Paraphrase Productions is always looking for more ways to educate aspiring artists in the craft of theater. We believe that theater should never stop growing and changing and therefore we should never stop learning. Paraphrase Productions wants to continue training new directors, producers, stage managers, and designers who will bring new ideas and inventive approaches to old techniques. The Emerging Artists Program allows for aspiring artists to further their craft in a hands-on environment.

Hear from Alex Thibeau, Directing, and Peck Trachsel, Scenic Design, about their experience in the program.

The Emerging Artists Program at Paraphrase Productions is a unique opportunity for people to gain an in-depth, hands-on training in the area of theater they love most. Whether it be directing, Stage Managing, Producing, or Designing Paraphrase Productions hopes to fully equip new artists to to do what they love.


The goal of the Emerging Artists Program is to train new directors, stage managers, producers, and designers to begin mastering the craft they are interested in pursuing. They will be given both creative freedom and constructive guidance as they bring their visions and ideas to fruition in a play production.


-February 1 | Application Due

-March 1 | Mentees Selected

-April 1 | Mentorship Begins

-TBD | Rehearsals Begin (Musical)

-TBD | Opening Night (Musical)

-TBD | Closing Night (Musical)

-TBD | Rehearsals Begin (Play)

-TBD | Opening Night (Play)

-TBD | Closing Night (Play)

Course Description

Those interested in the Emerging Artists program will apply no later than February 1. Once applicants are selected they will be paired with a mentor in their corresponding department. That mentor will be responsible for training them to the best of their ability. Mentees will be given a number of tasks and responsibilities that train them for a future in that department. All mentees will serve as members of the creative team for Paraphrase Productions' main stage musicals for a period of 3 months.

Emerging artists will have the unique opportunity of producing a play. This program will end with each artist taking on a leading position in their respective department. They will not only learn under a group of great mentors, they will be able to take on a show of their own and implement the things that they learned on the first section.

Application Materials & Process

Every Applicant Must Submit

  1. Official Paraphrase Productions Emerging Artists Application (Below)
  2. Formal Theatrical Résumé
  3. Formal Business Résumé
  4. Letter of Recommendation from someone other than a family member
  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Applicants Accepted: March 1
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Must be 17 years or older
    • Must have experience in Theater


The Paraphrase Productions' Emerging Artists Program is on a volunteer basis only. The only compensation we are able to give is community service hours for students as well as internship credit.

Program Sections

Applications for the 2019 Emerging Artists Program will open Fall 2018.


Applications must be filled out digitally. Hand written applications will be sent back for re-submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How many hours a week should I be expecting to put into this program?
    • A: Although it is different depending on what section you are in, you will be expecting to work around 20 hours a week. That will vary from week to week, however. If you are not able to work that many hours a week we will try to work with your schedule as much as we can.

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