Theatrical Workforce Development Program
Did you know that you can have a long and rewarding career in the theatre even if you never set foot on stage? Come backstage—that’s where the action is!
Roundabout Theatre Company is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), which represents many of the behind-the-scenes workers in theatre and film, to deliver a new, three-year training program.
This new program is unparalleled because participants, all 18–24, will work hands-on in multiple disciplines of technical theatre, training with some of the industry’s top professionals.
Based at Roundabout, participants will receive training in multiple areas of technical theatre including carpentry, lighting, audio and wardrobe. Participants will also have the opportunity to observe Roundabout’s theatre professionals backstage in Broadway and off-Broadway theatres. Each trainee will also be matched with an I.A.T.S.E. mentor for a mentorship that will continue throughout all three years of the program. Participants will work approximately 30 hours a week with a fluctuating schedule and will receive a monthly stipend.
Training continues as participants become paid entry-level technicians at our employment partner theatres: Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Public Theater.
Participants continue their training and enter full time into the technical theatre workforce as an independent working professional with the guidance and support of their mentors.
Technical theatre professionals are in high demand. Plus, theatre tech skills sets are transferable—a wealth of career opportunities exists in film, television, sports, events and music. The possibilities are endless!
WHAT DOES IT COST?
There is no fee for this program. In fact, each trainee is given a monthly stipend during the first year. During the second year, the trainee will be employed by one of our employment partners. In the final year, the trainee will transition into the workforce full time.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Applicants should be current NYC residents, 18–24 years of age, with a high school diploma or equivalent. They should also be legally eligible to work in the US.
We are no longer taking applications for 2016 participants. Please check back in January 2017 for information about the 2017 application process. If you have questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.719.9393, ext. 8179.