Portland Playhouse provides emerging artists with professional experience and training. Apprentices work 20 hours/week in various production areas: marketing, development, literary, casting, and education. Apprentices learn all aspects of running a theatre by working closely with core company members. The Apprenticeship begins in mid-August and runs through the end of June. The program is free and has no stipend.


Apprentices devote 40 hours/week to their specific craft: acting, design, directing, and stage management.  Acting work includes Movement (Suzuki & Viewpoints), Voice, Scene Study, Community Engagement, and Devising for Ensembles. Designers, a director and stage manager focus on a single year-long mentorship. Apprentices benefit from the small-group, select nature of the program, working closely with teachers and fellow ensemble members to maximize their year of training. In addition to the conservatory-style training, Apprentices learn through experience; working side-by-side with professional artists in various aspects of production and performance.


CORE FACULTY (2014-2015)

  • Nikki Weaver, Apprentice Company Director
  • Daniel Meeker, Scenic and Lighting Design
  • Cristi Miles, Suzuki and the Alexander technique
  • Ashton Edmonds, Costume Design
  • Gretchen Corbett, Acting
  • Laura Faye Smith, Improvisation
  • Vin Shambry, Musical Theatre
  • Rebecca Lingafelter, Linklater
  • Jason Rouse, Comedy
  • Chris Harder, Meisner
  • Val Landrum, Viewpoints
  • Brian Weaver, Actor/Director Collaboration additional guest artists throughout the year




Applications for our current 2015-2016 company have been filled. Applications for our 2016-2017 company are now open and will close on April 15th, 2016.