Portland Playhouse provides emerging artists with professional experience and training both on stage and off. Apprentices benefit from the small-group, select nature of the program, and working closely with staff members, professional artists, and fellow ensemble members to maximize their year of training. The Apprenticeship begins in mid-August and runs through the end of June. The program is free to enroll in, features housing, and provides a $100 monthly stipend to help with living expenses. Apprentices receive professional production credits in our main-stage season, theatre administration experience, individualized mentorship, advanced conservatory-style classes, and full integration into the Portland theatre community.


Apprentices learn all aspects of running a theatre by working closely with core company members in various production and administration areas. They will commit up to 20 hours of their time per week working alongside Playhouse staff in their chosen field. These fields include (but not limited to) marketing, audience services, development, administration, management, casting, and education. Apprentices will also share responsibilities running front of house for our season productions where they have the opportunity to engage with professional artists and our larger Portland community one-on-one.  


Apprentices will devote an average of 20 hours per week to their specific craft: acting, design, directing, or stage management.  Acting apprentices will receive conservatory-style training in movement (Suzuki & Viewpoints), voice work, scene study, devising for ensembles, and additional specialized classes cultivated and lead by professional artists in various aspects of production and performance. Apprentices focused in design, directing, or stage management will engage in a single year-long mentorship with various levels of involvement in each of our main-stage season productions. Additionally, apprentices may be cast in our season productions and may assistant direct in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Regardless of creative focus, our apprentices learn through a fully immersive experience that will plant roots in the professional theatre world both within Portland and beyond. 


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,, are NOW CLOSED. 

Contact Nikki Weaver at for details, concerns and questions.