Professional Producing Apprenticeships

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 7

Ensemble Studio Theatre is pleased to invite applications for our Professional Producing Apprenticeships in Artistic Producing and in Production & Operations Management.

Producing Apprentices will have hands-on roles and responsibilities throughout EST’s upcoming season, which will include three World Premiere mainstage productions at our home on 52nd Street, as well as dozens of workshops, readings, Sunday Brunch performances by our Youngblood writers group, parties, and other celebratory events.

EST Professional Apprentices will commit to a paid part-time apprenticeship (20-30 hours per week) between late August 2019 and July 2020 in which they will work directly with EST’s senior management and take on significant responsibilities including day-to-day tasks and long-term collaborative and individual projects. Compensation is $1500 per month (except August, which will be pro-rated). Apprentices’ weekly schedules may vary with their duties and the requirements of the overall production/administrative schedule, but all scheduling will be determined in advance and Apprentices will in no way be expected to work more than their scheduled hours. Apprentices will participate in weekly EST Staff meetings, will be paired with an external mentor, and will be provided numerous professional development and networking opportunities throughout the season. They provide concessions coverage for mainstage productions as well as some workshops, for which they are compensated $25 per shift plus tips.

We are seeking enthusiastic candidates who are underrepresented in theatre administration, and we encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age and physical ability to apply. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and off stage. EST is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), and all qualified applications will receive consideration.

Interested candidates should email a professional resume, two references, and a short (appx. 400 words) personal statement detailing your interest in the Artistic Producing to

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 7

Artistic Producing Professional Apprentice

The Artistic Producing Professional Apprentice (APPA) will serve an important role in EST’s artistic team as the line producer for EST’s numerous reading series, including EST Memberfest readings, the Sloan/EST First Light Reading Festival, Youngblood’s annual Bloodworks reading series, and other various readings throughout the year. Working closely with the Artistic Director, the Associate Artistic Director, the Director of Play Development, and the Production Manager, the APPA will be the point person with each reading’s creative team, managing scheduling, rehearsals, technical requirements, script and program printing, house management and acting as Producers Rep before and during the presentation. The APPA will also have a significant role in EST’s monthly Youngblood Brunch, working with the Brunch directors to assist with collecting artist conflicts and contact information, scheduling rehearsals, and providing production support at Brunch performances. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, and the ability to handle multiple projects at once are essential. The APPA will assist EST’s General Manager on union contract drafting and fulfillment. This Apprenticeship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in artistic direction and artistic producing and learning how a developmental theatre functions through the lens of an artistic department.

Production & Operations Professional Apprentice

The Production & Operations Professional Apprentice (POPA) will work closely with the Executive Director, the Production Manager, and the General Manager, gaining hands-on experience in the daily operations of several active departments. The POPA will assist with scheduling & implementing tech and load-in for Mainstage productions (and some workshops), assist with the organization & upkeep of our performance spaces, assist in the management of production budgets, help coordinate physical needs for EST mainstage productions as well as auxiliary workshops and readings, and conduct general administrative duties within the production department. The POPA will also have a significant role in EST’s monthly Youngblood Brunch, working with the APPA on scheduling and providing production support to directors during the week-long rehearsal period at Brunch performances. The Apprentices also receive ample opportunities to interact with top designers, stage managers, and crew members, including access to production meetings and rehearsals. Candidates should be well-organized and interested in learning the day-to-day coordination of all scenic, lighting, costume, and sound needs for EST productions, and should take personal and professional pride in ensuring that EST’s performance facilities are welcoming and attractive.

The Ensemble Studio Theatre ( was founded by Curt Dempster in 1968 with a group of 20 theatre artists. It has since grown into a company of over 600 actors, directors, playwrights and designers. 

EST develops and produces original, provocative and authentic new plays. We engage and challenge our audiences in New York City and across the country. EST is a dynamic community committed to a collaborative process and dedicated to inclusion across all aspects of identity and perspective, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexuality, physical or mental ability, physical or mental health, and recovery. We acknowledge and work to end systemic marginalization and oppression at all levels of our organization. EST discovers and nurtures new voices and supports artists throughout their creative lives. We believe that this extraordinary support and our commitment to inclusivity are essential to yield extraordinary work.