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Professional Residencies

We are currently accepting applications for an Assistant Lighting Design Resident for our 2021/22 season. For residencies in Acting, Directing, Literary, Casting, and Administrative, please check back in April of 2021.

What is the Emerging Professional Residency Program?
Milwaukee Rep’s residency program serves as an entry into professional theater, an opportunity to make connections with professionals from around the country, and a chance to spend a season working in one of America’s foremost regional theaters. Each season, we accept 15-20 Emerging Professional Residents to join our company in order to gain valuable experience and to learn from experts in the field. Residents benefit by playing an integral role in a vigorous, supportive company through active participation in the theater making process on and off stage and through close collaboration with successful theater professionals.

What is the mission of the Emerging Professional Residency Program?
We further the development of the next generation of American Theater artists and leaders through our Emerging Professional Residency Program, designed to be a bridge into the professional world.

Who should apply?
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.

The EPR program is designed for early-career professionals with a firm commitment to a theater career and a desire to hone one’s craft through deep immersion in the inner workings of a large regional theater.

All residents share a basic set of qualifications:
+  Demonstrated skills needed for chosen department
+  Good communication skills
+  Strong work ethic
+  A level of maturity and self-sufficiency to work in a professional theater environment
+  Consistently able to arrive on time and ready for work
+  Initiative to embrace relevant learning opportunities

Some residents are individuals with relevant experience and great potential in the American Theater and others have recently completed undergraduate or graduate programs.

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

How are EPRs compensated?
EPRs receive:
+  $100 weekly untaxed stipend
+  Private bedroom in shared apartment paid for by the Milwaukee Rep
+  Unlimited city bus pass for transportation to and from the theater
+  Professional development and mentorship opportunities
+  Tickets to opening nights and other employee discounts

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.


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 festival that highlights the work of our Emerging Professional Residents. 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 festival festival that highlights the work of our Emerging Professional Residents. Rep Lab allows Directing Residents to showcase their own directorial skills and. It also creates an opportunity for the Artistic EPRs to collaborate with Production and Administrative EPRs.

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.

Stipend: $100/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).   

Casting

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 New Play Development workshops, Rep Lab, upcoming mainstage productions, and future cohorts of Acting EPRs. The Casting EPR will also work closely with the ensemble of current 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.

Milwaukee 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: $100/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.

Costume

Wardrobe

No longer accepting applications for 2021/22 season.
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.

Costume Construction

No longer accepting applications for 2021/22 season.
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.

Education

Rep Education is accepting applications for an Emerging Professional Residency. This residency runs from mid-August 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: $100/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. 

Lighting

Assistant Lighting Design

Currently accepting applications for 2021/22 season. To apply please visit here.
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 ALD 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.

Production Electrician

No longer accepting applications for 2021/22 season.
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.

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.

Stage Management

No longer accepting applications for 2021/22 season.
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.

Two Stage Management Residents are hired yearly.