The PTC Scenic Apprentice will work within the Scenic Department in order to learn about the many aspects of scenic design, construction, paint, and implementation. The ideal candidate has a background and passion for all aspects of scenery with a desire to grow a deeper understanding of professional practice. While some design opportunities exist, this is primarily a technical apprenticeship.
Early career or post college technicians with a primary focus in scenic design, carpentry, paint, technical direction and/or stage operations. The Scenic Apprentice will gain experience in all areas with additional focus suited to the candidate’s primary focus.
By learning from and working alongside members of the Actors Theatre Scenic Department, the Scenic Apprentice will strive to:
Cultivate an awareness of practices in a LORT Regional Theatre Scenic Department.
Develop an understanding of all roles in the design, build, paint and run process and the different skill sets and responsibilities necessary for each process.
Use and master the equipment, commonly found and needed in the Scenic departments and gain confidence as a Scenic artisan.
Acquire the ability to design, build and paint using a variety of different tools and materials.
Serve as a member of Stage Operations team, working with actors and other crew members, care for Scenic pieces, and in certain instances use and run automation.
Explore the process of scenic art practices.
Work beside professional Scenic designers, scenic artists, and fellow apprentices to build a network of mentors, references and contemporary colleagues.
Practice the communication tools that facilitate the Scenic designer’s process; these tools may include Scenic research, drafting, model building as well as design and production meetings.
Design and coordinate select productions associated with the Professional Training Company, allowing the Scenic Apprentice the opportunity to work and build connections with their peers.
Learn what makes an effective resume, and how to structure it.
Build an effective portfolio for future use and professional development.
Script Analysis: Reading scripts with the intent of producing actual scenery will help the apprentice continue developing skills that will strengthen the design and construction process.
Collaboration: Attending meetings with other members of the design team, directors, etc., will require the ability to listen and work well with colleagues in order to produce the most appropriate design for the show.
Research: What research inspires, not only the process, but also fellow production team members?
Sketching, Drafting and/or Presenting Design Ideas: How is it best to communicate ideas so all the involved parties – whether it be another designer, the director, the actor, or the scenic staff – understand the design intentions?
Budgeting: By having a specific monetary budget and timeline for each production, there will be practice evaluating how it’s best to spend money and labor on specific design choices.
Working with Directors/Other Designers: Learning to communicate with a production team, working with them to understand design choices, and adapting decisions based on their process, is an integral part of being a successful Scenic Designer/Technical Director/Paint Charge.
Technical work: In order to achieve those design intentions, there will be practice the various skills needed to make scenery fit and function, and also make the scenery visually work.
Minimum two years educational or professional experience in scenery for the theatre
Willingness to learn and work a flexible schedule
Comfortable working on ladders
Ability to lift 50 lbs.
Aaron O’Neill (Paint Charge, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and Freelance Set Designer, Chicago); Matthew Krell (Automation technician, ZFX); Mercy Rodriguez (Properties Supervisor, American Academy of Dramatic Arts); Anna Stine (Scenic Charge, Flat Rock Playhouse); Hannah Allgeier (Scenic Carpenter, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Corey Umlauf (Freelance Scenic Designer/Assistant)
The Scenic Apprentice will primarily work a schedule of 8am–5pm Monday through Friday. Nights and weekends will be necessary for the PTC production schedule, rehearsals, tech rehearsals, special projects and design. Time will be dedicated for these during the normal work week as able. Actors Theatre of Louisville will do its best to work with the apprentice’s ability to work any outside part-time employment.
Resume plus three references
Portfolio required for applicants wishing to focus on design or paints (optional for all other applicants)