Goodman Theatre to Nurture Next Generation of Arts Leaders with Grant from The Joyce Foundation
Goodman Theatre will expand the work of its apprenticeship program with the help of a $300,000 “Spotlight” grant provided by The Joyce Foundation over a three year period. Primarily serving arts organizations in the Great Lakes region, The Joyce Foundation works to promote greater diversity in the arts and to support cultural institutions.
During the 2014/2015 Season, the Goodman introduced an apprenticeship program in which the participant, known as the Producing Apprentice, receives a comprehensive introduction and training in the various aspects of managing a theater, including negotiating contracts, season planning, budgeting exercises, fundraising and more. The only paid theater apprenticeship in the country focusing on technical and managerial roles, the fully-salaried position was created to help young professionals develop a long-term career path, and to gain experience in theater management without facing the burden of unpaid internships or other economic hardships which often prevent arts organizations from nurturing young talents.
“This has been a nonstop learning experience since my first day,” said current Producing Apprentice Marissa Ford. “I have received invaluable experience in the field that so many graduates yearn for but don’t have access to, not to mention the amazing work I get to see on stage. I have not only learned what it means to be a producer, but what it means to be a part of an organization that is true to its mission statement, that cares about the art, as well as the artists, and that continually strives to make a difference in the lives of the people within their community. This experience has shown me what it takes to accomplish being a leader in the arts and more importantly helped me realize that I am capable of doing it.”
With assistance from the grant the apprenticeship program will now become a permanent offering at the Goodman and will expand to include two participants during the 2015/2016 Season. The second position will be tailored more to the candidate’s interests and experience with possible focuses including production, marketing and more. The Goodman hopes to pull from a wide-range of candidates that will continue to diversify the workplace. As the program grows the Goodman hopes its success will help establish a replicable model for use at theaters throughout the nation.
“This grant benefits not only the Goodman, but the American theater; apprentices we train will go on to work for arts organizations across the country," said Goodman Executive Director Roche Schulfer. “It's important to the future of our industry that we ensure a pipeline of highly trained professionals.”
View a complete description of the apprenticeship positions, including application instructions and deadlines. >>