Roundabout, IATSE & NYC Announce Theatrical Workforce Development Program

3/8/2017 3:22pm

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) have announced the Theatrical Workforce Development Program (TWDP), the theatre industry’s first workforce development program to train and place young adults in professional technical theatre careers. This new initiative aims to break down the barriers that prevent young adults from joining the industry and empower a diverse new generation of theatre professionals. In partnership with the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the youth development non-for-profit, The Door, Roundabout’s new program marks the first collaboration between a theatrical employer and the union that represents backstage workers to train and place young adults in professional careers as Stagehands, Riggers, Electricians, Sound Engineers, Carpenters, Hairstylists, Makeup Artists and Wardrobe Workers. This program adds another arm to the 20-year Roundabout education program that reaches 35,000 students, educators and patrons annually in all five boroughs of New York City and around the country. The Theatrical Workforce Development Program, with substantial funding and support from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), includes three years of training, job placement and one-on-one mentorship with top industry professionals to ensure a smooth and successful transition from high school graduate to working theatre professional. Each year, the program will provide a group of up to 20 fellows with a living wage, relevant skills and industry knowledge, work experience, access to world-class venues and resources and support services to navigate this environment. MOME and SBS will partner with the Roundabout to establish the Made in New York Stagecraft Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will train the fellows in safety, workforce readiness and technical skills. This six-week intensive will kick off the longer 10-month hands-on technical training and will serve as a vital component preparing fellows for their future job placement. Press contact: Polk PR (917/261-3988)...