Emerging Artist Program

Applications for the 2019-2020
Emerging Artist Program
will open Spring 2019.

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Portland Musical Theater CompanyAbout Portland Musical Theater Company

Portland Musical Theater Company is a community theater producing joyful, hopeful musical theater in Portland Oregon.

PMTC produces a season of 3 shows annually during a 10 month season, plus our Cabaret Cafe series and other education programs.

About the Program

The PMTC Emerging Artist Program offers emerging musical theater artists an immersive learning and experience program between their training and the profession of theatre, developing each individual’s skills by working alongside designers, administrators, directors, and other experts.

Emerging Artists will not only develop skills in the craft of performance, they will be key members of the Portland Musical Theater Company team.

This is a 10-month program and requires a commitment of 10-20 hours per week. (Most weeks are 10-ish. 20 only during tech weeks.)

Each  Emerging Artist will play an essential role in PMTC operations so that they may gain an understanding of what the business and profession really is and how to succeed in it. 

Working in every facet of the organization, these EAs learn standards of professionalism while building their resumes and portfolios and forging connections within the broader theater community.

Emerging Artists Will Benefit By:

  • Developing marketable skills and create contacts for future employment.
  • Working a flexible 10-20 hour weekly schedule
  • Attending workshops and training experiences
  • Being a Featured Performer in 2 Cabaret Cafe events
  • Creating materials for their Portfolio 
  • Adding Professional and Performing Resume Credits
  • Working directly with our resident staff, professional artists and specialists
  • Gaining understanding of theater roles and needs to facilitate more effective relationships in the future
  • Receiving complimentary tickets to performances and promo codes for family/friends to save
  • Receiving a $50 monthly travel stipend

Ideal Candidates

PMTC is seeking emerging and early career theatre professionals for this program.

That includes, but is not limited to, undergraduate students preparing to graduate from a theatre program, recent graduates from undergraduate theatre programs, or individuals who are entering or returning to the theatre field after another career.

It’s about having the attitude and dedication of a professional that’s most important. 

Our ideal candidates have some specific training in the theatrical field (either through college or a conservatory program), but are not yet as established as they’d like in their career.

Experience Areas

Experience is gained in 4 distinct areas:

  1. The Production
  2. The Craft
  3. The Business
  4. The Profession

Artistic Leadership & Administration

All Emerging Artists will receive detailed workshop training related to development and fundraising (including event management, the creation and distribution of fundraising appeals, and grant writing), and will participate and learn about casting, season planning, public relations, board relations and development, donor stewardship, and other duties usually done by Artistic Directors.

Additionally, one EA will spend the season working with PMTC’s Executive Director learning the ins and outs of running a theatre company; this EA will be asked to assist with grant writing, fundraising appeals, budget development, and production planning, in addition to special projects overseen by the Executive Director. This EA will receive credit as the Arts Administration Assistant for the season.

Theatrical Design (Costume or Properties Emphasis)

Each Emerging Artists will participate in one production as the Costume Designer, Properties Designer, and/or Set Dressing Designer. EAs will assist in the sourcing and construction of costumes and/or props for all mainstage productions in addition to serving as wardrobe crew, maintaining and repairing costumes and wigs during the run of each show.

This EAs will receive credit as the Costume Designer, Properties Designer, or Set Dressing Designer for the season.

Stage Management

Each Emerging Artist will work as an Stage Manager for one mainstage show during the season and for one or more Cabaret Cafe shows. Working with PMTC’s Stage Manager, Emerging Artist SMs will begin during the stage manager’s prep week, assist in rehearsals, work backstage during shows, and more. The SM will be assigned responsibilities such as tracking props, costumes, or sets, or making script revisions. EAs will receive credit as an Stage Manager for their assigned show.

Sound Design & Engineering

Sound is quite possibly the most important element of a musical show. If the audience can’t hear and hear clearly, it doesn’t matter how beautiful the voices are. Each Emerging Artist will be responsible for engineering sound for one production during the season. Working directly with the Artistic Director, EAs will run sound for a show and will receive a credit as a Sound Engineer for that production. Responsibilities include programming cues, assisting with load-in, troubleshooting problems during tech rehearsals, maintenance of audio equipment during the run of productions, running sound during productions, and participation in all setups and strikes.

Voice, Acting and Dance

All Emerging Artists will receive extensive workshop training related to their craft including weekly voice training with Executive Director and Voice Teacher, Deanna Maio.

They’ll also participate in monthly workshops provided by a range of acting, dance, and other teachers, including PMTC Executive Director, Associate Artists and guests. Emerging Artists will perform in two Cabaret Cafe events during the program. 

You’ll receive training in:

  • Weekly Voice Training & Coaching
  • Dance for Musical Theater including tap, jazz, and more
  • Character Creation and Song Interpretation
  • Audition Strategies
  • Music Theory
  • History of Musical Theatre
  • And more


Venue/House Management

Each Emerging Artist will be assigned as Venue/House Manager for a mainstage show during the season. Venue Manager will work with the Stage Manager and Director in designing, setting up, and striking the stage and set dressing for the show Duties may include volunteer recruitment and management, attending design meetings. Additional responsibilities include coordinating volunteers, stage set up, decoration setup and strike. EAs will receive credit as Venue Manager for their assigned production. 

Company Management

All Emerging Artists will receive workshop training related to company management and administration. EAs will learn from PMTC’s Executive Director, and Board of Directors, and guest teachers about the skills necessary to run a non-profit theatre company, including attending to the needs of artists, drafting contracts, corresponding with licensing agencies, arranging complimentary tickets, maintaining production files, developing and tracking budgets, preparing financial documents and reports, and comprehensive experience with administrative tasks. 

Marketing & Outreach

All Emerging Artists will receive workshop training related to marketing, promotion, and outreach. Additionally, one EA will spend the season working with social media, marketing, education opportunities, and audience outreach for all mainstage productions and Cabaret Cafe events during the season. Working alongside PMTC’s Executive Director, this EA will develop marketing campaign calendars and content support for marketing campaigns. Additionally, this EA will learn about creating video content using commonly available video technology, and help coordinate all outreach, including post-show talk-backs, community events, and workshop opportunities. This EA may also be asked to assist in writing press releases, editing and distributing marketing literature, and interacting with members of the press receiving credit as Marketing and Outreach Assistant for the season.

Patron Services / Box Office / Concessions

Each Emerging Artist will receive hands-on experience related to running a box office, engaging in retail sales, and managing concessions. Assisting PMTC’s Patron Services Manager in sales, outreach, and database management for one mainstage show during the season, each EA will have the opportunity to serve as House Manager and Box Office Manager for that show. They will recruit and manage volunteers. Additionally, all EAs will be assigned to act as concessions manager for one additional mainstage show, several cabaret cafe nights, or other events.

Professional Development

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just be good at “the work.” To build a career with longevity, we need to know how to run our career like a business and that takes training and experience. Emerging Artists will participate in monthly professional development workshops including:

  • Marketing for Artistic Professionals
  • Contracts and Legal Issues for Performers
  • Time Management
  • Dealing with Difficult People (Personality Styles)
  • Networking for Artistic Professionals
  • Career Planning for Artists
  • Meeting Change with Resilience
  • Working with Different Generations
  • Money Management for Artistic Professionals

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