APPRENTICESHIP CAREER FOCUS
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.
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ACCESS & INCLUSION
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.
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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.
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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.
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ADDITIONAL AREAS OF PARTICIPATION (ALL APPRENTICES)
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
REBECCA RICE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT
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
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?