Apprentice Program

Please check back in early 2019 for information on applying for 2019/20 season.

“This might be a fundamental building block in helping a whole new generation of theatre artists and practitioners start and seed their own companies.”

—Ben Cameron, former Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group

For 25 years, the Arden’s Professional Apprentice (APA) program has proven to be one of the most distinguished and rigorous theatre training programs in the country.


This program is a full-time-plus commitment running from late August to mid June. Housing and transportation are the apprentice’s responsibility. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.

About the Program

The Arden Professional Apprentice Program’s philosophy is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of a nonprofit regional theatre. It is designed to foster future theatre leaders. The program provides apprentices with a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of a nonprofit regional theatre through work in EVERY aspect of operations including front of house, box office, marketing, development, artistic, education, production, stage management, finance, and general management. Apprentices work approximately 50 hours a week in ALL departments. This is not an acting program; this is not a directing program.


The program offers a salary of $445 per week, health insurance, paid time off, complimentary tickets to Arden Theatre Company productions, understudy opportunities, and the opportunity to meet and network with members of the Philadelphia community.

Application Process

The application deadline for 2018/19 has passed. Please check back in late January 2019 for details on applying for the next class.

Arden Theatre Company is an EOE/AA employer and values diversity in the workplace.
Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.