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Professional Arts Training Program

Seattle Repertory Theatre's renowned Professional Arts Training Program has been preparing theatre artists and administrators from around the country for over 20 years. Our Interns and Apprentices are bright, diverse, 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 their teams, 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, Apprenticeships and Internships, for those looking to start a career in the arts:

Internships
Offered in: Paint, Props, Directing/Casting, Directing/Literary, and Education.

TERMS:

  • Season-long (9 months), full-time (about 40 hours per week) with some sabbatical time
  • 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.

Apprenticeships
Offered in Stage Management (2 positions), Lighting Design, Production Management, and Development.

TERMS

    • Pays Seattle-based minimum wage ($15/hour).
    • 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 different-sized organizations work.