Staffing Development Matching Grant

About the Grant

The Staffing Development Matching Grant is intended for non-academic professional theatres with current SETC organizational membership status. Funds may be used to support existing programs or to develop new programs that provide early-career theatre professionals in the field with experiential learning opportunities.

Congratulations, 2022-2023 Recipients!

  • Aurora Theatre

    Aurora Theatre at Lawrenceville Arts Center celebrates humanity’s rich cultural fabric through creative and educational programming, cultivating a community of belonging for all. As a part of our mission to educate, Aurora Theatre’s apprentice company (AppCo) admits 10-12 young adults each year, most of whom are recent college graduates, to receive paid hands-on training in either performance or production, gaining marketable skills while networking with industry professionals. Funding will assist in supporting the continuation of this program.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Williamstown Theatre Festival is a world-renowned summer theater festival with a strong focus on education and mentorship. Last season, we launched a new initiative called the Summer Intensive Training Program (SITP) for current undergraduate students (or learners at an equivalent stage of their training). The seven-week program, in partnership with Williams College, brings together 20 young theater-makers seeking out opportunities to expand their learning across disciplines and interests through seminars, workshops, and hands-on experience. At the end of the program, participants perform a new devised work that is a showcase of their exploration throughout the program and the insights they have gained over their time at WTF.

  • The REV Theatre Company

    The REV Theatre Company presents classic and contemporary works, new musicals, and in-school arts education for a diverse audience, to spur social awareness and cultural development in the Finger Lakes region. Each of our production/technical departments has an internship opportunity available each summer, which is a valuable next step in a young professional’s career that provides them with various on-the-job training tailored specifically to their department. This grant would help to keep our salary and housing offerings competitive to ensure accessibility and inclusion.

  • Music Theatre Wichita

    MTWichita continues to self-produce all its shows and in recent years has made great progress in training and launching careers of wig professionals. The addition of a Wig Shop Fellow would support continued growth and depth in this area – much needed throughout the industry.

Past Recipients

  • The Prizery

    This grant supports The Prizery in hiring two intern Assistant Stage Managers and one Assistant Scenic and Props Design Intern to help the shows and assist the Production Stage Manager.

  • Playhouse on the Square

    This grant helps to fund one Admin/Front of House Associate Company positions.

  • Chautauqua Theater Company | Chautauqua, NY

    This grant will be used to expand the Chautauqua Theater Company’s Apprentice Program, adding a sound apprenticeship.

  • Mill Mountain Theatre | Roanoke, VA

    This grant will be used to support an emerging tour manager/technician in the opportunity to lead an eight-week summer children’s musical tour. Takeaways will include leadership, planning, communication and problem-solving.

  • Hangar Theatre | Ithaca, NY

    The grant will be used to expand the Fellows Program, adding two new fellows for an intensive, hands-on experience in theatre administration. The fellows will assist in creating and/or implementing marketing and development initiatives and maximizing patron experience.

  • Montford Park Players | Asheville, NC

    This grant will be used toward mentorship and support of an emerging production management professional.

  • Endstation Theatre Company | Lynchburg, VA | 2018-2019 Recipient

    Grant funds will be used to enhance and expand the apprentice program across the U.S. to bring in young professionals, who are the lifeblood of the organization, and to provide them with a professional development experience working ground-up in a professional theatre.

  • Weston Playhouse Theatre Company| Weston, VT | 2018-2019 Recipient

    Grant funds will be used to expand the Weston Fellowship program, which provides a full-year internship focused on arts administration.

  • Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma | Oklahoma City, OK | 2017-2018 Recipient

    Grant funding was used to hire interns as part of a long-range plan aimed at combating “an industry shortage of Technical Directors” with a goal of providing mentorship and training to help build a new generation of Technical Directors who can not only see to raw technical needs but can balance those needs with creating and implementing production designs.

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival | Williamstown MA | 2017-2018 Recipient

    Williamstown Theatre Festival applied the grant funds to hire a Community Works Associate to assist a program which brings together local residents and professional theatre artists and culminates in a new work shown on their Main Stage each summer.

  • The Lost Colony | Manteo, NC | 2017-2018 Recipient

    The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA)/The Lost Colony had an Education Coordinator position on their “Wish List” for many years. “The funding offered by SETC gave us the opportunity to finally hire someone!”

  • The Stephen Foster Story | Bardstown, KY | 2017-2018 Recipient

    Grant funds were designated to pay performance internships for 5-7 college freshman and sophomores as part of a professional training program that allows the interns to perform in two productions and receive instruction in Voice, Dance and Acting from staff directors and guest teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SETC?

Our Mission: Connecting You to Opportunities in Theatre Nationwide
Our Vision: SETC is the strongest and broadest network of theatre practitioners in the United States. We provide extensive resources and year‐round opportunities for our constituents. Our services, publications, and products contribute significantly to the careers of emerging artists, seasoned professionals, and academicians. SETC energizes the practical, intellectual, and creative profile of theatre in America.

What organizations are eligible for SETC's Staffing Development Matching grants?

SETC’s grant program is intended to support non-academic professional theatre companies with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The Staffing Development Matching Grant is open to current SETC member organizations. Organizations are eligible to apply to the Staffing Development Matching Grant Program if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Are current SETC Organizational Members
  • Have been SETC Organizational Members for at least one year prior to application
  • Are a producing theatre company that is not primarily funded by a college or university
  • Currently possess and have possessed 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as defined by the IRS for at least two years
  • Have not been awarded a Staffing Development Matching Grant in the last three years
  • Will provide an internship, mentorship or apprenticeship opportunity to an emerging professional during the grant period
  • Will provide 1:1 matching funds and/or in-kind services to support the internship, mentorship or apprenticeship, as described in the guidelines
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances, including but not limited to those that bar discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, military veteran’s status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law
  • Comply with Fair Labor Standards

What is SETC’s definition of a professional theatre?

A theatre that provides monetary compensation/salary on a contracted basis to a minimum of 85% of their staff, designers, technicians, actors and musicians. In addition, companies must have been in production a minimum of two full seasons.

What’s involved in completing a grant application?

Details are provided on the grant guidelines documents, but the application process has been specifically designed to be simple and straightforward. SETC encourages interested theatre companies to apply! Please complete the online application, including a required project narrative as instructed, supplemental materials as directed, and a supplied budget form.

How do I submit my application?

Applications must be completed and submitted online via our applications portal.

What is the application deadline?

Application Opens: September 13, 2022

Application Closes: October 20, 2022 at 11:59 ET

How many grants will be awarded?

SETC looks to award between two and four Staffing Development Matching Grants for each program during each grant cycle. For the inaugural grant program (2017-2018) SETC awarded a total of four Member Staffing Development Matching Grants.

What if I have additional questions?

For assistance with the grant application process, please email with a detailed explanation of questions regarding the application or the program. Please provide return contact information (email and phone). Every attempt will be made to reply to requests within two business days. Replies may be made in the form of email or phone contact.


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