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Theatre Aspen Office

Our administrative office is open Monday through Friday 10 am – 6 pm.

 

110 East Hallam Street
Suite 126
Aspen, Colorado 81611

 

Phone:  970.925.9313

Email:  info@theatreaspen.org

 

Theatre Aspen’s Hurst Theatre

470 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611

 

Theatre Aspen Apprentice Program

About Theatre Aspen Apprentice Program

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: Company Management & Arts Administration; Costuming & Wardrobe; Development & Arts Administration; Theatre Education; Lighting Design; Marketing & Content Creation; 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 design and 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.

2019 TAAP Class

Benefits of TAAP

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
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, Wardrobe, and more.

 

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
Performance apprentices are cast in at least one main stage show and the Theatre Aspen Summer Cabaret Series, 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 concession stand, and teaching at the Theatre Aspen School.

 

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
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 receive a weekly stipend.

 

EMC POINTS
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.

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
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 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 COMMUNITY
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.

Other Opportunities + Notes

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 Concession Staff during Mainstage Performances before shows and during intermission; and Event Manager and/or Bar Staff during weddings, corporate, and other rental events.

 

Apprentices are in residence in Aspen, CO 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.

 

All applicants must be attending or recently graduated from college or an accreditation program for theatre arts.

 

Theatre Aspen fosters diverse company in all departments of our organization. We welcome and encourage applications from aspiring artists, administrators and craftspeople of all genders, races, ethnicities and backgrounds.

 

For questions not answered here, please contact Apprentice Program Coordinator, Kevin Bianchi: kevin@theatreaspen.org

Theatre Aspen’s Apprentice Program is generously supported by
Jessica and John Fullerton
Barbara and Jon Lee
Sandy and Kenny Tate

2020 Apprentices

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    Kirk Baltzell

    Stage Management

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    Emily Britt

    Performance

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    Erica Colarusso

    Theatre Education

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    Jordan DeLeon

    Performance

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    Maya Dougherty

    Theatre Education

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    S. Layne Ely

    Stagecraft + Production

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    Valerie Frizzell

    Costuming + Wardrobe

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    Natalie Rae Goodin

    Performance

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    Kristen Goodwin

    Social Media + Marketing

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    Jackson Gray

    Lighting Design

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    Canaan Harris

    Music Direction

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    Seth Howard

    Stagecraft + Production

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    Lise Christine Mason

    Arts Administration

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    Esmeralda Moreno Villanueva

    Stage Management

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    Melaine Nulf

    Development

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    Catherine Pyle

    Lighting Design

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    Zoe Brooke Reed

    Performance

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    Julia Rippon

    Performance

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    Luke Ryan

    Performance

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    Megan Totz

    Costuming + Wardrobe

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    Graham Troiani

    Stagecraft + Production

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    Amelia Way

    Sound Design

APPRENTICE DESCRIPTIONS + APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS