Apprentice Program

For more than 20 years, Trinity Rep has committed to developing the future leaders of the American theater with professional training programs in administrative, artistic, and production fields. What began as internships for recent college graduates has evolved into robust season-long apprenticeships which provide comprehensive training for individuals early in their career. Apprentices will launch their theater careers by training and working alongside staff as integral parts of the team. Apprentices will begin in late September and learn alongside their staff colleagues for 35 weeks.

Read more about the evolution of the professional training program here.

Apprentices work in all areas of Trinity Rep, including Arts Admin, Sound, Education, Electrics, Scenic/Props, Costumes, Production Management, Stage Management.*

*Please note that we have a limited number of positions available for the 2021-22 Season due to the pandemic.

2021-22 Season Apprenticeships

Job Description: 
The Electrics Apprentice serves as an additional member of the crew. Day to day responsibilities include hang, circuiting, focus, and strike of light plots in both main stage spaces of Trinity Repertory Company. The apprentice is also involved in technical rehearsals for each performance as well as lighting duties for various special events in and around the theatre. This program requires a team player, an eagerness to learn, and a positive attitude. Must be able to work at heights and on extension and A-frame ladders, and be able to lift 25lbs. 

Learning Objectives: 
The main objective of this program is to teach apprentices with hands on experiences in a safe working environment. We make sure to offer direct opportunities to learn various skills including soldering, wiring practices, ETC Ion programming and basic Vectorworks and Lightwright. The electrics apprentice is also offered the opportunity to assist a lighting designer with a production and, if schedule permits, act as the light board operator and show runner for a mainstage production.   

Qualifications: 

  • 21+ years of age
  • Basic familiarity with theatrical lighting equipment

Physical Demands: 

  • Comfortable working at heights up to 25’
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.  
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time

Job Description:
The Sound Apprentice works as part of the Sound department. The apprentice will be part of installing sound systems in both the Dowling and Chace Theaters. This includes hanging speakers, running cables and patching the system.  They will also be part of setting up headsets, monitoring and the backstage video system. The apprentice will be able to be part of technical rehearsals. There will be cable repair and building both audio and network. The Apprentice will run one the board for a production. 

Learning Objective 
The main objective of this program is to teach apprentices with hands-on experiences in a safe working environment. The apprentice will be involved in installing sound systems from the ground up learning about system routing and speaker placement. They will be involved setting up a musical mic’ing actors and a band, as well as learn about mixing a musical and A2 responsibilities. There will also be opportunity to experience system tuning using the Smarrt program. It is an opportunity to see how each production have different sound needs and how the department accommodates those needs.    

Qualifications: 

  • 21+ years of age
  • Basic familiarity with sound equipment and concepts 

Physical Demands: 

  • Comfortable working at heights up to 25’
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

Details and Benefits

Weekly Salary: Apprentices will receive a weekly post-tax stipend totaling approximately $250.

Housing: All apprentices will live in provided furnished housing for their duration of their time at Trinity Rep. Living expenses including rent, utilities (heat, electricity, water, and WIFI), kitchen supplies (pots, pans, dishes), and basic household supplies (cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc.) The apprentice housing is located within walking distance of the theater. Parking is also available for those with cars.

Seminars: In addition to specific training in your selected department, all apprentices will also spend time with other departments through professional development seminars.

Other: Complimentary tickets, staff discounts on merchandise and concessions, free tuition for adult-level acting classes, health insurance, strong community of staff and former interns

Expectations and Application Process

Ideal candidates will have completed their undergraduate studies, or have equivalent experience. All apprentices must be 21 years old by September 2021.

Complete this online application form, which will require uploading a cover letter and professional resume. Applications without these attachments will not be considered.

Application deadline: June 30, 2021

Apprentices will not be able to work in other positions at the theater during their contracted 35 weeks, but overtime may be required on occasion and will be compensated at time + a half. Depending on their schedule, an apprentice may be able to take additional work outside the theater as long as it does not interfere with their hours at Trinity Rep.  

Contact Jordan Butterfield with questions at jbutterfield@trinityrep.com.

High School and Undergraduate Observerships

A limited number of observerships for current high school and undergraduate students are available, including those that provide course credit. For more information, contact Jordan Butterfield at jbutterfield@trinityrep.com.