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To apply, send cover letter and resume to education@hartfordstage.org.

What you need to Know…

…about our apprenticeships

  • Applications for 2014-2015 apprenticeships are due on March 1, 2014.
  • Apprenticeships are full time and run the length of the Hartford Stage season, from September to May.
  • Apprentices are paid a weekly stipend of $100. Housing and parking are provided at no cost.
     

…about our internships

  • Internships are unpaid.
  • Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules.
  • Internships are available throughout the school year and during the summer.
  • Interns may receive college credit.

Meet the Apprentices!

Apprenticeship/Internship Information

Hartford Stage offers paid apprenticeships and unpaid internships to early-career theatre professionals and college students.

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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.


Apprenticeships are available in the following departments:

Artistic Apprenticeship
The artistic apprentice will work in the artistic department. Duties may include, but are not limited to, assisting with new play development, tracking and reading script submissions, and assisting with casting, company management, and day-to-day operations, including both administrative and producing tasks. Depending on experience, there may also be the opportunity for assistant directing and/or assistant dramaturgy. 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, directing and/or literary management. 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.

Development Apprenticeship
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.

Education Apprenticeship
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.

Properties Apprenticeship
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.


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 – 40 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.

Summer 2015 Internships:

Applications for summer 2015 internships are due by April 1st. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to education@hartfordstage.org. Candidates interested in an Education internship will need to complete an additional application to determine placement.

Artistic Internship
The artistic intern will assist the artistic department. Duties may include, but are not limited to, tracking and reading script submissions, assisting with casting, and day-to-day administrative tasks. This internship will run from May through August.

Arts Administration Internship
The arts administration intern will provide support in all areas of general management. Duties may include, but are not limited to, processing check requests, keeping track of show related expenses, oversee mailings, 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. This internship will run from late May/early June through August.

Costume Shop Internship
The costume shop intern will work to upkeep the stock of the costume department. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with rentals and stock upkeep and administrative duties. This internship will run from Mid-June through August.

Properties Internship
This summer, two interns will be needed to assist in a reorganization of the prop shop. The properties interns will assist in organizing and cataloguing the props stock. Duties may include, but are not limited to, maintaining organization of prop shop and storage and assisting with shop improvement projects. Ideal candidate will be a college student interested in working hands on in a thriving regional theatre props shop. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license. Internship will run from May/June through August.

Development Internship
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.

Education Internships
The education department has several opportunities for interns throughout the summer, assisting with our large summer studio program, assisting with one of our community partnerships, as well as performing administrative tasks in our main office. Studio interns will work with students from ages 3-17 as classroom assistants, and/ or production assistants. Our community partnership interns will work as teaching assistants in a growing Shakespeare themed summer program in Granby. The administrative intern will work in our main office, assisting with general office organization, as well as prepping for our many summer programs. Placements are available for the whole summer, or smaller one to two week increments. Candidates interested in working in the education department should contact Emely Larson, Studio Manager, for more details and an application. elarson@hartfordstage.org or 860-520-7277. Some evening and weekend hours may be required, depending on your placement.

Company Management Internship
The Company Management intern works in the Production Department alongside the Company Manager. Duties include maintaining guest artist housing, storage, paperwork, and potential 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.