Coordinator - Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education
Assistant Coordinator - Marcia Burbage, Education Committee

Chicago Street Theatre created a Mentorship Program in order to provide young artists with the opportunity to learn different aspects of theatre production. As these Apprentices “shadow” experienced adult artists, they are guided through and included in “behind the scenes” process. The program is coordinated by the Director of Education, and administered by the Members of the Education Committee. The following procedures and policy apply:

Young Artists interested in becoming a Lighting and/or Sound Apprentice need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Booth Camp,” offered during winter break (in January) and summer (June-July). Those interested in becoming a Costume Apprentice need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Costume Workshop,” offered during the summer (June-July). Those interested in becoming a Rehearsal Assistant/Directing Apprentice need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Directing Special,” offered during the winter break (in January). Enrolling in these programs insures the student has been “trained” on the advanced equipment in our tech booth and can “run” the lights and sound cues during a production, along with assisting with costumes.

Young Artists interested in becoming a Set/Prop, Lighting/Sound Apprentice, and/or Stage Manager Apprentice, need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Be Backstage!” Camp, offered only during the summer (July). Enrolling in this camp insures the student has been “trained” on the protocol and procedures of all ‘behind-the-scenes’ work.

Each production in the FAMILY SERIES (Popcorn Show, Teen Festival, Children’s Studio Productions, Holiday Show, and Spring Show) will offer areas of opportunity for Apprenticeships. During auditions, those who have successfully completed the above mentioned courses/workshops, may apply to become an Apprentice. Applications with opportunities listed will be made available on- line, as well. A limited number of Apprenticeships will be offered. It should not be assumed that if you audition and are not offered a role in a production, you can automatically become an Apprentice.

Those who are accepted to train as Apprentices will be required to attend a Mentorship Information Meeting, at which time they will be assigned an adult Mentor and schedule at least two half-hour sessions with their Mentor for training prior to attending rehearsals. They will be required to attend every tech rehearsal and should they serve as either a Lighting, Sound, or Stage Manager Apprentice, they will be required to attend performances on a rotating schedule. All dates will be clearly listed on the Application, so there will be no confusion regarding commitment of time or overlapping of conflicts.

Upon completion of the production, all Apprentices will be evaluated by their adult Mentor and Show Director(s) on the following areas: application of their Apprentice Position and newly acquired skill, along with promptness, attendance, participation, attitude, ability to work well with others, and dedication. All evaluations are submitted, in writing, to the Director of Education who will communicate the results directly to the Apprentice.

If an Apprentice receives a favorable evaluation, they may make application to serve as a Technical Intern. Technical Internships will be offered, if the following conditions are met:

  1. The adult production is deemed appropriate for youths by the Director of Education;
  2. The production is also deemed appropriate by the parents of Intern making application;
  3. The Intern is at least 13 years of age;
  4. The Director(s) and Designers of appropriate production agree to a Technical Intern, adhering to all established Chicago Street Theatre Policy for the supervision of children.

Upon completion of the production, all Technical Interns will be evaluated by the Designers and Show Director(s), on the following areas: application of their skill, along with promptness, attendance, participation, attitude, ability to work well with others, and dedication. All evaluations are submitted, in writing, to the Director of Education who will communicate the results directly to the Technical Intern.

If a Technical Intern has received a favorable evaluation on at least two adult productions, they may make application to serve as a Design Intern. Design Interns are allowed to design either the lights, sound, costumes, set, or props, with an experienced adult Mentoring their work. Design Internships will be offered, if the following conditions are met:

  1. The production is deemed appropriate for a teen designer by the Director of Education;
  2. The production is also deemed appropriate by the parents of Intern making application;
  3. The Intern is at least 16 years of age;
  4. The Intern has shown considerable maturity and talent;
  5. An adult Designer agrees to Mentor the Intern during the entire process;
  6. The Director(s) and adult Designer of appropriate production agree to a Design Intern, adhering to all established Chicago Street Theatre Policy for the supervision of teens.

Upon completion of the production, the Design Intern will be evaluated by the adult Designer, Show Director(s), and Director of Education on the following areas: application of skill, along with promptness, attendance, participation, attitude, ability to work well with others, and dedication. This evaluation will take place in person, at an “Exit Interview.” The written evaluation of this Interview will be submitted, in writing, to the Director of Education who will place the record in the student’s permanent file.

While a student is serving as a Design Intern, all correspondence to Apprentices and/or Directors must be sent to the Director of Education first, and she, in turn, will approve and send out the schedule and all communication.

If a Design Intern has received an exemplary Exit Interview on at least two productions, they may progress to a level of Designer. All those interested and qualified must adhere to the standards established at Chicago Street Theatre for Designers, and must be at least 18 years of age.

For information or application, please contact Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education, via email.

© 2010 - Chicago Street Theatre
Updated: February 1, 2016