Long Wharf Theatre has a long history of launching the careers of young artists through its Next Stage program, the theatre’s early career development program. The Next Stage program is dedicated to engaging and employing a new generation of diverse theatre artists, administrators and leaders. The Next Stage Program is divided into two groups: Residents and Interns. Both groups work among professionals to learn from hands-on experience.

NOTE: The deadline for resident applications for the 2015-16 season is March 27, 2015.


  • Weekly Stipend of $100 for a seasonal, full-time position 
  • Housing (including utilities) 
  • Complimentary tickets to all Long Wharf Theatre productions 
  • Networking opportunities with practicing theatre professionals 
  • Invitations to all general staff functions 
  • Mentors from within the staff 
  • Job placement assistance 
  • The opportunity to work on Discovery Day and a Theatre for Young Audiences production to showcase their talent. 


The Stage Management Resident will be involved in as many of our 6 productions next season as possible, schedule permitting. They will assist both resident and in-coming stage management staff with a wide variety of office work, show work, and visiting artist hospitality, which includes transportation in company vehicles (holding up to 16 passengers). Candidates should possess a clean driving record, and a willingness to work long days, six days a week, in both rehearsal and performance settings, with stamina and good humor.  The Stage Management Resident also helps coordinate Discovery Day, a community outreach event for children hosted by the Resident company in the Fall or Winter, and also stage manages the Resident Show in the Spring, which is usually a Theatre for Young Audiences event.  Though the schedule is demanding, this residency will allow you to work with dozens of visiting actors, directors, designers and stage managers from around the country. 


This resident will assist directors during rehearsals of two to three productions as well as take part in the day-to-day activities of a busy artistic/literary office, casting, and play readings on- and off-site. Literary and dramaturgical duties include: creating actor packets, audience guides, and program notes; soliciting and evaluating scripts; database maintenance; and lobby exhibits. As part of Long Wharf's audience engagement initiative, residents will also assist with and facilitate post-play discussions. The ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre or equivalent experience; demonstrate skill in oral and written communication, analysis, and research; and thrive in an unpredictable, fast-paced, and collaborative work environment.


This resident will gain experience working with the Company Manager to create an environment where guest artists can work to their potential, specifically in the area of housing, travel, health, safety and the general well-being of guest artists and resident employees of Long Wharf Theatre. The resident will learn how to think on his/her feet with an organic schedule and will be involved in such responsibilities as driving the actors to and from rehearsal and performance, inventory and upkeep of apartments according to Actor Equity Association standards, driving actors to stores and medical appointments as the need arises, as well as maintaining spreadsheets regarding travel, housing, cleaning and hotel bookings.  The intended outcome of this residency is to learn how to operate on a budget, create and maintain personal and professional relationships, proficiency in managing multiple projects.   As the front line and the first staff the actors meet, a positive attitude and a sense of humor are important and a must for company managers. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to drive a twelve passenger van and be well versed in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.


The Education Resident will assist in the development and implementation of educational programming. These opportunities may include co-teaching residencies; researching content for study guide materials; participating in in-house professional development workshops; and designing an original drama-based community engagement event called Discovery Day.  

The ideal candidate will possess not only a degree in theatre or education (or equivalent experience), but demonstrate creativity and enthusiasm for working with students.  We are looking for a collaborating artist who can thrive in an unpredictable, fast paced environment. All candidates must be licensed drivers.


This resident will work primarily with the Master Electrician in hanging and focusing, creation of special effects, assisting in the run of the show, board operation and the maintenance of lighting equipment. The ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre or equivalent experience; demonstrate skill in oral communication, and be able to work on top of all ladders while holding at least 25 lbs.


This resident will gain experience with the Audio/Video Supervisor in areas of sound design, sound engineering, playback systems, equipment maintenance, sound editing, and will gain board operation experience on all Stage II shows.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre or equivalent experience, demonstrate skill in oral communication, be able to climb ladders, including trestle style, and thrive in an unpredictable, fast-paced and collaborative work environment.


The Costume Resident will work alongside costume shop staff to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of shopping, building and maintaining the costumes for Long Wharf Theatre’s season. Specific duties will vary by show, but over the course of the season the Costume Resident can expect to gain experience researching, sourcing, pulling and shopping for designers, assisting in fittings and making alterations, attending technical rehearsals, and supporting the maintenance and organization of our large costume stock. The Costume Resident will work under the guidance of the Costume Shop Manager to be the Costume Designer for the Next Stage Production. This Resident will be on the wardrobe run crew for at least one show. The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of sewing techniques and costume construction, a degree in theatre or equivalent experience, great communication skills, and a clean, valid driver’s license.


The Resident will work alongside professional carpenters on the build, load in and strike of each production. The Resident must have basic scenic carpentry skills and be comfortable using basic tools. Metal working skills are a plus, but not required and training is part of the residency. This resident will work alongside the staff Technical Director to be the Technical Director for the Next Stage Production. Computer drafting skills are a plus, but not required, Auto Cad preferred, but may also use Vector Works. This residency can be crafted to suit the individual including working with our staff Charge Scenic Artist. The ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre or equivalent experience, demonstrate skill in oral communication, be able to lift at least 75 lbs, and have a clean valid driver's license.


The Props Resident will work closely with Professional staff artisans and carpenters, as well as Professional designers, stage managers and directors. The Props Residency involves direct hands-on work with the properties department in the construction, acquisition and crafting of all props and furniture for each seasons productions and workshops as well as the Next Stage Residency productions.  Candidates should have understanding of the safe use of all basic power and hand tools, basic skills with Photoshop and Word programs, be able to lift furniture and possess a valid driver's license with a clean driving record. The ideal candidate will have a passion for learning along with a sincere desire to work within a team oriented approach to the art and craft of Props. Candidates will have a degree in theater or equivalent work experience. 



An intern is a part-time academic position that will receive either high school or college credit for their efforts. All intern positions are project-based positions. This means that an Intern will focus on a specific project, with a specific time frame, generally working part-time during the week, and for a short portion of the season. An Intern will be assigned to a specific department with which there is an appropriate need for that Intern. Please note that as housing is not provided, local applicants are preferred for internships.


  • Professional Hands-On Experience 
  • Complimentary tickets to limited Long Wharf Theatre Productions 
  • Networking opportunities with practicing theatre professionals 
  • Invitations to most general staff functions 
  • Career Counseling 


  • Company Management 
  • Development 
  • Education 
  • General Management 
  • Literary 
  • Marketing 
  • Operations 
  • Production 


  • Fill out a resident application or an intern application
  • Write a statement of purpose not exceeding 1 page.
  • Include current Resume
  • List of 3 references OR 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Completed Application packets should be mailed to:

Next Stage Program
Long Wharf Theatre
222 Sargent Dr.
New Haven, CT 06511

Due to the high volume of applicants, when mailing applications, all materials including references must be submitted in ONE package. Materials sent separately will be discarded.

Please do not call about the status of your application.  All candidates will be contacted in a timely manner.

Please refer to the FAQ’s page before sending inquiries regarding the Next Stage Program.  For all other questions, please email

Director of Education
Next Stage Administrator