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The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849
(402) 344-7255 (fax)
info@rosetheater.org

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


Full-Time Teaching Artist

The Rose Theater is seeking highly-qualified, energetic candidates for a full time Teaching Artist position starting August 5, 2019. Preferred candidates have at least five years professional experience. All candidates must have a demonstrated interest in educational theater and the ability to work as a teacher AND as an artist for mainstage work. The Teaching Artist is a full time exempt position. They co-teach creative drama classes (for students ages 3-18), co-teach after school programs in “at-risk” middle schools, act and/or direct and/or write main stage productions and Theater-in-Education tours, co-direct a Teens ‘N’ Theater production, lead school workshops, and coordinate administrative projects. Competitive salary plus benefits. Teaching artists must have their own car.

Interested candidates should contact Brian Guehring, Education Director, at briang@rosetheater.org. Please send a letter of interest, a sample creative drama lesson plan for elementary school students, and current resume detailing education, theatrical experience, and teaching experience. Priority given to applicants who apply by April 8.

 

Additional information

Finalists will be asked to share evidence of their artistic talents, submit a statement about their teaching philosophy, submit another lesson plan, and participate in an interview.

One exciting component of this position is the opportunity to contribute artistically to our professional productions for young audiences. We will ask all finalists who are actors/or directors to share a video/images to highlight your artistry.

  • For actors, this might be video of a short monologue or monologue and a song.
  • For directors, this should include a visual record of your work in video or in image, preferably as a full portfolio.
  • For playwrights, we ask you to share a writing sample.

 

We ask all candidates to turn in a statement describing their teaching philosophy.

 

We also ask all candidates to turn in another lesson plan with objectives, state or national standards, reflections and transitions. Please submit one (or more) of the following:

  • a 60 minute lesson using drama to work with students with special needs (such as a class for students on the autism spectrum)
  • a 60 minute lesson using drama with pre-k students (age 4)
  • a 60 minute lesson using drama to teach a core curriculum topic (history, reading, science, etc) to an elementary school classroom (K-5)


Technical Director

The Rose Theater is seeking a skilled Technical Director to manage all aspects of scenery for its productions, rentals and select education events, beginning in early September. Responsibilities include overseeing the technical aspects of scenic elements, including budgeting, drafting, construction, load-in, and maintenance.  In addition to managing the scene shop staff, the Technical Director will act as a mentor to a scenic apprentice, supervising their day to day responsibilities in conjunction with the Props Master and providing continuing education for a recent college graduate beginning a technical theater career. 

Candidates must possess strong supervisory skills, a demonstrated history of delivering projects on time and on budget, expertise in Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD, strong stage carpentry skills, and the ability to remain calm in high pressure situations.  MFA in Technical Direction is preferred, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years TD experience. Benefits include life, health, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401k plan and relocation support.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested candidates should contact Erin Solemsaas, Director of Production, at prodjobs@rosetheater.org.  Please send a cover letter, resume, and references. No phone calls please.

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 mattg@rosetheater.org. 

 

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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 $360/week for the summer. Housing is provided via a paycheck deduction of $500 per month. Interns are given the opportunity to co-teach alongside The Rose’s master teachers and build toward leading their own lesson plans. Contract period: 05/28/2019 to 08/03/2019 Application deadline: 01/25/2019

Applications MIGHT be accepted after 01/25/2019, but priority will be given to early applicants

Desired qualifications include high school graduates, 19 years old or older, with experience in 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 briang@rosetheater.org

  • 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 $360/week for the school year. Housing is provided via a paycheck deduction of $500 per month. It is strongly recommended that those who apply have vehicles. Contract period: 08/05/2019 to 05/15/2020 Application deadline: 01/29/2019

Applications MIGHT be accepted after 01/29/2019, 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 briang@rosetheater.org

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

*Semi-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 soon after the initial deadline.   The finalists will then 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.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • 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 (40-45 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.
  • Compensation is $360/week. Housing is provided via a paycheck deduction of $500 per month.
  • 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.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

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.  

 

FACILITIES

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.


AVAILABLE APPRENTICESHIPS

Paints/Props Apprenticeship

Paint/Props Apprentices work with the Props Master and Scenic Charge Artist throughout the season, painting scenery and/or constructing props for select shows. They also serve as run crew for several productions and assist with scenic load ins, light hangs, and maintenance of our shop inventory as needed throughout the season. Budgeting, bookkeeping, and time management skills will be addressed, as will interdepartmental communications and cooperation. There may be opportunities to serve as a Props Master or Charge Artist on productions later in the season. Applicants should be able to safely use hand and power tools and lift at least 50 pounds. Experience with hand/machine sewing and various paint techniques is a plus. This apprenticeship is suitable for those working towards careers as prop masters, scenic artists, and scenic designers.

 

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. APPLICATION DEADLINE Applications are accepted throughout the year. Deadline is April 1, 2019, with notification of acceptance by the end of April. Please send application materials to: prodjobs@rosetheater.org NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE