Summer 2021 Intern/Apprenticeship Applications

Transcendence Theatre Company’s apprentice program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience in wine country’s premiere not-for-profit theater. Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of departments, from the creative to the administrative, and apprentices are encouraged to explore beyond their department to learn more about how the theater functions as a whole. 

The apprenticeship program aims to provide individuals with valuable mentorship and expert training, bridging the gap between academic education and practice. Apprentices are an integral part to the success of our Spring season. Supporting Transcendence in its daily activities, apprentices will gain insight, knowledge, and hands-on experience in all aspects of the theater. We offer bi-weekly Artist Advancement workshops and a stipend is available for all apprentices unless otherwise specified. 

Ideal apprentice candidates should be enthusiastic, dedicated workers with an interest in using the arts as acts of service for a specific community. We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, independent, have a sense of humor, and are able to multitask. 

To apply, please fill out the application link below. Then, please send a resume and any other information detailing your work that would be nice for us to know in an email to interns@TTCsonoma.org.

Click here to send an email with the subject line “Apprentice  Application for Summer 2021, [Your name]”.

REQUIREMENTS: Available to high schoolers, college pre-professionals, recent college graduates, and young adults pursuing higher education.

SUMMER 2021 INTERN/APPRENTICESHIPS

Costumes/Props:  (Apprentice or Intern | In-Person)

The Costume/Props Apprentice / Intern will be contracted by Transcendence Theatre Company for the entire summer.  While this internship/ apprenticeship uniquely spans two fields of theatre, it will instill a general understanding of the process of sourcing and building pieces for a show. Throughout the process, apprentices will learn how to create a costume or prop design from an idea given from the director, creatively building said pieces, organizing props and costumes, updating show paperwork, running crew as a wardrobe dresser, and stitching and costume upkeep. Interns will leave Transcendence with the tools to continue in the fields of Costume Design, Wardrobe Dresser, and Properties Master. Apprentices can hope to learn: 

Pre-Production:

  •  Scheduling meetings  with the upcoming Director to discuss the Show Flow and vision for the show. 
  •  Pre-pull potential costume and prop pieces that would work and reserve them to be used as necessary.

Rehearsal:

  • Confirm the scheduling of the “Costume Show & Tell.”  Help lead the session.
  •  Strategize and design the show as necessary.
  • Build necessary costumes for the productions
  • Properly categorizing and labeling  Costume Shop inventory. 
  •  Schedule and administer costume fittings. 
  • Assist in finalizing quick-change paperwork, dressing lists, and any other necessary paperwork needed for a smooth run of a show.

Performance:

  • Assisting in pre-show preparation for performance 
  • Assisting performers in and out of costumes backstage 
  • Potentially be in charge of quick changes throughout performance 
  • Laundry and up keep of costumes

Technical Theatre: (Apprentice Or Intern | In-Person)

The  Technical  Apprentice  will  partner  with  the Technical  Director to  gain  valuable  experience  while  working  in  a  professional  and  unique theatrical  environment.   The  Technical  Theatre  Apprentice  assists  the  Transcendence  team  with  projects  and  initiatives  including but  not  limited  to:

  • Helps  facilitate  the  needs  of  all  Transcendence  Events.     
  • Assistance  with  the  lighting,  sound,  and  set build  requirements  for  all events and productions.   
  • Work  with  various  production  departments  as  needed

Prior  experience  in  technical  theatre  production  preferred including: 

  • Lighting  and/or  Electrical  experience 
  • Live  Audio  and/or  Recording  experience 
  • Construction  and/or  Fabrication  experience 
  • Excellent  interpersonal,  organizational,  and  communication  skills  (both  written  and  verbal) 
  • Work  comfortably  and  effectively  in  a  diverse,  collaborative  environment
  • Familiarity  with  basic  fabrication  techniques  and  shop  safety  requirements

Our Technical Theatre Apprentice is integral to the success of the summer productions and by the end of the summer our apprentices can expect to  learn: 

Pre-Production:

  • Understanding of scheduling labor and crew
  • Learn how to use power tools and hand tools
  • General shop safety
  • Understand the various types of lumber, types of lighting equipment, etc
  • Learning the proper chain of command
  • Learn how to set up a sound system and mix a simple event
  • Understand basic programming on the lighting console
  • Learning how to hang and focus lighting and how to set up a lighting system

Production:

  • Learn how to run a follow spot
  • Learn what various positions do in a show
  • Learn how to think on the fly and troubleshoot

Education Apprentice (Apprentice | In-Person)

The education apprentice will work with Transcendence Theatre Company’s Education Team for the entire Summer Season with the potential of expanding into the Fall Season. Transcendence EDU’s mission is to provide equitable access to arts education so that every child can experience their individual transcendence . This apprentice will support every aspect of our educational programming focusing on supporting our Professional Teaching Artists in the execution of Summer Camps/Intensives and Mobile Unit Programming. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Teach at Kids Camp, Mobile Unit tours, and other community/school events. 
  • Collecting and coordination of Mobile Unit online arts programming and dissemination of ARTS-Ebooks (Chromebooks) to Community Partners
  • Assisting in the coordination of various education programs including on-site and virtual workshops, and various education events.
  • Organizing walk throughs and multiple locations for off site events for our Mobile Unit programs. 
  • Coordinate collection of workshop materials/ technology
  • Coordinating documentation for all education programming including collection of teacher and student surveys. 

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be outgoing self-starters that have strong organizational skills and have demonstrated interest in the arts and education. 

**Education Apprentice will be required to perform a background check

Front of House (Intern | In-Person)

Front of House Intern(s) will learn the ins-and-outs of House Management by assisting the House Manager in all aspects including, but not limited to, implementing park safety procedures, and ensuring a positive customer service experience for patrons.

The Front of House Intern(s) will feel confident after completing this program in having been a crucial element in the performance that our patrons come to experience. This year, more than ever, House Management will be a pivotal role in maintaining a safe environment for patrons, and others, inside the ruins during a time of COVID-19. They will gain important communication skills between several departments within the company (Box Office, Marketing, Events, Stage Management), become a leader among volunteers, and be that bright welcoming face that welcomes all into our productions.

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Outdoor labor 
  • People skills
  • Problem solving

Box Office: (Intern | In-Person)

The  summer  Box  Office  Intern  will  partner  with  the  Box  Office  Manager  and  the  Transcendence  teams  to ensure  key  and  necessary  elements  of  the  overall  box  office  operation  are  happening  in  a  timely  and appropriate  manner  to  ensure  successful  shows  and  events.     

Responsibilities:

Under  the  primary  supervision  of  the  Box  Office  Manager,  the  Box  Office  Intern  activities  will include,  but  are  not  limited  to  the  following  tasks  and  abilities: 

  • Support  Box  Office  Manager  in  areas  as  assigned  to  ensure  excellent  customer  service  to  all  internal and  external  clients.
  • Assist  with  data  entry,  order  fulfillment  and  mailings. 
  • Facilitate/Promote  selling  of  tickets  to  patrons  by  answering  calls  and  emails  quickly  and  efficiently
  • Assist  with  general  office  duties  as  needed.]
  • Assist  at  box  office  on  day  of  Broadway  Under  the  Stars  events. 
  • Liaising  with  other  departments  for  special  events  such  as  Transcendence  Broadway in the Backyard,  Skits  Under the  Stars,  and  others.

Video/Photography: (Apprentice Or Intern | In-Person)

The Summer Photography intern will work with the Art Director on staff to capture and categorize necessary elements from the season. Much of the shooting will be based on detailed shot lists, but there is certainly room for creativity and inventiveness as well. The hired intern will usually shoot independently so organization and self-motivation are critical qualities.

Responsibilities:

The Video/Photography Apprentice/Intern assists the Transcendence team with projects  and initiatives including  but  not  limited  to:

  • Capturing  Transcendence  Events  through  use  of  Videography & Photography  
  • Managing,  sorting,  archiving  and  tagging  all  captured  video  footage,  photographs,  and  sound  files 
  • Assisting  in  the  creation  of  promo  videos,  gala  presentation  videos  and  more
  • Sifting  through  the  photographs  and  video  footage  from  current  and  past  seasons  for  potential effective  marketing  assets 
  • Edit  photos  and  videos  in  design  software 
  • Follow  a  detailed  branding  esthetic  in  the  creation  of  new  Transcendence  promo  materials