Arden Professional Apprentice (APA) Program
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"This might be a fundamental building block in helping a whole new generation of theatre artists and practitioners start and seed their own companies."
Ben Cameron, former Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group
(l-r): Jefferson Haynes (APA Class 10), Julianne Brienza (APA Class 8), Dominic Chacon (APA Class 10), Producing Artistic Director Terry Nolen, Davina Stewart (APA Class 9), Geoffrey Kershner (APA Class 8), Komal Kapoor (APA Class 10), and Jennifer Gonsalves (APA Class 7). Photo: Alan Kolc
Over the past 20 years, the Arden's Professional Apprentice (APA) program has proven to be one of the most distinguished and rigorous theatre training programs in the country.
This program is a full-time-plus commitment running from late August to mid June. Housing and transportation are the apprentice's responsibility. Bachelor's degree or equivalent required.
About the Program
The Arden Professional Apprentice Program's philosophy is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of a nonprofit regional theatre. It is designed to foster future theatre leaders. The program provides apprentices with a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of a nonprofit regional theatre through work in EVERY aspect of operations including front of house, box office, marketing, development, artistic, education, production, stage management, finance, and general management. Apprentices work approximately 50 hours a week in ALL departments. This is not an acting program; this is not a directing program.
This well-rounded experience serves our APAs well as they begin their careers in the local and national performing arts communities. Former APAs include:
- Jill Scott, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
- Julianne Brienza, Executive Director and co-Founder of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC
- Clayton Tejada, Technical Director at The Wilma Theater
- Christine Barbush Kozsuch, Director of Marketing and Communications at The People's Light & Theatre Company
- Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Artistic Director of the Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco
- Andrew Vaught, Artistic Director and co-Founder of Cripple Creek Theatre Company in New Orleans
- Plus, five full-time employees here at the Arden!
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Arden Theatre Company is an EOE/AA employer and values diversity in the workplace.
Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.