Acclaimed actor and playwright, Jeff Daniels returned to his roots and founded the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan in 1991. He created the company to provide a creative home for emerging talent and seasoned professionals to learn more about and to practice their craft, and now that home is looking for some new residents.

Applications are open for new apprenticeships at the Purple Rose Theatre. This unique opportunity is designed to provide knowledge and experience that will enhance and influence the rest of each participant’s career. The experience is particularly ideal for individuals who may one day want to start or run a theatre company of their own.

All apprenticeships are purposefully general in nature, to give participants exposure to administrative, production, and artistic experience—all of the elements that must truly be in top form for a theatre to thrive.

Each apprentice will take on different assignments for each show. Examples include: production/rehearsal assistant to the stage manager, assistant to the properties designer, scene shop assistant, assistant master electrician, assistant to the sound designer, production run crew, evening box office staff and house manager. With regard to crew assignments, they are tailored to the specific interests of each individual apprentice, to the degree possible.

Apprentices are able to apply for Equity membership candidacy and earn points toward Equity membership. Points can be earned by either serving as production/rehearsal assistant to the stage manager or by acting in or understudying for a main stage production, though it should be noted that opportunities for acting and understudying are occasionally offered to exceptional apprentices, but they are not guaranteed.

Each apprenticeship is a full-time position, requiring an exclusive commitment for the duration of four productions, which is approximately 12 months. Because outside employment is not permitted, apprentices receive a modest living stipend; however, housing is not provided. Interested parties may apply online. Applications are due by March 23, 2018.

Author: Lisa Diggs

Lisa Diggs is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, business consultant, avid traveler, and founder of The Catalyst Company, LLC, Michigan Positivity Project, and Buy Michigan Now.