Professional Training Company
Apprenticeship Opportunities

Applications for non-acting apprenticeships and our auditions requests are now closed. Please visit our website in November of 2018 to find out about future opportunities.

For more information about each apprenticeship, please see below.

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Acting | Communications | Company and Artistic Management | Costume | Development | DirectingDramaturgy/Literary Management | Education/Teaching Artist | Festival and Events Management | Lighting | Marketing | Producing and CastingProduction Management | Properties | Scenic Painting | Sound |Stage Management |


  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Professional actors, those wanting to form or join theatre companies, those considering auditioning for top MFA Acting programs.
  • Description: Develop and perform in a five-show season of entirely new works.  Meet and network with industry professionals (actors, directors, playwrights, agents and casting directors) from around the country.  Learn how to effectively market yourself in an increasingly demanding and crowded field.
  • Notable recent alumni include: Mirirai Sithole (Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World – Signature Theatre, Broad City, Master of None), Jeff White (How to Get Away with Murder, The Americans, House of Cards, Manhattan), Alex Hernandez (Mafia 3, Hemlock Grove, Kingdom Come – Roundabout), Chalia LaTour (Yale MFA ’16), Yaron Lotan (Dead Poet’s Society – Classic Stage), Ethan Dubin (Rancho Viejo – Playwrights Horizons, Orange is the New Black), Gwen Ellis (Juilliard MFA ’16), Robbie Tann (Limitless, Gotham, Orange is the New Black), Marianna McClellan (High Maintenance, Stupid F*cking Bird – The Pearl), and many more.

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  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring careers in: Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Account Management, Marketing, Executive Leadership, Grant Writing, Digital Strategy.
  • Description: This apprenticeship will serve as an introduction to a communications and publicity role within a regional theatre. You will gain an understanding of how a communications and public relations professional operates within a professional theatre setting and learn the basic principles of communications strategy and media relations within a season. The apprenticeship will enable you to apply established principles of public relations and communications in a workplace situation.
  • Notable alumni include: Chris Boneau (Press Agent and Co-Owner of Boneau/Bryan-Brown in New York), Brittany Riley (Senior Art Director, Arnold Worldwide), Andy Nusz (Professor, Spalding University), Shellee Jones (Interactive Designer at Codigo, LLC).

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Company and artistic Management

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Company Managers, Artistic Coordinators, General Managers, Managing Directors, Operations Managers, Events Managers, or anyone who enjoys being closely involved in the practice of managing and assisting people in a fast-paced and exciting workplace.
  • Description: This apprentice works with the Company Manager to provide Actors Theatre staff, guest artists, and apprentices with superior support in all aspects of housing, transportation, and hospitality. This apprentice also works with the PTC Directors on managing the administrative efforts of the Professional Training Company, including coordinating recruitment efforts for the 2018-2019 Company.
  • Notable Alumni: Stephanie Lawson (Assistant to the Artistic Director at Ballet Met of Columbus), Kyle Hatfield (Membership Assistant, Wexner Center for the Arts), Cyndil Davis (Asst. Operations Manager, Midsummer Renaissance Faire) Rachel McKee-Carroll (Alumni Events Manager, University of Chicago Booth School of Business), Sterling Franklin (Events Coordinator, JB Speed Arts Museum, Louisville, KY)

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  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Costume Designers, Wardrobe Personnel, Stitchers, Drapers, Wigs and Makeup Personnel, etc.
  • Description: The Costume Apprentice will work within the Costume Department in order to learn about the many aspects of costume design, construction, and execution. The ideal candidate has a background and passion for theatrical costumes with a desire to grow a deeper understanding of professional practice. Please note that while some design opportunities exit, this is primarily a technical apprenticeship.
  • Notable Alumni: Maggie McGrann (Costume Design Assistant, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Evan Prizant (Associate Costume Designer, Sunday in the Park with George Broadway Revival)

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  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Fundraisers, Producers, Artistic Directors, Managing Directors, or General Managers
  • Description: Actors Theatre’s Development team has the privilege of working directly with individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies and other community partners as we seek $5 million annually in donations that support the theatre’s operations. The Development Apprentice will gain first-hand experience in all aspects of fundraising—from crafting direct mail appeals and tracking data to researching funding prospects and planning for our annual fundraiser which attracts more than 750 guests. In addition, the Development Apprentice leads the creative and logistical elements of the Actors Theatre Professional Training Company’s Industry Showcase Fundraising Campaign.
  • Notable alumni include: Elizabeth C. Cooley (Development Professional), Jamie Adling (Development Assistant, Texas Cultural Trust), Holly Fisher (Program Specialist, Insurance, Fractured Atlas), Jessica Angima (Assistant Studio Manager, MNDFL), Carrie Cooke Ketterman (Merchandiser, Chloe + Isabel)

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  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring:  Directors, Artistic Directors
  • Description: Directing apprentices will work directly with and receive mentorship and training from senior members of the Artistic team. Additionally, apprentices will observe some of the finest directors in the country while assisting on mainstage shows, including for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Apprentices are also guaranteed several directing opportunities (including new play workshops, solo performance pieces, and ten-minute plays) with the Professional Training Company. Note that this apprenticeship is equal parts observation and directing.
  • Notable Alumni Include:  Lila Neugabauer (Director, Kill Floor, Wayside Motor Inn), Meredith McDonough (Associate Artistic Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Stuart Carden (previous Associate Director Writers Theatre, co-director The Old Man and the Old Moon), Aimee Hayes (Artistic Director, Southern Rep), Caitlin Ryan O’Connell (MFA candidate Brown University), Cara Phipps (MFA candidate UT Austin)

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Dramaturgy/Literary Management

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Dramaturgs and Literary Managers, Playwrights, Theatre Scholars and Editors, Artistic Producers
  • Description: Participate in all administrative and artistic aspects of one of the busiest literary departments in the country. Apprentices work alongside staff as assistant dramaturgs on mainstage and Humana Festival productions and play key collaborative roles as the lead dramaturgs on Professional Training Company projects. Learn to evaluate new plays, write for Actors Theatre publications, conduct research, attend rehearsals, and become part of a team that supports both artistic planning/programming and plays in production.
  • Notable recent alumni include: Jessica Reese (Literary Associate, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Kathryn Zukaitis (Literary Associate, South Coast Repertory), Rachel Lerner-Ley (Literary Manager & Resident Dramaturg, Cleveland Play House), Charles Haugland (Director of New Work, Huntington Theatre Company), and Sarah Lunnie (Literary Director, Playwrights Horizons), as well as playwrights who have gone on to graduate programs: Brendan Pelsue (Yale School of Drama), Dominic Finocchiaro (Columbia University), and Emily Feldman (University of California, San Diego).

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Education/Teaching Artist

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Freelance Teaching Artists, Classroom Teachers, Education Directors, Arts Administrators
  • Description: Serve as artistic/education ambassadors throughout our region’s public and private schools in rural and urban environments. Education apprentices use dramaturgical and applied theatre methods to develop lesson plans for pre-show workshops and resource materials for student matinees. They read and provide feedback to student-written plays submitted for the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, help plan and support events for the Teen Council, and help organize, host and produce the Humana Festival College Days Weekend. Candidates must have experience teaching and/or working with youth.
  • Notable alumni include: Jane B. Jones (Education Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Betsy Anne Huggins (Education Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Christina Lepri (Education Director, Mudlark Theater Company), Lori Pitts (Teaching Artist at Young Playwrights Theatre and Creativity and Curriculum Coordinator at Reach Inc.), Benjamin Niewoehner (Masters in Education Candidate and Teaching Fellow at Rock Bridge High School, University of Missouri), Jeff Sachs (M.F.A. Candidate in Theatre for Youth, Arizona State University).

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Festival and Events Management

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring careers in: Meeting, Convention, and Event Planning, Audience Development, Volunteer Management, Hospitality Services, Facility Management, and Operations, Logistics, or Administration Services
  • Description:  The Festival and Events Management Apprentice assists in the planning, management and implementation of all events and activities surrounding the Humana Festival of New American Plays, as well as assisting coordination of events and rentals in the Theatre’s multiple facilities.
  • Notable alumni include: Jordan Lingreen (Events Coordinator, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts), Laura Durham (Casting Assistant, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Claire E. Jones (President, The General Store Seattle LLC), Ashley Cease (Performing Arts Teacher, Washington County Public Schools), Robert Lee Simmons (Actor/Carpenter/Designer, Carolina Actor’s Studio Theatre and Groundcrew Studios)

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  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Lighting Designers, Master Electricians, Followspot Operators, Console Programmers, Production Electricians, or Design Assistants
  • Description: The Lighting Apprentice assists in and observes a breadth of jobs associated with the professional production of theatrical lighting and atmospheric systems in a regional repertory setting. They will work alongside professional lighting technicians on the preparation, installation, and focus of each production. The apprentice will be given informal production assignments that provide them with opportunities to explore specific career paths in theatrical lighting. These assignments include, but are not limited to, assisting a Master Electrician on production preparation and load-in management, providing note-taking and other assistance to Guest Lighting Designers, functioning as a Designer, Master Electrician, and/or Console Programmer on PTC Company productions, and performing Followspot Operator duties on one or more productions. The ideal candidate has a background in and passion for Theatrical Lighting with a desire to grow a deeper understanding of professional practice. Please note that while some design opportunities exist, this is a technical apprenticeship.
  • Notable alumni include: Alan Pleiman (Assistant Electrician on National Tour of Aladdin and Head of Video for National Tour of American in Paris), John Allerheiligen (Master Electrician for Animate Existence with Pig Iron Theatre Company), Cheyenne Davis (Technical Assistant, Suffolk University) Tony Penna (Director of Theatre, Clemson University), Rachel Fae Szymanski (Assistant Lighting Designer for Informed Consent at Cleveland Playhouse and Geva Theatre Center; The Mysteries at The Flea Theater).

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  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Marketing, Project Managers, Executive Leadership
  • Description: The Marketing Apprentice will learn the process and implementation of promoting a show from brainstorming ideas to the full execution of projects. Assist with sales of season tickets, single tickets and group tickets through methods including digital marketing, content creation, special events, on-site promotions and more. Become familiar with marketing vocabulary and learn how to track sales insights. The apprentice will leave with a solid foundation of how to market for a nonprofit organization.
  • Notable alumni include: Sara Durham (Public Relations Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Sonia Diaz (Marketing Administrator, La Jolla Playhouse),  Caroline Ruark (Marketing Manager, Chicago Fringe Festival), Jessica Hughes (Marketing Manager & Resident Actor, Austin Playhouse).

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 Producing and Casting

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Artistic Producers, Casting Directors, Agents, Artistic Directors, Artistic Coordinators and Artistic Associates
  • Description: The Producing and Casting Apprentice works directly with the Artistic Producer and PTC Directors to help produce programming throughout Actors Theatre. This apprentice has the opportunity to take a leadership role in the producing of the PTC season as well as assist in producing the mainstage season, Humana Festival, and other special events and projects. This apprentice also assists in all local and apprentice casting duties for the season.
  • *Notable alumni include: Erica Sartini-Combs (Associate Casting Director, Goodman Theatre), John Rooney (Associate Director of the Professional Training Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Zachary Meicher-Buzzi (Artistic Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Sam Barickman (Agent Assistant, ICM Partners).

*As this is a new apprenticeship starting with the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company, the alumni listed above held apprenticeships with similar disciplines.

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Production Management

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Production Managers, Production Assistants, General Managers
  • Description: Work closely with the Production Manager and the Associate Production Manager on all of the season’s shows. Learn about union rules, gain experience with designers, and gain knowledge about supervising and supporting seven technical departments with approximately 50 staff members. Assist with crafting show schedules, collecting information about upcoming productions, and take the lead in production managing several shows in the Professional Training Company Season. This apprenticeship is perfect for an emerging professional with interest and experience in all technical theatre departments.
  • Notable alumni include: Michael DeWhatley (Associate Production Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Megan Arbough (Production Assistant, Dodd Technologies, Inc.), Samantha Dzirko (Operations Director, The Edge Theatre).

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  • Ideal Apprenticeship for Aspiring: Props Masters, Craftspeople, and Artisans
  • Description: Assist with the creation and acquisition of hand props, soft goods, furniture, specialty items and set dressing required for a full season of classic and brand-new productions. The Properties Apprentice will engage in a variety of creative and innovative assignments alongside a professional and talented team of carpenters, artisans, and props masters working at the top of their field. This apprentice will gain experience in all forms of props construction, management and design. Please note that while some design opportunities may exist as a part of the Professional Training Company, this is primarily a technical apprenticeship.
  • Notable Alumni: Jessie Combest (Soft Goods Artisan, Actors Theatre of Lousiville)

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Scenic Painting

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Scenic Artists and Designers
  • Description: Work with Actors Theatre Paint Department to paint and fabricate scenery during the Actors Theatre nine-month season. Refine and build skills working on independent projects. Assist with paint shop management, pricing, and planning. Occasional opportunities to act as Scenic Charge or Designer for PTC shows may be available given the apprentice’s interest and skill level.
  • Notable alumni include: Aaron O’Neill (Paint Charge, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and Freelance Set Designer, Chicago), Matthew Krell (Deck Carpenter, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mercy Rodriguez (Properties Supervisor, American Academy of Dramatic Arts)

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  • Ideal Apprenticeship for Aspiring: Sound Designers, Audio Engineers, Sound Technicians, etc.
  • Description: Participate in all the audio engineering and sound design aspects of one of the most preeminent regional theatres in the country. The Sound Apprentice will learn a variety of skills working alongside a team of sound technicians and designers on each of our 14+ season’s shows. The ideal candidate will have a background in theatrical or event sound production or design, with a desire to grow a deeper understanding of professional practice. Please note that while some design opportunities will exist as a part of the Professional Training Company, this is primarily a technical apprenticeship.
  • Notable Alumni: Stowe Nelson (Sound Designer, Cry It Out, I Now Pronounce, and The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield, part of the 2017 Humana Festival of New American Plays).

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Stage Management

  • Ideal apprenticeship for aspiring: Stage Managers, Production Managers, Production Assistants
  • Description: Work side by side with Equity stage managers, directors, and actors. Be involved in the entire rehearsal and performance process for mainstage productions. Work with visiting companies and directors. Serve as production stage manager for at least one Professional Training Company production. Stage Management Apprentices will have the opportunity to join the Equity Membership Candidacy program during the season.
  • Notable alumni include: Jessica Potter (Resident Stage Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Katie Shade (Resident Stage Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Travis Harty (Production Stage Manager, Once tour), Jason Pacella (Production Assistant, Peter Pan Live! on NBC).

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