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 2018-2019 company, which begins in August and ends in June, 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, in January (date TBA). And we'll be conducting Portland auditions in April.

Contact Nikki Weaver at for details, concerns and questions.