Professional Apprenticeship Program

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Walnut Street Theatre's Professional Apprentice Program provides a training ground for early career professionals to bridge the gap between education and the professional world. It provides hands-on experience working alongside professionals in a specific, concentrated area. The program is designed to provide a season of intensive education and work experience in one of several aspects of theatre operation: Acting, Audience Services, Carpentry, Casting/Literary Management, Costumes, Education, Fundraising, General Management, Marketing, Props, Props Management, Public Relations, Running Crew/Stage, Scenic Painting, Shop Management, Stage Management/Production Management, Subscriptions and Wigs/Costumes. Apprentices earn a weekly scholarship of $350 and free tuition to theatre school classes.

Following are descriptions of Apprenticeships offered at Walnut Street Theatre:

The Acting Apprentices rehearse and perform a four-show repertoire, touring to schools in the Philadelphia area as Walnut Street Theatre's Touring Outreach Company. Acting Apprentices teach workshops and acting coaching sessions, are cast in two mainstage Kids Series shows and will audition for EMC understudy opportunities for three mainstage productions. (4 positions available; September-May)

Audience Services
Audience Services Apprentices work primarily in our 1,075-seat mainstage theatre, assisting the House Manager in all duties before, after and during productions. The Audience Services Apprentices are responsible for organizing, maintaining, and assisting customers in the theatre gift shop. Audience Services Apprentices will greet VIP patrons attending Walnut Street Theatre pre show dinners and events. One Audience Service Apprentice will also house manage all five productions in Studio 3. (2 positions available; August-July)

Apprentices work with the Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director and IATSE carpenters to build 17 shows for the various productions created by the Walnut Street Theatre in our scene shop, which is located off premises in North East Philadelphia. Some of the tasks for the carpenters work includes woodworking, welding (steel & aluminum), mechanical implementation, and theatrical rigging. (2 positions available; July-May)

Casting/Literary Management
The Casting/Literary Management Apprentice assists in the organization and running of auditions both in Philadelphia and New York for mainstage and Studio 3 productions. On the Literary side, the Apprentice handles correspondence with playwrights and aids in the evaluation of script submissions. (1 position available; August-June)

Apprentices assist the Costume Shop Manager in building and altering costumes for 5 mainstage shows (3 musicals and 2 straight plays), 5 Studio shows, and the Education series (Outreach, A Christmas Carol, and a spring kid's show). Apprentices may have design opportunities for Walnut Street Theatre's mainstage produced children's shows. Apprentices will act as the wardrobe crew for A Christmas Carol and the final mainstage musical of the season. (2 positions; 1 August-May, 1 August-July)

The Education Apprentice will directly participate in the planning and maintaining of various educational programs, including: the researching, writing and designing of Study Guides; assisting in the coordination of The Theatre School, Camp Walnut and the Touring Outreach Company; and participating in workshops and residencies at local schools. (1 position available; July-May)

The Fundraising Apprentice learns about all aspects of fundraising and development for a major non-profit theatre, working closely with individual giving (database work), special events, major donors and Board members. This is a very hands-on opportunity to be a significant part of a six-person fundraising team. (1 position available; August-May)

General Management
The General Management Apprentice works directly with the Company Manager and Managing Director to assist in a wide-range of tasks, including the handling of artist contracts, housing and travel arrangements; scheduling all activities that occur in the theatre; contracting all rental space for rehearsal and performance; planning opening night parties, company luncheons and other company events; and managing office supplies and computer equipment. (1 position available; August-May)

The Grants Apprentice provides support for the Annual Corporate and Foundation fundraising campaigns by assisting with all grant-writing and reporting. Also provides additional support to Development Staff where needed, including special events and Board of Trustee relations. (1 position available; August-May)

The Marketing Apprentice works closely with the Director of Marketing and Marketing Assistant on: managing and processing all group sales orders for the theatre; proof reading; assisting with displays; and handling correspondence, mailings and other general office duties. (1 position available; August-May)

Apprentices work with the IATSE crew and Props Manager to build and shop 5 mainstage, 5 Studio shows, and the Education series (Outreach, A Christmas Carol, and a spring kids show) in Walnut Street Theatre's shop, which is located off premises in North East Philadelphia. Properties Apprentices also assist in managing prop rentals. (2 positions available; July-May)

Props Management
Apprentice works with the Properties Manager to manage Walnut Street Theatre's busy Prop shop. Apprentice assists with payroll, purchasing, managing budgets, rentals, and shipping/receiving. Potential props construction as time and skill level dictates. Drafting and other technical design work commensurate upon the applicant's skill level. (1 position available; September-May)

Public Relations
The Public Relations Apprentice will primarily assist the Communications Manager to: write and prepare press releases, public service announcements, invites, mailings, correspondence and press kits; research plays on the mainstage; proof read; attend all publicity photo shoots; create promotional videos for productions; expand the Walnut's social media presence; and organize and file press clippings and photos for Walnut Street Theatre's archives. (1 position available; September-June)

Scenic Painting
Apprentice assists the Scenic Charge and Union crew in painting 17 shows for the various productions created by the Walnut Street Theatre in our scene shop, which is located off premises in North East Philadelphia. Some possibilities for design work may be available. (1 position available; July-May)

Shop Management
Apprentice works with the Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director and Properties Manager to manage Walnut Street Theatre's busy scene shop. The Shop Management Apprentice assists with payroll, purchasing, managing budgets, answering phone calls, and shipping/receiving. Potential for drafting and other technical design work commensurate upon the applicant's skill level. (1 position available; September-May)

Stage Crew
Apprentice acts as run crew for all mainstage performances, assists in the load-in and load-out of all shows and works with the IATSE crew, including the Head Flyman, Head Carpenter, Head Sound Engineer, Head Electrician and Head Props. Apprentice may be asked to work in the scene shop during the straight plays when they are not needed as backstage crew. Must be able to lift 50-75 lbs. (1 position available; August-July)

Production Management
Apprentice will assist the production management office in maintaining budgets, payroll, sourcing, purchasing, tour advancing, and archives. Apprentice will Stage Manage the spring kids show production on the mainstage. Experience with lighting and sound is helpful. (1 position available; August-May)

Stage Management

The Subscriptions Apprentice is responsible for ticket sales, distribution and ticket fulfillment for over 50,000 Walnut Street Theatre Subscribers (most subscribed theatre in the world!), working closely with the Subscriptions Manager and the rest of the staff on areas such as customer service and database management. (1 position available; November-August)

Apprentice assists Wig Designers and Costume Shop Manager in construction, refurbishing, alteration, preparation, styling, and maintenance of wigs, hair pieces, and facial hair for productions on the Mainstage, Studio, and Education series. Apprentice may have design opportunities for Walnut Street Theatre produced Kids Series shows. Apprentices will also be part of the wardrobe crew for mainstage shows. Qualified candidate will have some experience in wig construction and styling. (1 position available; August-July)

To Apply:

Applications for the 2014-2015 season will be accepted beginning February 1, 2014.

To Apply: Submit the online application form. In addition to completing all required fields, you will need to attach a current photo, your resume, and a cover letter stating why you are a good fit for the apprentice program.

Please Note: Applications will be accepted through this online form ONLY, beginning February 1, 2014 until all positions have been filled. Please do not submit any application materials through regular mail as they will not be reviewed. Should the Walnut Staff require any additional materials, such as work samples or portfolios, you will be contacted. The apprenticeships are full time commitments and cannot be completed while students are still pursuing their undergraduate degrees.

Timeline: Interviews begin in March and are concluded by mid-June. You will be notified if you are eliminated at any time during the process.

For Actors: Auditions are scheduled at the end of May each season. Applicants selected for an audition will be contacted by mid-April.

For answers to questions about the Professional Apprentice Program at Walnut Street Theatre call 215.574.3550, x511 or email us.

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