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Directing/Artistic Programs Apprentice

Department/Team: PATP/Artistic

Location: Seattle, WA

Position Reports To: Associate Artistic Producer

Work Location: In-Person

FLSA Classification: Full-Time/Seasonal/Hourly/Non-Exempt

Benefits: Paid Personal Days, Paid Holidays, Paid Accrued Sick Time Eligible for parking discounts/Orca Card (Bus pass); Comp Tickets

Pay Range: $19.97/hour

Application Deadline: Monday, May 27, 2024

You can apply from your phone by texting "PATPArtistic" to (206) 966-4931



Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming, and we believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure inclusion of those who have been excluded historically; focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table and reflected in our community.



Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.


Theater at the heart of public life


Artistic Vitality, Sustainability, Generous and Inclusive Practices



Seattle Rep is seeking two Directing/Artistic Programs Apprentices for the 2024-2025 season. The Directing/Artistic Apprenticeship provides an opportunity to assist leading directors in the field and be part of the day-to-day life of a regional theater. Time is split between the rehearsal room and administrative experiences, making it a unique and holistic opportunity for emerging directors interested in artistic administration and leadership along with casting and new play development. As an assistant director, the Directing/Artistic Programs Apprentices work as directing and dramaturgy assistants on 2-3 shows, with duties that can range from rehearsal prep, taking notes, script supervision, dramaturgical research, observation, artist hospitality, cross-departmental engagement, pre- and post-show patron engagement, and more.

As a member of the artistic team, the Apprentices participate in season planning, script reading, industry research, and artistic administrative work related to producing, trustee engagement, youth engagement, and community engagement. As casting opportunities occur, the Apprentices will help organize and administer auditions for our mainstage season, may attend showcases, general auditions, and readings throughout the year. Additionally, as schedules allow, the Apprentices will assist in the curation and development of new plays for Seattle Rep. The Directing/Artistic Programs Apprentices are supervised by the Associate Artistic Producer with additional mentorship provided by members of the artistic staff, including the Artistic Director.


Typical Duties Include:

  • Serving as an assistant to directors on 2-3 mainstage shows, with duties including taking notes, script supervision, dramaturgical research, and understudy support. (50%)
  • Support the administrative needs of the Artistic Department, including event support, taking notes at meetings, preparing presentation slides, and other duties as assigned. (15%)
  • Participate in the ongoing literary duties of an artistic department, including season planning, script reading, researching, and file management. Support new play development workshops as available. (10%)
  • Participate in the ongoing youth and community engagement duties of an artistic department, including the cross-programmatic support of youth engagement, community engagement, and patron engagement events. (10%)
  • Participate in the casting process, including actor scouting, brainstorming lists, audition support, and file management. (10%)
  • Build a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally via attending shows and events (5%)



  • Commitment to cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace via decisive action including consistently seeking out opportunities for self and community improvement in the areas of racial equity, accessibility, gender inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity.
  • Interest in directing and experience as an assistant director, actor, designer, playwright, or dramaturg
  • Interest in a career in U.S. Regional Theater
  • Demonstrated interest in literary, dramaturgical, and/or new work development
  • Interest in community-engaged, artist-centered theater-making
  • Strong people skills—comfortable communicating with a broad range of personalities over phone, email, and in person; displays sensitivity and emotional intelligence
  • Excellent writing and analysis skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Collaborative and interested in all elements of the theater
  • Self-motivated, flexible and a good sense of humor


Seattle Rep is excited about and actively working towards becoming a more diverse, anti-racist organization. We are interested in attracting, developing, and advancing the most talented individuals regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status or any other dimension of diversity. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others from underrepresented groups to apply.

Every candidate brings something special to the table. If your experience and skills don't perfectly align with the job qualifications but you are excited about the role, feel your values align well with Seattle Rep, and are willing to strive for excellence in your work, please apply. We will train the right candidate.



  1. Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
  2. Complete all areas of the online application.
  3. Attach two resumes and letter of interest (cover letter). One resume should outline your directing and production work, one resume should outline your administrative and institutional experience.
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation with your application. (Reference letters will not be accepted separately from the application.)


Applications will be reviewed once the position has closed.

Seattle Rep has a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees, with accommodations for medical and religious exemptions only.