Weathervane Playhouse has a tradition in training young artists in the areas of backstage or technical theatre. This training is a hands-on experience with growing professionals in the business. This tradition has become known as the Weathervane Playhouse Apprentice Program.
The Apprentice Program is an unpaid educational adventure that is an invaluable experience in learning the business of theatre, the mechanics of putting on a production, honing and learning new skills and observing professionals in their craft. A fully hands-on learning experience, that is cultivated in real-job application. Many of our apprentices have gone on to have very successful careers in theatre, film, and other areas.
Weathervane Apprentices are encouraged to participate in the tech process, strikes/turnover. They will also receive a complimentary ticket to all 2017 Weathervane Playhouse productions, and may participate in one complimentary WYART workshop or production during the summer season.
You must be 14 years of age or older to apply.
Click here to download an application. Applications may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to:
P.O. Box 607
Newark, OH 43058-0607
Letters of recommendation may be sent separately.
Application Deadline is April 25, 2017.
Please submit the following:
- Apprentice Application and Emergency Medical Information Form with Required Signatures to be completed by the Apprentice and Parent/Guardian,
- 250 word typed essay detailing why you want to be a part of the Weathervane Playhouse Apprenticeship Program,
- Typed resume with your extra-curricular activities and your roles in those activities, school groups, achievements (academic and other), work place experiences, theatre experiences, and any other experiences you feel are applicable or should be considered,
- Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader who is not a family member, and
- List of conflicts and dates/times between May 18, 2017 and August 6, 2017.
The 2017 Summer Apprentice Program has the following openings:
Costume Apprentice (3 positions) Apprentices will work hours in the costume shop and assist during the ‘build’ of the show. They will learn and assist with basic sewing skills, learn how to take measurements, pull from stock, proper costume maintenance, laundry techniques and material care, and will be influenced by the creative efforts of the Costume Designer and Assistant Costume Designer and their process. Apprentices are also tasked with handling final preparations of a production and act as dressers for productions.
All Costume Apprentices must be able to work at least 1 run crew over the course of the summer.
Lighting Apprentice (2 positions) Apprentices will learn basic skills as relates to the area of lighting and lighting design, assist with lighting hang and focus, and assist with running the lighting board during performances. Lighting Apprentices may also have the opportunity to test their honed skills working with the WYART programs as needed throughout the summer.
All Lighting Apprentices must be comfortable with ladders and must be able to work Strikes.
Properties Apprentice (1 position) Apprentice will begin to learn how to analyze a script for props, do research for props to assure quality and appropriateness, as well as be open to learning how to make and engineer properties as needed. An open mind and creative energy are crucial to this position. The Properties Apprentice must also be able and willing to be on run crew for all performances. The properties apprentices must be comfortable working outdoors, and with learning how to properly use tools.
Stage Management Apprentices (2 positions) All Stage Management Apprentices will observe and be a part of a rehearsal process, assist with paperwork and organization of show tracking, and properties tracking. Apprentice must have great attention to details and be a self-starter. This position will require running crew hours. Apprentices may also be asked to step into the role of Stage Manager for a WYART production.
Assistant Director Apprentice (1 position) The Assistant Director Apprentice will observe and be a part of the rehearsal process for two productions (Peter and the Starcatcher and A Comedy of Tenors), assist with taking notes for the Director, and attend production meetings and technical rehearsals. Apprentice must have great attention to details and be a self-starter. This position may require running lines with actors, and reviewing scene work with actors.
Administrative Apprentice (1 position) Apprentice will learn the basics and understanding of facility management, marketing, box office assistance, ushering and assisting the administrative team with WYART programming needs.
Educational Apprentices (2 positions) Our Educational Apprentices will assist the summer WYART classes by being an assistant teacher for workshops. Assistant teacher duties may include but are not limited to: assisting with leading lesson plans, assisting with classroom maintenance, assisting with technical aspects of workshop such as stage management, properties, scenic painting, etc. As an educational apprentice, you may be asked to lead classes, or to act as a Stage Manager, Props Master or at times an Assistant Director.
If you would like to be involved at Weathervane, but do not want to commit to an apprentice position at this time, please send your contact information, resume or brief explanation of your background and your interests in working with Weathervane Playhouse to email@example.com.
Weathervane Playhouse enforces a zero-tolerance policy for some behaviors/items. Weapons, controlled substances, substances illegal for minors, theft, and behavior interpreted by Weathervane Playhouse as violent, disruptive, destructive, harassing, bullying, or aggressive will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the program as well.
If you have any questions about the application and apprentice program, please feel free to email our Production Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org