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.


Applications will be accepted January-April for the upcoming season.

Deadline for submission is April, 21st 2023.

On the application below, all applicants are required to provide a resume, cover letter, headshot, 3 references, and one letter of recommendation.

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During my time as an Artistic Apprentice at Theatrical Outfit, I learned a lot about myself as a theatermaker. This apprenticeship gives you a space to learn amongst the most talented and caring professionals in the business. Our leaders provided us with a platform to practice our strengths and continue developing our perspectives and identities as creators. I am very grateful for my experience as an apprentice as I have learned more about what theater means to me and what I can do for my community through live storytelling.” – Nestor Lomeli

Graduating a year after the pandemic, I had no idea how I was going to start my professional career. A professor told me to apply for TO’s apprenticeship and it became my launch pad. They welcomed me into the Atlanta theatre family with open arms. I was able to grow not only my stage management skills, but a network of resources. Being able to work alongside so many seasoned professionals early in my career was truly such a gift. T.O. took my skills and gave me the confidence and the resources to become a successful working professional.” – Gabby Peralta



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