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 2016-17 season is March 15, 2016.


  • 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. 


STAGE MANAGEMENT RESIDENT The Stage Management Resident will work with both staff and visiting stage managers on as many of our 6 productions next season as possible, schedule permitting.  Duties will include (but not be limited to) assisting with an assortment of production documentation, prep, and rehearsal responsibilities; sitting on book; serving as run crew for performances; and helping with artist hospitality, which includes providing transportation in company vehicles (holding up to 12 passengers).  Candidates should have a valid driver’s license with 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 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. 

ARTISTIC RESIDENT 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.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT RESIDENT 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 with a clean driving record, the ability to drive a twelve passenger van and be well-versed in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. 

 This resident will work primarily with the Lighting Supervisor and Assistant in the maintenance, hanging and focusing, creation of special effects, and running for all mainstage and second stage shows.  May be called upon to run and/or program ETC Ion for show. The ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre or equivalent experience; demonstrate skill in oral communication, and be comfortable working at height while holding at least 35 lbs. Experience on ETC lighting boards, with Vectorworks, and Lightwright a plus, but not required, and have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.  

SOUND RESIDENT 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, thrive in an unpredictable, fast-paced and collaborative work environment, and have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. 

COSTUME RESIDENT The Costume Resident works alongside costume shop staff on all aspects of building and maintaining the costumes for Long Wharf Theatre’s season. Candidates should have a strong foundation in sewing techniques and garment construction. Duties vary by show, but the Costume Resident can expect to research, source, pull and shop for garments, assist with fittings and alterations, attend technical rehearsals, and help to clean and organize our large costume stock. The Costume Resident will be on the wardrobe run crew for at least one show. In the spring, the Costume Resident will work to design and create costumes for the Residents’ Next Stage Production. The ideal candidate will have a degree in theatre or equivalent experience, demonstrate skill in oral communication, be able to lift at least 50 lbs, and have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

EDUCATION RESIDENT The Education Resident will assist in the development and implementation of educational programming. 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.

SCENIC RESIDENT 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 Vectorworks. 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 valid driver’s license with a clean driver record.

PROPS RESIDENT 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 nextstage@longwharf.org

Director of Education
Next Stage Administrator