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Cleveland Play House's Apprenticeship Program is a dynamic and engaging program for young professionals and future colleagues in the field. The apprenticeship introduces recently graduated college and post-graduate students in an intensive experience with a top-tier American theatre. Apprentices will work with individual departments and top professionals in the field to gain practical experiences and skills working in a regional theatre. Our central goal is to train future leaders that will transform the field.

We are now accepting applications for our next apprentice class which runs from August 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Applications for the Apprenticeship program must be received by March 15, 2015.

We offer apprenticeships in the following areas:
  • Artistic
  • General and Company Management
  • Operations
  • Costumes
  • Development
  • Education
  • Community Organizing
  • HR/Administration
  • Marketing
  • Scenic Painting
  • Properties
  • Lighting/Electrics
  • Stage Management
Members of our Apprentice program have the opportunity to:
  • Explore CPH's core values of Artistry, Community and Life-Long Learning.
  • Develop skills in leadership, diversity, collaboration and creativity.
  • Learn the inner workings of America's first regional theatre.
  • Interact and network with various professionals and artists at Cleveland Play House and theaters in Cleveland.
  • Influence and impact individual departments through projects and leadership opportunities.
  • Engage in Professional Development Seminars.
  • Assist with unique community events

About the Program

Cleveland Play House is a vibrant organization with exciting artistic and operational leadership, where new ideas are welcomed and developed by our enthusiastic and supportive staff. This is a unique, artistic professional environment, where creativity is honored, cooperation can be expected, and work is fun. Apprentices work intensively within individual departments and with top professionals to gain practical experiences and skills. Our apprentices develop skills in leadership, diversity and collaboration, network with various professionals and artists at CPH and Cleveland theaters, impact individual departments through project-based opportunities and assist with event programming. Our apprentices receive a weekly stipend, public transportation passes or validated parking and furnished housing. Apprentices also receive complimentary tickets to all Cleveland Play House productions.

About the Application Process

Please read the following information carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. Applications for the Apprenticeship program must be received by March 15, 2015.

Upon submitting, applicants will be contacted if they have been selected as a preliminary candidate for their desired position. All applicants will receive a response no later March 30 regarding the status of their application. Absolutely no phone calls regarding your materials or the process will be accepted.

How to Apply

Applications for the Apprenticeship Program must be submitted as ONE PDF file. The file should not exceed 4MB and should read LASTNAME.FIRSTNAME.pdf (i.e. WILLIAMS.TENNESSEE.pdf) and should be sent to:

The file should include the following:
  • A one page Cover Letter, including which position you are applying (you may choose only one)
  • A one page Resume with work experience related to your desired position
  • One page which includes two references: one professional and one academic

NOTE: Additional materials may be required. Please review descriptions carefully before submitting. Please do not submit letters of recommendation at this time.

Eligibility & Requirements

Candidates for our Apprentice Program will have completed undergraduate coursework by June 1, 2015 and will have had some experience in arts administration, artistic and/or theatre production. Candidates must be willing to relocate to Cleveland, Ohio from August 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Housing is provided. Candidates must be willing to commit to full-time work hours as well as overtime as necessary for the needs of the department.

The Kennedy Center - This program is provided under contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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