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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

Director of Community Connections

The Rose seeks a collaborative and civically engaged leader who will strategically utilize theater education to advance cultural equity across our community. The position develops partnerships across the arts, education, human services, and health sectors. This leader will coordinate and lead workshops, residencies, and performances that support transformational change at the individual and systemic levels. The position also leverages The Rose’s resources to reach historically excluded communities with professional productions, education classes and camps for young people ages 3-18.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Establish community partnerships that generate a dynamic and living relationship between young people and The Rose:
    • Foster relationships with groups and formal organizations in the arts, education, human services, and health sectors who work with young people ages 3-18.
    • Develop an understanding of partner organization programming models and unmet needs in order to offer responsive theater-based programming.
    • Recruit and train teaching artists, and co-teach CommUNITY Voices workshops, classes, and residencies that encourage youth ages 12-18 to speak out about challenges facing our community.
    • Supervise the Associate Director to leverage on-site Rose productions, classes and camps as cultural assets available to children from historically excluded communities:
      • Develop plans to provide transportation to students when this is a barrier to participation. Hire drivers and establish priorities for service areas.
      • Promote, distribute, and manage tracking of scholarships and community complimentary tickets where cost is a barrier to participation in any Rose programming.
    • Working with the Artistic Director, produce documentary and fictional performances that generate community-dialogue on urgent social justice needs.
    • Current and recent partner organizations include:
      • Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility
      • Northstar Foundation
      • Girls, Inc.
      • Completely Kids
      • Bannister’s Leadership Academy
      • Re-Connect
      • OneWorld
      • MENTOR Nebraska
      • Big Brother/s Big Sisters of the Midlands
      • Ronald McDonald House
      • Micah House
  • Identify unmet community needs and strategically establish programming to address those. Examples might include spaces where trauma-informed or somatic theater practice can be an effective tool to transform the lives of young people.
  • Collaborate with Associate Director and Early Childhood Director to strategically reach early learners with Itty Bitty Connections and Li’l Rosies programming focused on creative play and musical theater.
  • Identify, plan, and execute major long-term as well as reactive artistic initiatives that respond to social need in the Omaha community.
  • Supervise interns, volunteers and part-time staff as necessary.
  • Operate within the approved annual budget under the supervision of the Artistic Director.
  • Direct Youth Theater and Teen Theater shows as assigned.
  • Assist in the generation of grant proposals for education, mainstage and audience engagement programming.
  • Function as a department head in establishing and supporting the strategic direction of The Rose.

Other Job Duties:

  • Attend all necessary meetings including, production, department heads, and all-staff meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Artistic Director.

Potential Job Duties:

  • If the candidate has interest, serve as a Director, or an Actor, or a Playwright for professional mainstage and theater for the very young productions.

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Theater training or experience in acting and directing, devised theater, or applied theater.
  • A history of producing community-engaged or activated theater.
  • Teaching experience with a range of ages, cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Skills and Abilities

  • An understanding and commitment to Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression principles and practices.
  • Ability to meet all deadlines under pressure situations.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with employees at all levels within the organization.
  • Act as a representative of The Theater at all times, providing excellent customer service to members, patrons, vendors and staff.
  • Maintain current certification in CPR/1st Aid.
  • Time management and organizational skills to prioritize tasks and assignments.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Ability to stand or kneel for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift at least 25lbs.
  • Ability to carry and manage large and oversize set pieces.

Salary and Application Instructions

This is a full time, exempt position. Annual salary is $52,000-$55,000. Relocation support will be provided. Benefits include Life, Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance as well as 401K plan. Children of employees may enroll in education programs free.

The Rose Theater is committed to diversity across our artistic and educational output as well as within our staff and leadership. BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should submit any material that represents their passion and qualifications for this job. This material can include a letter, video, video letter, resume, portfolio and any combination of those that highlights experiences relevant to the position. We ask that all applicants also share a lesson plan that evidences their teaching philosophy. These materials can be sent to Artistic Director Matthew Gutschick at mattg@rosetheater.org and Managing Director Julie Walker at juliew@rosetheater.org. Please include “Director of Community Connections” in the subject line.

About The Rose and Omaha

Operating out of a beautiful historic theater, The Rose annually produces eleven professional productions. Recent world premieres include Return To Niobrara by Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Howie D: Back In The Day with Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough. The Rose is also one of America’s largest theaters for multigenerational audiences. The Rose opened a new 27,000 square foot education studio in 2020.

Omaha Theater Company (The Rose) is one of the country’s largest professional theaters for young audiences. Serving more than 150,000 people annually, The Rose’s radical dedication to accessibility is embodied in its Every Single Child Program. This program is designed to allow every elementary and middle school student in Omaha the opportunity to take part in at least one meaningful theatrical experience each year, whether it be a school field trip show, touring show, or workshop. Coupling professional mainstage shows, exciting teen productions, creative drama, and technique based instruction, The Rose is proud to enrich young people’s lives using theatre.

The Rose’s Anti-Racism Ethos Statement: Recognizing that anti-racist work is the primary work to make a better world, The Rose joyfully and boldly commits to co-creating an equitable future with young people. We promise to do this by using theater as a bridge that connects us all.

Omaha is ranked by Forbes as the 7th best city in America to raise a family and by Wallet Hub as one of the 20 best cities based on affordability, education & health, quality of life, and safety.


Part-Time Positions

There are currently no part-time positions available.


About The Rose Theater

The mission of The Rose is inspiring young people and their families to discover the magic of theater, to find their voices and enrich their communities. Operating out of a beautiful historic theater, The Rose will produce seven professional productions next season. It is also one of the largest and most storied theaters for multigenerational audiences. The Rose has opened the new, 27,000 square foot Rose Studios For Youth Artists, intensifying the company’s commitment to education. The Rose delivers robust in-school and out of school programming focused on using creative dramatics, acting, singing, dancing, playwriting, and design to help young people change the world.

The Rose cares passionately about reflecting our community and pursuing diversity at all levels of the organization. We have a demanding work environment, but we love providing live performances and education opportunities for young people. We want all staff to be committed to this theater and our community. Along with valuing hard work, kindness, generosity, passion, and grace-under-pressure, we also want people who are invested in theater for young audiences. Many of the plays produced at The Rose are by BIPOC artists. The Rose has undertaken work to accelerate and formalize its growth to becoming a fully anti-racist organization, and that work is undertaken by all staff members in a variety of ways.

Omaha is ranked by Forbes as the 7th best city in America to raise a family and by Wallet Hub as one of the 20 best cities to live based on its affordability, economy, education & health, quality of life, and safety. With a deeply engaged community as well as James Beard-nominated restaurants and bustling night life, any applicants considering relocation will find a city that meets their needs.

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

An intern costumed in a historical jacket puts their hands on their hips as a group of young students imititate this same pose around them.This is a full-time summer position, requiring 40 hours per week for 11 weeks. Gross compensation is $360 per week, minus $125 for housing, for the first four weeks of the month. Weekly take-home is $235 before taxes. For a four-week month, total gross pay is $1,440, minus $500 ($125 x 4 weeks) for a gross total of $940 before taxes. Rose Theater payroll dates are the 15th and the last day of each month. Rose housing is required for all non-Omaha residents. (Sorry, no pets allowed in theater housing.) We are also looking for one local candidate who does not need housing. Interns are given the opportunity to co-teach alongside The Rose’s master teachers and build toward leading their own lesson plans

Contract period: 05/24/2021 to 07/30/2021
Applications accepted: The Rose will begin to accept applications on 12/1/20
Application deadline: 01/18/2021

Applications MIGHT be accepted after 01/18/2021, 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: Jackie Kappes, Education Director jackiek@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 


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Year-Long Teaching Artist Fellowship

This is a full-time position, requiring 40 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. Gross compensation is $360 per week, minus $125 for housing, for the first four weeks of the month. Weekly take-home is $235 before taxes. For a four-week month, total gross pay is $1,440, minus $500 ($125 x 4 weeks) for a gross total of $940 before taxes. Rose Theater payroll dates are the 15th and the last day of each month. Rose housing is required for all non-Omaha residents. (Sorry, no pets allowed in theater housing.) It is strongly recommended that those who apply have vehicles.

Contract period: 08/02/2021 to 05/14/2022
Applications accepted: The Rose will begin to accept applications on 12/1/20
Application deadline: 01/24/2021

Applications MIGHT be accepted after 01/24/2021, 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: Jackie Kappes, Education Director jackiek@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. (Sorry, no pets allowed in theater housing.)
  • 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, with notification of acceptance by the end of April. Please send application materials to: prodjobs@rosetheater.org NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE