, thought provoking theatre. We seek passionate and motivated recent theatre graduates and young theatre artists interested in practical training from professionals in all areas of operations at Capital Stage.

The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to bridge the gap between academic theatre and the professional world by providing additional hands-on training and experience to individuals with career ambitions in the theatre industry. Apprentices will participate in all aspects of theatre production and administration. Each season new apprentices become fully involved members of the Capital Stage community 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 and costumes, research and deliver dramaturgical talks/materials, assist with marketing and public relations, take part in new play readings, auditions, rehearsals, and help staff special events, and more.

Apprentice Opportunities

The program is designed to be immersive and provide a broad range of hands-on experience in all aspects of Capital Stage operations, such as: Casting, Acting, Directing, Technical Production & Design (scenic build, props, lighting, costumes, sound, projections), Literary Management/Dramaturgy, Marketing & Outreach, Administration (theatre management, box office, fundraising), Production Management, etc. Apprentices will have the opportunity to earn Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points while working with Capital Stage, to go toward eventual membership in Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Apprentices will be offered classes throughout the year by our Associate Artists in all aspects of theatre. Apprentices will participate in producing the annual Apprentice Showcase for public presentation. And Apprentices will also be offered complimentary tickets to all Capital Stage productions.


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.


Apprentice contracts are a minimum commitment of 6 months; 12 months is preferred. Capital Stage works to accommodate each Apprentice’s schedule. As such, hours will vary and will include some combination of daytimes, evenings and weekends. In order to get the most out of this program, apprentices are encouraged to make a full-time commitment. Capital Stage does not guarantee a job offer at the conclusion of the Apprenticeship.


Apprentices at Capital Stage receive a stipend of $250 per month. We currently do not offer housing to our apprentices.

Application Process

Interested applicants should complete the Capital Stage Apprentice application and submit all materials by Feb. 28, 2021.

Interviews will be offered to select applicants by March 5, 2021.

In person Interview Days will be:

Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

– OR –

Monday, March 22, 2021 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Please make note in your Application Form which date above you are available in person, or if you are only available to interview via video conference. Please note that if public health regulations restrict gatherings thru March 2021, we will hold all interviews for select applicants via video conference.

An audition (2 contrasting contemporary monologues, no longer than 5 minutes in length) is required for applicants interested in acting.

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