Mentorship Program

We Are Seeking

Ambitious, talented, disciplined emerging theater artists.
You want to experience what it is to be part of a company.
You want an artistic home and to be a part of a team.
You want to stretch your skills and make connections within a professional company.
You have excellent communication skills and entrepreneurial spirit.

We Offer

An opportunity to be part of a company within a company.
The chance to broaden your identity from actors, designers, stage managers, directors, writers, and producers into comprehensive theatre artists.
One-on-one mentorship from some of Portland’s finest theatre practitioners.

Our Mentee Program

Mentees attend regular, mandatory weekend-long “intensives” delving deeply into a particular method of theatrical practice, such as collaboration/devised work, viewpoints, movement,voice, design, and the business of theatre.

Mentees work side-by-side with Third Rail core company members, with some intensives culminating in a presentation for the company.

Mentees with the appropriate skillsets will be given opportunities to assist our professional stage managers, designers, directors, and producers on our productions as well as shadow company members as they prepare for a role.

Mentees are given opportunities to learn the business of producing theater. They will be allowed to assist in all facets of Third Rail’s enterprise: season selection, marketing, sales, and development.

What We Expect

Sweat. Mentees will be responsible for coordination and production of our National Theater Live program, as well as in-house needs matched with their particular skills. Mentees assist in front-of-house duties and attend company meetings. Work is variable in terms of hourly commitment, but should average around five hours per week. (It is possible to have a full-time job and be a Mentee.) We encourage our Mentees to actively seek theatre work during their tenure, provided they can fulfill their duties to the company as well.

Focus.We’re looking to train our future bosses: Leaders who can also follow and listen; People who are disciplined yet flexible; Strong individuals who can work as a team member; Those willing to make a commitment.

How to Apply
Applications are due May 31. Auditions and interviews will be scheduled for mid-June 2017. Mentorship term is Mid-August through the end of June. Inquiries regarding the Mentorship Program can be sent to All other general inquiries may be sent to