Magic Theatre believes in investing in young artists. Through our education and community outreach programs students are invited into Magic’s creative process of cultivate new plays, playwrights and audiences. Students work with professional actors, designers, and directors to produce bold, entertaining, and ideologically robust plays that ask substantive questions about the world in which we live.
Through our long time partnership with Laney College, students are invited into the exclusive First Day table read event, while also having performances brought directly to them… Learn more about the Laney College Program here and also ways to support this special opportunity for the next generation!
Magic’s Apprenticeship program involves young professionals from across the country and gives them the opportunity to work side by side with legendary theatre professionals while also gaining valuable industry experience. Learn more about the Apprenticeship Program here and also ways to support these young artists.
Now in its 50th 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.
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.
Full-season 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. For both full-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.
The partnership with the Laney College Theatre Arts Department/Fusion Theatre Project is multi-faceted. Students are invited to special events at Magic Theatre, including each production’s First Rehearsal and Opening Night, which are unique opportunities to network and learn from professional theatre artists. Students are also invited to view the production/rehearsal process during tech week, where they can talk to the designers about producing a show. Magic playwrights visit the students in class and lead a process-based playwriting workshop, where students learn about playwriting and get deeper insight into the artist's’ work. Magic Theatre then brings each of our shows to Laney College’s theatre located in downtown Oakland for a free public performance for students and the Oakland community, providing more access to our work. Finally, students are invited to apply for our competitive Apprentice program; a number of Laney students have gone through the program before beginning successful careers in theatre.
Performance at Laney
I’ve had the incredible opportunity to move through all parts of the Laney program. The first production I saw at Magic was the opening night of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child in 2013, and I was astounded by the artistry. I knew after that performance, I needed to be a part of Magic; I attended the rest of the Opening Nights of the season and got a sneak peek behind the scenes at Tech Rehearsals. For me, one of the most invaluable experiences of the Laney/Magic partnership was the playwright workshops where award-winning playwrights came and spoke to our Script Analysis class about their process and the work. Later that season, I started volunteering, leading talkbacks for high school and college students. I was then invited to join the Magic staff as the Development Intern; and was accepted as the Literary Apprentice for the 2015-16 Season.
Working for Magic has been one of the most career-affirming experiences of my life. I’ve worked with and learned from some of the most talented artists and designers in the world, which has advanced my career and skills in ways I could have never imagined. Many of my Laney peers have gone through the partnership program at Magic and have gone on to professional careers on stage and in production, including some dear friends who were cast in This Golden State by Luis Alfaro in 2015 and Sojourners by Mfoniso Udofia in in 2016.
I now work professionally at a number of Bay Area theatres, including Magic, as the Development Associate, and know I would not be where I am today without the opportunities afforded to me through the Laney Program.