Youth Employment in the Arts 2023

Apr 16, 2023 | News | 0 comments

Festival 56 has an exciting opportunity for high school students coming up this summer.  We will offer up to three high school students and this year’s graduates the opportunity to work as paid apprentices with the resident professional company with various aspects of theatre production. This program is made possible through federal funds and sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Over 8 weeks, each high school student will be assigned to work in one or more of the following areas: Scenic Design (including properties and scenic art), Technical Direction (and scenic construction), Costume Design (including construction and wardrobe), Directing (including choreography and/or music direction), Lighting and Sound Design (including electrics and engineering), Production and Stage Management, and Public Relations (including marketing and audience services). 

Apprentices will work a minimum of 15 hours per week at a wage of $13.00 an hour and will have the opportunity to enter into a mentorship with one of the company’s professional artists.  Apprentices will also have the opportunity to volunteer additional time in one or more area of theatre production.  Applicants must be available to work for an 8 week period between June 5 – August 1.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (including contact information) stating previous experience, goals relating to future studies or a career in the theatre arts at the college or professional level, and a personal artistic statement.  Letters may be mailed to the theater (316 S. Main, Princeton, IL 61356) dropped off at the box office or emailed to with the subject, “Apprentice.”  

Following a review of the applicants, those moving on to the next level will be interviewed.  One letter of recommendation will be required from a teacher or artistic mentor.  

The Illinois Child Labor Law (820 ILCS 205/1 et seq.) regulates the employment of minors under the age of 16 years and requires all minors to have employment certificates. Should one of these minors be hired, the Princeton Theater Group will follow these procedures:

Required Procedures For Teens under 16!

  1. “Letter of intent to hire” must be obtained from all prospective employers. The letter must outline hours worked.
  2. Teen and parent or guardian must bring this letter to an issuing officer at minor’s school or school district to obtain the required work permit.
  3. The issuing officer will review criteria and verify safety before issuing the work permit.

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Applications should be received by 5PM May 12.

Photo: Brayden Schwartz (Princeton), Bird Roden (Princeton), Allison Larkin (Walnut), and Owen Larkin (Walnut) in 2022, as part of Youth Employment in the Arts.


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The Box Office opens one hour before performances


Festival 56
316 S. Main Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356