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.

Fall 2018 Apprenticeships

Applications for fall Apprenticeships are due on August 24 at 5pm (PST). This cycle, all Apprentices will be supporting Quack by Eliza Clark, a World premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Eligible applicants (see Eligibility and Diversity Requirement below) should have strong availability September 18 – October 28, with the capacity to commit 100 hours in eight-hour days during that timeframe. We will be able to work around a class or unavailability on certain days. Some Apprentices will need to be available during load-in on October 1 and technical rehearsals from roughly October 16 – 21 (see individual descriptions linked below).


Applicants are encouraged to submit materials early, but all applications are due by 5pm (PST) on August 24, 2018. We cannot accept late applications. Technical assistance will be available until 6pm (PST) on August 23, 2018, at 213.972.8031.

Every applicant must submit:

  1. An official Center Theatre Group Apprenticeship Application (available below)
  2. A Word or PDF business resume (not your acting or design resume; you are welcome to contact the Program Director for assistance creating a resume)
  3. A Word or PDF document addressing the specific questions for the Artistic Apprenticeship OR Technical Apprenticeships
  4. Fall 2018 Apprenticeship Questions

    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 (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 5pm on August 24 to receive consideration.

    Apprenticeship Application

    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.

    Diversity Requirement

    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 fits that description is a question that can best be answered by the applicant, if you have questions about eligibility, please contact Program Director Camille Schenkkan at 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 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 all applicants can contact the Program Director at or 213.972.8031 with eligibility questions.

Technical Apprenticeships are in the specializations of Costume Technology, Production Management, Technical Direction, Carpentry, Electrics, and Prop Design. Interested applicants are encouraged to read through the descriptions of these areas, and 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 in Boyle Heights, as well as at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City and The Music Center Annex in Downtown L.A.

Artistic Apprenticeships are currently only in Directing. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in directing, but no paid professional experience. Apprentices will spend the majority of their time observing the rehearsal process, with set times to meet with the director 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 equivalent to $11/hour for up to 100 hours for a total of $1,100, plus parking or a Metro pass to offset transportation costs.