Apprentice Program

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apprentice Program

As a theatre also dedicated to cultivating the next generation of arts professionals and fortifying our region's creative class, the heart of our Ensemble is our Professional Acting Apprentices. These emerging artists and professionals are essential in achieving our mission and are entrusted with key positions within the theatre. This collaborative spirit makes Ensemble Theatre a unique and innovative place in which to work.

To apply, please submit a copy of the Apprentice Application (click here to download), along with cover letter, headshot, résumé and two letters of recommendation. We must receive all hard copies of the application requirements before your application can be processed. Please do not send letters of recommendation or any other component separately. Electronic filing is not available.


Application deadline for the 2017-2018 Season is February 1, 2017.

professional Acting apprenticeships

ETC's Professional Acting Apprenticeship Program is a multi-layered opportunity to gain professional training and work experience. It is a concentrated 10-month program that focuses on training and compensated application of experience in a professional environment.

Over the course of a season, each Apprentice will be given rotating assignments for each show of the season. Working alongside professional members of ETC's team, the Apprentice will experience the many layers of producing theatre professionally.

An ETC Professional Acting Apprentice will receive professional training and education opportunities offered to them free of charge, as well as applied work experience and specific duties for which they will be compensated.

Acting Apprenticies spend one season (September-July with Ensemble Theatre and are given the opportunity to audition for or understudy suitable main stage roles. They are also guaranteed a performance in their own production at the end of the season. As a Professional LOA-LORT Equity Theatre, Ensemble Theatre offers membership candidacy into the Union (AEA-EMC). Apprentices are immersed in a professional and creative environment that astutely complies with union rules and regulations.

Acting Apprentices:

  • Perform or understudy main stage roles
  • Are eligible to join the AEA-EMC Program
  • May perform in select outreach programs during the season
  • Are expected to make a season-long commitment
  • Participate in workshops and classes with Ensemble Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, Director of Apprentice Programming, and other theatre professionals
  • Are assigned to running crews for main stage productions
  • Receive compensation for specific duties

Technical Apprentice Program 

Ensemble Theatre has partnered with University of Cincinnati's nationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music on our Technical Apprentice Program. Our production team works diligently with CCM faculty to identify a student who could benefit from a year of practical experience and take time off from academic studies. This apprenticeship is a paid position and assists in all aspects scenic and technical operations.

Other Internship Opportunities

  • Administrative & Education Internships
    Administrative and Education Interns closely collaborate with department managers and staff. Related experience or a college degree in these fields is a requirement. These internships are not offered every year and are contingent upon individual interest and qualifications. Please contact our Director of Apprentice Programming for information.