Apprentice at Gloucester StageA Professional Program
- Apprentice Program
- Apprentice Postions
- To Apply
- 2016 Apprentice Company
- 2015 Apprentice Company
What is The Apprentice Program? The apprenticeship program is populated by up to eight recent college graduates who are beginning their professional theater careers. Each apprentice has their own specialty, ranging from directing to set construction. The program offers young theater professionals creative ownership, valuable education, important networking opportunities, and real world experience.
What makes Gloucester Stage unique? Gloucester Stage Company was founded in 1979 by playwright Israel Horovitz who continues to be actively involved with the company as a contributing playwright and non-voting member of the Board of Directors. Since its founding, Gloucester Stage has been a place where dedicated theater makers create theater that matters at the highest level of professional achievement. The apprentice program is designed to be an optimal experience for recent college graduates. Our goal is to build a strong ensemble in which every member has a voice and plays a role. Upon completing a season with Gloucester Stage, apprentices will have worked on all Mainstage productions alongside professional theater makers, and will have been an integral part of running a theater. After a season with Gloucester Stage, apprentices will have the depth of knowledge to form their own companies, seek full time employment with professional theater companies, or pursue graduate degrees.
What you can expect:
- Weekly stipend of $100
- Free Shared housing
- Weekly box office hours
- Weekly house management assignments
- Complete immersion into the theater’s infrastructure
- A rigorous schedule
- Work alongside established theater professionals
- Opportunity to work on Equity productions
- EMC points where available
- A full-time, highly collaborative program
- Apprentices are responsible for their own transportation to and from work.
- All applicants must have graduated from a four-year college/university program. An emphasis in theater study is preferred but not required.
- Must be positive, collaborative, hardworking, flexible theater makers with a deep passion for the work.
Directing Apprentice The Directing Apprentice works alongside the creative staff in producing a wide variety of various performances throughout the season. The Directing Apprentice assists directors on all six productions and will be responsible for dramaturgy on each production. S/He may have an opportunity to direct play readings and other special projects. A strong sense of collaboration and curiosity are integral. The position reports directly to the Artistic Director.
Education Apprentice The Education Apprentice works directly with the Director of the Youth Acting Workshops (YAW) and other educational outreach programs.
Stage Management (2) The Stage Management Apprentices primarily work in direct conjunction with the Production Manager and assists various Equity Stage Managers throughout the season. They will serve as Assistant Stage Manager on select Mainstage productions and be present and active in rehearsals and running performances. Depending on the needs of the production, they may also be asked to procure props, set up rehearsal rooms, assist with wardrobe, or lead a run crew. The ideal candidates will have stage management experience, a positive attitude, and strong work ethic. They will be eligible for Equity Membership Candidacy points.
Production Management The Production Management Apprentice will be a critical member of the production team and will assist the Production Manager in preparing for and running productions. This may include attending production meetings, assisting with ordering and acquisition of supplies and props, creating schedules, record-keeping, and reporting. The apprentice should feel comfortable assisting in the scene shop, leading teams, and assisting in all related backstage tasks as needed. The ideal candidate has a working knowledge/interest in multiple areas of theatre tech and management, as well as a strong work ethic and willingness to jump in wherever they’re needed!
Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice The Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice works directly with the Technical Director and Production Manager in building sets, maintaining shop space, and completing other tasks as assigned. In addition to acting as Master Carpenter for scenic builds, they have the opportunity to work alongside various professional sound and light designers throughout the season. They will be a lead production strikes/loads, light hang and focus, and fulfill other technical demands. Candidates for Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice must include a portfolio upon applying.
Management Apprentice The Management Apprentice works directly with the Managing Director and Director of Marketing and Development to assist with developing and implementing marketing initiatives and campaigns designed to drive ticket sales and increase awareness of Gloucester Stage, conduct market research to achieve goals, and creating and distributing marketing materials in both print and digital forms. The Management Apprentice will assist in updating the theater’s social media sites, including Facebook, website, and email blasts. This position requires excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to craft effective content, PDF markup skills, and experience with Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Publisher. Experience with WordPress is desirable.
Company Management Apprentice The company management apprentice will be a resource for everyone working at the theater in a variety of ways: from being the individual responsible for logistics for personnel working at GSC to facilitating special events at the theater. The company management apprentice reports directly to the Company Manager. Experience in service organizations is crucial, as is a positive and upbeat manner.
All Apprentices In an effort to gain a well-rounded experience in professional theater, Gloucester Stage Company Apprentices will each be expected to work shifts in the theater’s Box Office and Concessions. All Apprentices, regardless of position, will participate in “Tech” and will assist with backstage tasks as needed. Apprentices should be professional and confident; should have excellent social and communication skills; should be flexible, good-humored, and have a desire to learn. Apprentices will be provided with significant learning opportunities, through both observation and participation, and through structured learning programs. Mostly, we understand that a successful apprenticeship is a two-way street. We want your ideas and enthusiasm and we hope to learn as much from you as you learn from us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When are applications accepted? The application process for 2017 is now open.
Is housing provided? Yes. Most apprentices are provided with fully furnished, shared housing. All utilities are covered by the theatre. We also accept apprentices who can provide their own local housing.
Is the position paid? Yes, all apprentices receive a weekly stipend of $100.
Is college credit available? No, all apprentices must already have their college degree.
Can I have another job while working at Gloucester Stage? No, the hours are rigorous and there will not be time for additional work.
Can I expect to work crew? Yes, depending on the needs of each production all apprentices can expect to work crew.
How many hours can I expect to work a week? Apprentice work hours vary based on the needs of each of the six shows in our season. On average, however, work weeks range between 40-50 hours.
When is my application due? March 15
How many apprentices are you hiring? Eight
When will the Apprentice Program begin? May 25, 2017
I am only available through the end of the summer, can I still apply? We strongly encourage applications from those who can stay for the duration. The program concludes with the end of the season in late October.
When can I expect to hear a final decision on hiring? By April 1, 2017
Can I apply for more than one position? Yes, but please specify your preferred position.
When will interviews take place? We will interview by phone, Skype, or in person, as applications arrive.
I have a significant other, can they live with me? Unfortunately no, our insurance does not cover anyone outside of the program to live in our shared housing.
I have a pet, can they live with me? Unfortunately no, there are no pets allowed in the shared housing.
Do I need to submit a portfolio? Some positions may require submission of a portfolio. Please see the position descriptions for details.
How do I apply? You apply by submitting all relevant materials, including an application and portfolio (where applicable). See “To Apply” and “Application” sections.
What is it like to live and work in Gloucester? Gloucester is a beautiful, small city located about 40 miles from Boston, and is the setting for the movie “The Perfect Storm” and the TV show “Wicked Tuna.” The city has many good shops and restaurants, with nearby malls and movie theaters. Gloucester and Cape Ann are noted for their seaside locale and beautiful beaches. A complete welcome guide will be provided to you upon acceptance in the program.
- Cover letter
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably from someone who has directly supervised you in the area you are applying)
- A completed online application (click on application tab.)
- Directing and Dramaturgy/Education applicants must include two one-page writing samples that demonstrate their ability to write in an engaging and thoughtful style (ex. play proposal, short essay, etc.).
- Scenic Carpentry/Technical, Costumes, and Marketing applicants must include a portfolio of past/current work.
Send materials to Jeff Zinn 267 E. Main St Gloucester, MA 01930
Morgan Flynn (Directing) is an alumna of the BFA Performance Program at Salem State University. Morgan graduated as a Commonwealth Honors Program Tsongas Scholar; for her capstone Honors Thesis she served as Peter Sampieri’s Assistant Director on Frank Galati’s adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. This past January she competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 Stage Directors and Choreographers fellowship program, where she was awarded the David Wheeler Award for Actor/Director communication. Last year, Morgan directed Port by Simon Stephens for the Student Theatre Ensemble for which she received a KCACTF Merit Award for Excellent Student Direction. Outside of acting and directing, Morgan enjoys improv, writing, smelling flowers and taking time tea. She could not be more grateful to Gloucester Stage for this immersive opportunity to do what she loves.
Matthew Lewis (Management) is a recently graduated Fitchburg State University student with a Bachelor’s in Communications Media with concentrations in Theater and Professional Communications and a Minor in Business Administration. While on campus he enjoyed performing with the student-run improv performance team, occasionally testing his coordination with the dance club and, most of all, assisting with and performing in multiple productions on Fitchburg State’s Mainstage. Being a three time Irene Ryan nominated actor, he honed his performance abilities through several different acting styles with several different types of director as well as had the opportunity to market, advertise and work the public relations for a handful of these performances. When he is not working towards one day being a successful Managing Director, he likes fish tanks, watching comedy specials and freshly brewed pots of coffee.
Coty Markee-Culbreth (Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice) At 22 years old Coty has taken part in over 70 productions both plays and musicals both on and off stage. As well as taking part in countless films both student and professional. Acting since the age of 6 he found the tech side of life whilst being in high school. Though it wasn’t until the age of 19 that he truly found Sound design and fell in love instantly. Over the past couple of years of studying the ins and outs of Sound design he has now worked alongside famous actors and ran 3 separate shows at the same time working sound for all of them, and even helped create sound for an up and coming show to soon be making its way to New York and become a professional show. He has done all of this while being hard of hearing, soon to be completely deaf. Having dealt with this all his life it was any old thing to him but to find out his calling was to become a sound specialist was another whole fish to fry. He has been taught both self and professionally to run sound both by hearing but also through sight by seeing colors and numbers to demonstrate which sound comes next. Even though he loves sound design he prides himself on his adaptability. He is able to jump into anything and figure out how to do it inside and out fairly quickly and soon will be able to add another interest to his life. He’s sort of a jack or I guess Coty of all trades!
Maeve McCluskey (Stage Management/Production) is a recent graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she double majored in Humanities and Arts: Drama/Theatre and Interactive Media and Game Development. She initially began theatre at WPI solely as an actor, but quickly got swept up into the world of technical theatre. During her time at WPI, she performed onstage, stage managed, created graphic and sound designs, ran a publicity campaign, and served many a time as a general crew member. She rounded out her collegiate career by directing Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Earnest for her senior capstone project. Now that she is moving on from college, Maeve would like to pursue a career in professional theatre. She hopes to use her joint passions for acting and stage management in harmony to live the best life possible, while putting her other degree to use in creating art and character design. Maeve is a member of the Rho Kappa cast of Alpha Psi Omega, the national collegiate theatrical honor society.
Jessica Richmond(Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice) is a recent graduate of Gordon College with a degree in Theatre Arts. She is passionate about all areas of theatre, with an emphasis in stage management, set building, and acting. Some of her favorite credits include stage managing Metamorphoses, playing Little Sally in Urinetown, and co-writing and co-directing The Edge Effect which had a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Work in theatre has taught her that anything is possible because theatre artists make the imagination come to life. Jessica is a goofball that loves to work. She is excited to start her professional career and wants to always relish in the joy of creating.
Sarah Vandewalle (Education) is a 2016 graduate of Tufts University, with a B.A. in Drama. During her time at Tufts, she was awarded the Tisch Undergraduate Research Award for her work on Boston’s Federal Theatre Project. She has also worked with both the New Repertory Theatre and Boston’s Fresh Ink Theatre. Sarah has truly enjoyed playing multiple roles inside the theatre; dramaturg, actor, producer, run crew, stage manager, costume crew, and more. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with young theatre artists. Outside the theatre, Sarah loves to learn new baking recipes as often as she can.
LUCAS BAISCH Playwriting Apprentice Lucas Baisch is a playwright, performer, and visual artist originally from San Francisco, based in Chicago, now working as the inaugural Playwright Apprentice at Gloucester Stage Company during their 2015 season. His work has been read and developed at Chicago Dramatists, InFusion Theatre Company, Salonathon, Victory Gardens Theater, Links Hall, American Theatre Company, The Wulfden, The DeYoung Museum, SF Playground, and DePaul University’s annual Wrights of Spring. Productions: The Scavengers (The Healy Theater at Depaul University, dir. Bonnie Metzgar), A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company, dir. David R. Gammons), and Zipped & Pelted (The Wulfden/Chicago Fringe, dir. Katrina Dion). Literary/Public Programs Assistance: Rest, The Testament of Mary, Samsara (Victory Gardens Theater). Education: BFA Playwriting, Depaul University. www.lucasbaisch.com
ALLISON BENKO Directing Apprentice Allison Benko is an alumna of Tufts University. A Drama major with a strong interest in puppetry and applied theatre, Allison also considers herself an unofficial minor in Folklore and Mythology. Last spring, she worked on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (or What You Will), which took place in Somerville’s Powderhouse Park, and featured over a dozen original compositions and arrangements by cast members. She went on to direct the charming musical comedy She Loves Me as her senior capstone project, and to assistant direct productions of Edges and Doctor Faustus. Currently, she is directing the world premiere of A Doll’s House: An Opera, a new work by Grace Oberhofer based on Ibsen’s famous play. On those rare occasions when Allison is not acting or directing, you may find her maddeningly contemplating Marlowe’s mysterious murder, or playing Dungeons and Dragons. She is thrilled to receive this opportunity from Gloucester Stage, and looks forward to making a home for herself here.
CAITLIN KENYON Marketing Apprentice Caitlin Kenyon is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Arts Management and Theatre and Performance. Born and raised in Rochester, NY Caitlin knew from a very young age that all she ever wanted was to be a member of the theatre community in any way she could. Before being hired by Gloucester Stage she was employed by Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City as their Development Intern. New York City Performance Credits: Bless Me Father (Lawyer; Ensemble Studio Theatre). Purchase College Performance Credits: Bull (Isobel), Lost.Lonely.Loons. (Ace), Street Theater (CB), Betrayal (Emma), The Skriker (Nelly Longarms). Film Credits: Heights of Recluse (Aurelie), Community Service: The Movie (Kimberly).
SIDNEY JUNK Stage Management/Costumes Apprentice Sidney Junk recently graduated from Winona State University in Minnesota with a degree in Theatre Arts. She began college at St. Ambrose University in Iowa with the mindset of being an actress but got swept into the world of tech. Stage management, lights, and costumes are her primary focuses in technical theatre. She has stage managed multiple shows in her college career including Chicago, The Venetian Twins, and Les Liaisons Dangerueses. Sidney would like to thank her family, faculty, and friends for all their encouragement and support.
JENNA WORDEN Stage Management/Production Apprentice Jenna Worden, with a vast array of interests in theatre, history, and teaching, considers herself a story teller. A strong believer in the powers of knowledge and artistic expression, Jenna is an advocate for socially-motivated art. She has used her experiences with historical research and travel abroad to highlight the injustices faced by the people of Central America, particularly Guatemala. As an educator, Jenna encourages her students to create meaningful work surrounding their passions, whatever they may be. In the theatre Jenna primarily identifies as a stage manager, though she has significant directing and performing experiences. Credits of notability at Northern Arizona University include stage managing Of Mice and Men, directing the premiere of Forgotten Places by Mac Groves, and performing with NAUghty Bits Improv Troupe. Jenna is a member of USITT.
ROGIN FARRER Scenic/Construction Apprentice Rogin Farrer is a theatrical designer and carpenter. He is a recent graduate of Vassar College, where he developed his craft while studying the history, theory, and literatures of world drama. As a lighting and scenic designer, he approaches his work with a holistic sensibility and an interest in all elements of the production working together as a unified whole. His design credits include Passion Play, Arcadia (lighting, Vassar College Experimental Theater), The Mousetrap (scenic, Philaletheis Society), and Red (asst. lighting, Portland Stage). He also directed his senior thesis, God of Vengeance, by Sholem Asch.
AVERY DANIELS Dramaturgy/Education Apprentice Avery Daniels is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She is originally from San Diego, California, where she spent most of her time dancing with her competitive hip hop team, doing improv, and stressing out about homework. Once settled in Tacoma, Avery took theater classes and English classes and got to find out what she’s really passionate about: playwriting, acting, dancing, and working with kids. She spent six months living in London and studying screenwriting. She hopes that she’ll someday live in London again and work in the theater.