Five Reasons to Apprentice at SOS
1) Our company is smaller than most. As a result, our apprentices get up-close experience with all aspects of production.
2) We keep in touch with our apprentices, and many often come back to work with the company in some capacity. In fact, Joey Santia, our 2017 Hamlet, began as an acting apprentice.
3) By being a part of this professional production, you will grow as an artist. Master classes with theater professionals are available (and required) for apprentices in every department.
4) We are just a short train ride to New York City, and you’ll receive a transportation stipend.
5) Rowayton, CT is an idyllic spot to spend a few weeks in early summer – with fireflies in Pinkney Park and beautiful sunsets along the Five Mile River.
Interested? Here's a brief overview of the apprenticeships we offer! (Please visit the official link for complete job description and application requirements).
ARTS ADMINISTRATION: Will experience the many facets of arts administration including: marketing, education, box office, house management, and fundraising and development to name a few.
ACTING: We offer two types of acting apprenticeships: SOS Players and Mainstage.
- SOS Players: A group of 4-5 actors will work with the Playwriting and Directing Apprentices to devise a 30-minute version of our summer production, appropriate for a young audience. The play will tour local schools and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly as a pre-show at the park. Additionally, each actor will understudy a role in the mainstage production of Macbeth and be required to attend some mainstage rehearsals.
- Mainstage: Mainstage Acting Apprentices will play small roles in our professional summer production.
COSTUME: Works directly with the costume designer and wardrobe supervisor. Duties include assisting the costume designer in pulling costumes, attending and assisting costume fittings, assisting in costume alterations, working with the wardrobe supervisor during the run of the show, and laundering the costumes nightly. Applicant should have sewing skills.
DIRECTING: Directs the Acting Apprentices' pre-show and assists the director of the mainstage production.
EDUCATION: Performs a wide array of educational duties throughout the apprenticeship. Responsibilities include creating and implementing summer camp curriculum, resulting in a 45-minute camp version of our mainstage production, as well as crafting study guides, and leading activities at the First Folio Kids Corner during the the run of the our mainstage show. Camps include our Groundlings summer camp (ages 7-9) and our Mainstage Jr. camp (ages 10-13)
PLAYWRITING: In collaboration with the Directing Apprentice and the SOS Players, writes a 30-minute version of our mainstage show appropriate for a young audience.
PRODUCTION: Will be designed around the successful candidate’s specific interest within the realm of technical theater. Opportunities include prop design, lighting design, sound design, set construction, production management, and producing.
STAGE MANAGEMENT: Assists our mainstage Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager, performing a myriad of duties - everything from keeping line notes to maintaining our rehearsal space in NYC.
*Please contact Claire Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
We look forward to seeing your applicatons!