Design and Directing Fellowships

Interested graduate design students should submit a resume with reference contact information, and a brief cover letter via email to We will arrange for an interview as appropriate.

The 2018 directing fellowship has been filled.


07XX16 TracyChristensen CB 03Started in 2005, the Directing Fellowship provides a very valuable opportunity for early career directors to work side by side with experienced professionals and with future colleagues (young actors, directors, writers and designers). It also exposes emerging artists to the inner workings of an exceptional seasonal, professional company and conservatory.

In 2006, as a way to commit to emerging designers in the same way that we have always been committed to emerging actors, Chautauqua Theater Company instituted the Design Fellowship program as part of our Conservatory.

The fellowships provide a very valuable bridge between training and career, offering the opportunities for graduate level design students to both hone their skills working side by side with experienced professionals and to work with future colleagues (young actors, directors, writers and fellow designers).

What is entailed in a Design or Directing Fellowship?

071416 chelseamarcantel CB 02The Design Fellows serve first and foremost as Assistant Designer on all full productions. They also design both of our New Play Workshop signature readings (within the given constraints) giving them the opportunity to work closely with professional directors and playwrights in intensive one-week collaborations. Involvement in special projects and additional programming varies in each department. As CTC is a small but substantial operation, Fellows are also expected to provide additional skilled labor as needed within their departments. Fellows work under the supervision of both the artistic director and the production manager.

The Directing Fellow is first and foremost Assistant Director on two of the three full productions and one of the New Play Workshop signature readings in the season. They are expected to participate in all rehearsals, production meetings, and any attendant activities. They also direct (and help create) the end of season Late Night Cabaret, featuring the entire acting conservatory. Some responsibilities within the artistic office will also be required. Opportunities to participate in master classes with the acting conservatory are also available. Time for additional projects is very limited.

Is there a Stipend?

Yes. Like the conservatory actors, the design fellows receive scholarships from the Chautauqua Institution which cover the cost of housing (double occupancy residence hall) and board. Unlike the conservatory actors , the design fellows will also receive a stipend in recognition of their role as working members of our production team. The term of engagement is for nine weeks, with a staggered start by department.

Who should apply?

Applicants for the Design Fellowship program have generally been designers who are currently enrolled in graduate training programs. Those having recently completed their training, or at an equivalent stage in their artistic journey are also welcome to apply. In past seasons the positions have been filled by graduate students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama, The University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University and CalArts among others.

For the Directing Fellowship program, early career directors with a good amount of previous directing and/or assisting experience are encouraged to apply. Actors who are looking to transition into directing and interested in artistic direction are also welcome to apply. In the past, directing fellows have generally been of graduate school age but not necessarily enrolled in a directing program.


The acting conservatory began 30 years ago alongside CHQ’s first resident theater company. Founded by Michael Kahn, grown by Rebecca Guy and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba, the acting conservatory has emerged as the premiere summer training ensemble in the country.

What roles are available?

Everyone stays busy: we carefully choose the season and the composition of the Conservatory to ensure a challenging and well-rounded summer for everyone. You will be a part of the acting company and work side-by-side with fellow Conservatory members and guest artists on the full season. All Conservatory actors are in the final Shakespeare production. Most will be in at least one other production and/or staged reading.

What is the training?

Rehearsal and performance work is supported by highly focused, individual tutorials in voice, text and the Alexander technique. Throughout the summer, guest artists and faculty members offer Master Classes in an array of specialties including Games, Masks, Shakespeare and Yoga. Audition Workshops with leading casting directors from theater, television and film foster professional growth and connections.

What is a typical day?

Busy. Generally, there are Master Classes and/or tutorials in the morning between 9-12 and rehearsals from 1-5 in the afternoon and 6:30-10:30 in the evening. During tech and performance weeks the hours can be longer. As often as possible, Monday is the day off. Most Conservatory members will have a few lighter weeks when they are not in full time rehearsal in which to enjoy the many cultural, recreational and intellectual activities of the Institution. But again, did we mention you’d be busy?

Who should apply?

The acting conservatory is drawn from a wide pool of applicants, both those who have completed their formal training and those who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate training programs. Past Conservatory companies have run the gamut from undergraduates in their early 20's through graduate and post-graduates in their early 30's. Although exceptions are occasionally made, we ask that you be at least 20 years old at the time of the audition.

What if I'm Equity?

AEA members can obtain waivers if they are enrolled in a conservatory program or have just graduated from one. EMC points are also available.

Production Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for production positions for its 2018 summer season. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in early/mid June, housing provided. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Assistant Production Manager/Director of Facilities

Responsibilities, including but not limited to: Assisting the Production Manager in all aspects of running the production department; serving as Production Manager for Special Programming events; assisting other production departments as needed (especially in changeover); and assisting Company Management with large events. The Assistant Production Manager is also the primary manager of all CTC facilities and maintenance issues including coordination with appropriate departments of Chautauqua Institution, trouble-shooting minor facilities issues, organizing CTC trash and recycling program, overseeing CTC signage, and handling other facility/operations issues as they arise.

Scene Shop Supervisor

The role of the Scene Shop Supervisor is quality control, making sure that the scenery being produced in the shop lives up to a safe and appropriate standard. The Scene Shop Supervisor is responsible for keeping track of all the supplies in the shop and will determine what tools and supplies need to be purchased to complete projects. The Scene Shop Supervisor is also responsible for maintaining a safe and clean shop.
Professional Experience required.


These entry-level Carpenter positions are responsible for building and loading in the shows, under the direction of the TD, ATD, and Scene Shop Supervisor. They must be able to understand working drawings and have a working knowledge of basic shop tools. Welding experience is helpful but not mandatory.

Scenic Paint Charge

The Scenic Charge Artist works in conjunction with the Technical Director, and reports to the Director of Production. Duties for this position include but are not limited to:
● Creating samples for approval by Scenic designers and the Artistic Director
● Mixing all color
● Paint and surface treatment on all scenic elements
● Maintaining paint budget
● All necessary surface texturing
● Supervising Assistant Scenic Charge and Scenic Intern
● Maintaining the safety, order, and cleanliness of all paint areas
● Maintaining all paint equipment
● Creating a touch-up kit for use during the run of the show
● Attending all production meetings

Assistant Scenic Paint Charge

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
● Assist the Scenic Paint Charge in the painting of scenery and props as needed
● Help to organize and clean the Paint Shop and paint area, keeping track of inventory and maintaining shop supplies and tools
● Assist in periodic upkeep/touch-up of sets during the run of the show
● Maintain clean and safe workspace
● Paint and finish all scenic elements including priming, texturing, sculpting and applying scenic details designed by the Scenic designer and Paint Charge

Assistant Props Master

This position will assist the Props Master in the collection, fabrication, and
maintenance of properties for three main productions and two New Play Workshops. This position assists the Props Master in all duties including overseeing and participation in the production of props in the shop, participating in the tech process as required, stepping up as leader when the props master is not available and facilitating propping the New Play Workshops. This individual needs to be self motivated and organized. Necessary skills include but are not limited to furniture building and upholstery, painting, sewing, metal working, and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Photoshop.

Properties Artisan

This position will work towards the creation of all fabricated props including alterations, maintenance, and new builds. This individual should have a creative mind and skilled hands. Necessary skills include but are not limited to furniture building and upholstery, painting, sewing, metal-working, and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Photoshop.

First Hand/Stitcher

This position will carry the majority of the hands-on work within the Costume Shop, as both the Costume Shop Manager and Assistant Costume Shop Manager/Cutter/Draper will also be responsible for some administrative duties.Though primarily a Stitcher position, this person should expect to fulfill other duties within the shop as assigned (cutting, draping, crafts, dye work, etc.)

Duties include but are not limited to:
● Work closely with cutter/draper on build tasks
● Instruct intern on new techniques
● Maintain clean and safe environment
● Help with tasks assigned such as: shop opening and closing, load-in, strike, sewing, pulling and restocking, crafts, and dye work
● Work with great accuracy and speed on fitting and dress notes
● When available and if needed work with cutter/draper on cutting and patterning

Ideal candidates should have strong stitching skills, some cutting and draping experience, craft and dye skills, as well as previous professional experience.

Sound Technician

The Sound Board Operator is responsible for the complete and safe build and run of the sound design. The responsibilities of the Sound Board Operator/Sound Tech include but are not limited to:
● Assisting with the hanging and focusing of lighting equipment
● Serving as sound board op as needed by the Audio Engineer
● Assisting the Audio Engineer with programming during tech
● Maintenance and repair of sound equipment
● Program sound board in conjunction with other staff
● Maintain clean and safe workspace
● Knowledge of Behringer X32, Qlab 3, Clear Com Wired and Telex Wireless Com, Sennheiser EW Wireless necessary
● Soldering skills preferred
● Knowledge of Speakon/XLR wiring
● Basic Knots/Rigging
● Not afraid of heights and able to lift 50 pounds. Familiarity/Comfortable with Genie usage

Administrative Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for administrative positions housing provided. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Business/Office Manager

Responsibilities Include:
● Process and maintain financial documentation and contract compliance.
● Coordinate IT services for theatre and administration offices.
● Maintain the Managing Director’s calendar
● Serve as Office Manager in areas of supplies, signage, and office organization.
● Assist in house management and ticketing as necessary along with managing the ticket kiosk schedule
● Collaborate with the marketing, artistic, and company management team as necessary
● Must be familiar with Quickbooks online budgeting software

Digital/Print Marketing Associate

Responsibilities Include:
● Oversee and organize comp ticketing process for company members, guest artists, and press.
● Coordinate and manage design and sales of CTC merchandise, including relationships with graphic designer, merchandiser, and CTC artistic and business offices.
● Monitor and compile daily ticket sales reports 
● Collaborate with Artistic Office to update and maintain website with accurate show and program information 
● Create programs, flyers, and advertisements for CTC special events
● Collaborate with graphic designer and assist on program inserts, newspaper inserts, welcome center displays, and other print projects.
● Plan and oversee all video and digital content for social media and theater promotions
● Design and execute social media plan for Facebook and Instagram
● Create social media style and tone guide for CTC
● Requires proficiency in InDesign, Joomla!, MailChimp, Google Drive/Office Suite, Photo Shop.

Community Engagement/Front of House/Marketing Associate

● Research and consolidate print and online press into official CTC Press Book
● Handle communication and outreach to local community partners for Touring Shakespeare Project and CTC Mainstage promotions 
● Collaborate on branding and publicity of CTC Free Outdoor Shakespeare in surrounding communities
● Coordinate press invitations to CTC shows and interviews with CTC artists 
● Maintain archives of past promotional material
● During performance times, serve as House Manager at Bratton Theatre: train volunteer ushers, coordinate pre-show logistics with Stage Management and Ticketing Kiosk
● Lead team that creates professional, welcoming, streamlined pre-show front of house experience for patrons

2017 Internships

Chautauqua Theater Company is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer internship program. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in mid- June, housing and small stipend provided.

The CTC internship offers the opportunity for young theater artists and students to gain experience and resume credits while working alongside professionals in a community based artistic environment. Interns work under the guidance of master practitioners in producing every aspect of our season. Through job assignments, special events and company involvement, CTC interns will gain an understanding of the various aspects involved in working with a professional company and will be offered opportunities to utilize and develop their skills in the field.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and three references to Please indicate the internship you are applying for in the subject line.

Marketing/Artistic Intern

Looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic and organized individual to assist the Artistic Director and Associate Artist of The Chautauqua Theater Company. This is an opportunity to learn and be part of how a theater is run.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
● Assisting the Artistic Director and Associate Artist.
● Communication with the Conservatory and Guest Artist acting company.
● Assisting with scheduling, filing, calendar planning.
● Some previous knowledge of theater and theater arts- from a technical, artistic or managerial side a plus.
● Working knowledge of Google docs and Word a plus.
● Distribution of brochures and flyers to local businesses
● Handle printing of projects for CTC including posters, inserts, flyers, and displays
● Assist with on-grounds turnover between shows including posters, signage, displays, and ticket availability signs.

Company Management Intern

The Company Management Intern is a supporting role that works inside the Company Management team at CTC. This position requires good organizational skills, the ability to take initiative, problem solve, and have an outgoing professional personality. Under the supervision of the Company Manager, the Intern will assist with housing placements, hospitality and event management, catering, organization projects, and arrival orientations for students, actors and staff. 

Production Management Intern

The duties of the Production Management intern include but are not limited to:

● Assist the Production Manager in all duties, including but not limited to: receipt reports, union payroll, load in schedules, vendor contact information, and tech rehearsals
● Serve as the Assistant Production Manager for all Special Programming events
● Assist other departments as needed, particularly during load-ins and tech weeks
● Assist the Assistant Production Manager with Operations and Facilities

Scenic/Carpentry/Paints Intern

The Scene Shop intern will have an opportunity to gain knowledge in both carpentry and scenic painting. A bulk of their time will be spent working with the carpentry staff and gaining knowledge of the tools in the shop along with how to properly build stage scenery. They will also get a chance to work with the paints department to learn more about being a scenic painter.

Props Intern

This position will assist in all areas of properties production from helping fabricate props to the backstage running and maintenance of props in a production. Opportunities to prop smaller special projects will present themselves throughout the summer. A cursory knowledge of skills include but are not limited to woodworking, painting, sewing, metal working, Microsoft Office and Photoshop. This position serves on run crew as the properties run crew for all productions.

Costume Intern

The costume intern will work closely with all members of the CTC costume shop. Duties may include but are not limited to: sewing, help with load-in/strike, pulling and restocking, assisting with crafts, labeling garments after fittings and running shows at theater. To also gain experience in Wardrobe, this position will serve as the second Wardrobe staff member on the final full production of the season.

Electrics/Sound Intern

The Electrics/Sound Intern will work closely with the Master Electrician, Audio Engineer, Electrician, Sound Technician, and Union Overhire, in the hang/focus and maintenance of all sound and lighting equipment for CTC productions and special events. This position will also serve as a member of run crew – either backstage assisting Stage Management, Props, or Wardrobe or running the light or sound board – for all productions throughout the season.

Acting Conservatory

Chautauqua Theater Company applications for General Auditions for the 2018 conservatory are now open.  All general auditions will require a video tape audition submission. 

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Design and Directing Fellowships

Applicants for Design and Directing Fellowships should email cover letter, resume and three references to