Apprenticeships

MSMT apprenticeships provide on-the-job training for technicians, artists, and administrators in the initial stage of their craft at one of the country’s most well-respected regional theatres. The program introduces motivated young professionals to the rigors and rewards of working at a fast-paced theatre.

MSMT puts apprentices to work alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, and designers. In addition to working within their specific department, apprentices are encouraged to engage with other departments and learn about other areas of the theatre throughout their time in the program.

A variety of educational seminars are available throughout the season. Past topics have included: Audition Techniques, Song Interpretation, Resume Preparation, Contract Negotiation, Costumes, Lighting, and Set Design.

MSMT offers apprenticeships in the following areas:

ADMINISTRATION

Company Management:  works with the Company Manager assisting in a wide-range of tasks.  Duties include, but are not limited to:  housing and travel arrangements, transportation, craft services, shipping and receiving, mail processing, and payroll.  Preferred skills include:  basic office/computer skills and arts management.

TECHNICAL

Costumes:  works in the costume shop and assists with the construction and/or alteration of costumes for four productions and Intern Show.  Assists with the load-in and strike of show costumes.  Preferred skills include: stitching, cutting, and draping.

Electrics: works in the electrics department assisting in preparing all light plots, hanging and focus, maintaining all equipment, running spotlights and light board for all shows and Intern show.  Assist with the load-in and strike of all electrics for each show.  Preferred skills include: basic wiring knowledge and ability to read a light plot. 

Paints-Scenic: works in the paints department with the painting of all scenery for all shows.  Preferred skills include: painting, mixing and scenic craft skills. All applicants please send PDF images showcasing your drawing skills and scene painting experience. 

Production: works directly with the Production Manager.  This position will work with any and all technical departments.  Will also assist with the load-in and strike for each show.  Preferred skills include: basic knowledge in carpentry, electrics, running a deck, and props. 

Props:  works with the props department to execute props for each production through construction, acquisition, set dressing and maintenance of props during the run.   Assists with the load-in and strike of all props for each show.  Preferred skills include: knowledge of Photoshop, experience in crafts, painting, sewing, woodworking, and upholstery. 

Scene Shop/Carpenters/Welders: Apprentices play a key role in the build, install, maintenance and strike of scenery for each production, as well as standard shop up-keep. Preferred candidate will have: demonstrable experience working with hand and power tools; intermediate knowledge of industry-standard theatrical construction techniques; intermediate knowledge of theatrical rigging techniques; experience with single-purchase counterweight systems preferred; basic experience MIG welding, cutting, prepping and jigging steel frames. Must have the ability to work independently or on a team; to read/understand build drawings and follow verbal instruction closely; and the ability and desire to learn new skills quickly, asking appropriate questions, with strong follow-through. 

Sound: works with the Sound department to prepare, implement and maintain Sound Designs for each production.   Maintains wireless mics.  Will be given opportunity to assist in the running of sound for special events.  Assists with load-in and strike of all sound for each show.  Preferred skills include soldering, live audio mixing and knowledge of basic wiring, digital sound boards, and live sound reinforcement. 

Stage Management:  works with the stage management department assisting with the prep and running of all rehearsals and performances for all productions. Ideal candidate is someone in school or recent grad that has had a few outside experiences at other professional theatre companies. Preferred skills include: ability to read a scale rule and groundplan; to call shows; take instruction and politely give feedback; take extensive notes and communicate them;  lift 30 pounds or more; communicate with stage management team. Must be organized, have some stage craft/ show running experience, be quick learner and listener, and possess a thorough knowledge of Word, Excel, and making paperwork, as well as a basic understanding of stage management.

Stage Operations/Deck Crew:  works with the stage operations/deck crew with the install of all scenery for each production.  Work on run crew- moving scenery and working the rail.  Also works with the scene shop.  Assists with load-in and strike of all shows.  Preferred skills:  carpentry, basic stage procedures and rigging helpful.

Wardrobe:  works with the Wardrobe department on the wardrobe run-crew for each show. Will act as the Wardrobe Supervisor on select Theatre for Young Audiences performances. Assists in the maintenance and laundering of all production costumes. Will work in costume shop on 1-show days. Assists with load-in and strike of show costumes. Preferred skills include stitching and great organizational skills. Wig maintenance and application skills, as well as specialty makeup skills, a plus.


FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

Apprenticeship Dates: May  – August
Meal Per Diem: $40/day; $280.00 weekly
Housing: Provided, with shared bedrooms; up to three roommates
College Credit: Check with individual schools. 
Age Requirement: Must be 18 by May 20, 2019
Deadline to apply: On a rolling basis until filled. 

*depending on department need


APPLYING FOR MSMT APPRENTICESHIPS

All positions require driving MSMT company vehicles. Proof of a valid driver’s license and clean driving record must be provided when applying. 

Email resume, cover letter with the position you are applying for, copy of driver’s license and driving record, and 3 professional references with their name, title, where they work, and email address.

Send all materials to:

Kathi Kacinski, Company Manager, jobs@msmt.org

MSMT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, political persuasion or belief, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or status as a whistleblower.