Production Apprentice Program
Arizona Opera’s Production Apprentice Program bridges this divide between academic studies and a professional career, helping young theater technicians learn the skills and gain the experience necessary to begin their careers with confidence. Founded in 2015 with the help of Dr. Paul Symchych, the program began with just two apprentices, each working in the costume shop. Since then, the program has expanded to five apprentices in the 2018/19 Season, covering many areas of technical theater study.
As the state’s only professional opera company, Arizona Opera provides a unique opportunity for apprentices engage in all aspects of what it takes to produce quality performances: lighting design, projections, props, costumes, wigs and makeup, and stage management. In addition to receiving a stipend and paid housing, our distinctive program provides comprehensive, cross-discipline training, networking opportunities, masterclasses, and essential portfolio reviews in which the apprentices’ work is compiled and put to the test.
If you are passionate about continuing the traditions of opera for the next generation, this is your opportunity! For more information about supporting this program, or to inquire about sponsoring an apprentice, contact Logan Marshall at (602) 218-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2018/19 Season Productin Apprentices
Lighting Design Apprentice
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Education: BFA in Theatre Design & Production from Oklahoma City University
Experience: Lighting Design for Arizona Opera, Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Silverthorne, Colorado, and Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chelsea R. Bannan
Costume Apprentice 1
Hometown: Baroda, Michigan
Education: Associates in Arts from Lake Michigan College, B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technical Production from Western Michigan University
Experience: Stitcher, Lighting Designer, and Wardrobe Mistress at Western Michigan University, Production Warehouse Assistant at TPC Technologies, Inc., Independent study project- The World of Black Costumes 50 Shades of Black – Rectifying Color Shift in Black Costumes, at the USITT’s Student Leadership Initiative Presentation in Salt Lake City, Utah
Stage Management Apprentice (2nd Year)
Hometown: Urbana, Ohio
Education: B.F.A. in Stage Management from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University
Experience: Assistant Stage Manager at Arizona Opera, Assistant Stage Management Intern at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Production Assistant at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Stage Manager at Thunder Bay Theater in Alpena, Michigan, Stage Manager at Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University
Costume Apprentice 1
Hometown: Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
Education: Studied Fashion and Costume Design at Kent State University
Experience: Ran wardrobe for productions at Kent State University, head costume designer for an independent film at Kent State University, Costume design internship in Los Angeles, California.
Costume Apprentice 2
Hometown: Mankato, Minnesota
Education: BFA in Theatre with a specialization in Design/Technology, and an emphasis in Costumes from The University of Montana
Experience: Worked in the costume shop at the University of Montana, Stitcher for the Montana Repertory Theatre, Dresser at Arizona Opera
For more information about the Production Apprentice Program and for information on how to apply, please contact Kathleen Trott at email@example.com or by phone at 602.903.5718.
Special Thanks to Our Supporters:
Paul Symchych, M.D.
MUSE: Inspired Urban Living
Sermin Boysan and Jeffrey Clark
Rex and Arlyn Brewster
David and Iris Lacey
Sherry and George* Middlemas
Robert and Shoshana Tancer
The Hao and Michelle Wang Foundation
Steve and Jeanne Winograd