The Huntington has made the difficult decision to postpone moving forward with the apprentice program for the 22/23 season. While it is an exciting time of transformation for the organization, there are significant operational and financial challenges that necessitate pausing the apprentice program for another season.
The Huntington remains committed to the apprentice program as an important professional development opportunity for those seeking career pathways in theatre and for our sector. As a sign of our commitment, we are in the process of hiring the newly created Associate Director of Education & Practical Learning, who will manage the apprentice program when it returns. We will take this additional time to continue our thorough evaluation of the program before moving forward, ensuring we are providing the best experience possible for all.
We regret the impact that this will have on those who were seeking to apply to the program for this coming year, as well as on our staff members who were looking forward to apprentices rejoining their departments and who have served as mentors and colleagues to our apprentices. We thank you for your patience and understanding and will share news and details about the apprentice program as soon as we are able.
The full-time, season-long professional program for highly motivated and committed individuals who are looking to bridge the gap between their academic experience and a professional career in theatre. Apprentices are vital members of the organization, working alongside a dedicated and passionate company of artists, administrators, technicians and designers. Not only do they gain practical experience, knowledge and industry contacts, they are encouraged to discover their true potential in a creative and challenging environment that fosters both professional and personal growth. The Huntington understands that all cultures are vital to the vibrancy and relevancy of the arts and remains committed to producing works, building audiences, and employing staff members that promote equity and pluralism, and celebrate the rich communities of the Greater Boston area and beyond. We seek candidates who are not only creative, passionate, reliable, and have previous theatre training and skills, but also possess the freedom of spirit to celebrate the diversity of our culture and community.
Apprenticeships are typically available in the following areas:
- Artistic Producing and Casting
- Artistic Literary
- Calderwood Pavilion
- Lighting Design
- Production Management
- Scenic Painting
- Stage Management /Production Assistant
Why The Huntington?
Huntington’s Apprentices will participate as staff members within assigned departments on a variety of projects. For example, Scenery apprentices may work on budgeting and purchasing, as well as set construction and load-in. Artistic apprentices may assist with local casting calls, or read and evaluate scripts, and write articles for Huntington publications. There will be some administrative work, too (such as copying and filing) — we all have to do that — but you will be integral parts of each department and included in department and full staff meetings. Furthermore, apprentices are encouraged to explore cross-departmental projects and draw from the collective knowledge and resources of the Huntington community. Supervisors are committed to their role as mentor and our formal evaluation process provides an opportunity for both apprentices and their supervisors to formulate meaningful goals and objectives for the course of the program.
In addition to their specialized training, apprentices will gain additional insight into the staff of the Huntington. Every month, the apprentices will get together with 2 important staff members as we rotate through the company to hear about the staff members’ path in the industry.
Apprentices at the Huntington will have the opportunity to make meaningful, professional connections within the industry, interact personally with nationally renowned artists, and become important contributors to the Huntington community. In addition to Apprentice Lunchs, they will also have the opportunity to work together on several exciting team projects throughout the season. Past projects have included the annual Gala, Codman Showcase, and 35 Below program. Additionally, the city of Boston has a rich and vibrant cultural scene and apprentices are encouraged to forge additional connections within the Greater Boston arts community.