Portland Playhouse provides emerging artists with professional experience and training. Apprentices work 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 features a $100 monthly stipend to help with living expenses.


Apprentices devote time 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.

NOTE: Total work and creative time will not exceed 60 hours per week.


CORE FACULTY (2017-2018)

  • 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 the 2017-2018 company, which begins Aug. 15, 2017 and ends June 16, 2018, are NOW OPEN.

Please apply online even if you are already scheduled to be seen in-person.

We will be attending the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) New York auditions, which are scheduled for Jan. 21-24, 2017. And we'll be conducting Portland auditions April 15, 2017.

Contact Nikki Weaver at for details, concerns and questions.