Hartford Stage offers paid apprenticeships and unpaid internships to early-career theatre professionals and college students.
Apprenticeships at Hartford Stage
The apprenticeship program is designed to provide valuable on-the-job instruction for recent college graduates and early career theatre professionals.
Apprentices will enjoy close working relationships with experienced staff, and meaningful hands-on work opportunities. Apprenticeships are available in the following departments: Artistic, Arts Administration, Costumes, Development, Education, Marketing, Production Management, Props, and Scenic Arts. Apprenticeships are a 9-month, 40 hour a week commitment, and run September – May.
Apprentices are provided with a weekly stipend of $100 and free housing and parking in downtown Hartford within walking distance to the theatre, rehearsal spaces and administrative offices. Housing includes a private bedroom in a shared townhouse with cable, internet, laundry facilities, linens, and basic kitchen set-up.
Apprenticeships serve as a training ground for future colleagues in the American Theatre. Some current and former Hartford Stage staff members began as apprentices and were promoted to staff positions. You can find former Hartford Stage apprentices across the country continuing their education and/or working at the following organizations: Brooklyn College, CalArts, Emerson, New York University, Northwestern University, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre, and Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Internships at Hartford Stage
The internship program is designed to provide college students interested in pursuing a career in theatre with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at a professional theatre company. Internships are flexible in terms of length and weekly time commitments; most interns work between 10 – 30 hours a week, depending on the department. Internship opportunities are most often offered over the summer, but some internships are available during the school year. Internships are unpaid, and college credit is available. Interns are provided with free parking in downtown Hartford.
Apprenticeships are available in the following departments:
The artistic apprentice will work with the artistic department in fulfilling the artistic mission and vision of the organization. Duties may include, but are not limited to, tracking and reading script submissions, and assisting with casting, company management, and day-to-day operations, including both administrative and producing tasks. Ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre arts, significant experience working in professional theatre and a strong desire to pursue a career in theatrical producing. Writing sample must be submitted with resume in order to be considered for the position.
Arts Administration Apprenticeship
The arts administration apprentice will provide support in all areas of general management. Duties may include, but are not limited to, working on artist contracts, processing check requests, keeping track of show related expenses, oversee mailings, sitting in on board meetings, managing front desk and answering phones, assisting in all day-to-day operations of the office, and taking on administrative projects in all areas of the company. Ideal candidate will have a degree in arts management, experience in a professional theatre, a strong desire to pursue a career in arts management and/or theatrical producing. Strong communication skills, organization skills, and excellent phone demeanor are key.
Costume Shop Apprenticeship
The costume shop apprentice will work as a member of the team whose primary purpose is the creation, load in and removal of costumes for each production. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting costume shop staff with shopping, swatching, construction, and tech, assisting with rentals and stock upkeep, and working wardrobe run crew as needed. Ideal candidate will have a degree in art, costume design, theatre or a related field, experience working in a professional or collegiate costume shop, and intermediate stitching skills.
The development apprentice will assist the development staff in all aspects of fundraising. Duties may include, but are not limited to, managing donor benefits programs, tracking and entering gifts, maintaining records, and assisting with all donor, sponsor and fundraising events, including our annual gala. Ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre, arts administration, English, communications, business or a related field, and/or experience in fundraising, strict attention to detail and professional presentation.
The education apprentice will work in the fast-paced education department, which serves over 17,000 students each year through productions, classes, in-school residencies, and community partnerships. Duties may include, but are not limited to, working as a teaching artist in a variety of capacities, including theatre, in-school and after-school programming (K-12), contributing to study guides, coordinating outreach initiatives, and assisting in all day-to-day administrative tasks. Ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre and/or education and experience working directly with young people. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle and must pass a criminal background check.
Marketing and Communications Apprenticeship
The marketing and communications apprentice will support the day-to-day operations of the marketing and public relations department. Duties may include, but are not limited to, overseeing various promotional activities surrounding productions, assisting at all marketing events, maintaining archives, assisting with website and social media, assisting with writing and distribution of press releases, coordinating interviews with guest artists, compiling press packs and attending press nights. Ideal candidate will have a degree in marketing, communications, arts administration and/or a related field and professional experience, familiarity with print, web design, social media and video editing, and excellent communication skills. Writing sample must be submitted with resume in order to be considered.
Production/Company Management Apprenticeship
The Production/Company Management Apprentice will work with both the Associate Production Manager and the Company Manager. Production Management duties may include assisting with theatre events, facilitating company calendars, attending production meetings and distributing meeting minutes. Company Management duties include maintaining guest artist housing, travel, correspondence and creating positive and effective relationships with guest artists. Strong communication, multi-tasking and problem solving skills desirable. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license. Some evenings and weekends required.
The properties apprentice will assist in all aspects of props in order to achieve the vision of the director and designer for each production. Duties may include, but are not limited to, pulling, creating, purchasing, researching, and/or borrowing props, maintaining organization of prop shop and storage, assisting with shop improvement projects, and working load-ins and strikes. Ideal candidate will have a degree in art, design and/or theatre arts, with experience in props, carpentry, painting, puppetry, or costume crafts. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license.
Scenic Arts Apprenticeship
The scenic arts apprentice will work as part of the team that is responsible for the fabrication, installation and removal of all elements that make up the set for each production. Duties may include, but are not limited to, preparing color and texture samples, applying base and finish color, assisting with load-in, tech, and previews, and working with Charge Artist on all aspects of preparing scenery for the stage, including drawing, painting, sculpting and other techniques, according to designer’s specifications. Ideal candidate will have a degree in art, graphic design, scenic/production design, and/or experience working in a professional and/or collegiate paint shop, with knowledge of basic paint treatment and color mixing techniques. Portfolio must be submitted with resume in order to be considered.