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 2020 Apprenticeships
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. – POSITION FILLED
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. – POSITION FILLED
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 on the painting and finishing of all scenic elements and backdrops for each production in the season. Scenic Art Apprentices may also have the chance to design scenery for Theatre for Young Audience and Monday Performance Series productions throughout the season. Must be able to work independently or on a team, follow directions, and learn new skills quickly. An ideal candidate should have at least minimal experience in the following areas: stagecraft, drawing, drafting, color mixing, and scenic art. Please include a PDF 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 in a collaborative team of properties artisans, and reports directly to the Props Master and Assistant Props Master. Apprentices participate in the construction and acquisition of props for each production, installation of props and set dressing, striking of props, and general shop up keep and maintenance. Preferred candidate will have intermediate knowledge of and skills in the following: hand and power tools; industry standard theatrical construction techniques; machine and hand sewing; scenic painting techniques. Must have basic knowledge of: furniture construction and crafting materials and crafting techniques. Must have basic digital media skills (i.e. Photoshop/Vectorworks, etc) and basic knowledge of electronics and pneumatics. The ideal candidate would be in the middle years of school with a focus in Props and or Design. Must have the ability to work independently or as part of a team, to read and understand designer/construction drawings and follow verbal instruction, ability to learn new skills quickly while asking appropriate questions, and have a strong follow through.
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. The Apprenctice should have a good understanding of stagecraft, show running, and carpentry. Rigging/flying experience is a plus. This person will spend most of their time loading in, running/maintaining, and loading out shows in the theatre. Will also be asked to assist with building scenery alongside the carpentry department. A positive attitude and willingness to be a team player are essential. Will have the opportunity to assist the Deck Chief with flying scenery for the show runs.
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.
|Apprenticeship Dates:||May 18 or 25 – August 23 – dependent upon position|
|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 18, 2020|
|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:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Employment Department, Maine State Music Theatre, 22 Elm Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
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