Emerging Artist Program

Now Accepting Applications for the
2019-2020 Emerging Artist Program
through May 31, 2019

Portland Musical Theater Company

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

We are committed to two fundamental truths. Each of us is special and has unique gifts to contribute to the world and we’re more alike and connected than we realize.

PMTC produces a season of 3-4 mainstage shows, a plus our Cabaret Cafe series, including our two youth cabarets (we call them Stars of Tomorrow), and various 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 13-month program beginning in September 2019 and requires a commitment of 10 hours per week. (Most weeks are 10 or less however during tech weeks it could be as many as 20.) The last month of the program is spent cross-training and mentoring the new EA class while preparing your resume and portfolio. 

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, 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 creating contacts for future employment
  • Working a flexible weekly schedule
  • Attending workshops and trainings
  • Being a Featured Performer in a Cabaret Cafe event
  • Creating Materials for their Portfolio 
  • Adding Professional and Performing resume credits
  • Working directly with our resident staff, professional artists and specialists
  • Receiving Complimentary tickets to performances and Coupon Codes for family/friends to save
  • Receiving a $30 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
  • significant experience in the theater and a desire for more
  • individuals who are entering or returning to the theatre after another career

Ideal candidates are positive self-starters,  excited to work in the theater world and afraid of hard work because they LOVE the theater.

The Experience:

Experience is gained in 4 distinct areas:

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

Your Benefits:

  1. Each Emerging Artist will attend monthly workshops in the Craft and Profession of Musical Theater.

Voice, Acting and Dancing

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

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 have the opportunity to perform in one Cabaret Cafe event at the conclusion of their program.

You’ll receive training in:

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

Professional Development

In the theatre world, 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.

Therefore, Emerging Artists will participate in monthly professional development workshop. Topics include:

  • 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

Production Team Experience

Each Emerging Artist will be a key member of the production teams for  our mainstage shows and cabaret events. They’ll learn and fulfill each of the below at least once per season and receive a professional credit.

Costume Design

Properties Design

Set Design/Dressing 

Stage Management

Sound Design & Engineering

Lighting Design & Engineering

Venue Management

House Management and Patron Services

The Business

All Emerging Artists will receive training related to running a theater company as a business and will participate in strategic planning, casting season planning, and more. 

And each EA will have one primary business area where they focus for the season. This primary focus area will be in the following:

Artistic Leadership & Administration Coordination

This position spends the season working with PMTC’s Executive Director learning the ins and outs of running a theatre company; you’ll help with budget development, season selection, production planning, attending to the needs of artists, drafting contracts, corresponding with licensing agencies, in addition to special projects overseen by the Executive Director. This EA will receive professional credit as the Arts Administration Coordinator for the season.

Development & Fundraising Coordination

This position will focus on development and fundraising programs for the company. This may include grant writing, fundraising appeals and events, monthly giving, attracting sponsorships, donor support and more. They’ll set goals and create action plans to involve the entire team and keep our donor database accurate and growing.  This EA will receive professional credit as the Development and Fundraising Coordinator for the season. 

Volunteer Program Coordination

This position is responsible for selecting, training, and supervising the volunteers. The main goal of a this position is to ensure an organization has enough volunteers to fulfill its mission. To meet that goal, they must perform a variety of duties involving recruitment and outreach, training development and program planning and reporting, and volunteer program retention. This EA may make key contacts with community members, educators, and others as will receive a professional credit as the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the for the season.

Marketing & Outreach

This position is focused on audience development. That means marketing, promotion, and outreach. They’ll make sure our audience knows about what’s going on with our mainstage productions and Cabaret Cafe events during the season.  They will develop marketing campaigns and calendars, the content to support marketing campaigns including social media, print, press, and email. This EA will receive professional credit as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the season.

The Application Process:

  1. You apply and tell us a little about you here: https://forms.gle/WBmd7fGA9CvzGige6
  2. If we think you’re a fit, we’ll invite you to the next step, a live online informational session where you learn more about the program.