Design Fellowships

For the 2019 Summer Season we are still seeking a Lighting Fellow and a Sound Fellow. Please see how to apply below. 

The Design Fellows serve first and foremost as Assistant Designer on all full productions. They also design 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 or two 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.

Is there a Stipend?

The directing and design fellows receive housing and a stipend. The term of engagement is for nine weeks, with a staggered start by department.


Who should apply?

Applicants for the Design Fellowship program have historically 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 Univer

sity of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University and CalArts among others.

How Can I apply?

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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.


Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

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Founded by Michael Kahn 30 years ago and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba, the Acting Conservatory is comprised of the best young emerging artists from all over the country and is considered one of the premiere summer training ensembles in America.

What roles are available?

Everyone stays busy: Conservatory members may be cast in mainstage productions, the touring Shakespeare production and/or The New Play Workshop series. We carefully choose the season and the composition of the Conservatory to ensure a challenging and well-rounded summer for everyone.

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 Mask/Movement work, Shakespeare, and the profession of acting. Audition Workshops with leading casting directors from theater, television, and film foster professional growth and connections. Training is geared toward supporting production work and bridging the gap between training and the professional world.

What is a typical day?

On a typical day early in the season, 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 vary and can be longer. Most often Monday is the day off.  Conservatory members will have a few lighter weeks (dependent upon casting) when they are not in full-time rehearsal/performance in which to engage in the vast cultural, recreational and intellectual activities of the Institution.

Who should apply?

The acting conservatory is drawn from a wide pool of applicants, from those who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate training programs, to those who have recently graduated.  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.

Does it cost anything? 

No! All conservatory members receive a full scholarship including housing and a stipend. 

All 2019 Season Positions are now filled, see you in 2020! 


Production Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for future production positions for its 2019 summer season. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in early/mid June, subsidized 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. 

Administrative Positions:

Chautauqua Theater Company invites applications for future 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.

Our 2019 positions are now filled, please check back in the fall for 2020. 

2019 Apprenticeships

Chautauqua Theater Company is now accepting applications for its 2019 Summer Apprenticeship Program. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in June, housing, meal plan and small stipend provided.


The CTC Apprenticeship 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.  Apprentices work under the guidance of master practitioners in producing every aspect of our season. Each of our apprentices is an integral part of our creative team, bringing special skills and talents that are valued and recognized within each department.


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


Acting Conservatory

Application deadline: January 15, 2020

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Design and Directing Fellowships

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