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Design Fellowships

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.


071416 chelseamarcantel CB 02Who 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 University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University and CalArts among others.


How Can I apply?

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

Applications have closed for the 2020 season.


Overview

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. 

Hiring for our 2020 Season has completed. Please check back in late 2020 and early 2021 for open positions during our 2021 Season.

Hiring for our 2020 Season has completed. Please check back in late 2020 and early 2021 for open positions during our 2021 Season.


Artistic/Marketing Apprentice
The Artistic/Marketing Apprentice supports both the artistic and marketing offices with research and dramaturgy, writing blog entries, communication with artists, scheduling, community engagement, press archives and more. The apprentice should be nimble and have the ability to move between departments seamlessly. We are looking for someone extremely detailed oriented that can track calendars across departments and consistently hit deadlines. The apprentice also house manages at all offsite Shakespeare performances and may have the opportunity to serve as assistant director on a new play workshop, depending on interest and experience. 

Company Management Apprentice
The Company Management Apprentice reports directly to the Company Manager and indirectly to the Assistant Company Manager. You are an integral part of the working team.  This person finds solutions to every-day issues that arise for the Company. They are responsible for the housing turnovers and ensures a welcoming environment to the theater offices. You will wear many hats during the course of the summer and must be able to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities. A person who is self-starter and highly organized will do well in this role. Company Management can be fast paced and slow paced. The ideal person is able to transition between these two speeds being able to react quickly when things are hopping and find little projects or tasks when things are slower. Stepping in where you see that there is help needed is an essential part of the Company Management Intern job – ask questions and look ahead to what’s coming up. There will be some tasks that are “typically for an intern” but the CoMan Team strives to give vital responsibilities to each team member in order for the CoMan office to function.

Production and Facilities Management Apprentice
You will work with all departments as a liaison between artistic and production. Some of your adventures will include acting as a production assistant and assistant production manager on special projects; dealing with facilities issues; tracking production schedules; creating inventories and purchasing; coordinating daily operations; helping with load-ins, changeovers, and strikes; administering and documenting safety protocols; and assisting each department as the needs arise. 

Scenic/Carpentry/Paints Apprentice
At Chautauqua, as a scenic apprentice you will fabricate, build, install, and strike professionally designed scenery for multiple mainstage and workshop productions. You will have the opportunity to learn: rigging techniques; how to read draftings from designers; collaboration and teamwork; safety regulations and operating procedures; wood and metal building techniques; scenic painting methods. You may act as runcrew on at least one mainstage production in the season.

Props Apprentice
As a props apprentice, you will build, source, paint, upholster, and fabricate properties for all of our productions as a member of the properties team. You will act as runcrew on at least one mainstage production in the season. Additionally, based on your skill level, there are design opportunities on show-specific projects. The ideal applicant should be familiar with basic hand and power tools, soft goods construction, have strong craft skills, be organized, a good problem solver and detail oriented.

Costume Apprentice
In this role, you will build, alter, stitch, and prepare professionally designed costume pieces for all of our mainstage productions. You will act as runcrew for at least one mainstage production and, depending on your skill level, you will have the opportunity for design projects within the summer season. You will learn about maintenance, sourcing, quick-rigging, and theatrical construction of costume pieces. 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.  

Electrics Apprentice
The Electrics Apprentice will work closely with the Master Electrician, Assistant Master Electrician, and Union Overhire, in the hang/focus/rigging and maintenance of all 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 – for all productions throughout the season. Apprentices generally assist during season strike and load-in, as well as during changeovers throughout the season. They are also expected to assist in setup and teardown of tech tables. Depending on the apprentice's level of skill and interest –as well as the needs of the electrics department– they may also have lighting board operator assignments. 

Sound Apprentice
The Sound Apprentice will work closely with the Sound Supervisor and Sound Engineer in the hang/focus/rigging and maintenance of all sound 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 – for all productions throughout the season. Apprentices generally assist during season strike and load-in, as well as during changeovers throughout the season. They are also expected to assist in setup and teardown of tech tables. Depending on the apprentice's level of skill and interest –as well as the needs of the audio department– they may also have sound board operator assignments. 

Stage Management Apprentice(s) 
The Stage Management Apprentices will work closely with AEA Stage Managers and their teams from pre-production through closing. We are seeking self-motivated individuals who can maintain a positive and supportive attitude throughout the process, with the ability to multi-task and a strong attention to detail. Our Apprentices help support the stage management team, with specific duties adjusting to the demands of each production. They will be in rehearsals and transition onto the run crew for performances as part of the SM team. Show assignments will include a mainstage and NPW production, and may also include our traveling Shakespeare or solo performance productions; additional special projects may be assigned based on skill level and experience. Ideal candidates would have a flexible personality, with the ability to adapt and remain calm in high-stress situations. They would have a strong desire to learn, to be an active member of the stage management team, and to support all members of the production through their work. Candidates should be comfortable with Mac & PC computers, and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

Acting Conservatory

Applications for the 2020 Season are now closed. Please check back later to apply for the 2021 Season.


Design and Directing Fellowships

Applicants for Design and Directing Fellowships should email cover letter, resume and three references to fellows@ctcompany.org.