Apprenticeship/Internship Information

Apprenticeship/Internship Information

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. In addition to being immersed in their departments, our apprentices participate in seminars lead by different departments in the theatre, a Networking Day in New York City and organized social activities. Apprenticeships are available in the following departments: Artistic, Arts Administration, Audio, Company Management, Costumes, Development, Education, Electrics, Marketing, Production Management, Props and Technical/Scenic. 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: ArtWest Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reno Little Theatre, Cortland Rep, Fort Worth Opera, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theatre, Northern Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Universal Studios, Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


Apprenticeships are available in the following departments:

Artistic Apprenticeships

The Artistic Apprentices 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; conducting research in support of production dramaturgs and directors; assisting with casting; supporting resident and visiting directors during pre-production, the rehearsal period as well as tech and previews; and day-to-day operations, including both administrative and producing tasks. There may be opportunities in assistant directing and dramaturgy. Ideal candidates will have a degree in theatre, significant experience working in professional theatre and a strong desire to pursue a career in directing, dramaturgy &/or producing. Writing sample must be submitted with resume in order to be considered for the position. The Artistic department hires two apprentices each season. Hartford Stage is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Arts Administration Apprenticeship

The Arts Administration apprentice will provide support in all areas of general management. The scope of work will include: working on artist contracts,  processing check requests,  tracking show related expenses, overseeing mailings, taking minutes at board meetings, managing front desk operations, answering phones, assisting in all day-to-day operations of the office, and taking on a wide variety of administrative topics. Ideal candidates will have possess either 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, organization, and writing skills, in addition to a pleasant phone demeanor, are a requirement.

Company Management Apprenticeship

The Company Management Apprentice will work with the Company Manager. 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. Other tasks as assigned. This position may include an earlier start date, and a later end date.

Costume Apprenticeship

The Costume 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 joining the wardrobe run crew for The Hartford Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol.  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, writing copy for solicitations, acknowledgments and grant proposals, 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 Apprenticeships

The Education Apprentices will work in the fast-paced education department, which serves over 20,000 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. The Education department hires two apprentices each season.

Electrics Apprenticeship

The Electrics Apprentice will work with the Electrics Department to execute designs for all of the productions and events. Duties may include, but are not limited to, maintaining equipment, preserve the organization of the workspaces, work all hang, focuses and strikes, and running the shows. Potential additional opportunities include programing light board, learning Lightwright, Vectorworks, and many more. The ideal candidate should have a degree in technical theatre or equivalent work experience, knowledge of lighting fundamentals, and ETC lighting consoles. Candidate should be hard working, motivated, personable, and have a willingness to learn. This positon is an opportunity to become an integral part of the Electrics team.

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 Management Apprenticeship

The Production Management Apprentice will work with the Production Management office in all facets of administrating the production department. Duties may include assisting with theatre events, facilitating company calendars, facilitating expense tracking, attending production meetings and distributing meeting minutes. Ideal candidates will have strong communication, multi-tasking and problem solving skills as well as a solid and overall knowledge of all areas of production. Stage management skills are desirable. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and familiarity with Office software. Some evenings and weekends required. Other tasks as assigned.

Properties Apprenticeship

The Properties Apprentice will work within the prop department and will be an active participant in the creation and implementation of the designs for each show as well as learning new skills and techniques while working with top directors and designers. Duties include but are not limited to crafting, researching, purchasing, shop and storage maintenance and organization, as well as assisting with rentals, shop improvement projects and working load in and strike. Ideal candidate will have a degree in art, design and/or theatre arts, with experience working on collegiate or professional productions. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license, as well as the ability to lift at least 40 lbs.

Sound and Video Apprenticeship

The Sound & Video Apprentice will work within the Sound & Video Department and assist in the preparation, load in, show run, and strike processes for Hartford Stage mainstage and affiliate shows and events. The sound & video apprenticeship affords the recipient the opportunity to work with top directors and designers in addition to getting hands on experience with large scale digital sound and video systems. Duties may include, but are not limited to, load in and strike for each show, and rotating front of house engineering, A2, and video playback positions during performances. Additional opportunities may include programming show software including QLab, d3, Watchout, and Isadora, based on the needs of each production, digital mixing console programming, and assisting the department supervisor during the show preparation process. The ideal candidate should have a degree relevant to the position (audio and/or video in broadcast, studio, or theatrical environments) or equivalent work experience, knowledge of sound and video systems, and experience with digital mixing consoles, QLab, and projection and/or LED video systems. The candidate should be hardworking, motivated, personable, and have a strong desire to learn in a fast paced professional work environment. Evening and weekend hours are required.

Technical/Scenic Apprenticeship

The Technical/Scenic Apprentice will work within the scene shop and will be an active participant in the creation and implementation of the designs for each show. Duties include but are not limited to assisting with budgeting, purchasing of materials, construction and working load-in and strike. Additional opportunities in drafting and CNC operation exist. Ideal candidate will have a degree in technical theatre or scenic/production design. A minimum of one year experience in professional/regional theatre shop, as well as knowledge of AutoCAD and Excel a plus. Candidate must have the ability to lift at least 50lbs. Evening and weekend work is needed.


Internships at Hartford Stage

Summer 2018 Internships:

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. Applications for summer 2018 internships are due by April 1, 2018. 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. Please note – most internships are unpaid, but some of the more in-depth Education internships may offer a small stipend.

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.

Development Internship

The Development Intern 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. Ideal candidate will have or is pursuing a degree in theatre, arts administration, English, communications, business or a related field and is proficient in Excel. This internship will run from late May through August.

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 3-18 as classroom assistants, and/ or production assistants. Our community partnership interns will work as teaching assistants in one of our off-site programs. 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. A background check is required for applicants over 18 years of age.