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The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849
(402) 344-7255 (fax)

Careers, Internships and Apprenticeships

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The Rose is committed to enriching the lives of children and family through live theater arts education. We are continually seeking talented artists with a similar focus and passion.

If you have a high standard of excellence and a dedication to innovative education, we want to meet you.

The Rose proudly recruits, nurtures, maintains and honors a diverse, highly-qualified resident staff of theater artists, administrators, educators and operational staff members. We focus on providing fair and competitive compensation and opportunities for growth.

Positions are updated as they become available. On an as needed basis, we also have a variety of internships and apprenticeships available.

We also post information about auditions as they become available. See the Audition page for information.

Staff Employment Opportunities

Full-Time Positions

The Rose Theater seeks a skilled full-time Resident Stage Manager to manage the smooth execution of productions, select educational activities, and special events. Responsibilities include managing rehearsals, calling shows, facilitating communication within the production team, maintaining show schedules/paperwork, distributing rehearsal/production reports, and supervising crew, backstage volunteers, and stage management apprentices. The Resident Stage Manager also archives shows, helps to maintain theater spaces, manages summer production camps, and assists with load ins/strikes.

Candidates must possess strong communication, time management and organizational skills, and the ability to stay calm in high pressure situations. A valid driver’s license is required. Benefits include life, health, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401k plan and relocation support.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, references, and paperwork examples to  No phone calls please.

The Rose Theater is a professional company of talented and passionate artists that serves approximately 150,000 children and families each year through its theater productions and educational programs. The Company’s home is the historic and storied Rose Theater located in downtown Omaha.

Founded in 1949, our mission is to enrich the lives of young people and their families through live theater and arts education. We fulfill our mission by offering an exciting season of high-quality, youth-oriented drama productions, school field trips, in-school residencies and workshops, a wide range of performing arts classes, and a dynamic youth theater program.


Part-Time Positions

There are currently no part-time positions available.

Assistant Director Positions

Assistant Director Positions

The Rose is committed to providing mentorship opportunities to artists of all kinds. Our professional, mainstage season shows feature resident and guest directors from all over the country.

Assistant Director positions are primarily a learning experience. No compensation, housing, transportation, or honorarium will be offered for these positions. Complimentary tickets and networking opportunities will be available. Interested applicants do not need to possess a specific level of experience, but should be enrolled in a degree program or be an early career theater professional.

Placement for assistant directors is based on the anticipated quality of the match between the director and prospective assistant director. Experiential learning will not be uniform across all assistant director positions. Some will function more as observerships and others will be more hands on, depending on the production’s needs and the applicant’s level of readiness and schedule availability. Several shows have evening and weekend rehearsals, but most require daytime rehearsals. The majority of our productions rehearse for four weeks total.

If you are interested in assistant directing, please send a letter of interest, resume, portfolio and availability to:
Matt Gutschick, Artistic Director


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Artist Educator Internships & Fellowships

By interning at The Rose Theater, students and early career professionals can learn about opportunities in educational theater, while increasing their job experience. Former interns have gone on to perform as professional actors; to earn MFA’s in education theater; to teach high school theater; or to work full-time at The Rose.

Summer Theater Education Intern

careerscircle1This is a full-time summer position, requiring 40-45 hours per week for 10 weeks. Compensation is $225/week for the summer. Housing is provided. Interns are given the opportunity to co-teach alongside The Rose’s master teachers and build toward leading their own lesson plans.

Contract period: 05/30/2017 to 08/05/2017
Application deadline: 01/23/2017

Applications will be accepted after 01/23/2017, but priority will be given to early applicants.

Desired qualifications include a college student or recent college graduate who is studying theater, musical theater, music, dance, creative writing, education or a related field. Interns should have an interest in exploring a career in educational theater.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist with directing youth theater production camps (ages 8-18)
  • Assist with teaching week-long creative drama camps (ages 4-15)
  • Co-teach theater club
  • Complete mock auditions or interviews
  • Attend training in lesson planning, classroom management, resume building, acting, etc.
  • Research show guide content for The Rose’s professional mainstage shows
  • Other administrative duties as needed

To apply for the Summer Theater Education Intern program,
please send the following to:
Brian Guehring, Education Director

  • Letter of interest
  • Current resume detailing your education, experience with children and theatrical experience
  • Contact information for three references
  • Sample theater lesson plan 

careercircleYear-Long Teaching Artist Fellowship

This is a full-time position, requiring 40-45 hours per week, six days per week, that lasts a full school year. We are seeking applicants with experience in performing and teaching. Fellows will be given an opportunity to co-teach alongside master teachers, teach school workshops and perform in productions. Compensation is $225/week for the school year plus housing. It is strongly recommended that those who apply have vehicles.

Contract period: 08/07/2017 to 05/19/2018
Application deadline: 02/06/2017

Applications will be accepted after 02/06/2017, but priority will be given to early applicants.

Desired qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in acting, musical theater, education, special education, creative writing or a related field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest for youth theater.

Fellowship Responsibilities:

  • Co-teach and lead teach drama classes (ages 4-18)
  • Co-teach after-school programs for at-risk middle school students
  • Act in one or two mainstage productions or Theater for the Very Young productions
  • Co-direct a Teens ‘N’ Theater production
  • Perform in one or two touring productions
  • Lead school workshops, using drama to teach curriculum
  • Research study guide content
  • Attend classes in lesson planning, classroom management, resume building, acting, teaching drama to students with special needs, and more
  • Other administrative duties as needed

To apply for the Teaching Artist Fellowship,
please send the following to:
Brian Guehring, Education Director

  • Letter of interest
  • Current resume detailing your education, experience with children and theatrical experience
  • Contact information for three references
  • Sample theater lesson plan 

*Finalists will be asked to send additional materials, including an audition video (cold readings, monologues, and singing) and a detailed lesson plan. These materials will be due on 2/20/2017, and all finalists will be asked to schedule an interview. Additional details will be sent to you upon receiving your initial application materials.

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Professional Apprentice Program

Professional Apprenticeship Program

The Omaha Theater Company sponsors a Professional Apprentice Training Program in technical theater. The program provides a practical “hands-on” experience that gives emerging theater artists an opportunity to work directly with designers, technicians, and professionals in their respective fields.


  • The Apprentice Program does not offer a degree.
  • Apprenticeships are ten months in length beginning in August and ending at the beginning of June.
  • Apprenticeships are full time (40+ hours per week).
  • Apprentices’ weekly schedules may vary with their duties and the requirements of the overall production schedule and will include some nights and weekends.
  • Prospective apprentices should carefully evaluate their individual financial situations when applying to the program.
  • A stipend of $150 per week is offered.
  • Housing is provided at no cost to the apprentice.
  • Each apprentice will receive complimentary tickets to all Rose Theater productions.
  • The apprenticeships are a full time commitment.  An outside job cannot be relied upon as an income supplement.


An apprenticeship is a full season commitment, lasting from mid August to early June. The Omaha Theater Company’s apprentices will participate as staff members within their assigned roles on a variety of shows and projects.  Apprentices are an integral part of the production team with the Omaha Theater Company and in order to create well-rounded theater professionals, our technical theater apprentices work backstage in a variety of roles. They are encouraged to develop good marketable habits, refine their interpersonal skills, and develop relationships with theater professionals.  

Formal evaluations are given in the fall and spring, and provide an opportunity for the apprentice and their supervisor to discuss future goals and objectives for the program.  Resume and portfolio reviews are given throughout the season.  They also receive specialized training in their chosen specialty and are able to take on leadership roles with the Teens ‘N’ Theater program, including designing lights and sound, leading load-ins, and training the board ops.  


The Omaha Theater Company is the one of the largest professional children’s theater companies in the country.  It makes its home at The Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center (Rose Theater).  Live performances take place on two stages:

  • The Buffett Auditorium is a 30’x60’ proscenium stage that seats 900.  The company’s nine-show mainstage season of educational theater and family musicals takes place on this stage.  
  • The Hitchcock Theater is a flexible black box space that seats 150.  This space supports the award-winning Teens ‘N’ Theater program, two Pre-K theatrical productions, and other special events.

In addition to the two stages, the Rose Theater houses an electrics studio, costume studio and rental shop, and multiple classroom and rehearsal spaces.  

The Rose Theater Scene Shop is located three blocks from The Rose Performing Arts Center and contains scenic and paint studios, props shop, and ample storage space.

The Rose Theater West Studio is a satellite location for various classes in dance, voice and professional musical theater and is often used as a rehearsal space for mainstage productions.


Scenic Apprenticeship
Scenic Apprentices work with the Technical Director and Master Carpenter to construct and install scenic elements for all productions.  They also serve as run crew for several productions and assist with maintenance of our shop inventory, painting, prop construction, and light hangs as needed throughout the season.   Budgeting, bookkeeping, and management skills will be addressed, as will interdepartmental communications and cooperation. There may be opportunities to serve as a draftsman or ATD on productions later in the season.

Applicants should be able to use hand and power tools and lift at least 50 pounds. Experience with rigging and working with metal is a plus. This apprenticeship is suitable for those working towards careers as master carpenters, technical directors, and general theater technicians.

Stage Management Apprenticeship
Stage Management Apprentices work as an assistant stage manager and run crew on various mainstage productions. Starting with pre-production meetings on through rehearsals and performances, they will work closely with actors, students, director, and choreographers.  

Assignments also include the opportunity to stage manage two productions in our black box theater and 1 production on our mainstage. When not assigned to a show, Stage Management Apprentices assist with office work and other areas of production as needed.  This includes helping with load-ins, strikes, and light hang/focus.  

Applicants should be able to interact with a wide variety of personalities and adapt to various working styles. Additionally, the apprentice must stay focused, take initiative, and maintain a professional demeanor in the work place. Applicants must possess strong writing and computer skills as there is an emphasis on producing quality paper work. The ability to read music is desirable and prior stage management experience is required. A practical knowledge of electrics and a basic understanding of power tools is a plus. This apprenticeship is suitable for those working towards careers as professional stage managers.

Electrics Apprenticeship
Electrics Apprentices work directly under the supervision of the Audio & Electrics Director to implement the lighting design for each mainstage production. This includes assisting with the hanging and focusing of lights, reading and drafting the light plot, assisting the lighting designer with paperwork, and general maintenance of our inventory and spaces, along with working scenic load-ins and strikes.  Electrics Apprentices may have the opportunity to act as Master Electrician and/or run the light board or spot light for select mainstage productions. Assignments also include the opportunity to design lights in our black box theater for two Pre-K productions and all of our Teens ‘N’ Theater shows.  

Applicants should have a practical knowledge of electrics and a basic understanding of electricity, along with the ability to read and interpret lighting paperwork and focus quickly. Our box booms are approximately 60ft. high so applicants must be comfortable working at heights. Familiarity with ETC Ion lighting console and Vectorworks is a plus.  This apprenticeship is suitable for those working towards careers as master electricians and lighting designers.

Audio Apprenticeship
Audio Apprentices work directly under the supervision of the Audio & Electrics Director to implement the sound design for each mainstage production.  This includes assisting with digital mixing, programming, sound effect creation, and general repair and maintenance of our audio equipment and spaces, along with working scenic load-ins/strikes and light hang/focus.  Audio Apprentices may have the opportunity to act as Sound Engineer for select mainstage productions.  Assignments also include designing sound in our black box theater for two Pre-K productions and all of our Teens ‘N’ Theater shows.

Applicants should have a practical knowledge of sound system integration and implementation.

Experience with Pro-Tools, SFX, and Yamaha M7CL digital sound console is a plus.

This apprenticeship is suitable for those working towards careers as sound engineers and sound designers.

Application Procedures:

To apply to The Omaha Theater Company Apprenticeship Program, each candidate must submit the following:

  • Professional Resume
  • Three letters of reference describing candidate’s working style, an evaluation of skills, and, if applicable, an evaluation of design abilities. (Can be sent separately)
  • A personal statement of at least 250 words describing the candidate’s expectations of the Apprenticeship Program and how it relates to his or her individual career goals.

The Omaha Theater Company will attend the Southeastern Theater Conference to conduct in person interviews. Interested applicants unable to attend SETC should email application materials and will be contacted if qualified to receive an interview.


Applications are accepted throughout the year. Deadline is April 1, 2017, with notification of acceptance by the end of April.

Please send application materials to: