Apprentice program

What is it? 

The Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company is a paid immersive internship that acts as a bridge between school and working in the professional theatre.

The Apprentice Company application for 2024-2025 is now closed. Thank you to those who have submitted! Please contact for any further inquiries.


  • August 13, 2024 – June 20th, 2025
  • A company of 3-6 Apprentices
  • Paid education, artistic, and administrative opportunities
  • Solo shows / collaborative showcase in June


  • Assisting and participating in 3-4 shows of the season
  • Theatre administration training and experience 
  • Mainstage show auditions and understudy roles
  • Production crew responsibilities
  • Assistant directing and assistant design position
  • Working and training in our education programs


    • Customized classes and individualized mentorship
    • Integration into the Portland theatre/film community
    • Free application/enrollment
    • Free housing with a host family upon request
    • All work paid at $15.45/hr | 30-40 hours/week
    • Occasional overtime (hours over 40 paid at time and a half)

Season 12 Apprentice Company and staff members on the steps of the Playhouse. (above)

Grow With Us

Apprentices benefit from the small-group, select nature of the program, and work closely with our staff, professional artists, and fellow ensemble members to enrich their ten months of work at Portland Playhouse. 

Apprentices choose a primary creative focus for their ten months with us. These focuses include: acting, directing, production, design, or stage management. Acting apprentices receive limited classes cultivated and led by professional artists. Apprentices focused in design and stage management engage in a personalized mentorship with various levels of involvement in each of our season productions. 

Apprentices may work in our office assisting and learning from core company members and staff in various arts administration fields including marketing, audience services, fundraising, artistic administration, production management, development, and education programming. 

At the end of the season, the Apprentice Company presents a showcase or a small show of their choosing. 

Past Teaching Artists

With past  Apprentice Cohorts we worked together to program classes per their requests and built new and lasting relationships with professional artists in and beyond Portland. As a result, this list is not exhaustive.

Thyra Hartshorn, Technical Theatre
Nikki Weaver, Yoga and Solo Shows
Brian Weaver, Acting and Shakespeare
La’Tevin Alexander, Acting and Film
Charles Grant, Choreography
Daniel Meeker, Scenic and Lighting Design
Gretchen Corbett, Acting and Scene Study
Oluyinka Akinjiola, Choreography and Movement
Jason Rouse, Sketch Comedy, Improv, and Stand-up
Corinne Gaucher, Creative Resilience and Solo Shows

 Alia Farah, Singing and Vocal Technique

Chris Gonzalez, Devising Theatre
Cycerli Ash, Acting and Film
Stephen Robinson, Writing
Karl Hanover, Dialects and Monologues
Cristi Miles, Viewpoints and Suzuki
Jessica Wallenfels, Movement and Devising Theatre
Samantha Van Der Merwe, Movement and Devising Theatre
Chris Harder, Meisner
Val Landrum, Viewpoints and Character Work
Orion Bradshaw, Hip-hop and Choreography

The newly reimagined paid apprenticeship is made possible by these courageous funders:

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