2019 Apprenticeships

Chautauqua Theater Company is now accepting applications for its 2019 Summer Apprenticeship Program. Contracts run 9-12 weeks starting in mid 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 Jobs@CTCompany.org. Please indicate the apprenticeship you are applying for in the subject line.

Scenic 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.

Costumes 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.

Lighting and Sound Apprentice

At Chautauqua, you not only get experience in our electrics department but also in our audio department with this apprenticeship. You will have the opportunity to work alongside IATSE crew in our electrics department while loading-in, hanging, focusing, loading-out, assisting in changeovers, and running the lighting console during a production. Within the audio department, you will have the chance to practice rigging speakers, reading sound plots, programming and editing QLab, assisting with setting up headsets/com, and running the sound console for productions on stage.

Artistic and Marketing Apprentice

You will have the opportunity to be involved with not only the marketing team, but the artistic director and his creative team in this apprenticeship. Within the marketing department, you will be present at Bratton Theater at the top of every show, engaging with audience members, selling merchandise and being a public face for CTC. You will also learn how to implement marketing promotions, assist on digital and social media campaigns, complete audience research and gather marketing materials for season and show programs. As a member of the artistic team, you will assist the the Artistic Director and Artistic Associate with casting, planning for talkbacks, scheduling, dramaturgy, and audience development.

Stage Management Apprentices

As a stage management apprentice at Chautauqua, you will work directly with Equity stage managers as an active member of the team. You’ll practice scheduling, plotting in rehearsals, pre-production paperwork, runcrew/deck crew, maintaining databases and tracking notes from rehearsal, acting as a liaison between departments and the rehearsal room, as well as several opportunities to act as SM or ASM on special projects.

Company Management Apprentice
Working as a member of the company management team gives you a plethora of experience and responsibility. Working with the rest of the Co-Man team, you’ll be navigating hospitality needs for the entire company, including greeting company on arrivals, coordinating travel and pick-ups, maintaining guest artist and company housing, coordinating first rehearsal meet and greets, plus planning and implementing opening night parties. You’ll also practice your administration and budgeting skills. You will contribute not only to the production process but to the full summer experience for our entire company!

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.