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Ambitious, talented, disciplined emerging theater artists. You are interested in theater as a whole and want to gain a broader scope of what it is to be an artist of the theatre but already excel in at least one area (acting, design, directing, writing, producing or stage-managing). You want to experience what it is to be part of a company. You have had significant training and experience, and are looking to gain entry into the professional world. You want an artistic home, to be a part of a team, have excellent communication skills, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Your life is not in chaos and you feel ready for the rigors of mentorship.

An opportunity to be part of a company within a company; to broaden your identity from actors, designers, stage managers, directors, writers and producers into compre- hensive theater artists. All mentees will attend regular weekend-long “intensives” delving deeply into a particular method of theatrical practice, such as collaboration/devised work, viewpoints, movement, improvisation, Shakespeare, scene- study, and the business of theatre. Mentees will study side-by- side with Third Rail core company members and most intensives will culminate with a performance. Some of these performances may be given an opportunity to be performed for the public as a “dark night” production when we are in residence at Coho Theatre.

Mentees with the appropriate skillsets will be given opportunities to assist our professional stage managers, designers, directors and producers on our productions as well as shadow company members as they prepare for a role.

Mentees are given opportunities to learn the business of producing theater. They will be allowed to assist in all facets of Third Rail’s enterprise: season selection, marketing, sales, and development.

The Mentorship Program culminates with a showcase production. All aspects of the production are determined and developed by the mentees. Mentees will act, design, stage manage and possibly direct a play of their choosing or of their creation.

Sweat. Mentees will be responsible for coordination and production of our National Theater Live program, as well as in-house needs matched with their particular skills. Mentees assist in front of house duties, and attend company meetings. Work will be variable in terms of hourly commitment, but should average around five hours a week. It is possible to have a full time job and be a Mentee. We encourage our Mentees to be actively seeking theatre work during their tenure, provided they can fulfill their duties to the company.
Focus. We’re looking to train our future bosses. Leaders who can also follow and listen. Disciplined yet flexible. Strong individuals who can work as a team member. Commitment.

If you wish to apply for the Third Rail Mentorship Program click here to download the program information and application instructions. The file may take a moment to download, please be patient.

Applications should be completed by May 19, 2014. Auditions and interviews will be scheduled for May 31 and June 1. Inquiries regarding the Mentorship Program can be sent to All other general inquiries may be sent to

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