PATP: DIRECTING/CASTING APPRENTICE
SEATTLE REP is accepting applications for our Professional Arts Training Program (PATP). For more than 35 years, the PATP has helped young professionals break into the world of not-for-profit arts. Applications will be accepted through June 16, 2022 at 4PM PST.
Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming. We believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences. We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure the inclusion of those who have been historically excluded, focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table and reflected in our community.
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ABOUT THE PATP
Seattle Rep’s Professional Arts Training Program provides apprentices the opportunity to learn alongside professional art and theater-makers. PATP offers hands-on work learning and behind scenes experience. Apprentices undertake responsibilities as members of various departments, contribute ideas, participate in department and staff meetings, and engage in projects with the guidance of their supervisor. They will also participate in professional workshops and seminars, which provide connections with theater staff, guest artists, and the Seattle Arts community members.
Seattle Rep’s 2022/23 Season runs September 2022 – June 2023. Apprenticeship contract start/end dates will vary by department.
- Stage Management: Full-Time (40 hours a week) between 26-31 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.
- Production Management and Lighting Design: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 36 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.
- Directing/Casting, Directing/Literary: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 35 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.
- Scenic Art (Paints) and Properties: Full-Time (40 hours a week) for 31 weeks.
- Development: Full-Time (40 hours per week) for up to 35 weeks, with some sabbatical time.
- Youth Engagement: Part-Time for up to 39 weeks.
- Public Works: Part-Time for up to 37 weeks.
- Compensation: All Apprenticeships pay $17.27/hour
- Apprentices should expect to work on-site. Some work from home may be offered. Find Seattle Rep's evolving COVID safety protocols here.
- In addition to hands-on training in their chosen field, Apprentices have the opportunity to participate in:
- Cohort activities to build relationships within the Apprentice class.
- Seminars with industry professionals to gain an overview of how departments collaborate at the regional theater level. These seminars also introduce Apprentices to the Seattle theater scene and help them gain an understanding of how different-sized organizations work.
DIRECTING/CASTING APPRENTICE POSITION OVERVIEW
The Directing/Casting Apprenticeship provides an opportunity to assist leading directors in the field and be part of the day-to-day life of regional theater artistic staff. As an assistant, you will work on 2-3 shows, with duties that can range from taking notes, script supervision, research, observation, and more. This apprenticeship is unique in that you get to spend roughly half the time in rehearsal and half the time in the Seattle Rep administrative offices as part of the Casting team. As the Directing/Casting Apprentice, you will help organize and run auditions for our mainstage season, and attend showcases, general auditions, and readings throughout the year. In addition, you will participate in season planning, artistic staff meetings, and additional artistic work as assigned. Director of Casting & New Play Development Kaytlin McIntyre is the supervisor for the Directing/Casting Intern (and a former Casting Intern herself). Her advice for future Directing/Casting Apprentices: "This Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for emerging directors. It provides a valuable link between the academic and professional worlds."
During this apprenticeship, participants will:
- Learn about the art of directing through assisting, discussions, and optional guided projects
- Be exposed to and build relationships with some of the top directors in the country
- Gain valuable credits as an Assistant Director in a professional regional theater
- Participate in the casting process from start to finish and understand every factor that contributes to a successful casting session
- Have a working knowledge of AEA (Actors’ Equity Association), IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), and LORT (League of Resident Theatres) guidelines
- Participate in season planning and understand how an artistic staff operates
- Build a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally
- Interest in directing and experience as an assistant director
- Strong people skills—comfortable communicating with a broad range of personalities over phone, email, and in person; displays sensitivity and emotional intelligence
- Strong organizational skills
- Self-motivated and interested in all elements of the theater
- Flexibility and a good sense of humor
TO BE CONSIDERED
- Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
- Complete all areas of the online application.
- Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
Meet the 2020/21 Apprentice: Elliott Hartman
ALL AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES
- Lighting Design
- Properties (Props)
- Production Management
- Scenic Art (Paints)
- Stage Management (2 positions)
- Youth Engagement