The Special Events Apprentice participates in the activities of a busy fundraising office with a focus on cultivation and stewardship event support. Duties include tracking RSVPs and other data in the Tessitura database, assisting with logistics and staffing for Development events, donor benefit fulfillment, supporting Development staff with Trustee Committee Meeting prep and execution, and general department support. Strong candidates will have excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills; a high level of computer proficiency, including work in the Microsoft Office Suite; and an interest in a career in the nonprofit performing arts. The Special Events Apprentice reports to the Special Events Coordinator.
The Audio Apprentice works with the Audio Department to help with system setup for all Baltimore Center Stage productions, general equipment maintenance and repair, and supporting rentals and events. The Audio Apprentice will also work with the Sound Designers while acting as the board operator for some shows during the season. College and/or relative professional experience along with a basic understanding of audio systems is required. Experience with Mac and PC platforms, QLab, digital consoles, and wireless systems is preferred.
The Carpentry Apprentice works in the Scene Shop on construction of scenery. Experience with wood construction and the use of standard shop tools is required. Welding and rigging experience is also a plus. Ability to solve problems and work independently is essential.
The Company Management Apprentice assists the Company Manager with all aspects of company and facilities management, including upkeep and organization of all theater-owned housing units; actor, designer, and consultant travel arrangements and accommodations; special event hosting and preparations; and attending to the needs of visiting artists. Working hours for Company Management vary and applicants should be prepared to be on-call many nights and weekends. Candidates need a warm personality, great communication skills, strong organizational skills, intermediate Microsoft Office skills, a valid driver’s license, a willingness to accommodate others and a sense of humor.
The Costumes Apprentice assists in the shop with construction, shopping for shows, maintenance of stock, as well as with running crew and daily wardrobe maintenance as needed. Opportunities to learn more about crafts or wig maintenance are also available. Fast, accurate sewing skills and a working knowledge of costume construction are required. A digital portfolio in PDF format or website is required with the application.
The Digital/Social Media Apprentice will be involved in the planning, shooting, and editing of video as well as the creation of other digital content for use online including social media. Applicants should have a proficiency in digital marketing and social media with an ability to comprehend YouTube and Google Analytics and how it affects future videos; experience using a mid-level HD video camera and a DSLR camera for both video and still photography; experience uploading, tagging, and providing descriptions on YouTube and Vimeo channels; an understanding of basic sound and light equipment; a moderate proficiency with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut and related software; and an ability to juggle multiple priorities. The ideal candidate will also be confident with the proactive cultivation and activation of digital content. Strong writing and editing skills, knowledge of various social media platforms and content requirements/restrictions also useful. Applicants are encouraged to provide links in their resumes to samples of video work available online. College and/or professional experience is required.
The Dramaturgy Apprentice works with the artistic staff in support of literary management, new play development, season planning, production dramaturgy, and the overall near- and long-term artistic course of the theater. Other responsibilities typically include writing for programs and other materials; collaborating in educational, community programming; additional dramaturgy for selected projects; contributing to the artistic and institutional online/social media presence; and helping devise, support, or coordinate select artistic projects. Candidates should have excellent writing and communication skills, and a strong background in dramatic literature and practical theater; some graduate study or prior experience of professional production is a plus. Writing samples are required with the application.
Education Apprentice assists the Education staff in administering and facilitating theater workshops, post show discussions, and trainings; organizing in-school residencies and visits; and maintaining department databases and archives. Applicants must show promise as a promoter, fundraiser, and advocate for Baltimore Center Stage and theater education. Candidates need experience as both a theater and teaching artist; must work well and confidently with the public; and have excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills.
The Graphic Design Apprentice will see a wide range of projects as part of the marketing and communications team that supports the entire theater. Responsibilities can range from in-house print production to creating promotional materials from concept to commercial print production to assisting with the design and production of digital media. Significant other tasks will include photography, digital asset management, and event support. The apprentice will work directly with the Art Director and will collaborate with many other staff members. The candidate should have solid experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; understand basic design and typography concepts; be comfortable using a digital DSLR; and know their way around the Mac platform. Experience with HTML, basic video shooting, Premiere, and digital animation could all be useful. Efficiency, diligence, proofreading, and people skills are essential. A portfolio of design work must be provided with the application.
The Lighting Apprentice is an integral part of the four-person lighting staff. Duties include hanging, focusing, equipment maintenance, special projects, and the programming/running of shows. Lighting Design and Assistant Lighting Design opportunities available based on experience. College and/or professional experience is required as well as knowledge of computer light boards. Examples of a candidate's work and/or portfolio is required.
The Management Apprentice will assist the Associate and Executive Directors in day-to-day operations. Principle responsibilities center on human resources, theater operations, strategic planning, and budgeting. Candidates need strong organizational skills, experience with word processing and excel spreadsheets, and good writing and communication skills.
The Producing & Community Programs Apprentice works with the Artistic staff in support of line producing the Mainstage and non-Mainstage programming including community programs, season planning, casting, contracting, line producing, and new play development. This apprentice reports to the Associate Artistic Director and Artistic Producer/Director of Community Programs and cross collaborates with all other departments in the theater. Candidates should have excellent communication, organizational, and strong writing skills, and high degree of initiative; some prior experience of professional production or casting is a plus, as well as a strong passion for community engagement work. Apprentice assists community programs staff in all aspects of planning and execution of community events. Experience as theater and teaching artist is a plus.
The Production/Stage Management Apprentice is involved in all aspects of production management, including production planning, supporting rentals and events, production-specific research projects, and assisting with contracting and financial tracking. In addition, this apprentice will share time working in all aspects of stage management, with primary duties in the rehearsal hall and as part of the running crew. Preference is given to candidates with experience outside academic theater. Administrative and organizational skills, experience with spreadsheets and word processing, as well as the ability to work with a broad range of people and attend to numerous projects concurrently are all skills vital to excelling in this position.
The Properties Apprentice assists in all aspects of procuring and creating props for each production. This includes carpentry, sculpting, metalwork, sewing, upholstery, painting, drawing, and research. A portfolio demonstrating some of these skills is required.