Apprentice Program – Imagination Stage


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Join us for Imagination Stage’s 2017-2018 Professional Apprenticeship Program!


The Apprenticeship is a one-year program that equips a select group of outstanding candidates with intensive, hands-on experience in professional theatre and theatre education.


Every Imagination Stage Apprentice participates in ALL aspects of theatre production, management, and education and will work in every department.


Imagination Stage is committed to diversity both on stage and off stage and we strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.   


An average of 55 hours per week, over a 6 day work-week; day off per week varies; approximately 30 hours/week spent on unique career focus.


One year: August 2017-August 2018
$1,800/month stipend


Application materials are DUE MARCH 1st 2017 and will not be reviewed until we have received all application materials from applicant and mentor.
Offers will be made no later than May 2017.



  • Must be set to graduate from an undergraduate program by Spring 2017 or have graduated within the last two years (a graduate of 2015 or later).


  • A proactive spirit, a passion for excellence, and a great sense of humor strongly desired.


  • An excitement about life-long learning is required!


  • Must be able to lift, push, or maneuver 40 lbs. repeatedly, either alone or with others.








Two Institutional Development Apprentices support all areas of the Development and Marketing departments, including but not limited to event coordinating, fundraising, grant writing, annual gala support, PR, Graphic Design, grassroots marketing, social networking and patron services. Other projects will be based on the apprentice’s interests and department needs.


One Access and Inclusion Apprentice will be responsible for updating and creating student inclusion records including family conversations, implementing lesson plans as an assistant and lead teacher, planning and organizing for our access outreach programs including our Sensory-Friendly initiative, as well as contributing to the creation of student support materials, faculty scheduling, and inventory of access supplies and materials and other projects based on apprentice’s interest and department needs.



Two Education Apprentices will be responsible for scheduling program offerings for classes and student ensembles, stage managing student conservatory productions, implementing lesson plans as an assistant and lead teacher, planning for our outreach programs, maintaining and updating student information, as well as contributing to the creation of student study guides, faculty contracts, inventory of art supplies and early childhood materials, and other projects based on apprentice’s interest and department needs.

Two Production Apprentices will work under the guidance of the Production Manager and tech staff. Tasks will include building and loading in scenery, scenic painting, electrics hang and focus, building props, equipment maintenance, assisting with costumes, and serving as crew on main stage productions. Other projects will align with the needs of the theatre and the skill-set of each production apprentice.


  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants to theatre-artist educators for our in house and satellite classes

  • Stage Managers for student productions

  • Board Operators and Deck Captains for professional and student theatre productions

  • Participants in department and other meetings, including All Staff and Board of Trustees Meetings

  • Event Management Assistants for Opening Night Receptions, Board Meetings, the annual Gala, and other special events

  • Mentors for Access students

  • Build, load in, & strike crew for all productions

  • Box office, Front of House, Reception, and Gift Shop Associates

Beginning with the 2017-2018 apprentice class, we are pleased to offer the Community Engagement Grant (CEG) to an Apprentice who will focus part of their apprenticeship working in these areas. In addition to the standard living stipend offered to all apprentices, the Community Engagement Grant will provide up to $5,000 toward outstanding student loans, approved professional development activities, or other life needs (e.g., healthcare, medical expenses). While the majority of the community engagement opportunities fall within the education department, candidates for an apprenticeship in all areas of focus may apply for the CEG.


As part of Imagination Stage’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, we continually strive to bring the experience of high-quality professional theatre and arts education to underserved communities throughout the DC area and beyond, through initiatives such as partnerships with non-profits working with Latino youth, community-based programming in Washington DC, and bilingual theatre performances and educational offerings.


Examples of some of the community engagement opportunities an Apprentice might include:


  • Aid in documentation of community engagement efforts including photography, blog posts, and basic filming of projects with our Police and Youth partnership, our Oyeme program for Central American refugee youth, and DC Family Engagement work with partners at Sitar Arts Center and Spanish Education Development Center

  • Develop an Oyeme Blog and aid in the student performance/sharing in April.  This program is after-school for Central American refugee youth.

  • Assist in post-show curriculum facilitation when logistically possible for our professional tour of the Oyeme performance (professional performance based on the lives of refugee youth living in Montgomery County)

  • Plan family events for young children and their caregivers in the DC neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Petworth neighborhoods. These events are primarily for a Latino audience and would be bilingual

  • Create Parent packs for families participating in our community outreach programs in Adams Morgan and Petworth neighborhoods in DC

  • Assistant Teach on a Classroom Residency with bilingual pre-K students at the Spanish Education Development Center 


Candidates interested in applying for the CEG should submit brief 250-500 word statement, in addition to their other apprenticeship application materials, addressing the following:

1. Your past experience with community engagement

2. Why are you interested in working in this area?
3. What special contributions do you believe you could make to further our mission to make the arts inclusive and accessible to all children?


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