Opportunities for advanced, hands-on professional development for emerging artists.

Assistantships are designed to provide an advanced, hands-on, professional development opportunity for emerging artists and aspiring arts administrators. Opportunities exist in virtually every area of the festival. In most of these areas, prior theatre experience is not required. FAIR currently offers Assistantships in the following areas:

Artistic Opportunities:

  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Stage Management

Design Opportunities:

  • Costumes 
  • Hair Design/Wig Construction 
  • Lighting 
  • Scenic 
  • Sound
Administration Opportunities: 
  • Audience Development
  • Community Outreach
  • Program Administration
  • Marketing & Communication
Production Opportunities:
  • Automation
  • Carpentry
  • Costume Crafts/Technology
  • Lighting Technology
  • Music
  • Scenic Props
  • Scenic Painting
  • Sound Technician
  • Technical Direction
  • Wardrobe
  • Welding

Assistantships are two to four month advanced experiences that are designed to provide professional development opportunities for emerging artists and aspiring arts administrators. Recipients are paired with either an OSF artisan or administrator and/or they are matched with an OSF guest artist that is with us for the season. In general, 20-30 Assistantships are offered every year across disciplines. Recipients are provided with complimentary housing, round trip airfare, and a $1,000 monthly stipend throughout their tenure. Assistantships may also fulfill academic requirements, which would be determined by the respective applicant’s academic institution (if applicable).

Please note: The categories listed above are the areas in the festival where Assistantships are currently offered. If you are interested in applying within an area that is not listed above, please send a letter of inquiry to: to confirm if we are able to provide you with that opportunity.

Candidates for Assistantships must either be a college graduate with a degree in their respective area of interest and/or have a minimum of two years of demonstrated work experience in their respective area of interest. Experience outside of the applicant’s area of interest will be considered if it’s relevant to the desired position of the applicant. Candidates must be able to commit full time to the position.

Applicants interested in an Assistantship in Directing, Stage Management, Lighting Design, and Scenic Design must have directed, stage managed, or designed a minimum of five theatre productions and/or live events (college/university productions qualify). Equivalent work in film, television and/or other relevant industry may also be considered.

Additionally, if you’re selected you may be required to begin your tenure as early as October 2014 and complete your tenure as late as July 2015 near the end of the season. For this reason, applicants with the most time available between October 2014 and July 2015 have a higher probability of being eligible for participation.

The application deadline is July 1st every year for the following season. So, if you are interested in receiving an Assistantship during our 2015 season, your application is due July 1, 2014. OSF’s season opens in February and closes in November every year.

Apply for an Assistantship