The Apprentice Program is a short-term intensive and exciting opportunity to learn about the world of the performing arts and acquire hands-on experience under the guidance of professional arts administrators and technicians in producing an international arts festival. Apprentices work a minimum of 40 hours a week; long workdays and nights as well as weekends are typical. Housing, a small travel allowance, and a living stipend are provided.


Box Office

As representatives of the Festival, you will interact directly with the public, artist services, development, production, and media staff. Handle ticket sales in the box office, over the phone, and at performance sites; maintain effective communication with on-site house management; be an expert reference for ticket buyers on program and venue information, reconcile daily ticket sales, and learn Tessitura Ticketing. Position requires articulate, detail-oriented individuals with initiative, customer service skills, database experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Previous experience in phone sales, retail, or hotel environment is a plus.


Assist with all areas of accounting including payroll (including tax and compliance), cash receipts (including contributions and ticket sales), accounts payable, purchase orders, petty cash, bank reconciliations, and other accounting and administrative functions of a full-charge accounting office. Duties include data entry into accounting systems, handling petty cash, verifying employment documentation, issuing and reconciling purchase orders, filing, and financial data-compilation projects as needed. A deep working knowledge of Excel, prior experience with accounting databases, and two semesters of Accounting are preferred. Candidates should be detail-oriented and capable of working with sensitive information.


Work with professional theater staff in one of the following areas: stage carpentry, stage electrics, wardrobe, wigs/make-up, properties, sound, orchestra operations, stage management, or production administration. Candidates must have a willingness to work hard, a flexible/positive attitude, and a desire to pursue a career in technical theater. Related experience in technical theater required.


Application deadline extended to Monday, February 8 for box office, production, and finance apprenticeships only.

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  • Most apprenticeships begin Monday, May 16 and end Sunday, June 12.
  • Most production positions begin Monday, April 25 and end Thursday, June 16.
  • Artist Services apprenticeships begin Monday, May 16 and end Tuesday, June 14.
  • Orchestra Management apprenticeships begin Thursday, May 12 and end Tuesday, June 14.


  • Housing at the College of Charleston and $50 travel reimbursement.
  • Living stipend available for all apprentice positions.


  • Completed applications and all materials, including resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation must be received by Monday, February 8, 2016.
  • Media Relations applicants must also include a writing sample OR self-produced creative work (link to video, graphic design project, etc) with application.
  • No phone calls, please.