Join the 2023 Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company

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Commonweal Theatre Company, a professional theatre celebrating their 35th season, is accepting resumes for the following positions:

Technical Apprentice

Acting Apprentice

Founded in 1989, the Commonweal Theatre opened an  intimate, 200-seat, three-quarter round thrust stage in 2007. Located in historic Lanesboro in the heart of Southeastern Minnesota's bluff country (approx. two hours south of Minneapolis/St. Paul), the Commonweal boasts a rare organizational model of artist/administrator, where artists fulfill the day-to-day artistic and operational needs of the company.

Season runs from March through December – with 5-6 shows/week. The 2023 season is: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Deathtrap, Women in Jeopardy, Jekyll & Hyde, and the musical She Loves Me. The season runs in a rotating repertory schedule.

Apprentices are cast in mainstage productions and assigned designing, understudying, assistant directing and/or stage managing duties. Administratively, apprentices work alongside company members on the Marketing, Development and Production teams. Because of the rare artist/administrator model, Commonweal apprentices experience the full scope of running a theatre company. This work thoroughly prepares them for life as theatre artists in a way unlike most other artistic apprenticeships.

Stipend is $100/week. In addition to compensation, housing is provided at an artist's residence two blocks from the theatre. Other benefits include free laundry, internet access, cable, and parking.


• Perform, design, or stage management as assigned

• Perform and produce the 2023 Apprentice Capstone Project as an apprentice company member

• Attend weekly team meetings for the Marketing, Development, and Production teams 

• Attend all strikes/load-ins and work on changeover teams during the Rep

• Develop customer service skills by working Front of House Host, Usher, and House Manager shifts


• A BFA or BA in theatre OR equivalent experience

• Computer literate (Must know Google Systems)

• Proof of vaccinations

• Strong organizational and communication skills

• The ability to work efficiently and gracefully under pressure

• Ability to work as part of a team (with a sense of humor and generosity of spirit)

• Able to lift 50 pounds

Accepting resumes until positions are filled. Apprenticeships begin in spring 2023. BIPOC artists encouraged to apply.

Apply today through our website or email [email protected] with questions.

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Posted September 30