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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 29 hours a week with a fluctuating schedule.


Training continues as participants become paid entry-level technicians at our employment partner theatres; including Abrons Arts Center, Atlantic Theater Company, New Victory Theater, Playwright Horizons, and The Public Theatre.


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. People of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Due to the COVID pandemic and the pause in the theatre industry, recruitment for our next Cohort, Cohort 5, will begin in the Spring of 2022. During 2021 and early 2022 Roundabout will continue to work with and support our current Fellows in the program as well as our alumni.

If you'd like to be contacted when recruitment for the next Cohort begins, please complete the following interest form.

Theatres Seeking to Partner

To learn more about how your theatre company can partner with Roundabout for training, over hire, or employment opportunities with the TWDP Fellows, please contact or call 212.719.9393, ext. 8179.


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


Roundabout’s Theatrical Workforce Development Program is made possible through the generosity of Denise R. Sobel, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Altman Foundation, Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, the State of New York through the New York State Council on the Arts, JobsFirstNYC’s Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project, NYC’s Human Resources Administration and Center for Economic Opportunity’s joint support through the Work Progress Program, and the Theater Subdistrict Council.

Major funding to establish the Made in New York Stagecraft Bootcamp is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Department of Small Business Services. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.