Theater tech classes or internships
Anyone know of opportunities for teens to get involved in set building and theater tech? The only one I can find is Youth Musical Theater Company: http://ymtcbayarea.org/classes-workshops/apprenticeships/ Any experience with them or suggestions for other opportunities? My teen is homeschooled so can't get this experience through school. Thanks!
Nov 18, 2018
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Berkeley Rep has programs for teens.
Have you looked at classes at the local community college? I teach at a college in Livermore and we have certificate in Technical Theatre (http://www.laspositascollege.edu/theater/cte.php) but, I'm sure a community college local to you has classes as well. We regularly have high school aged students taking classes on campus.
In SF, the Brava Theater on 24th St. has a teen theater tech program called San Francisco Running Crew. The teens even get a stipend.
Hello, Contra Costa Civic Theatre -- https://ccct.org/ -- is a great community theatre located in South El Cerrito (really not far from Berkeley). They welcome and encourage volunteers in all areas of the theatre. In addition to regular work parties, there are opportunities to work backstage. It is a warm community with a mix of professional, semi-professional, and new-to-theatre folks. I'm sure your responsible teen would be welcomed. Please reach out to Georgina Edwards, Managing Director at georgina [at] ccct.org or give the theatre a call at 510-524-9012.
Youth Musical Theater Company (known as YMTC) is great! My son has done the apprentice program a few times and has had a very positive experience. Your teen will get to work in a professional setting yet be supported as student. The shows are wonderful and the amount of talent there is amazing. My son also enjoys the peer group there as do I. They seem to attract great kids. There are applications open now for shows coming up this spring and summer.