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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.

Year One:

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 29 hours a week with a fluctuating schedule.

Year Two:

Training continues as participants become paid entry-level technicians at our employment partner theatres; including The Public Theatre and The Atlantic Theater.

Year Three:

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!


There is no fee for this program. In fact, each trainee is paid an hourly wage 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. 


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. Additional requirements include an ability to: Lift up to 50 lbs; Work in dark spaces with loud noises; stand for up to two hours at a time.


Recruitment for 2018 is now complete. Recruitment for the 2019 Cohort will begin in February 2019. Please check back to this page then.

MORE Information:

If you have questions about the program, please contact or call 212.719.9393, ext. 8179.

Roundabout’s Theatre Workforce Development Program is made possible through the visionary generosity of Denise R. Sobel and the Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc., and The Kaplen Foundation.

Major funding to establish the Made in New York Stagecraft Bootcamp is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Small Business Services. Other major funding is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, and the Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

This program and other Education at Roundabout initiatives are also supported by JobsFirstNYC’s Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project, The New York Community Trust, the State of New York through the New York State Council on the Arts, the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, the Altman Foundation, and NYC’s Human Resources Administration and Center for Economic Opportunity’s joint support through the Work Progress Program.