Theatrical Outfit is committed to developing the next generation of artists and audiences. The Tom Key Arts Leadership Program is a year-long apprentice company that bridges the gap between the academic and professional worlds, by providing hands-on experiences to recent college graduates who have a passion to make a career in the theatre. Named for the theatre’s former artistic director, it is our wish that the apprentice program reflect the artistic excellence and commitment to civic engagement that Tom Key exemplified during his tenure as our artistic leader.
In the 2023-2024 season, Theatrical Outfit will embark on the fourth year of our apprentice program. Apprentices will be in residence at TO from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024, working 20 – 30 hours per week. They will be paid a stipend of $10,000 for the year, paid bi-weekly. We want to ensure that young artists learn to gain and maintain a balance between work and life. We put these principles into practice by maintaining a balanced and well communicated schedule with breaks built in and fair working hours each week. Housing is not provided.
The Tom Key Arts Leadership program is specifically geared towards directors, designers, technicians and stage managers, but offers a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates every aspect of professional theatre production. Through the course of the year, apprentices will be given specific responsibilities in their primary area of artistic interest, as well as cross-training in front-of-house operation(as ushers or staffing box office and concessions), marketing, and other opportunities in theatre administration. The apprentice company’s tenure will culminate in a capstone project/production that embodies Theatrical Outfit’s mission of “starting the conversations that matter.” Additionally, TO will provide a series of master classes and workshops for the apprentice company, taught by high-caliber professional theatre artists, to further invest in the development of their skills.