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Emerging Professional Residencies

 

OVERVIEW

In order to further the development of the next generation of American theater artists, for over 50 years Milwaukee Repertory Theater has supported one of regional theater’s most highly respected programs for emerging professionals. Each season, Milwaukee Rep welcomes between ten and fifteen Emerging Professional Residents (EPRs) who join the company in order to gain valuable experience and to learn from experts in their fields. Milwaukee Rep’s residency program serves as an entry into professional theater, an invaluable step towards obtaining an Equity card, an opportunity to make connections with directors and actors from around the country, and a chance to spend a season working in one of America’s foremost regional theaters.

Milwaukee Rep’s program is designed for artists with a firm commitment to a professional theater career, a strong work ethic, and a desire to hone one’s craft through deep immersion in rehearsal and performance. EPRs benefit by playing an integral role in a vigorous, supportive company through active participation in rehearsal processes and close observation of the work of successful theater professionals. EPRs also receive a modest stipend and free, private housing and bus passes for transportation to and from the theater. Most EPRs are recent graduates of BFA or MFA programs.

Ragtime at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
The Cast of Ragtime including the 2013/2014 EPR Ensemble (2013)

 

 

COMPANY MANAGEMENT

Milwaukee Rep is currently accepting applications for a Company Management Emerging Professional Resident. The residency runs August 1 – May 31 and reports to the Assistant General Manager/Company Manager. This residency will teach the resident about and allow them to play an integral role in the workings of an active LORT regional theater and will provide them with the opportunity to interact with arts administration professionals, performers, designers, donors, and many others.

The Company Management Resident will help support a busy Administration department.  Duties include planning for and overseeing functions/events, including shopping for supplies for company events, assisting with the guest artist contracting process, maintaining budget spreadsheets, updating and distributing administrative calendars and all staff housekeeping communications, acting as a liaison for the department in assisting with Friends of The Rep volunteer services, assisting with front desk reception needs, and transporting guests of the theater to and from the airport.  Efficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is necessary.  A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required.

Stipend: $80/week

Housing/Transportation: All EPRs are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the UW-Milwaukee Kenilworth Apartments. Each Resident has their own room and shares a common area, kitchen, and bathroom with one to two other EPRs. Internet, cable, and all utilities are included. Monthly bus passes are provided to all Residents.   

Perks: In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, EPRs receive free tickets to Rep productions and invitations to Angel events.

How to Apply:

All applicants must submit ONE SINGLE PDF containing the following documents, in the following order:

» Cover letter that describes why you are seeking an Emerging Professional Residency at The Rep, including what you feel you could contribute to The Rep and your future goals.

» Resume and contact information for three references

All completed applications must be emailed to careers@milwaukeerep.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

The Rep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status, or any factor prohibited by law. 

Please contact Emily Hill at ehill@milwaukeerep.com with any questions. 

 

ACTING & DIRECTING

Acting Residency

Acting Residents work closely with Milwaukee Rep’s Associate Artists and acclaimed guest actors on a variety of productions during their full-season residency.  While the role in which a given Acting Resident functions can change with each production, the focus never strays from acting: there are no technical or administrative responsibilities attached to Acting Residencies. 

The primary objective of the Acting Residency is to understudy roles in Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse,  Stiemke Studio, and Stackner Cabaret seasons, as well as in A Christmas Carol in the historic Pabst Theater.  Through these understudy assignments, Acting Residents not only have an opportunity to observe processes and share the experience and knowledge of working professionals—and to apply such knowledge to their own work—but to develop mentoring relationships with those same professionals.  Understudy runs performed shortly after openings allow EPRs to showcase their work for fellow Milwaukee Rep company members.  Having a dynamic Emerging Professional Residency Ensemble also allows Milwaukee Rep to mount large cast productions; to that end, Acting Residents play ensemble and principal roles in mainstage shows throughout the season, as available.

Jennifer Latimore 2014/15 with Associate Artist Laura Gordon in Good People (2015)
Jennifer Latimore 2014/15 with Associate Artist Laura Gordon in Good People (2015)

Milwaukee Rep makes every effort to help Acting Residents find professional work following their seasons. Acting Residents also earn Equity Membership Candidacy points during their internships. In the culmination of their season, the Acting Residents are showcased in Rep Lab, Milwaukee Rep’s critically-acclaimed annual short-play festival.  Rep Lab, an Emerging Professional Resident-driven project under the guidance of the Artistic Department, features several fully-produced short plays. It also creates an opportunity for the Artistic EPRs to collaborate with Production and Administrative EPRs.

Directing Residency

Directing Residents serve as Assistant Directors for Rep productions in the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio, and Stackner Cabaret, as well as for the annual production of A Christmas Carol. As ADs, Directing Residents participate as important components of the creative process with some of the most respected American and international directors working in theater today, learning valuable skills from, and making important connections with, their principal directors.

As part of their AD responsibilities, Directing Residents supervise the understudy process for the production to which they are assigned, scheduling and leading daily understudy rehearsals throughout the rehearsal period. The work of the AD and understudy cast is showcased and reviewed at an understudy run shortly following the opening of each production.

Directing Residents also showcase their directing skills in Rep Lab, Milwaukee Rep’s critically-acclaimed annual short-play festival. Rep Lab, an Emerging Professional Resident-driven project under the guidance of the Artistic Department, features several fully-produced short plays. It also creates an opportunity for the Artistic EPRs to collaborate with Production and Administrative EPRs.

Chris O'Reilly 2014/155 and Kristina Loy 2014/15 with Associate Artist Deborah Staples and Richard Halverson in Harvey (2014)
Chris O'Reilly 2014/155 and Kristina Loy 2014/15 with Associate Artist Deborah Staples and Richard Halverson in Harvey (2014)

Important Dates:
Acting and Directing 2018/19 Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

Each year the Residency dates change based on the dates of the theatrical season, and the need for EPRs in and around specific productions. Typically, the Emerging Professional Residency starts in mid-August and ends in the Spring (March, April, or May), but there are exceptions.

Compensation:
Stipend: $80/week

Housing/Transportation: All EPRs are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the UW-M Kenilworth Apartments. Each Resident has their own room and shares a common area, kitchen, and bathroom with one to two other EPRs. Internet, cable, and all utilities are included. Monthly bus passes are provided to all Residents.  

Perks: In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, EPRs receive free tickets to Rep productions, invitations to Angel events, audition opportunities, workshops, and points towards AEA membership (Acting Residents only).   

How to Apply:

The application deadline for 2018/19 artistic residencies is March 15, 2018. 

 All applications must be submitted electronically at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ybfokfe4. (Applicants must create a Google account in order to complete the application, though you may use a non-Google email address as your primary contact information.) Applicants should review this link well in advance of the submission deadline to ensure that they can access the site and that they understand all of the application components. Please contact us immediately if you encounter any issues with the application.  

Applications consist of the following parts:

Part A. Background Information 

Part B. Education Background

Part C. Theater Experience
Your current resume and headshot/photo must be attached to this portion of the application. 

Part D. Written Questions
You will be asked to submit a .pdf or Word document that answers the following questions: 

       1. At this point in your career, why do you seek an Emerging Professional Residency?

       2. Why do you specifically seek an Emerging Professional Residency with Milwaukee Rep?

       3. What do you feel you could contribute to Milwaukee Rep?

       4. In your opinion, what is the role of theater in our society?

       5. What are your future goals?

DIRECTING APPLICANTS ONLY: In 500 words or less, please describe your best or worst directing experience, including what you gained as a director and as a person.

Part E. Audition Submission (ACTING APPLICANTS ONLY)

Please include links to audition videos consisting of three contrasting monologues (two contemporary, one classical) and 32 bars of a song. (Non-singers will be considered for the residency but still need to complete a song submission.) 

Video auditions are required for all applicants, even those of you who have auditioned or will audition in person.

We accept video links from YouTube or Vimeo. 

Part F. Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation as part of their application. In your application, please provide information about the two individuals from whom you have requested letters. If they have provided their letters to you for submission, please upload them as .pdf or Word documents as part of the application.

Letters of recommendation may also be submitted by the person writing on your behalf. To submit via email, please send letters to fhonts@milwaukeerep.com. By regular mail, send letters to:

Milwaukee Repertory Theater
attn: Frank Honts (EPR Recommendation)
108 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI  53202

All letters must be received (not postmarked) by the application deadline of March 15.

Applications must be completed via the application portal and must be submitted by March 15, 2018.

Please contact Frank Honts (fhonts@milwaukeerep.com) with any questions. 

Vallea E. Woodbury 2014/15 (center) with Melody Betts and Vanessa A. Jones-Dubose in The Color Purple (2014)
Vallea E. Woodbury 2014/15 (center) with Melody Betts and Vanessa A. Jones-Dubose in The Color Purple (2014)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is an in-person audition required for the Acting Residency?
A: We do not require Residency candidates to audition in person. If an actor is available, an in-person audition is beneficial. All candidates, even if they have auditioned in-person, are required to submit a video audition as part of the application materials.

Q: What is the general timeline of acceptance following submission / deadline date?
A: Initial offers will be made within one month of the application deadline. 

Q: Can I apply for both the Directing and Acting Residencies?
A: Candidates are encouraged to apply for either the Directing Residency or the Acting Residency. However, if one feels confident in both abilities, they can still apply for both. Please provide a copy of all requested materials and send each application separately. Letters of recommendation may be the same for both applications, but feel free to include different letters if that is preferable. 

Riley O'Toole '15-'16 (right) with Jonathan Wainwright in Of Mice and Men (2016)
Riley O'Toole '15-'16 (right) with Jonathan Wainwright in Of Mice and Men (2016)

 

PRODUCTION

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
Please note: The application deadline has been extended to March 26!

Production Technicians and Designers

About
Milwaukee Rep’s Emerging Professional Residents (EPR) program is designed for artists and technicians with a firm commitment to a professional theatre career, a strong work ethic, and a desire to hone one’s craft through immersion in the production process. Milwaukee Rep is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion and actively seeks applications from a diverse pool of candidates. Residents and Fellows benefit by playing an integral role in a vigorous, supportive company through active participation in the production process and close observation of the work of successful theater professionals. Former Residents and Fellows can be found at many high profile theatres and production shops throughout the country. 

Residents and Fellows can expect to work with top designers from across the country including; Thomas Hase, Lindsay Jones, Rachel Laritz, Josh Schmidt, Kevin Depinet, Keith Parham, and Rachel Healy. Notable directors include: May Adrales, Aaron Posner, KJ Sanchez, and Artistic Director, Mark Clements.  

Available Positions
Residencies and fellowships are available in many areas across Milwaukee Rep’s production department. Positions typically start in the early fall and run through May. 

Residents
Stage Management: 
The SM Resident will assist the Equity stage management staff with prep, rehearsal and performance duties, as well as the day to day duties of maintaining the SM department. The Resident will have the opportunity to work on various scales of productions in all three of our venues. 2 positions available

Dates: August 7, 2018 to May 5, 2019 OR August 7, 2018 to May 26, 2019 

Lighting Design: 
The Lighting Design Resident will assist the Lighting & Video Director and production specific lighting designers with drafting light plots and other essential paper work. In addition, the resident will assist with load-in, focus, taking notes and maintaining up-to-date paperwork. The LD Resident will have the opportunity to design Rep Lab (an EPR project) in our Stiemke Studio. Experience with Vectorworks Spotlight and Lightwright is recommended. This position may be split into a Fall/Winter position based on date availability. 

Dates:  August 6, 2018 to April 21, 2019

Production Electrician: 
The Electrics Resident will work along the IATSE Resident Crew hanging, and focusing lights, wiring practicals, and sometimes running follow spot. The Resident will assist the Lighting & Video Director and the IATSE Resident Crew with other duties within the electrics department across all theaters. 2 positions available. 

Dates: Fall: August 13, 2018 to December 16, 2019 OR
Winter: December 26, 2018 to April 21, 2019 

Wardrobe: 
The Wardrobe Resident will assist the Wardrobe Supervisor prepping, teching, and running all Rep productions. The Wardrobe Resident will have the opportunity to develop their skills in stitching, craft construction, wig construction and maintenance, and other costume shop duties. The Wardrobe Resident will also have the opportunity to co-design the costumes for Rep Lab (our EPR production in the Stiemke Studio).

Dates: August 28, 2018 to April 21, 2019

Costume Construction: 
The Costume Construction Resident will assist the Costume Shop staff in the creation of costumes for all Rep Productions. Duties include stitching, craft construction, wig construction and maintenance, wardrobe and other costume shop duties. The Costume Construction Resident will also have the opportunity to co-design the costumes for Rep Lab (our EPR production in the Stiemke Studio).

Dates: August 14, 2018 to April 14, 2019

Fellows
There are currently no fellowship openings for the 2018/19 season. 

Resident Compensation
Production Residents receive housing and transportation in addition to a $80 weekly stipend. All Residents are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the UW-M Kenilworth Apartments. Each Resident has their own room and shares a common area, kitchen, and bathroom with one or two other Residents. Internet, cable, and all utilities are included. Monthly bus passes are provided to all Residents. Most Residents are recent graduates of a BFA program. 

How to Apply
All Production Resident and Fellowship positions are now open for application through March 26. 

Send information to productionjobs@milwaukeerep.com 

Subject Line: [Name of Position] - [Your Last Name], ie. SM Resident – Anderson

Please Include: 

Cover Letter describing what you hope to get out of this program and why you think Milwaukee Rep is the right fit for you

Resume with relevant theatrical experience and contact info for 3 professional references

Lighting Residents Only: Please note which positon interests you and if you would prefer a half season, Fall or Winter, or full season position. A season split between the two areas may also be available based on availability, ie. Fall Lighting Design and Winter Production Electrician. 

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is committed to creating a culturally diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

At this time we are unable to accept foreign applicants without a current US Work Permit.

 

EDUCATION

Rep Education is accepting applications for an Emerging Professional Residency. This residency runs from September through May each year. This opportunity will help develop the emerging professional's understanding of Education programming at the professional regional theater and give ample experience in teaching in a variety of settings.

The Education Resident will contribute to the theater learning experience of almost 20,000 students. Duties will include serving as a Teaching Artist for residency programs, lesson development for workshops and residencies, research and writing study guides, assisting with student matinees and various administrative duties. A reliable car is a must.

COMPENSATION:
Stipend: $80/week

Housing/Transportation: All EPRs are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the UW-M Kenilworth Apartments. Each Resident has their own room and shares a common area, kitchen, and bathroom with one to two other EPRs. Internet, cable, and all utilities are included. Parking is included for both UW-M Parking and Marcus Center, and mileage reimbursement for Teaching Artist work is included.

Perks: In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, EPRs receive free tickets to Rep productions, and invitations to Angel events. 

APPLY:
Application Deadline: Applications for the 2018/19 Season will be accepted between February-April 2018

All applicants must submit ONE SINGLE PDF containing the following documents, in the following order.

» Cover Letter that describes why you seek an Emerging Professional Residency at Milwaukee Rep, what you feel you could contribute to Rep Education, and your future goals.

» Resume with references

» Two letters of recommendations that speak to your ability to work with students in an educational theater setting

» Writing Sample that demonstrates your ability to research, illuminate and enliven a theater text or production for a student audience. 

» An essay that describes, in 500 words or less, the important of theater education in schools today. Why should students experience theater?

Your PDF file size should not exceed 4MB. Please name your PDF with Lastname_Firstname.pdf (e.g. Doe_Jane.pdf). Subject Line of the email should include your name and the internship for which you are applying.  

All completed applications must be emailed to careers@milwaukeerep.com.