Center Theatre Group is committed to creating learning opportunities, supporting career pathways and diversifying the field. The Center Theatre Group Apprenticeship Program is a paid opportunity for people with no background in professional theatre to get hands-on training in Technical Production and Artistic careers. Apprentices will shadow one or more theatre professionals, and will get the opportunity to not only sit in on the production process, but also to learn and practice skills necessary to work in these fields.
Summer 2020 Apprenticeships
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this program and all applications are currently on hold. As soon as we have more information about when we will be able to return to normal operations, we will update this page and send a message to educator partners, and to colleges and universities using Handshake. Until then, we do not have openings and cannot provide additional information about when this program will return.
Applicants are encouraged to submit materials early (review due dates above). We cannot accept late applications. Technical assistance will be available until 6:00pm (PST) on the day before the deadline, at 213.972.8031 or Apprenticeships@CTGLA.org.
Every applicant must submit:
- An official Center Theatre Group Apprenticeship Application (available here and under “Resources” to the right);
- A Word or PDF resume demonstrating your relevant experience (not your performance resume; you are welcome to contact the Program Director for assistance creating a resume)
- A Word or PDF document addressing the specific questions for the Artistic Apprenticeship OR Technical Apprenticeships (see links above)
Please email all three items as separate PDF or Word attachments. Do not link to a Google document, and do not submit any materials as images. You may sign the application electronically. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Do not submit multiple copies of the same application.
Submit all materials to us via email at Apprenticeships@CTGLA.org (preferred).
If you cannot send materials via email, please mail all documents via USPS in one envelope to:
Center Theatre Group Apprenticeship Program
601 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Note that mailed applications must be received by the application deadline to receive consideration.
Download the Center Theatre Group Apprenticeship Application. Download Adobe Reader, a free program, to fill out the PDF. Mac users: using the default Mac PDF viewer, Preview, corrupts the file and will result in a blank application. Hard-copy applications are also available upon request.
Center Theatre Group’s Apprenticeships are intended specifically for people who self-identify as a member of a group currently underrepresented in theatre production and artistic careers. Examples include but are not limited to: people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, women pursuing careers in production or other traditionally male-dominated areas, first-generation college students, people from low-income backgrounds, and military veterans. We seek to provide diverse emerging professionals with hands-on experience in an effort to promote diversity in the arts. Note that all applicants must answer the Diversity Requirement question to receive consideration. While whether or not a prospective applicant fulfills the Diversity Requirement is a question that can best be answered by the applicant, if you have questions about eligibility, please contact Program Director Camille Schenkkan at Apprenticeships@CTGLA.org or 213.972.8031.
This program is open to:
- Current undergraduates at two-year or four-year colleges and universities;
- People who have graduated from a two-year or four-year college or university with an undergraduate degree within the last 12 months;
- People who have pursued an alternate path to formal education (examples: military veterans, students at technical or trade schools, people who went directly into the workforce after high school).
- All must address why they fit the Diversity Requirement.
All applicants must be curious about pursuing a career in live theatre, must have some demonstrated interest in the area in which they are applying (inside or outside of a school setting), and must have strong availability for the duration of the Apprenticeship period. International students may apply as long as they have a social security number. All applicants must be over 18, but there is no upper age limit. Graduate students, people with professional and/or paid experience in live theatre, people who no longer identify as early-career, and people who do not demonstrate adequate availability to meet the requirements of the program will not be considered, nor will students who do not address the Diversity Requirement. We do encourage students with nontraditional career and educational paths to apply, and any applicants can contact the Program Director at Apprenticeships@CTGLA.org or 213.972.8031 with eligibility questions.
Technical Apprenticeships include specializations in Costume Technology, Production Management, Technical Direction, Carpentry, Electrics, and Prop Design, and vary by semester. Interested applicants can ask to be considered for more than one specialization. Applicants should either have demonstrated interest in theatre but no professional experience as a designer or technician, OR should have some skills in one of these areas (i.e., studying carpentry at a trade school) with interest in how those skills could be applied within live theatre. A Technical Apprentice may spend the entirety of their time with just one specialization, or may float from one to the other, depending on the Apprentice’s career goals and interests. Technical Apprentices will spend much of their time at the Center Theatre Group Costume and Prop Shop, located in Boyle Heights, as well as at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City and the Music Center Annex located downtown.
Artistic Apprenticeships include specializations in Directing and Playwriting, and vary by semester. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the apprenticeship specialization area, but no paid professional experience. Apprentices will spend the majority of their time observing the rehearsal process, with set times to meet with their mentors and ask questions. Apprentices may also be asked to jump in to assist with specific tasks, such as reading lines, distributing scripts, etc.
This is an educational program compensated with a stipend. Apprentices are not being hired by Center Theatre Group. All Apprentices will receive a stipend ranging from $880 for 80-hour Apprenticeships to $1,430 for 130-hour Apprenticeships, plus parking or a Metro pass to offset transportation costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many different “good fits” for this program. Use your application to tell us why a specific apprenticeship would help you at this point in your career or education.
Technical/Production Apprentices do not need to have any experience in live theatre. Apprentices can come from a broad variety of backgrounds. For example, some apprentices are in technical training programs, studying to become electricians or carpenters, while other apprentices are in a traditional two- or four-year college or university. Some are working in fields such as manufacturing, landscape design, painting, sewing, or construction, but are interested in the arts. You need to be curious about a career in theatre production and eager to learn more about it.
Artistic Apprentices need to have a strong demonstrated interest in the exact career focus of the apprenticeship. For example, a Playwriting Apprentice should have completed at least one full-length play, and a Directing Apprentice should have experience directing a full-length play either on-campus or within a setting such as community theatre. They should be strongly interested in going into the focus of the apprenticeship as a career.
Apprentices cannot have any previous paid experience in professional live theatre.
Apprenticeships are offered throughout the year in conjunction with selected Center Theatre Group productions and take place during a show’s rehearsal process. They last anywhere from two to six weeks, and anywhere from 80 to 130 hours in total. Applicants should have strong availability during the apprenticeship timeframe.
All apprenticeships are paid. Apprentices receive a stipend plus paid parking or a Metro pass. Stipends range from $880 for an 80-hour apprenticeship to $1,430 for a 130-hour apprenticeship.
No, you do not need your own car. However, Apprentices need to have reliable transportation to all of Center Theatre Group’s locations, including our Prop Shop/Costume Warehouse in East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, our theatres and administrative office in Downtown L.A., and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Apprentices planning on taking public transit should be aware that the schedule will include nighttime rehearsals, and they may be traveling home after dark.
A resume is a one- to two-page document that shows why you might be a good fit for a program or job. Your resume needs to include:
- Your contact information.
- Information about any previous experience that might help us understand why you would be a good fit for this program. Examples: a food service job that required customer service; theatre classes you have taken; work as an electrician; assistant directing experience on campus.
- Hard skills that might be important for this apprenticeship. Examples of hard skills: welding, drafting, budgeting, script analysis, or painting.
If you don’t already have a resume, you can find free templates online to make one, or you can just type the information above into a Word document.
No. Please submit only the documents we have asked for.
Alumni of our Internship Program are ineligible for this program. Alumni of any of our teen initiatives, including the Student Ambassador Program, Teen Theatregoers Program, or August Wilson Monologue Competition, are encouraged to apply; please review the age requirements below. Former Apprentices cannot repeat the program.
Yes. International students have apprenticed with us while on a three-month student visa. However, we do not sponsor international applicants. A J1 Visa is likely not a viable option for our program, as the J1 is designed for a longer work opportunity than our short-term program. In order to participate, international applicants must have a United States Social Security number.
We do not offer apprenticeships for high school students and/or people under the age of 18. We encourage young people under age 18 to join our Student Body mailing list and explore our student events. Our program has no upper age limit. If you fit all eligibility requirements and believe you would benefit from our program, we encourage you to apply.
You do not need to be currently enrolled in school to apply for any apprenticeship. You do not need to have any college or post-high school training to apply.
If you have been out of school for more than one year (undergraduates), or if you are in or have graduated from a master’s or PhD program, you are not eligible for our Apprenticeship Program. Please take a look at our employment opportunities page instead.
This educational program is designed to support people who are members of a group that is underrepresented in careers in theatre in Los Angeles—meaning there are fewer people in those jobs than in the general Los Angeles County population. The examples we give are not meant to be comprehensive. We rely on you to tell us why you believe you fit the diversity requirement.
Please note that we are not asking why you think diversity is important, or how you plan to support diversity in your career. We want to know why you believe you are a member of an underrepresented group in theatre careers.
We would love to connect with you. Please contact Camille Schenkkan (213.972.8031).