Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) has announced that applications are now being accepted for seasonal staff members and for the prestigious Professional Training Program for the 2018 Season
This Tony Award®-winning theatre is known for its acclaimed productions and top-notch talent, but the Williamstown Theatre Festival also offers one of the nation’s top training programs for theatre performers, directors, designers, technicians, and administrators. Each summer, approximately 250 aspiring theatre professionals are given a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world of professional theatre and work side by side with some of the top professionals in the American theatre. Among the luminaries who started their careers as part of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s training programs: Kate Burton, Peter Dinklage, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michael Greif, Michael C. Hall, Jessica Hecht, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison, Janney, Patricia McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Hyde Pierce, Chris Pine, Christopher Reeve, Emmy Rossum, Phillipa Soo, Kiefer Sutherland, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Alex Timbers, Marisa Tomei, George C. Wolfe, and many more.
Application deadlines fall between January 8 and March 12, 2018. For more information and applications, please visit http://wtfestival.org/work-learn/.
The Administrative and Production Internship Program offers specialized training for early career administrators, designers, technicians, and directors. Each summer, current students and recent graduates begin their careers as WTF interns, working alongside the top theatre professionals in the country while participating in workshops, master classes, forums, and seminars. Internships are available in all areas of theatre-making, from company management to directing; from audience engagement to props.
The Apprentice Program is a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world of professional theatre during the summer season of the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival. When selected to the program, Apprentices have the opportunity to audition for Festival productions and participate in numerous projects, productions, and special events. Apprentices also take part in a unique hybrid curriculum that brings together training and practical application in the interest of launching careers. Resident artists teach a wide variety of classes across many disciplines, and master classes with world-renowned visiting artists are scheduled throughout the summer. Apprentices work in a number of capacities throughout the summer, including building sets, hanging lights, assisting the marketing department, greeting audiences, and providing vital support to the many and varied needs of the Festival on a daily basis. In short, and with no understatement, Apprentices are the lifeblood of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The Non-Equity Company is a nationally recognized, highly competitive group of young actors who have committed themselves to a career as professional actors. This company is drawn in large part from the top graduate programs in the country, and also through an extensive submission and audition process in New York City each spring. Members of the Non-Equity Company compliment the Equity Company in Main Stage and Nikos Stage productions and are cast in principal roles in the COMMUNITY WORKS and Fellowship Project productions.
The Fellowship Program is one of the only director-driven developmental initiatives in the country. Annually, WTF awards these fellowships to two up-and-coming directors, challenging them to create ambitious and ground-breaking new work in the vibrant and safe atmosphere of the Festival. The Fellowship Program is a fast-paced, artistically charged incubator for bold new work as well as a hotbed for the next generation of theatrical directors. Past Sagal and Foeller Fellows have gone on to helm lauded productions in New York and around the country.
Every summer since 1955, the Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires to produce unique experiences for artists and audiences alike. The Festival creates bold, innovative theatre, hosts dynamic development opportunities for new plays and musicals, and offers a rich array of accompanying cultural events such as COMMUNITY WORKS, Late-Night Cabarets, Comedy, and One-Night Concerts. With offices in both Williamstown and New York City, WTF creates vibrant work that feeds the wider theatrical landscape. The artists and productions shaped at the Festival each summer often go on to reach diverse audiences nationally and internationally. WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. The Festival is a recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and the Massachusetts Commonwealth Award for Achievement.