Apprentice program


Portland Playhouse provides emerging artists with professional experience and training both onstage and off for a full theatre season. Apprentices benefit from the small-group, select nature of the program, and work closely with our staff members, professional artists, and fellow ensemble members to maximize their ten months of training.

  • August 20, 2020 – June 12, 2021
  • Free enrollment
  • $100 monthly transportation reimbursement
  • Optional housing with a host family upon request
  • Core Program Responsibilities (Wed-Fri)
    • Theatre administration experience (up to 5 hrs a day)
    • Advanced conservatory-style classes (3 hrs a day)
  • Additional Production Responsibilities (Wed-Sun)
  • Individualized mentorship
  • Access to additional opportunities such as auditioning for our season shows, understudying, assistant directing in our education programs, etc.
  • EMC Program and production credit eligibility
  • Integration into the Portland theatre community

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


Our apprentices chose a primary creative focus for their ten months with us. These focuses include: acting, design, directing, or stage management. Acting and directing apprentices receive conservatory-style training in specialized classes cultivated and led by professional artists. Apprentices focused in production engage in a year-long personalized mentorship with various levels of involvement in each of our season productions. Additionally, apprentices may audition for our season productions and may choose to assistant direct in our Fall Festival of Shakespeare or Social Justice Theatre Project.

In the last part of the season the Apprentice Company culminates their artistic administration teachings and class work to create and produce their own original solo show production under the guidance of our education staff.

NOTE: Total work and creative time will not exceed 60 hours per week.


Apprentices commit up to five hours per day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday assisting our core company members at Portland Playhouse in various arts administration fields. These fields may include (but are not limited to) marketing, audience services, development, artistic administration, education, production management, and education program evaluation.

Apprentices also have the opportunity to engage with professional artists and our larger Portland community one-on-one. Wednesdays through Sundays, they share season production responsibilities ranging from creative team/crew to running front of house.


Nikki Weaver, Movement and Solo Shows

Corinne Gaucher, Creative Resilience and Solo Shows

Thyra Hartshorn, Technical Theatre

Daniel Meeker, Scenic and Lighting Design

Gretchen Corbett, Acting and Scene Study

Oluyinka Akinjiola, Dance and Movement

Jason Rouse, Sketch Comedy and Stand Up

Chris Gonzalez, Devising

Katherine Lewis, Devising

Karl Hanover, Dialects and Monologues

Cristi Miles, Viewpoints and Suzuki

Jessica Wallenfels, Movement and Solo Shows

Ben Feinstein, New Play Development

Sofia Aino, Playwriting

Ben Newman, Clowning and Devising

Lorraine Bahr, Character Work

Chris Harder, Meisner

Val Landrum, Viewpoints and Character Work

Alia Farah, Singing and Vocal Technique


Applications for the 2020-2021 Apprentice Company are NOW CLOSED. If you turned in an application, you will be contacted by our staff.

The program begins on August 20, 2020 and ends on June 12, 2021.

Due to restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, In-Person Auditions are cancelled this year. We look forward to getting to know everyone through their audition videos.

Please email our Assistant Director of Education, Corinne Gaucher at with questions or to schedule an in-person audition time.

Video application

As part of the application process for all apprentice positions, we ask that you record a 10min video of yourself so we can get to know you.

Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or a similar sharing platform and be ready to share the link in your application. Videos should include the following components:

For an Acting Apprenticeship:

  • Two contrasting monologues that you feel best represent you as an artist
  • If you sing or play music, 16 bars of a song
  • Tell us, how do you describe/define yourself? You’re… (ex- a painter, a sister, an actor, tough, sensitive…)
  • Tell us a story of a profound moment in your life.

For a Directing, Stage Management, Design/Production, or Other Apprenticeship:

  • Discuss an example of the work you’re most proud to have been a part of and include:
  1. How you were involved?
  2. Why it was meaningful to you?
  3. How do you hope to carry that experience into your apprenticeship?
  • Tell us, how do you describe/define yourself? You’re… (ex- a painter, a sister, an actor, tough, sensitive…)
  • Tell us a story of a profound moment in your life.
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