PCPA’s Conservatory is accepting applications for its two-year Technical Theatre Training Program. Deadline to apply is Sept. 15; classes and labs begin Oct. 5.

Students will train and work alongside the company’s professional designers, technicians, directors and actors through a master/apprentice method of instruction. The intensive, vocational technical theater training immerses students in the study and application of stage lighting, sound, props, paints, set construction, costumes, and stage management.

“We help prepare students for a career as a theater technician by providing a hands-on professional approach to learning where after only two years our students successfully find meaningful employment. PCPA’s Technical Theatre Training Program is an investment in an aspiring student’s future,” said Sara Curran Ice, Technical Theatre Program coordinator.

Admission to the Conservatory is by application and interview. The application and more information are available online at  or visit pcpa.org, under the Conservatory menu, click on the Technical link.

Minimum requirements include applicants to have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years of age. The rigorous program includes shops, labs, classes and performances, six days a week. It is a full-time commitment.

This is a certificated vocational program and can be part of a four-year path to a bachelor’s degree. Several colleges and universities allow PCPA graduates to enter as juniors.

PCPA strives to make sure students are ready to enter the professional world after graduation. Graduates have been sought after by companies such as The Disney Corporation, Cirque du Soleil, ZFX, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.