The Protégé Program of Pleasant Valley Productions strives to mentor and instruct anyone between the ages of 13 and 103 who is interested in the fields of theatrical lighting, sound tech, stage management, theater management, and producing.
As a Protégé you will attend workshops, be guided by a mentor and gain hands-on experience working on productions. By participating in the program, you will gain the knowledge needed for community theater and beyond.
There is no financial cost for the Protégé Program, but commitment and dedication are essential.
There are two programs, depending on what you are looking to achieve: The Certificate Protégé Program and the Non-Certificate Protégé Program.
Certificate Protégés attend workshops offered by staff and guest professionals on a range of technical and theater management topics. Protégés can decide to specialize in a specific area of theater production or participate as a generalist. Depending on which specialty the Protégé elects, they are assigned a Mentor who is an expert in that area, and who will provide additional education and guidance.
Certificate Protégés also work on Pleasant Valley Productions and OSPAC events where they get hands-on experience in many aspects of technical theater and arts management.
If you dedicate yourself to this learning, you will be as prepared as a student who graduates from a community college in theatre tech or theater management.
Attend a minimum of four workshops
Work on at least three events
Work on at least one mainstage production or other approved event (e.g. concert, variety show, etc.)
Mentor hours (determined based on specialty)
Receive a certificate and letter of program completion
Receive community volunteer hours for all work hours (this does not include educational hours, e.g. workshops)
For those who are interested in learning technical theater or theater management but are not able to commit to the certificate program, we offer a shorter program.
As with the certificate program, there is no cost for participation, but we do require you commit to at least one production.
May attend workshops on a first-come, first-serve basis
May be invited to work one-on-one with a mentor
Get hands-on experience working on productions and arts events
Receive community volunteer hours for all work hours (this does not include educational hours)
The program works on a rolling schedule, allowing Protégés to begin at various times throughout the year. Click here to complete the application form.
By attending workshops offered by our staff and guest professionals, and through involvement in the actual work on our productions, participants will gain the knowledge needed for community theatre and beyond.