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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.

Established in 2016, this program is unparalleled because participants, all 18–24 years old, 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

Recruitment for 2022 is now closed. If you’re interested in applying for the Fall 2023 Cohort, please fill out the interest form below. Recruitment for 2023 will begin in the Spring of 2023 and people on the interest form will be contacted via email when recruitment begins.


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 (TWDP) is made possible through the generosity of Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Mellon Foundation, the Altman Foundation, the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, NYC’s Human Resources Administration and Center for Economic Opportunity’s joint support through the Work Progress Program, and Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Department of Labor’s joint support through the NYS Workforce Development Initiative.  

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 Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council’s Speaker’s Initiative.



TWDP is also made possible by the Champions for Inclusive Theatre and Roundabout’s Forward Fund. We acknowledge the generous friends who support our many efforts to increase representation and inclusion in all aspects of theatre: Elizabeth Armstrong, Bank of America, R. Martin Chavez, Herbert W. Engert Jr. and Timothy Miller, EY, the Ford Foundation, Kenny Leon, Beryl Snyder, and Charles Randolph-Wright.