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Technical Production Apprentice

PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY seeks a Props Apprentice for its 2022-2023 season.

All Portland Stage employees, apprentices and guest artists agree to create a work environment that respects diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, culture, and religions, contribute to working in an anti-racist theater, and value Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA).

Technical Production Apprentices work alongside professional production staff in their specific departments, assisting with all aspects of construction, maintenance, and run crew. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production but primarily the apprentice will work with our Props, Scenic, and Electrics Departments. Production Apprentices may also assist designers on a production, depending on ability, interest, and availability. All apprentices spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of technical theater. This role may have three or more run crew assignments; please note this may vary with the needs of the season. Applicants should be detail oriented, excited to learn, and take direction well. Preference will be given to those with props and scenic/carpentry experience. 

The Portland Stage Apprenticeship Program is committed to training future generations of theater professionals. Applicants should be highly motivated individuals who have acquired basic training in the theater arts and are looking to explore their field further through meaningful hands-on experience. Portland Stage apprentices can expect to be challenged by a creative process that relies on both ingenuity and collaboration.

Apprentices at Portland Stage work with leading designers, directors, administrators, and our professional production team throughout the season. They leave with a greater knowledge of the theatrical process and the satisfaction of being part of a dedicated theater company where exceptional quality is the end goal.

What you can expect:
  • The hours are full time (40 hours a week) and the schedule will likely fluctuate from week to week.
  • Furnished housing, utilities (electricity, heat, internet), and a $100 weekly stipend will be provided.
  • There will be physical tasks that require repeated lifting
  • of at least 40 lbs and bending, as well as possibly being on ladders, lifts, or catwalks. Please note that some areas of the theater facility are not handicap-accessible.
  • Everyone will be on run crew at least twice. Some apprenticeships have more run crew expectations than others. Some run crew positions might require that you appear onstage in a costume.
  • There is an additional Swing Run Crew position for each production that will function essentially as an understudy for the production run crew and may sub in to run shows as needed to provide time off for other run crew members.
  • College credit can be arranged.
  • The minimum commitment is from late August through May; Production Apprentices could start as early as mid-July and Education Apprentices may be invited to stay as late as early August.

See Apprenticeship FAQ on website for additional details. To apply, download application at and submit via email. Deadline: rolling basis through May 24.

Please reach out to Jenn London & Julianne Shea at with any questions.