Production Apprenticeships

Apprentices gain experience assisting and providing integral support to the production department heads, staff, directors and designers in the implementation and maintenance of our productions. They will become well acquainted with the steps involved in taking a production from drawings to physical reality on stage, and with all of the duties and responsibilities of their respective department. The apprentice will develop skills to help solve problems and gain experience with various equipment and methods, as well as learn about budgeting, scheduling and resource allocation.

Our production departments execute the designs and production requirements for seven to eight subscription productions; educational and community outreach programs; facility rentals; and special events, using our production, main-stage and second-stage facilities. Apprentices will get to know students, professional technicians and crafts persons from all walks of professional theatre including Tony Award-nominated (perhaps winning) designers and directors.

Opportunities for additional income are plentiful, with freelance work available in Boston's ever expanding theatrical scene at a variety of levels. Some flexibility is built in to each position to suit the skills of the successful applicant and to further their educational and professional goals. The Huntington proudly maintains a high level of production value and successful candidates should leave this apprenticeship prepared to step into any number of widely available positions in professional theatre.

Chris Talbot

Sound Apprentice, Chris, demonstrates the sound board.

  • Costumes: helps maintain costume stock inventory; acts as a stitcher in costume construction of Huntington Theatre Company shows; assists with fittings when necessary; Acts as a dresser on wardrobe crew for shows during the season.  Cover Letters and Recommendations may be addressed to Nancy Hamann.
  • Production Management: Assists Director of Production and Associate Director of Production with day-to-day operations of resident production staff. Regular duties include evaluating scripts for season selection, assembling weekly calendars, distributing purchase reports and other financial forecasts, maintaining files and archives, and other office tasks. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite and have an eye for detail and discretion.
  • Props: Participates in the construction of Props. Helps maintain prop stock inventory.  Works load-ins and strikes, and may be a part of at least two run crews throughout the season; Must be knowledgeable in the safe use of typical wood shop machine and hand power tools. Needs to have basic knowledge of sewing, upholstery, casting and paint techniques. Cover Letters and Recommendations may be addressed to Kristine Holmes.
  • Scenery: Participates hands on in the construction of Scenery. Works load-ins and strikes, and will be a part of at least two run crews throughout the season; Must be knowledgeable in the safe use of typical wood shop machine and hand power tools. Cover Letters and Recommendations may be addressed to Dan Ramirez.
  • Scenic Painting: Participates hands on in the execution of designed renderings for all scenery as well as maintaining work space and tools. Works with all members of the Paint department, both staff & job-in employees; Basic painting skills are essential. Experience with color mixing, layout and drop painting are desirable. Cover Letters and Recommendations may be addressed to Kristin Krause.
  • Sound: Helps in maintaining and organizing equipment, preparing and installing the plot; programs sound cues, executing the show, maintains equipment and plot, and works directly with sound designers and composers; assists with special events. Cover Letters and Recommendations may be addressed to Ben Emerson.
  • Stage Management/Production Assistant: experience productions from first rehearsal through final performance. Work under AEA stage managers; attend daytime rehearsals and become an active run crew member during evening performances. Cover Letters and Recommendations may be addressed to Bethany Ford.

Notable Alumni for these positions:

  • Alisa Hartle, Assistant Master Electrician, Huntington Theatre Company
  • Barbara Crowther, Wardrobe Run, Huntington Theatre Comapny
  • Carolyn Daitch, Carpenter/Scene Shop Assistant, Huntington Theatre Company
  • Ian Thorsell, Props Artisan, Huntington Theatre Company

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