Join us for Imagination Stage’s 2019-2020 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 2019-August 2020






Application materials are DUE MARCH 1st 2019 and will not be reviewed until we have received all application materials from applicant and mentor.



Offers will be made no later than May 2019.



  • Must be set to graduate from an undergraduate program by Spring 2019 or have graduated within the last two years (a graduate of 2017 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.





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All application materials must be submitted electronically and adhere to the following guidelines.

Application Part One

Applicants must submit the online IStage Apprentice Application which must include the following attachments (in Word or PDF format):


1. Cover letter stating your interest in this apprenticeship. Please also include your first and second choice focus area (Education, Access & Inclusion, Institutional Development, and/or Production).


2. Resume


3. A writing sample outlining your career goals and your philosophy on theatre and/or theatre education. Limit: two pages, single spaced, no smaller than 10 pt. font. 




Application Part Two

Two Mentors must send letters of recommendation to [email protected] with “Recommendation: Name of Applicant” as the subject line.


Application materials are DUE MARCH 1st 2019 and will not be reviewed until we have received all application materials from applicant and mentors.


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


Offers will be made not later than May 2019.



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 and Children’s Ball support, PR, Graphic Design, grassroots marketing, social networking and patron services. Other projects will be based on the apprentice’s interests and department needs.


Read Q&A with a former Institutional Development Apprentice!


One Access and Inclusion Apprentice will work under the guidance of the Access and Inclusion Coordinator and the Education department to support accessibility and inclusion at Imagination Stage. As part of the Education department, the Apprentice will be responsible for administrative projects including updating and creating student inclusion records based on family conversations, 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. The Apprentice may have the opportunity, when appropriate, to implement lesson plans as an assistant or lead teacher on Access and general Education programming. The Apprentice will also work on other projects based on the apprentice’s interest and department needs.


Read Q&A with a former Access & Inclusion Apprentice!


Two Education Apprentices will support the overall administration and maintenance of the Education department and its programming, including but not limited to camp managing, maintaining and updating student information, updating a classroom reservation system, contributing to the creation of student study guides, and spending  time as classroom assistants, inclusion facilitators, and lead teachers, when appropriate. Education apprentices also assist in planning outreach programs, stage managing student productions, faculty communication, inventory of art supplies and early childhood materials, and other projects based on apprentice’s interest and department needs.


Read Q&A with a former Education Apprentice!

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.


Read Q&A with a former 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

  • Inclusion Facilitators for students with disabilities 

  • Box office, Front of House, and Reception

Beginning with the 2017-2018 apprentice class, we are pleased to offer the Rebecca Rice 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 Rebecca Rice 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 Rebecca Rice Community Engagement Grant should submit, in a separate document sent to [email protected]a brief 250-500 word statement 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?