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Emerging Professional Residencies (EPRs)

 

OVERVIEW

Applications for our 2019/20 EPRs are now closed. Check back in March for information about our 2020/21 Season.

In order to further the development of the next generation of American theater artists, Milwaukee Repertory Theater has supported one of regional theater’s most highly respected programs for emerging professionals for the past 50 years. Each season, Milwaukee Rep welcomes between fifteen and twenty 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 and technicians 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/performance or 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 rehearsal or 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.

EPRs 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.

All residents share a basic set of qualifications:
»  Possess a level of maturity and self-sufficiency to work in a professional theatre environment
»  Consistently able to arrive on time and ready for work
»  Demonstrated skills needed for chosen department
»  Have good communication skills
»  Able to independently seek additional learning opportunities

Production Residents and Fellows can expect to work with top theatre practitioners from across the country including:
May Adrales, Ayad Akhtar, Joe Cerqua, Charles Coes, Scott Davis, Jason Fassl, Theresa Ham, Nicholas Hussong, Izumi Inaba, Todd Edward Ivins, Lindsay Jones, Pornchanok Kanchanabanca, Takeshi Kata, Rachel Laritz, Timothy Mackabee, Jared Mezzocchi, Jeff Nellis, Noele Stollmack, Courtney O’Neill, Dael Orlandersmith, Andre Pluess, Collette Pollard, Alison Siple, Kimberly Senior, Thom Weaver, Melissa Ng

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is committed to creating a culturally diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for residency 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.

 

 

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:
We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season.

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.

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:

We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season.

 

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. All applicants will be informed of selection decisions once our review process is complete. 

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)

 

CASTING

Casting Residency

The Casting EPR will assist the Casting Director in all elements of the casting process, including organization of auditions, scheduling appointments, researching talent, and working as a monitor/reader for auditions. This individual will offer administrative and creative support primarily for casting 2019/20 New Play Development workshops, Rep Lab 2020, the 2020/21 season, and the 2020/21 cohort of Acting EPRs. The Casting EPR will also work closely with the 2019/20 Acting EPRs, supporting the development of their resumes, online profiles, and audition videos/reels.

The Casting EPR will be a member of the Artistic EPR cohort and will participate in orientation and other cohort functions throughout the season.

The standard work week will be Monday through Friday, with hours dependent on variable needs of the Casting office. Some evening and weekend work will be expected.  

Ideal candidates will possess: (a) a minimum of two years in a theatrical setting, preferably with some working knowledge of arts administration; (b) a passion for creating art in a major regional theater environment; (c) an eagerness to work in a collaborative, mission-driven organization; (d) strong administrative skills and attention to detail; (e) an ability to think about the work both critically and creatively; (f) a broad and inclusive worldview that respects the multiplicity of experiences in society today.

While we welcome candidates with an acting or directing background, this residency is devoted to work in the Casting office and is not geared toward people who are seeking performance or directing experiences.

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. 

Stipend: $90/week

Housing/Transportation: All EPRs are housed in two/three bedroom apartments at the UWM Kenilworth Apartments. Each Resident has their own room and shares a common area/kitchen/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 and the opportunity to participate in training and workshops.

How to Apply:
We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season. 

COMPANY MANAGEMENT

The Company Management Emerging Professional Resident 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: $90/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:

We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season. 

 

COSTUMES

Wardrobe

Activities: 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).

Special Qualifications: Familiar with basic costume maintenance and repair techniques. Able to present a positive and professional attitude during long work periods.

Supervisor: Robert Sharon, Wardrobe Supervisor

Costume Construction

Activities: 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).

Special Qualifications: Demonstrated experience with basic costume construction techniques.

Supervisor: Nicholas Hartman, Costume Director and Leslie Vaglica, First Hand

Fellows:
Advanced residents, fellows, are occasionally hired as needed on a seasonal basis.
There are currently no fellowship openings for the 2019/2020 Season.

Resident Compensation:
Production Residents receive housing and transportation in addition to a $90 weekly stipend. All Residents are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 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.

How to Apply:
We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season.

 

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.

Stipend: $90/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:
We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season.

 

LIGHTING

Assistant Lighting Design

Activities: 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.

Special Qualifications: Experience with Vectorworks Spotlight and Lightwright is recommended.

Supervisor: Aaron Lichamer, Lighting and Video Director

The ALD resident may swap positions with the Production Electrician resident mid-season if both candidates are interested. Such as: Fall ALD Resident, Winter Production Electrician. Please indicate on application if you are interested in a full season ALD position or half ALD and half Production Electrician position.

Production Electrician

Activities: 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.

Special Qualifications: Able to interpret lighting plots. Familiar with a variety of lighting instruments. Comfortable working at heights and able to lift, push, maneuver 20-50lbs independently.

Supervisor: Aaron Lichamer, Lighting and Video Director and Robert Schultz, Master Electrician

The half-season Production Electrician residency may be combined with a half-season ALD position if both candidates are interested. Such as: Fall ALD Resident, Winter Production Electrician. Please indicate on application if you are interested in a half season Production Electrician position, Fall or Winter, or a combined ALD and Production Electrician position.

Resident Compensation:
Production Residents receive housing and transportation in addition to a $90 weekly stipend. All Residents are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 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.

How to Apply:
We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season.

 

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Stage Management Resident

Activities: 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 our three venues.

Special Qualifications: Previous stage management experience is required. Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of stage management skills and terminology.

Supervisor: Kimberly Carolus, Production Stage Manager

Two Stage Management Residents are hired yearly.

Resident Compensation:
Production Residents receive housing and transportation in addition to a $90 weekly stipend. All Residents are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 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.

How to Apply:
We are no longer accepting EPR applications for the 2019/20 Season.