The Professional Assistant Program is designed for advanced theatre students who are getting ready to embark upon a career in professional theatre. California Musical Theatre’s Academy provides practical experiences in the presentation and production of quality musical theatre.  Professional Assistants have the opportunity to enhance their practical knowledge and skills through close interaction with Music Circus’ staff and artists.  We are looking for mature, self-reliant, articulate students who are able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. Professional Assistants, who are encouraged to achieve as many career-building goals and objectives as possible, have the opportunity to gain both practical experience and professional contacts through the program. In addition, participants gain further insight into the art of musical theatre with weekly scheduled presentations by guest artists from the Music Circus season.

Full-time assistantships:

  • June-August, 40+ hours/wk
  • $200.00 per week stipend
  • College credit is available for all positions
  • Housing and transportation is not provided

Music Circus Professional Assistantship Program offers the opportunity to:

  • Work for California Musical Theatre, California’s largest nonprofit musical theatre company
  • Experience working in theatre-in-the-round
  • Participate in theatrical productions within a three-month period
  • Work directly with designers, directors and Equity performers from Broadway and across the country
  • Gain invaluable experience in a specific area of interest within the theatre industry, such as stage management, directing, scenic design and marketing.


The following departments offer Professional Assistant positions

Stage Management

Assist the Equity stage manager and assistant stage manager in all rehearsals, performances and administrative responsibilities as well as participating on performance running crews. Participants in this department are eligible to become Equity membership candidates and earn credits toward becoming a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for actors and stage managers.


Assist the director, attending production meetings and rehearsals, taking notes and doing research.  Minimum requirements:  good organizational skills and legible writing; ideally candidates are advanced students interested in directing.


Assist sound designer in all rehearsals, prepare sound prompt book, maintain equipment, dress microphones during rehearsals and performances.


Assist with procuring and creating theatrical props, attend rehearsals, develop prop running lists and work on the performance running crew.

Scenic Design

Assist the scenic designer and scenic artists in all areas of design.  Applicants must have knowledge of various painting techniques.

Marketing and Public Relations

There are two positions available: Playbill & Publicity Professional Assistant and the Events & Promotions Professional Assistant. Both positions assist the marketing and public relations department in all phases of promoting the theatre and the productions. The Playbill & Publicity PA is responsible for playbill content and editing (must have excellent writing, proofing, copy editing skills), will assist with press releases and interview info sheets, attend photo shoots and publicity appearances and assist with social media content creation and organization (Start date: early May). The Events & Promotions PA will assist with all 18 post-show VIP special events (background in theatre or customer service is a plus – must be 21 and over and be willing to serve alcohol), cast parties, grassroots marketing and ticket giveaway promotions (must be available to work several nights and weekends – Start date: late May).  Minimum requirements: both positions must have a knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, have excellent writing and organizational skills.


Assist the education department in all summer programs including hosting nonprofit organizations at the theatre, master classes, and child and teen programs.  Minimum requirements: knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, good communication and organizational skills and an interest in education.


Assist the development department with special events, hospitality lounge and general administrative work.  Minimum requirements:  Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and organizational skills as well as an interest in working with the public.

We will begin accepting applications January 2015.

To apply, please submit all of the following:

  • a personal statement (500 words or less) that includes: your career objectives and how you hope to achieve them, what you expect to gain from assistantship, your experience and education in theatre, and qualities that you possess that make you a worthy candidate
  • current resume
  • two letters of recommendation

Submit application by mail, email or fax:
California Musical Theatre Academy
1510 J Street #200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 446-1370

We also offer internships during the Music Circus season.

For more information, please contact Education Director Gina Smith at (916) 446-5880 x 122 or email