Production Apprenticeship Program

Portland Center Stage at the Armory in Portland, Oregon is proud to announce that it is current accepting applications for the production apprenticeship program for the 2018-2019 season.

Portland Center Stage at The Armory (PCS) is the largest producing theater in Portland, Oregon, and is among the top 20 professional regional theaters in America. Established in 1988 as an offshoot of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PCS became an independent theater in 1994 and has been under the leadership of Artistic Director Chris Coleman since May, 2000. PCS stages eleven major productions annually in two theaters located inside The Armory: the 590-seat U.S. Bank Main Stage and the 190-seat Ellyn Bye Studio. An affiliate of the League of Resident Theatres, Actor’s Equity Association and Theatre Communications Group, PCS produces a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works in addition to its annual summer playwrights festival, JAW. In its home at The Armory, PCS has more than 9,000 season ticket holders and attracts an annual audience of nearly 150,000 theater-goers of all ages.

Portland Center Stage’s home since fall 2006 — The Armory — is the first historic rehabilitation on the National Historic Register, and the first performing arts venue to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum rating. The design includes efficient use of energy, water and building materials that lower operating expenses as well as the building’s impact on the environment.

Portland Center Stage is located in the heart of the Pearl District in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon.

Apprenticeships are available in the following disciplines:

  • Stage Management
  • Carpentry
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Costumes

The apprenticeship program at Portland Center Stage invites recent college and community college graduates to spend the year with us, bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. Apprentices will work alongside industry leaders in their chosen discipline, and will be exposed to cutting edge methodologies in theatre making. The apprenticeship program seeks to bridge the gap between collegiate theatre and the rigors of the professional environment by exposing apprentices to a theatre on the forefront of art making.


  • Travel Stipend: Apprentices will be given a $500 travel stipend to help relocate to Portland for the 2018-2019 season.
  • Pay: Apprentices are hired as full-time, seasonal, non-exempt employees, at $12.00 per hour, during their tenure at Portland Center Stage. This is a full time, hourly position with a guaranteed 40 hours each week, plus overtime for any hour above that.
  • Amazing Location: Portland Center Stage is located in the heart of Portland, Oregon. With access to mountains, rivers, forests, and the Pacific coast, there could not be a more beautiful place to live.
  • Professional Development: Along with hands-on-experience in their chosen discipline, apprentices will be given the following opportunities to expand their potential careers outside of the apprenticeship program, through opportunities such as:
    • Monthly Classes: Once a month, apprentices will be exposed to industry leaders and theater professionals to talk about how they became who they are.
    • Portfolio Review: If design is important to our apprentices, they will be given the opportunity to spend time with professional regional theater designers, reviewing their portfolios. This is an invaluable opportunity to continue growing as designers and visionaries.
    • Evaluations: Apprentices will be evaluated four times over the course of the season with the head of the apprenticeship program, along with their individual department heads, in order to clearly articulate progress, goals, and long range objectives.



  • Applicants must be available to work the entirety of the 2018-2019 season at Portland Center Stage. Apprenticeships begin in early July and last until late May.
  • Applicants must be a college or community college graduate, or have exceptionally equivalent professional experience.


Please include the following piece of material in your application packet:

  • Cover Letter
    • Please use the cover letter as an opportunity to introduce us to who you are, and who you want to be. Tell us something interesting about yourself, and why this apprenticeship is important to you right now in your career.
    • The Armory at Portland Center Stage values a diverse team of employees from a variety of backgrounds: we believe that theatre is a space that is enriched by a heterogeneous group of artists and thinkers. Use the cover letter to tell us how your experience helps fill this mission.
  • Professional Theatrical Resume
    • Please highlight experience in your chosen discipline.
    • Feel free to over-share the different experiences you’ve had in theatre, even if they don’t align with the discipline you hope to apprentice in.
    • We are not judging you on your resume layout: we are looking for content!
  • Photo
    • Please include a photo that has meaning to you. It should not be a photo of you: just something that is important to your core values as a person and artist.

Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one apprenticeship,
but must submit a full application packet for each discipline.

Stage Management Apprenticeship:

Portland Center Stage may hire between one and three stage management apprentices. Stage management apprentices will serve as production assistants on all main stage and studio productions. Apprentices will work alongside staff equity stage managers to learn the nuances of professional stage management both within the rehearsal hall and stage management booth. 

Carpentry Apprenticeship:

Portland Center Stage may hire one carpentry apprentice to spend the season working in our scene shop, paint shop, and props shop. The carpentry apprentice will work alongside a scene shop full of talented local artisans to create the worlds we see onstage. Apprentices will learn woodcraft, welding, automation, carpentry, finishing, painting, and construction techniques. Apprentices will experience drafting, budgeting, and planning of the operations of a scene shop by working alongside our technical director and observing these operating procedures. 

Lighting Apprenticeship:

Portland Center Stage may hire one lighting apprentice for our 2017-2018 season. Our lighting apprentice will hold a diversity of positions across our season: from electrician, to show operator, to follow spot operator, to assistant designer. Apprentices will receive a broad spectrum of knowledge in electrics and lighting execution and design. 

Sound Apprenticeship:

Portland Center Stage may hire one sound apprentice to spend next season with us. The sound apprentice will have a variety of tasks over the course of the season including front of house mixing, pit recordings, studio recording, load-ins, A2-ing, A3-ing, and assistant designing. 

Costume Apprenticeship:

Portland Center Stage may hire one costume apprentice to spend the season working in our costume shop. The costume apprentice will work alongside a shop full of talented local artisans to create the costumes we see onstage. Apprentices will stitch, drape, cut, buy, dye, craft, fit, first hand, dress, wig and live the costuming process. Along with shop experience, apprentices may work wardrobe, travel to other cities for measurements, or assist in costume design.

Applicants should send all materials to:

Liam Kaas-Lentz, Production Manager

or by mail:

Portland Center Stage at The Armory
Attn: Liam Kaas-Lentz
128 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Portland Center Stage is committed to advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. PCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity.

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