Professional Arts Training Program
Seattle Rep's renowned Professional Arts Training Program has been preparing theatre artists and administrators for over 20 years. Our Interns and Apprentices are bright, self-motivated individuals with basic training and experience in theatre who are committed to strengthening their skills and talents. They are effective communicators with an enthusiasm for community building and self-discovery. And they go on to work at the country's top organizations (including right here at the Rep).
Interns and Apprentices undertake responsibilities as members of the staff, contribute ideas, participate in department and staff meetings, and complete projects under the guidance of their supervisors. Interns also participate in professional workshops and seminars, which provide contact with theatre staff, guest artists, and members of the Seattle arts community. Staff members guide the work of each Intern and Apprentice to help prepare them for a career in professional theatre.
Currently, our program offers two different opportunities for those looking to start a career in the arts:
Offered in: Paint, Props, Directing/Casting, Literary Management, Education, and Lighting.
- Season-long (9 months), full-time (about 40 hours per week)
- A volunteer opportunity with a $200/week reimbursement for expenses
- Limited opportunities for free housing available
- In addition to hands-on training in their chosen field, Interns participate in:
- Cohort activities to build relationships within the Intern class
- Seminars with industry professionals to gain an overview of how departments collaborate at the regional theatre level. These seminars also introduce Interns to the Seattle theatre scene and help them gain an understanding of how different-sized organizations work.
- Rehearsal observations as arranged with each individual director
- A final project to be arranged in agreement with the intern class. This project can be a performance to boost the Intern’s resumes as they enter the work force, or a career day to introduce our interns and their work to local professionals with hiring power.
Offered in Stage Management (2 positions) and Development
- Pays Seattle-based minimum wage ($15/hour). Stage Management Apprentices will receive a limited over-time allocation to support the tech process.
- In addition to hands-on training in their chosen field, Apprentices have the opportunity to participate in:
- Cohort activities to build relationships within the Intern class.
- Seminars with industry professionals to gain an overview of how departments collaborate at the regional theatre level. These seminars also introduce Apprentices to the Seattle theatre scene and help them gain an understanding of how differently-sized organizations work.
Why Seattle Rep?
As a Seattle Repertory Theatre Intern or Apprentice, you are intimately involved in the process of creating art at a first class regional theatre.
You get to participate in Professional Workshops (a.k.a. Seminars).
With this unique learning opportunity, Interns and Apprentices learn about the many different departments at the Rep and discover more about the industry as a whole. The Rep's staff is full of successful professionals who are thrilled to share their experiences with the PATP cohort. Many, in fact, are PATP graduates themselves. Networking at seminars is a vital part of locating post-PATP job opportunities in Seattle and elsewhere.
Interns and Apprentices are not grunt labor at Seattle Rep. Interns and Apprentices are here to learn what a career in non-profit theatre is all about. The entire Rep staff is committed to this mission. Interns and Apprentices are more likely to find themselves teaching as part of a school residency or assisting a designer than getting someone a cup of coffee
The PATP has been around for over 20 years, so we've had plenty of time to develop a well-structured internship experience.
You'll be one of at least a dozen emerging professionals in the PATP cohort. It provides a great social scene if that’s what you’d like, and it means you aren't the only one around who's just starting a professional career.
Working at a place like the Rep, Interns and Apprentices have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the hottest artists in today's theatre—you will too. To do a little name dropping—Mary Zimmerman, Wendy Wasserstein, Rebecca Gilman, Christopher Ashley, Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon), Kimber Lee, R. Hamilton Wright, Christopher Bayes, Lisa Peterson, Tim Bond, Robert Schenkkan, Bill Rauch, Anna Ziegler, Wilson Milam, Justin Huertas, Keiko Green, Carey Wong, Quinn Franzen, Chuck Leggett, L.B. Morse, Paul Budraitis, Allison Narver, Michael Winters, Matt Smucker, Alex Timbers, Juliette Carrillo, Joe Mantello, and more...
Seattle Repertory Theatre is one of the country's premier regional theatres. Check out About Seattle Rep for more details.
Smart, successful people who love theatre are all around you—including the Rep staff and the Board of Trustees.
Between all of the available comp tickets and Pay-What-You-Can nights, you can see a lot of theatre around town without putting a dent in your budget.
You can brag to all your friends that you were one of the few who got the "Johnny Mc tour."