Mentor/Apprentice Program

mentor-apprentice program on PBSTake a look at this piece on the Live Arts Mentor/Apprentice Program, as featured on PBS’ The Art Scene! 

Part of Live Arts’ commitment to education and forging theater and community includes developing future theater artists both on stage and behind the scenes. Each season we pair teenage apprentices with experienced theater professionals on the production team of one of our mainstage shows. For the 2019-20 season the Mentor/Apprentice show is MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus.

Teens interested in applying to be an Apprentice should attend the Mentor/Apprentice Program Interest Meeting, and/or fill out the application linked below.

Men In Boats at Live Arts


The Live Arts Mentor/Apprentice Program provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for teens to learn the crafts of direction, stage management, and theater design while working on a mainstage production alongside experienced designers and staff to create the look, sound, and feel of a production.

We offer apprenticeships in the following categories:

  • Directing
  • Stage Management
  • Scenic Design
  • Set Decoration
  • Costume Design
  • Properties Design
  • Hair and Makeup Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Producing
  • Dramaturgy

If you are a teenager interested in being part of our Mentor/Apprentice program production team, join us at the meeting on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 5:30pm and/or fill out this application form. For more information about the program and the show, please contact Live Arts Education Director Miller Susen at


“Being a part of the mentor/apprentice program was absolutely wonderful, I got to learn from experienced mentors who treated me as their equal and learn valuable skills that have prepared me for future theatre endeavors. I would highly recommend this program to any aspiring designers, directors, or managers.”

-Teen Apprentice

“Working on the Apprentice show for costuming was an incredible experience. I learned a lot and my mentor and fellow apprentices got along so well, everyone was so welcoming! If you’re interested in theatre, I recommend this program 100%. It’s so educational, you’ll get to see the many different aspects of theatre and how everything comes together, and have fun!”

-Teen Apprentice

“I could not have asked for a better experience from the program, everything from the people I worked with to the skills I learned. I would absolutely do it again!”

-Teen Apprentice