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Sound & Projections Apprentice

CATEGORY: Technical

Olney Theatre Center
Olney, MD

Job Details



Olney Theatre Center is a Teaching Theater, committed to training the next generation of theatre makers and committed to providing these training opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds and identities. Every year sixteen apprentices live on campus and work under the professional mentorship of our 38-person full-time staff (many of whom are apprentice alumni!). These emerging professionals serve key responsibilities in virtually every department of the organization. At OTC, Apprentices forge connections within the theater community, learn standards of professionalism, and build their resumes and portfolios.

Our program offers a space for emerging theater artists to hone their skills by working alongside the nation’s best designers, directors, and administrators. Apprentices also have the opportunity to work with the Senior Associate Artistic Director to complete a Capstone Project tailored to enhance their individual goals.

This is a year-long commitment, lasting from Labor Day 2022 to Labor Day weekend 2023.

As an Olney Theatre Center Apprentice you will…

Live and work in a vibrant artistic community for a full season. On-site housing includes shared bedroom, bath, common area, and kitchen.

  • Take advantage of the Washington, D.C. theatre scene, the nation’s second-largest theatre market.
  • Develop marketable skills and create contacts for future employment.
  • Benefit from working directly with the resident staff, in addition to over 300 visiting professional artists.
  • Participate in bi-monthly professional development classes with various staff members at Olney Theatre Center.
  • Receive complimentary tickets to Olney Theatre Center productions and many other D.C. area shows.
  • Earn $205 weekly stipend.
  • Have shared use of company vehicles and free parking (also free for personal vehicles).

The Sound and Projections Apprentice works directly with the Sound and Projections Supervisor and Associate to implement the sound design and projections design for each production. The apprentice also works alongside local and visiting projections designers, sound designers and engineers.

Responsibilities include assisting with load-in, troubleshooting problems during tech rehearsals, maintenance of audio and projections equipment during the run of productions, and participation in all strikes and changeovers. During production runs, the apprentice works with the Sound Engineer to maintain the show, while serving as audio assistant on musicals and front-of-house engineer on straight plays.

Experience working as an A1 and/or A2 and awareness of current sound boards and equipment is preferred. This apprenticeship is suitable for those working towards careers as Sound Engineers and Sound Designers.

What materials are appropriate? Standard materials often include a resume, cover letter, and three references (just contact info). Additionally, some people like to include links to portfolios or writing samples (Dramaturgy applicants should certainly plan on submitting samples). Some people like to send full letters of reference; that's great too. Most importantly, we want you to let us know (1) who you are and (2) why you want to spend a year learning and working with us. So submit what you think will best tell us that. Submit all materials to: [email protected]


Oct 3, 2022 - Sep 1, 2023





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