For nearly a decade, the Theatre Aspen Apprentice Program (TAAP) for aspiring theatre professionals has been offering the opportunity for students to gain hands on experience with professionals in their fields and the opportunity to observe and assist in the theatrical production process from start to finish. Apprenticeships are offered in areas including: Arts Administration; Costuming & Wardrobe; Theatre Education; Lighting Design; Marketing & Social Media; Music Direction; Performance; Sound Design; Stage Management; and Stagecraft & Production.
Theatre Aspen Apprentices will make valuable connections and develop career skills by working on the main stage, participating in special events, assisting in the administrative office and front of house and through available teaching opportunities in the Theatre Aspen School. While at Theatre Aspen, all apprentices will have the opportunity to work with creative team members and will attend weekly seminars taught by Theatre Aspen staff and other leading industry professionals. The Apprentice program culminates in a Showcase that the apprentice class completely conceives, produces, creates, and performs.
Apprentices will be in residence in the spectacular mountain setting of Aspen, CO for the entirety of the Theatre Aspen summer season from mid-May through late-August. Select Apprenticeships offer the possibility to arrive earlier and to extend past the summer season for work on fall activities.
The Theatre Aspen Apprentice Program is generously underwritten by JESSICA AND JOHN FULLERTON, BARBARA AND JON LEE, DAVID LAMBERT (for Duke University), and SANDY AND KENNY TATE.
Apprentices have the opportunity to work with and learn alongside leading artists in their fields, and under the direction of highly qualified and experienced professionals: successful directors, choreographers, designers and performers from across the United States, whose credits include work on Broadway, on national tours, in Hollywood and regional theatres. Students will make valuable connections with leading employers and artists in the areas of Carpentry, Company Management, Design, Education, Electrics, Marketing, Performance, Production Management, Properties, Stage Management, Technical Supervision, and Wardrobe.
Performance apprentices are cast in at least one main stage show plus a showcase and may have the additional performance opportunities throughout the summer. Design and Technical apprentices work with professional designers and technicians in their field of choice. Education apprentices work with professional Teaching Artists and Education Administrators in youth classes and productions. The Apprentice Company will work together, combining their skills, to create and present their own original showcase toward the end of the season. Apprentices have the opportunity to gain other industry skills by assisting in the administrative office, working in the box office and concession stand, and teaching at the Theatre Aspen School.
The Producing Director, creative team members, company associates, and other industry experts will offer a variety of classes, lectures and workshops given by guest performers, directors, TA staff, and area industry professionals. Topics may include Actors Equity, Alexander Technique, Audition Techniques, “The Biz of the Biz,” Casting Director One-on-Ones, Designer sessions, Resume Preparation, Contract Negotiation, Vocal Health, and Arts Administration.
HOUSING & STIPEND
Theatre Aspen provides housing, in shared-rooms with full kitchens. Free public transportation is available (bus shuttles) and bikes are available. All apprentices will receive a weekly stipend.
Performance and Stage Management Apprentices have the opportunity to earn points towards their Actors’ Equity Association membership, for rehearsal and performance. Many Theatre Aspen actors have received their Equity cards while working at the theatre and Theatre Aspen prides itself on preparing young professionals for work in the field.
While at Theatre Aspen, Apprentices may have opportunities to earn additional wages, based on production/work schedule and completion of applicable training for each position. Some of these positions include: Box Office Associate in the Hurst Theatre; Concession Staff during Mainstage Performances before shows and during intermission; and Event Manager and/or Bar Staff during weddings, corporate, and other rental events.
THEATRE ASPEN FAMILY
Theatre Aspen Apprentices join a supportive atmosphere in a spectacular mountain setting, with the opportunity to enjoy once in a lifetime outdoor and cultural activities, including a Rafting Trip, participation in the 4th of July parade, and other Apprentice gatherings. Apprentices will also join the Theatre Aspen Alumni Association after the successful completion of the program, where they can connect with other alumni currently working on Broadway, in National Tours or in professional positions across the industry.