With daytime views of Aspen Mountain and nights filled with stars, Theatre Aspen offers professional productions, cabarets, and special events as well as educational programming.
Apprenticeships are offered in every department of our theater: on stage, in the wings and at the office.
All apprenticeships are paid opportunities ($375/week) including housing and travel for the duration of the season from mid-May through late August.
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: Carpentry, Company Management; Costume & Wardrobe; Development; Education; Lighting; Marketing; Music Direction; Performance; Sound; Stage Management; and Writing & Direction.
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.
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.
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.
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
All apprenticeships are paid opportunities at $375/week plus housing and travel. Free public transportation is available (bus shuttles) and bikes are available.
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 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. This includes a rafting trip, participation in the 4th of July parade, and other apprentice gatherings. Apprentices will also join the Theatre Aspen Alumni Association after successful completion of the program, where they can connect with other alumni currently working in professional positions across all facets of the industry.
WHO CAN APPLY?
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.
All applicants must fulfill at least one of the following: be a college-aged young professional, a currently-enrolled college student, or a recently-graduated college student no more than 12 months past your graduation, with either a declared major in a related field or relevant experience in the theatre industry.
Theatre Aspen has implemented a required COVID-19 vaccination policy effective by your arrival date in Aspen for the 2023 season. Theatre Aspen is adopting this policy to ensure the health and safety of our employees, their families, patrons, volunteers, visitors, and the community at large. Theatre Aspen will fully comply with and enforce CDC recommendations as they are updated regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
For questions not answered here, please contact Apprentice Program Coordinators, Michael Mathey and Carrie DeGraw: email@example.com