The Williamstown Theatre Festival provides some of the best opportunities for theatre artists, technicians and administrators available in American theatre today.
By providing a vital and supportive atmosphere in which to experience the many challenges of working in the professional theatre industry, WTF offers students educational and career advancement opportunities seldom available elsewhere. WTF offers programs for young actors and directors, as well as opportunities for designers, technicians and administrators.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival's opportunities for young actors are divided into two programs: the Apprentice Program and the Non-Equity Company. These programs offer young talents the opportunity to train alongside seasoned professionals. Internships and Assistantships in directing, stage design, and theatre administration offer young individuals the unique opportunity to assist top directors, designers and administrators, often leading to further work in New York City and regional theaters across the country.
Training programs for young theatre professionals are a vital a part of WTF's mission. Many alumni maintain close relationships with WTF, and the Festival frequently offers them the chance to return and further hone their skills throughout their careers. Theatre artists such as designers Santo Loquasto and David Korins and directors George C. Wolfe, Will Frears and Alex Timbers all began their careers at WTF. Many past interns from our design departments have gone on to solid careers at major regional theatres and on Broadway, and our administration program has turned out many top professionals at theaters across the country. Vicki Reiss, Executive Director of the Shubert Foundation; Mary Kelley, former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and television producer Tom Fontana all began as young administrators at WTF.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival's training programs have inspired dreams and launched careers. Click on the links above to learn more about these opportunities.
WTF is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating a diverse company.
Technical staff and interns during a 2009 changeover. Photo by Sam Hough.