Center Theatre Group is committed to creating learning opportunities, supporting career pathways, and diversifying the field. The Center Theatre Group Observership Program is a paid opportunity for diverse early-career theatre artists to sit in on the professional rehearsal process at one or more of our three theatres. The program may be especially beneficial for aspiring directors, but is also open to designers, technicians, stage managers, playwrights, producers, and actors.

In each cycle, a small group of Observers will receive training on what goes on in a professional rehearsal room, guided by a teaching artist who is also a working local director. Then, the group will spend time in rehearsals for at least one Center Theatre Group production, observing the process at several different phases. The Observership will end with all participants creating artists’ statements based on their experiences.

Spring/Summer 2021 Observerships

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this program and all applications are currently on hold at least through the end of April 2021. 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 the Education newsletter, 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.

Applications: Applicants are encouraged to submit materials early (please review dates above). We cannot accept late applications. Technical assistance will be available until the day before the due date at 213.972.8031.

    Every applicant must submit:
  • An official Center Theatre Group Observership Application
  • A Word or PDF resume that shows your theatre experience and work experience
  • A Word or PDF document addressing the specific questions for the Observership cycle (see 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 (preferred).

    If you cannot send materials via email, please mail all documents via USPS in one envelope to:

    Center Theatre Group Observership Program
    601 W Temple St
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Note that mailed applications must be received by the due date to receive consideration.

    Diversity Requirement: Center Theatre Group’s Observerships 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.

      Eligibility: This program is open to:
    • Current undergraduates OR graduate students at two-year or four-year colleges and universities;
    • People who have graduated from a two-year or four-year colleges or universities with an undergraduate degree within the last 12 months (cannot be masters or PhD graduates);
    • OR 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 Observership 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. People who hold masters or doctoral degrees, people with extensive 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.

    Compensation: This is an educational program compensated with a stipend. Observers are not being hired by Center Theatre Group. All Observers will receive a stipend that varies by cycle.