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At Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98025
Box Office: (425) 392-2202
Tuesday-Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm

AAt Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98025
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


Theatre Apprentice Program (TAP)

Our Theatre Apprentice Program (TAP) provides hands-on experiential learning, mentored by professionals, in a wide variety of theatre disciplines.

TAP opportunities allow students to learn theatre industry vocational skills such as performance, direction, design, management, and arts education. Using theatre arts, TAP teaches creativity and responsibility, encourages teamwork and personal integrity, and builds self-esteem.

TAP Apprentices develop a customized learning plan and are provided strong and consistent mentorship by theatre professionals as they learn theatre skills for enriched lives and career opportunities. Participants develop a broad-based appreciation for live theatre promoting positive values through art. Students may take advantage of a progressive learning experience that can potentially lead to paid positions. The majority of students start as Entry Level Apprentices, but the exact placement of each individual will be determined through the application and interview process based on experience and ability.

Interested in current opportunities? See AUDITIONS »


Village Theatre KIDSTAGE seeks students 18 years of age and above (younger by permission) for internships in the classroom, in our professionally produced productions, and in our Summer Independent Production.

Internships are available in Arts Education, Management, Direction, and Design.

KIDSTAGE Internship programs support the development of outstanding theatre professionals by providing a structured program of training, coursework, and extensive progressive in-class and hands-on learning experiences. Designed to prepare students for careers in theatre arts, internships translate the KIDSTAGE philosophy of “Skills for Theatre … Skills for Life” into classroom technique, and rehearsal and production proficiencies.

Internship programs are available in Issaquah and Everett, and include:
  • A customized learning plan
  • 20–40 hours per week of hands-on experiential learning
  • Strong and consistent mentorship by a theatre professional
  • A progressive learning experience that can potentially lead to paid positions
  • Theatre skills applicable to career opportunities
  • The promotion of positive values through art
  • Some internships include a stipend to reimburse expenses depending on schedule or program

Arts Education Internships include a minimum of 15 hours per week spent in the classroom assisting an experienced theatre arts educator.

KIDSTAGE Production Internships are available in Direction, Stage Management, Production Management, and Design.

They each include a minimum of 15 hours per week spent in rehearsals and production meetings, assisting experienced theatre professionals.
Available internships vary depending on production and location.

KIDSTAGE Summer Independent Production Internships are available in Management, Direction, and Design.

The Summer Independent Production is the pinnacle of the KIDSTAGE program and is entirely directed, designed, and produced by young intern artists up to 20 years of age. Professional mentorship, provided by Village Theatre artists and staff, helps ensure that high artistic and educational standards are met. Typically, Independent Production students have advanced through progressive challenges in professionally guided Management, Direction, Design, Technical, and roles through previous TAP experiences. Independent Production interns must successfully complete a rigorous application and interview process and receive steadfast support throughout the production experience from the education staff.

  • Apprentice Levels

    Entry Level Apprentice

    • Work under a professional, receiving constant instruction and supervision.
    • Learn all steps from concept to execution and in turn see true results of their work.
    • Pay a tuition (tuition varies by TAP program/location)*

    Intermediate Apprentice

    • Work alongside a professional, continuing to develop a personal mentor relationship.
    • Autonomy increases as skills and techniques are refined.
    • Tuition may be reduced by work exchange depending on position (tuition varies by TAP program/location)*

    Senior Apprentice

    • Work directly with a professional, shadowing them in an active position.
    • Challenged with the goal of reaching the highest professional standards possible.
    • Tuition may be fully covered by work exchange depending on position (tuition varies by TAP program/location)*

    The next level of learning is the Village Theatre Internship program. Internships are available for all areas of TAP, as well as Arts Education. See "Internships" below for more information.

  • Performance Programs

    Orchestral Performance

    Students 14 years of age or older interested in becoming professional musicians may audition for our KIDSTAGE SummerStock Orchestra program. Students are challenged to execute their skills at the highest level alongside recognized professionals. Some past participants of this program have continued on to play in the pit of our professional Mainstage productions.

    Apply: Applicants must complete the TAP Application Form and interview with a KIDSTAGE Manager.

    Interested in Current Opportunities? See AUDITIONS »

    Village Theatre Mainstage Performance (Professional)

    Students on the professional track to become musical theatre performers may audition for our Mainstage Performance Program. Selected students perform in a nine-week run of one of our professional Mainstage productions. Students face a rigorous rehearsal schedule and are challenged to execute their skills at the highest level alongside recognized professionals.

    Tuition: None. Successful applicants for the Mainstage performance program receive a weekly stipend to offset the expenses of participation.

    Upcoming Opportunites? See MAINSTAGE AUDITIONS »
  • Production Programs
    Through KIDSTAGE productions, TAP provides training for young people in a professional theatre environment. This is an excellent opportunity for students ready to expand their skills and understanding of the theatrical process by working with a professional production team.

    This training can lead to future education and careers in:

    Tuition varies by location and production. Openings exist for Entry, Intermediate, and Senior Apprentice Positions, depending on location and production.

    Interested in current opportunities? See AUDITIONS »


    Stage Management
    Stage Managers are responsible for coordinating all aspects of rehearsals and performances. They organize people and paperwork, take general, blocking and line notes during rehearsals, help organize costume fittings, prop lists, and other pertinent show data and run both rehearsals and performances. Stage managers are highly organized, leaders, detail oriented, proficient with Microsoft Office, and calm under pressure.

    Production Management
    Production Managers oversee the entire production from hiring of the production team to striking the show. They collect and gather important paperwork, run production meetings, coordinate parent and student volunteers, organize and distribute marketing materials, and assist with flow of communication between production team members. Production managers are highly organized, knowledgeable about a wide range of theatre disciplines, proficient with Microsoft Office, and capable of seeing the big picture without missing the details.

    Technical Director
    Technical Directors coordinate the design team and technical staff to achieve artistic goals on time and on budget. They work with carpenters, painters, and designers to execute a scenic design, create detailed technical drawings of scenery in Autocad, oversee a scenic materials budget, and help engineer scenery. Technical directors are attentive to detail, knowledgeable about all areas of technical theatre, capable schedulers, strong negotiators, and like to work with a variety of people.


    Directors are responsible for the artistic rendering of the show. They collaborate with the artistic team and designers to tell a cohesive story. They create stage pictures, do dramaturgical research, communicate their concept to visual designers, and coach actors in scenes. Directors are creative, patient, team players, skilled compromisers, and natural leaders.

    Choreographers create the dance and movement to tell the story of the show. They create original choreography, teach and notate dance steps and formations, clean dance combinations, teach students techniques and dance steps, and run daily fitness conditioning warm-ups with actors. Choreographers are experienced dancers, patient teachers, clear communicators, and able to visualize stage pictures and movement.

    Music Direction
    Music Directors are responsible for the musical rendering of the show, by integrating vocal and orchestral elements into a production. They manage both singers and musicians, working with performers to teach/rehearse music, harmonies, parts, and to clean vocal and orchestral performances. Music directors are knowledgeable about vocal technique and instrumentation, patient teachers, clear communicators, natural leaders, and able to balance the needs of vocalists and instrumentalists.


    Designers work collaboratively with the director and each other to fulfill the vision/concept of the production through their own particular areas.

    Scenic Designers fulfill the vision or concept of the production both conceptually and physically. They create an exciting, safe, and visually interesting performance space for the show. They generate a floor plan, front and rear elevations, color renderings, a 3-D model, and collaborate with the technical director to produce the final set. Scenic designers are visual communicators, good at spatial relationships, collaborative, and enjoy interpreting the director’s concept visually.

    Lighting Designers use different lighting instruments and colors of light to appropriately illuminate the performance space. They mimic different lighting conditions (daylight, nighttime, indoors, outdoors, etc.), as well as enhance the mood of a scene. They also create a light plot, hang and focus instruments, and program cues. Lighting designers are collaborators, understand appropriate use of color and angles of light, and are adept at programming a light board.

    Sound Designers work collaboratively with the director, music director and other designers to create the way the show sounds. They oversee the audio dynamics of the performance space, microphone and speaker placement, balancing levels of all sound sources for all areas of the audience, cabling, and pulling/creating environmental sound effects. They run the soundboard during sound checks and performances. Sound designers are collaborative, inventive, proactive, able to process opinions and feedback from multiple listeners, multi-taskers, and have a good ear.

    Costume Designers create costumes befitting the characters, story, and actor needs. They produce sketches and color renderings of designs, as well as choose appropriate fabrics for the performance space and actor movement used in the show. They build, pull, or requisition costume pieces, including shoes and accessories. Costume designers are experienced sewers, attentive to detail, visual communicators, collaborative, enjoy working with and leading a team, and enjoy interpreting the director’s concept in clothing.

    Propmasters create handheld props and furniture that complete the performance space and the actor’s performance. They research different environments (time periods or fantastical places), and different construction techniques, to produce items that appear authentic, can stand up to performance use, and help inform the overall story. Propmasters are attentive to detail, collaborative, inventive, resourceful, and persistent.

    Technical Theatre

    Lighting Technician
    Electricians hang, circuit, and focus lights. Sometimes, depending on the show needs, they also operate spotlights or work as light crew during the run of a show. Electricians are comfortable with ladders/heights and electricity, able to follow instructions and cues, and attentive to detail.

    Carpenters build and install scenery from detailed technical drawings. Depending on design, duties may include basic rigging, welding, and other advanced carpentry techniques. Carpenters and stage hands ensure the safe and efficient operation of scenery and properties back-stage during performance, operating motors, and counter-weight fly systems. Carpenters follow directions well, are motivated, and have a working knowledge of power tools.

    Scenic Painter
    Scenic Artists mix colors, use a grid to layout artwork, and utilize different paint techniques. They use and maintain various types of brushes, rollers, sprayers, and other paint equipment to accurately draw and paint from designer renderings and/or model pieces. Scenic artists are attentive to detail, capable artists, good with their hands, and enjoy meticulous tasks.

    Costume Assistant
    Costume Assistants take a design from concept drawings to finished product by borrowing, pulling pieces from stock, or constructing new garments. Depending on production needs, they will often assist with actor measurements and fittings, organize and track costumes for a full cast, and could potentially work as wardrobe/dressing crew during the run of a show. Costume assistants are calm individuals who are attentive to detail, organized, and know how to sew.

    Properties Assistant
    Prop crew are master craftspeople. They fill the performance space with period appropriate hand-held props, furniture, and other scenic dressing. Depending on production needs, they may assist with shopping, borrowing, pulling from stock, constructing new pieces, organizing and tracking, and could potentially work as props crew during the run of a show. Properties assistants are organized, creative, attentive to detail, and enjoy a variety of crafts.


First Stage Theatre
120 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Office: (425) 392-2900

Angela Linder
Youth Education Administrator kidstage_

Janet Cole Hamilton
Education & Outreach Manager

Faith Bennett Russell
Education Assistant Manager

Casey Craig
Institute Manager

Joel Arpin
Production Manager

Suzie Bixler
Associate Director of Youth Education

Bailey Sipila
Education Assistant

Stay up to date with KIDSTAGE production and audition opportunities, show announcements, and upcoming productions.


To provide a personal development program for young people which uses theatre arts:

  • To teach creativity and responsibility
  • To encourage teamwork and personal integrity
  • To foster self-esteem and appreciation for live theatre

Village Theatre KIDSTAGE believes that everyone benefits from an inclusive, multi-cultural environment of students, staff and programming. We welcome people of every ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, income and ability.

Need a Form? See FORMS »


Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202

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2710 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Box Office: (425) 257-8600



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