Communications Apprentice

Apprenticeship Description

This apprenticeship provides an understanding of how a communications and public relations professional operates within a regional theatre setting and teach the basic principles of communications strategy and media relations within a season. The apprentice will enable you to apply established principles of public relations and communications in a workplace situation.

Ideal for a strategic and creative thinker with a passion for the arts and culture sector. A digitally-savvy candidate who is interested in how public relations, communications and social media intersect to create broader brand storytelling strategies. A strong collaborator who aspires to a career in public relations or digital marketing and communications in either the non-profit or commercial sectors.

Alumni Include: Broadway Press Agent, Senior Art Director, Social Media Coordinator, Digital Marketing Agency Account Executive, Interactive Designer

Learning Goals

  • Learn how the principles of communications and public relations strategy apply, and evolve, in a regional theatre
  • Understand how the expectations and responsibilities of communications and public relations professionals apply to, and evolve in, the regional theatre landscape
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to apply best practices of communications and public relations in this institution
  • Work as part of a creative team, both in-house and in a creative industry
  • Identify and take advantage of leadership opportunities
  • Refine career development skills and identify growth opportunities

Learning Strategies

  • Work alongside marketing and communications professionals in a variety of capacities including supported leadership opportunities
  • Define personal and professional goals at the beginning, then regularly revisit those goals as the season progresses
  • Ask questions and evaluate new opportunities for growth both for the department’s work and your professional career
  • Identify opportunities to stay “plugged in” to trends and strategies on the national and international level.
  • Identify your collaborators and build working relationships across the company and the community
  • Cultivate the traits of a strong leader by working to ensure preparedness, presence and planning

Ideal Candidates Possess

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong digital literacy
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with branded social media content and audience management
  • An ability to work on multiple tasks in fast-paced and high-pressure situations
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Flexibility to respond to the needs of internal and external stakeholders and to rapidly changing circumstances and personalities
  • Knowledge of the American theatre landscape, media, and public relations, either through coursework or employment experience


Traditional business hours (mostly 9AM-5PM) with evenings and weekends as needed for special events


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Apprenticeship Dates

Late July 2019 through April 2020

to apply

Applicants for this position should submit:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. One writing sample of your choice
  5. One writing sample which includes three sample social media posts about Fifth Third Bank’s DRACULA. The posts can be for Actors Theatre’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email our recruitment coordinator at

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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