Jump-start your theatre career this summer from anywhere with an Internet connection at our free, virtual professional development series. Designed for current college and university students studying theatre but open to all, the Working in Theatre Summer Series is a 10-week course focused on the skills and knowledge emerging professionals need to build a career in live theatre.

Inspired by the weekly lunchtime series we offer the students in our Internship Program, each webinar will feature guest professionals diving into their areas of expertise; we’ll also provide specially designed resource materials to augment the meetings. Whether you’re interested in technical theatre, design, acting, playwriting, director, administration—or just interested in building a career somewhere in theatre—you will take away skills and knowledge that will help you figure out what’s next.

Fridays, June 12 – August 14, 2020 at 12–1:30pm
Registration deadline: June 8, 2020
Sessions will be hosted via Zoom.

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Participation is free, but registration is required. We will accept participants on a first-come, first-served basis. However, note that depending on how much interest we receive, we may need to prioritize those who can commit to the full series. Participation information and other materials will be sent to everyone who registers. Participants do not have to be current college students, and do not have to be 18+. Recommended minimum age is 16. Minors will need parent permission to participate.

We will email you by early June to confirm your participation and provide information on how to access the Working in Theatre Summer Series.

Sessions may involve optional pre-readings or other assignments. Participating in the full 10-week series is recommended but not required. Some sessions may be interactive and will require a camera; others will be webinar-style, with participants not visible.

Working Schedule (subject to change):

  • June 12: How to Work in Theatre in 2020 (And Beyond)
  • June 19: Understanding the Theatre Landscape: Unions, Contracts & More
  • June 26: Funding Your Projects: Grants, Fellowships & Other Forms of Support
  • July 3: Diversity & Representation in American Theatre
  • July 10: Paying the Bills: Personal Finance for Theatre Artists
  • July 17: Mentorship & Networking: Building Your Community
  • July 24: The Finances of Theatre: Managing & Producing Theatre
  • July 31: Branding, Self-Marketing & Entrepreneurship
  • August 7: Artistic Leadership & Finding Your Creative Voice
  • August 14: Career Advocacy & Personal Manifestos