Professional Training Company

Lighting Apprenticeship

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About the Apprenticeship


The Lighting Apprentice assists in and observes a breadth of jobs associated with the professional production of theatrical lighting and atmospheric systems in a regional repertory setting. They will work alongside professional lighting technicians on the preparation, installation, and focus of each production. The apprentice will be given informal production assignments that provide them with opportunities to explore specific career paths in theatrical lighting. Please note that while some design opportunities exist, this is a technical apprenticeship.

Ideal For

Someone who isn’t afraid of heights and is interested in the intersection of art and technology. Ideal candidates will like to tinker, have a good sense of the intangible, and are captivated by the magic of electricity.  

Learning Goals

Develop an understanding of the quality of work and skills needed to work as a Professional Theatre Electrician 

Learn and apply creative approaches to work as a Lighting Designer 

Learn and develop the skills needed to assist Lighting Designers with note taking and paperwork management 

Learn and develop the skills needed to advance and install productions as a Master Electrician 

Deepen understanding of advanced technical skills 

Deepen understanding of organizational skills and paperwork management 

Learn and develop the skills needed to communicate and collaborate in a variety of contexts 

Learning Strategies

Engage in structured learning opportunities including both one-on-one and group workshops on topics including Console Programming, Drafting, Fixture Maintenance, Lighting Design Principles, Resume Development, and Portfolios as well as participate in regular debriefing sessions 

Engage in experiential learning by assisting Actors Theatre Lighting Staff in the planning, installation, focus, and strike of mainstage productions. Additionally, the apprentice will observe and support Guest Lighting Designers during their residencies. The apprentice will also operate a followspot for at least one assigned production 

Learn to collaborate with peers and other staff through regular attendance at meetings and through the planning and execution of the lighting for the PTC Season 

Receive the opportunity to practice their skills through Master Electrician and/or Lighting Design assignments on PTC Season productions. PTC Season productions will have varying levels of complexity and will include found lighting, repertory lighting, and original light plots 

Ideal Candidate Possesses

Strong attention to detail

A willingness to work hard and an openness to learn

The ability to work with heights over 35 feet and have the ability to climb ladders up to 20 feet

The ability to articulate why they wish to pursue a full-time lighting experience at this point in their life

Alumni Include

Touring electricians, freelance and resident master electricians, freelance lighting designers, architectural lighting specialists and theatre professors. Former Lighting Apprentices are leading fulfilling lighting careers from coast to coast.


Typical weeks are 40 hours and are scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional availability will be required for evening and weekend tech and performance sessions as per the season calendar. Expect some weeks to be in excess of 50 hours.

To Apply

Cover letter
Two letters of recommendation

Actors Theatre is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff and apprentices. Individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.

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