Advanced Training Program
ABOUT OLNEY THEATRE CENTER
Located just north of Washington, D.C. in Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center (OTC) offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. An award-winning regional theater, OTC is one of two theaters in the country to operate under a Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract with Actors' Equity Association.
We have enjoyed a rich tradition of producing lively and provocative theatre over the last 75 years. The OTC campus now boasts two proscenium stages, a studio theatre, an outdoor theatre, and a rehearsal hall as well as administrative offices, fully equipped scenery and costume shops, and residence halls.
Our mission is to create professional theater productions and other programs that nurture artists, students, technicians, administrators, and audience members and to develop each individual's creative potential using the skills and imaginative possibilities of theater and the performing arts.
AS AN OLNEY THEATRE CENTER APPRENTICE YOU WILL…
- Live and work together in a vibrant artistic community. On-site housing includes shared bath, common area, and kitchen.
- Take advantage of the Washington, D.C. theatre scene, the nation’s second largest theatre market.
- Develop marketable skills and create contacts for future employment.
- Benefit from working directly with the resident staff, in addition to over 300 visiting professional artists.
- Receive complimentary tickets to Olney Theatre Center productions and many other D.C. area shows.
- Earn $125 weekly stipend.
- Have shared use of company vehicles.
Carpentry Apprentices work directly with the Technical Director and scene shop staff to construct and install scenic elements for all productions. They also serve as running crew for some productions.
While using basic methods and skills necessary to produce sets, apprentices will learn the daily operations while observing how to maintain a full-season scene shop. They will gain hands-on backstage experience in a professional environment.
This apprenticeship will strengthen skills and learn new and resourceful methods of stagecraft and is suitable for those working towards careers as Master Carpenter, Technical Director, and General Theatre Technician.
Electrics Apprentices work directly under the supervision of the Master Electrician to implement the lighting design for each main stage production. Apprentices will also work alongside local and visiting lighting designers and theatre electricians.
Responsibilities will include assisting with load-in, hang and focus, trouble-shooting problems during tech rehearsals, maintenance of electrics equipment during the run of the production, and participation in all lighting strikes and changeovers. During the run, they share the responsibility for maintaining the show and running the light board and follow spot. Experience working on electrics crews and awareness of current lighting consoles and equipment is preferred.
This apprenticeship hones the skills of the theatrical lighting technician, imparting a working knowledge of design implementation and is suitable for those working towards careers as Master Electricians and Lighting Designers.
The Sound Apprentice works directly under the supervision of the Sound Engineer to implement the sound design for each main stage production. The apprentice will also work alongside local and visiting sound designers.
Responsibilities will include assisting with load-in, trouble-shooting problems during tech rehearsals, maintenance of audio equipment during the run of the production, and participation in all strikes and changeovers. During the run, the apprentice works with the Sound Engineer to maintain the show, while serving as audio assistant on musicals and front of house engineer on straight plays. Experience working on as A1 and/or A2 and awareness of current sound boards and equipment is preferred.
This apprenticeship hones the skills of the theatrical audio technician, imparting a working knowledge of design implementation and is suitable for those working towards careers as Sound Engineers and Sound Designers.
Working directly with the Costume Shop Manager and visiting designers, Costume Shop Apprentices will assist in the construction of costumes and will serve as wardrobe crew, which includes maintaining and repairing costumes and wigs during the run of each show.
The Costume Shop Apprentices will handle some projects from inception to completion. Through observing the daily shop operations, the apprentices will strengthen sewing skills and learn construction skills as well as wardrobe management.
This apprenticeship is suitable for those working toward careers as First Hands, Cutters, Drapers, Costume Shop Managers, and Wardrobe Supervisors.
The Props Apprentice will assist the Properties Master in creating and/or sourcing all props for the main stage season and will have the opportunity to work closely with guest designers. He or she will have the opportunity to talk through designer visions and will assist in shopping and decorating.
Duties may include creating prop lists, attending design meetings, pulling rehearsal props, and research. The apprentice will work directly with both the costume and scene shops. Additional responsibilities include coordinating props rentals and maintaining inventory. The apprentice will also be in charge of all props for our annual production of A Christmas Carol. Additionally, the Props Apprentice will have show duties (i.e. running crew).
The ideal candidate is a problem solver with a sense of humor and is able to work independently. He or she should be comfortable with power tools, painting techniques, and working with fabric. Excellent email communication skills are required, and a valid driver’s license is a plus.
Stage Management Apprentices work as assistant stage managers and run crew alongside Equity stage managers and actors. Apprentices will start with a production during the stage manager’s prep week, assist in daily rehearsals, and run the show through the closing performance.
For each production, apprentices will be assigned responsibilities such as tracking props, costumes, or sets or making script revisions. When not assigned to a show, stage management apprentices will assist with office work, as well as other areas of production.
This apprenticeship is best suited for those working towards careers as professional stage managers. Apprentices are eligible to join the Actors' Equity Membership Candidacy Program, potentially leading to full membership at the end of their apprenticeship.
The Production Management Apprentice works directly with the Director of Production to record, reconcile, and report budgets and expenses. He or she will assist in the daily operations of the Production Office, including contracting, receiving and processing purchase orders and check request forms, and assisting in the management of production calendars, contact sheets, databases, and policies.
The apprentice will also assist and shadow the Director of Production in a variety of meetings with production and creative personnel. Additional responsibilities include company management coverage and run crew assignments.
Candidates should be able to multi-task and establish priorities, be detail-oriented, and be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. This position allows the apprentice to direct his or her experience to suit one’s individual interests and is appropriate for those working toward careers as Production Managers, Producing Directors, and General Managers.
The Casting Apprentice is the frontline of actor contact, as they schedule and attend all local auditions. They also work with New York casting agencies to prepare for out-of-town auditions.
In the office, the Casting Apprentice will handle the maintenance of casting files while assisting the Company Manager with actor contracts and guest artist logistics. The Casting Apprentice will become very familiar with the Actors’ Equity Association rulebook. Candidates should be able to work independently and be prepared to take a large amount of responsibility. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are a must.
This position allows the apprentice to direct his or her experience to suit one’s individual interests and is appropriate for those working toward careers as Casting Directors, Casting Agents, or Directors.
The Education/National Players Apprentice will assist in the planning, implementation and daily operations of National Players, the cornerstone education initiative of Olney Theatre Center. Working closely with National Players General Manager, this Apprentice will maintain budgets and calendars, track expense, archive, market, and promote National Players from Montgomery County to across the nation.
Additionally, as part of a developing Education Department, the Education/National Players Apprentice will have opportunities to develop and conduct workshops, classes, and interviews. He or she will work directly with local schools, assisting to coordinate and host student matinees. Additional responsibilities include company management coverage and run crew assignments.
Candidates should be able to multi-task and establish priorities, be detail-oriented, and be familiar with photo-editing software, various social-media platforms, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. This position is appropriate for those working toward careers as Production Managers, Producing Directors, Education Directors, and General Managers.
The Education/ Dramaturgy Apprentice will assist the Director of Education in the creation, preparation, and implementation of unique Dramaturgical Context Plans for all productions at Olney Theatre Center. S/he will work with the team to create original dramaturgical materials, including program notes, study guides, and lobby materials.
Additionally, as part of a developing Education Department, the Education/Dramaturgy Apprentice will have opportunities to develop and conduct workshops, classes, and interviews. Additional responsibilities include company management coverage and run crew assignments.
Candidates should exhibit excellent writing and research skills, be able to multi-task and establish priorities, be detail-oriented, and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel. This position is appropriate for those working toward careers as Dramaturgs, Education Directors, and Literary Managers.
Please note: Olney Theatre Center is strongly committed to affirmative action throughout its Apprenticeship and Apprentice programs. In particular, the company recognizes a critical need to offer training opportunities to minority students and aspiring professionals who wish to enter the field of theater arts. As part of this commitment, Olney Theatre Center strongly encourages women and men who reflect the diversity of the Washington-metropolitan area to apply.