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APPRENTICESHIPS

Overall Information
Artistic Direction Apprenticeship
Literary Apprenticeship
Theatre Management Apprenticeship
Production Apprenticeship
Marketing and Development Internship
Special Events Internship
Educational Outreach Internship
Summer Internship


APPRENTICESHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS


Now in its 51st year of continuous operation, Magic Theatre is dedicated to creative risk: we cultivate new plays, playwrights, and audiences and produce bold, entertaining, and ideologically robust plays that ask substantive questions about, and reflect the rich diversity of, the world in which we live. Magic believes that demonstrating faith in a writer’s vision by providing a safe, rigorous, and innovative artistic home, where a full body of work can be imagined, developed, and produced, allows writers to thrive. We believe that, by adding vanguard voices to the canon and expanding access to new theater-goers, we ensure the future vibrancy of the American theatre.

Apprenticeships:

Artistic Direction
Literary
Theatre Management
Production

Full, part-time, and part-season positions are available for 2018-2019 season


Internships:

Marketing and Development
Special Events 
Educational Outreach

Summer Interships


These apprenticeships and internships will begin in mid-August 2018 and continue through June 2019. (Magic also offers summer internships June through August). 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.



Overview

A Magic Theatre apprenticeship is for you if you are planning a career in theatre and have an interest in new play development and production. 

Magic Theatre apprentices and interns participate in every aspect of operating a mid-sized theatre company, from full participation in staff meetings and strategy discussions to sharing in everyday administrative and production tasks, fund-raising, and script reading, contributing to both short- and long-term organizational endeavors. Apprentices receive hands-on training and experience while working side-by-side with top theatre professionals. 
The apprenticeship will be a rich, career-building experience, which will strengthen your craft, your resume and your network of professional colleagues. All Magic apprentices have the opportunity to forge unique relationships with the playwrights we support in residence.

Apprentices and interns will work primarily in their own departments and participate in all-staff events, and may be asked to work on special projects with other departments.
 Summer interns will work with every department. While Magic is dark in the summer, every department has demands that must be met so that we continue to operate smoothly and are ready for the coming season. 

Season and summer positions, we are looking for people who are full team players and thrive in a collaborative environment. All apprenticeships and internships at Magic Theatre offer the possibility of future transition to paid positions. To date, five apprentices/interns have moved into staff positions and seven have been hired to helm artistic workshops and readings. General Requirements Magic Theatre apprenticeships and internships will begin in August 2018 (specific date to be determined) and end by June 30, 2019. 2019. Part-season apprenticeship terms may be August-December or January-June.

These are part or full-time positions that occasionally require substantial weekend and evening time, especially during productions. Some flexibility may be possible (to be arranged with the apprentice’s or intern’s department head). Applicants for all positions must be at least 18 years old. Social networking, IT, internet, and video skills are strong assets. For all positions, good writing skills and computer competence (word processing and spreadsheets) are required. Apprentices and interns must be able to thrive in a work environment that is characterized by changing priorities and demands. 

Apprentices and interns receive a small stipend ($250 per month for 10 months for apprentices, $125 per month for interns). Opportunities to augment income with evening and weekend front-of-house assignments may be arranged for those with financial need if work assignments permit. 
Housing is not provided nor arranged. Magic will pursue supplemental financial support for superior applicants who would otherwise be unable to pursue these positions, but support cannot be guaranteed. 

Specific requirements for individual apprenticeships are indicated in the descriptions of those positions. Artistic Direction Apprenticeship, Literary Apprenticeship, Theatre Management Apprenticeship, Production Apprenticeship, Marketing and Development Internship, Special Events Internship, Educational Outreach Internship, and Summer Internship.


Artistic Direction Apprenticeship

The Artistic Direction Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to learn and develop the wide range of artistic and leadership skills necessary to work in the professional theatre. By working at Magic, a mid-sized theatre with a national reputation for new play development, the apprentice will have unique access to artistic and management leadership. Magic is large enough to allow the apprentice to work with leading playwrights from around the world and top professionals from around the United States and, at the same time, small enough that an apprentice will have an integral and hands-on role in the day-to-day work of the theatre. Magic is a fast-paced, exciting, and fluid work environment, and the Artistic Direction Apprentice must seek and thrive in that kind of situation.The apprentice reports to and is mentored by Artistic Director Loretta Greco while working closely with all members of the artistic staff.


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

ARTISTIC PLANNING:
Participate fully in all activities involved in developing and producing new work; participate in Artistic staff meetings and season planning; organize and maintain the administrative side of the Artistic office; read plays and participate in Literary Committee meetings; cover the Bay Area theatre scene; assist the producer and assistant producer of the Virgin Play Festival; develop workshops and readings throughout the year; participate in local casting; and serve as resident producer for selected second stage events.

ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION:
Support the Artistic Director by monitoring correspondence and performing other administrative tasks required for smooth operation of the company. (These tasks require organizational, verbal, and quantitative skills.) Provide general administrative support as needed.

ASSISTANT DIRECTION:
Work directly with directors such as Niegel Smith, Daniella Topol, Trip Cullman, Loretta Greco, Jackson Gay, Jon Moscone, and Robert O’Hara. While each director uses his or her assistant director in a unique way, assisting usually includes some combination of observing rehearsals, working with actors on lines, providing support to stage management, participating in design meetings and note sessions, contributing to all aspects of script evolution and development, and serving as an artistic voice for the production in development events and pre- and post-play discussions with the audience. The Artistic Direction Apprentice will serve as an assistant director on one or two Magic Theatre productions from pre-production to closing.

PRODUCTION:
Act as associate producer for all workshops, readings, festivals and special events at Magic, including the Virgin Play Festival. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in casting, coordination and communication with creative teams; purchasing and organizing of all necessary materials (food, highlighters, etc.); scouting locations and organizing event details; managing the running of events; and keeping all AEA paperwork organized and up to date.

DRAMATURGY AND AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT:
Provide support and content for contextual events around main stage and new play fest programming; serve as a marketing brain trust with Artistic staff; help run and participate in Friday evening Talkbacks; contribute to Magic blog; participate in postering and other public awareness efforts. Artistic Direction Apprentices participate in building a collage of dramaturgical images for rehearsal for each production and are encouraged to be creative with design and aesthetic.



Specific Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for all Magic Theatre interns, the Artistic Direction Apprentice should hold a bachelor’s degree in a theatre-related field and/or professional theatre experience. Excellent collaborative, analytical, and writing skills are required.






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Literary Apprenticeship

The Literary apprenticeship at Magic offers the opportunity to observe and work in the field of new play development, festival production, literary management, script analysis and dramaturgical research along with an immersive look at the new play landscape in American theatre. The apprentice will participate in an array of activities associated with the functioning of a literary department of a professional theatre. In addition, the apprentice will work as an associate producer for the Virgin Play Festival and other developmental workshops and readings throughout the year, thus gaining experience and developing skills in a production environment to complement work in the literary field. All apprentices share office administration responsibilities and general Artistic Staff duties, including “all hands on deck” activities that arise in the course of a season.Literary apprentices work as assistants to, and are mentored by, the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director. They will practice skills relevant to the entire range of choosing and moving a dramatic work from the page through various drafts to the stage.

rESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

LITERARY MANAGEMENT

Read and report on new scripts; attend readings by other companies; distribute scripts. Apprentices read and critique at least four plays a week.Coordinate and participate in meetings of the Literary Committee.Perform general administrative and clerical tasks such as copying and organizing materials and maintaining the literary database.‍

PRODUCTION

Act as associate producer for all workshops, readings, festivals and special events at Magic, including the Virgin Play Festival. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in casting, coordination and communication with creative teams; purchasing and organizing of all necessary materials (food, highlighters, etc.); scouting locations and organizing event details; managing the running of events; and keeping all AEA paperwork organized and up to date.In coordination with the Theatre Management Apprentice, act as the liaison with Producers and Adopt-a-Play sponsors, providing them with scripts, contextual information about the plays and other dramaturgical materials, and access to rehearsals.Lead audience participation events: hone public speaking skills and represent the theatre in front of patrons via post-show talkbacks and curtain speeches. By the end of the season, the apprentice will become proficient in leading post-play discussions and interviews.

DRAMATURGY

Conduct library and archival research as well as image research in libraries and on the web; analyze dramatic texts; assist in the writing, editing and proofreading of programs, study guides and other publications; observe rehearsals; participate in educational programs (Magic Theatre offers audience talk-backs after some performances). The Literary Apprentice participates in building a collage of dramaturgical images for rehearsal for each production and is encouraged to be creative with design and aesthetic.Develop skills in primary oral research and interviewing.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Complete other administrative support tasks as needed.Specific RequirementsIn addition to the general requirements for all Magic Theatre apprentices, the Literary/New Play Production apprentice should hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree; advanced degrees and/or related experience are welcome. In addition, candidates should have outstanding writing, communication and organizational skills, experience in research, a strong background in literature, and a passion for dramatic literature in particular. Foreign language skills and video editing and/or production skills are assets. Candidates should have a special interest in the process of transforming a written play into a theatrical production.





Theatre Management Apprenticeship

The Theatre Management Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to learn and develop the wide range of management, marketing, and development skills necessary to work in the professional theatre. The apprentice works closely with Magic’s Managing Director, General Manager, and Director of Production to ensure the smooth running of daily operations.


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

COMPANY MANAGEMENT:
Assist with contracts; assist with the preparation and maintenance of budgets; arrange artist travel and accommodation; assist in planning company-wide events.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:
Audience engagement (including press releases, social networking and other audience-building efforts, and web content); under supervision, write and proofread press releases, place stories in local and regional press, schedule and facilitate press interviews, and assist with publicity. Learn administrative aspects of media relations for a performing arts organization including researching and building media lists, preparing press kits and clip books, handling press ticketing, archiving all press clips, and maintaining the organization’s photo archive.

MARKETING:
Participate in marketing meetings and brainstorm strategies and tactics to sell shows and enhance the Magic brand. Contact with area businesses to boost visibility to locals, secure corporate sponsors, and sell program ad space. In conjunction with box office, research group sales leads and initiate contact with community partners. Distribute play-specific posters and postcards throughout the city.

DEVELOPMENT:
Work on all aspects of donor relations and stewardship, including assisting in the design of invitations, web content, and other materials for fundraising efforts; writing drafts of solicitation letters and grant requests; assisting in preparing materials for cultivation and solicitation of major donors; assist in the logistical planning, setup, execution, and breakdown of fund raising events; participating in the planning and execution of Magic’s annual fund raising gala; researching and assisting in the preparation of grant proposals; copying and organizing materials; help maintain Magic’s donor database.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT:
Assist with general administrative and clerical tasks, such as IT administration, front of house management, maintaining an organized work space in the Magic office.


SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the Theatre Management Apprenticeship should demonstrate a strong interest in producing and/or theatre management.In addition to the general requirements for all Magic Theatre apprentices, the Theatre Management Apprentice should hold or be in the process of earning a degree in a theatre management-related field and/or have professional theatre experience. Excellent collaborative, analytical, and writing skills are required, along with a high degree of personal organization, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, facility with Microsoft Excel, a valid drivers’ license, and a willingness to roll with the punches.




Production Apprenticeship

The Production Apprentice at Magic Theatre will assist in a broad range of tasks focusing on production management, company management, and facilities management.




RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE


GENERAL PRODUCTION:  
Work closely with Director of Production on basics of theatre management, including upkeep, scheduling, budgets, and facilities (basic maintenance of the operation).  Serve as a liaison between Magic Theatre and the design and production teams. Attend all production meetings (take and distribute notes); serve as an additional “hand on deck” during tech/previews. Assist in all aspects of production (sets, costumes, lights, sound, video, props, backstage) as needed.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT:
Assist with contract preparation and booking of travel and accommodation for guest artists.

OTHER:
Specific responsibilities will depend on the requirements of the show and on applicant’s prior experience and demonstrated capabilities.



specific requirements

In addition to the general requirements for all Magic Theatre apprentices, the Production Apprentice should have at least two years of technical theatre/production experience. Driver’s license valid in California is required; ownership of or access to a car is strongly preferred.  Experience with Ion lighting console, QLab sound program a strong plus; experience with computer drafting (AutoCad and Vectorworks) and IT skills also desirable.


marketing and development internship

The Marketing/Development Intern will assist with all aspects of promoting, cultivating, and fundraising for the Magic Theatre.  Under the supervision and mentorship of the Development Manager, the intern will work on:



responsibilities include

OUTREACH:
Contact businesses in the vicinity of the theatre to boost visibility to locals and find more local corporate sponsors. In conjunction with box office, research group sales leads and initiate contact with community partners. Work with the Development Manager and Managing Director to strategize and sell program ad space. Distribute play-specific posters and postcards throughout the city.

CONTENT CREATION:
Write blog entries for Magic’s website; manage and provide content for social media channels.

GENERAL:
Participate in marketing meetings and brainstorm strategies and tactics to sell shows and enhance the Magic brand.

FUNDRAISING MATERIALS:
Assist in designing invitations, web content, and other materials; write drafts of solicitation letters and grant requests.

MANAGE DONORS:
Prepare and disseminate invitations, acknowledgement letters, and other mailings; process contributions; participate in other solicitation and cultivation efforts.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Assist in the logistical planning, setup, execution, and breakdown of fund raising events; participate in the planning and execution of Magic’s annual fund raising event.

GRANT WRITING:
Research and assist in the preparation of grant proposals.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT:
Assist with general administrative and clerical tasks, such as copying and organizing materials; entering e-mail addresses and demographic data into Magic’s database; maintaining an organized work space in the Development office.


specific requirements

In addition to the general requirements for all Magic Theatre interns, the Marketing/Development Intern should be enrolled in an undergraduate college/university program or hold a four-year college/university degree, and be interested in a career in non-profit marketing or development.  Candidates should have outstanding writing, communication, and organizational skills, be proficient in use of social networking sites, and be able to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail.  Experience in an arts organization, video production skills, experience with database systems and web sites, knowledge of and enthusiasm for theatre is a plus.


special events internship

The Special Events Intern will assist the Development Manager with all aspects of promoting, cultivating, and fundraising for the Magic Theatre.  The intern will be a critical team member in the planning, setup, execution, and completion of fundraising events, including opening nights, Magic’s annual gala and auction, four behind-the-scenes brunches and dinners, and other special donor events.


requirements include

PREPARE:
And disseminate invitations, acknowledgement letters, and other mailings; process contributions; participate in other solicitation and cultivation efforts.

ASSIST:
In soliciting and following up on all in-kind donations, including auction items for Magic’s gala and food donations for special events. Includes streamlining gift data entry and acknowledgement processes.

AID:
In designing invitations, web content, and other materials; write drafts of solicitation letters and grant requests.

HELP:
With general development, administrative and clerical tasks, such as copying and organizing materials, conducting research for grant proposals, entering information into Magic’s database, and maintaining an organized work space in the Development office.This position has flexible hours with the time demand ranging between two and five days per week.


specific requirements

In addition to the general requirements for all Magic Theatre interns, the Special Events Intern should be interested in a career in non-profit special events or development.  Candidates should have outstanding interpersonal, writing, communication, and organizational skills, and be able to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail.  Experience in an arts organization, video production skills, experience with database systems and web sites, knowledge of and enthusiasm for theatre is a plus.





educational outreach internship

The Educational Outreach Intern will assist with all aspects of promoting Magic’s season to school and college student groups and coordinating visits of those groups to Magic productions. Under the supervision and mentorship of the General Manager.


Responsibilities Include

STUDENT MATINEES:
Contact middle schools and high schools in San Francisco and nearby cities to stimulate interest in and attendance at Magic’s student matinees; follow up with school contacts to arrange and coordinate attendance. Work with the Associate Artistic Director to provide educational materials and programming for student matinees.

SCHOOL GROUPS:
Reach out to high schools and colleges to promote and arrange attendance by student groups at regular Magic performances.

INDIVIDUAL STUDENT ATTENDANCE:
Formulate and promote a program to attract individual high school and college students to regular Magic performances. Program formulation may involve consulting with teachers to identify aspects of a coordinated program that would be advantageous to students in their academic environments. Components may include special pricing, mechanisms for earning school credit, or other elements.

LANEY COLLEGE PROGRAM:
Magic presents a matinee performance of each production at Laney College in Oakland. These performances are free and open to the public. Magic also has an ongoing program with the Theater Arts Department at Laney to involve students in the operation of a working theatre. The Educational Outreach Intern will assist the Director of Production in coordinating the Laney performances and the Associate Artistic Director in coordinating the ongoing Laney program.This position requires an average of 10 hours per week. Some tasks may be performed offsite (and some must be performed offsite).


SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

The Educational Outreach Intern should be enrolled in an undergraduate college/university program or hold a four-year college/university degree, and have an interest in theatre.  Candidates should have outstanding writing, communication, and organizational skills, be proficient in use of social networking sites, and be able to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail.  Experience in an arts organization, video production skills, experience with database systems and web sites, knowledge of and enthusiasm for theatre is a plus.Candidates should be self-starters, able to formulate and execute the programs identified above. Ability to work collaboratively as part of the Magic team is critical.Geographic mobility, in the form of a driver’s license and access to a car, is also advantageous but not required.


Summer Intership

Magic Theatre is dark from the end of June through the middle of August, but there’s plenty of work to be done so that we’re ready for the coming season. The summer intern(s) will work with all regular staff members to keep Magic running, providing support to the Artistic Director, Managing Director, General Manager, Production Manager, and Development staff.


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE


ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION:
Support the Artistic Director by monitoring correspondence and performing other administrative tasks required for smooth operation of the company.
(These tasks require organizational, verbal, and quantitative skills.)
Provide general administrative support as needed.

LITERARY MANAGEMENT:
Receive, catalog, and read new scripts; attend readings by other companies; distribute scripts to members of the artistic staff and the Literary Committee; participate in Literary Committee meetings.  Perform general administrative and
clerical tasks such as copying and organizing materials and entering information into the literary database.

GENERAL PRODUCTION:  
Work closely with Director of Production on basics of theatre management, including upkeep, scheduling, budgets, and facilities (basic maintenance of the operation).   Assist with preparation and pre-production work for the future season.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT:
Assist with the booking of travel and accommodation for guest artists.

OTHER:
Support casting calls that may be scheduled during the summer months; support marketing and audience engagement efforts through social media, postering, and related activities.Summer internships are part-time positions (typically, 20 hours per week; schedules to be arranged with supervisors).

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
The Summer Intern(s) should hold or be in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree in a theatre management-related field and/or have professional theatre experience. Excellent collaborative, analytical, and writing skills are required, along with a high degree of personal organization, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, facility with Microsoft Excel, a valid drivers’ license, and a willingness to roll with the punches.