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 September 23, 2021 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.
Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.
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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 2021/22 Season runs December 2021 – June 2022. Apprenticeship contract start/end dates will vary by department.
- Stage Management, Directing/Casting, Directing/Literary, Production Management, Lighting Design: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 20 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.
- Development: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 20 weeks, with some sabbatical time.
- Youth Engagement: Part-time for up to 44 weeks.
- Compensation: All Apprenticeships pay $17/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.
LIGHTING DESIGN POSITION OVERVIEW
As part of our commitment to developing emerging theater artists, we offer a specialized Lighting Design Apprenticeship for applicants who have academic or equivalent early career experience in lighting design and are looking to expand their knowledge to the workings of a large regional theater. This Apprenticeship focuses on two main areas: developing the practical skills of an Assistant Lighting Designer – VW Drafting and paperwork, communicating with vendors, working with a union stage crew, pre-production and planning, etc. – and developing the Apprentice’s design skill set through a series of theoretical design projects including research methods, drawing, storyboarding, model building, etc. The Lighting Design Apprentice will split their time between the rigors of tech and the fast-paced environment of an active production office, honing skills and developing work practices that will guide them throughout their career in Lighting Design.
The supervisors for this apprenticeship are Lighting Director Robert J. Aguilar and Lighting Associate Lily McLeod.
During this apprenticeship, participants will:
- Serve as the primary Assistant Lighting Designer on at least one production
- Be exposed to and build relationships with some of the top designers in the country
- Culminate the program in one portfolio-worthy lighting design project, including a final light plot and lighting section, research images, and storyboards
- There may be some additional design-related experiences available depending on the season and the Apprentice’s availability
- Attention to detail
- Prior knowledge of how to read and generate a lighting plot and basic lighting paperwork
- An understanding of standard stage lighting equipment
- Aptitude for creative problem solving
- Able to maintain patience and composure under pressure
- Work Sample
ACCEPTABLE WORK SAMPLES
- One hand or computer-drafted lighting plot with associated paperwork
- Either four photographs of your design work or a link to a digital portfolio or website that includes photographs of your design work
Meet the 2019/20 Intern: Abigail Wang
ALL AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES
- Stage Management (2 positions)
- Production Management
- Lighting Design
- Youth Engagement
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).
- Submit One letter of recommendation with your application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application).
- Work Sample using the above guidelines.
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