Technical Theatre Apprenticeship Program

Creating technical theatre professionals

Venice Theatre is one of the few community theatres in the country to offer a technical theatre apprenticeship program (TTAP) for students who are 16 years and older. TTAP is a career-track training program accredited by the Florida Department of Education that gives hands-on experience in lighting, sound, scenic design, costumes, props, stage management and rigging. When students complete the program, they are qualified to enter the field of professional technical theatre with journeyman status.

The Technical Theatre Apprenticeship Program (TTAP) is an opportunity for students to participate in a true apprenticeship experience that is supported by an education system. Apprenticeship is the oldest form of job training. Students work one-on-one with professionals in their area of expertise. Additionally, students earn college credit for the three semester classes (12 semester credits) that supplement the apprenticeship work. Students are expected to maintain a B average in their high school/college work and honor any school commitments. Twenty percent of the total 1,500 apprenticeship work hours needed to complete the TTAP program can come from their work at school.

As students progress through the program they can earn the privilege of being “paid” technicians and may be offered contract employment opportunities at Venice Theatre. The TTAP program helps students identify the correct career path after completion of the program, either directly into the work force or to college.


Venice Theatre believes in equal opportunity for all participants regardless of their race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. We will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of these characteristics in any action taken by the theatre, its employees or volunteers.

Areas of Study:

  • lighting
  • sound
  • scenic design
  • costumes
  • props
  • stage management
  • rigging
  • and more
Explore technical theatre opportunities!

TTAP Director:
Sandy Davisson

Technical Director:
John Andzulis

Executive/Artistic Director: 
Murray Chase

Interested?
Email Sandy Davisson or call 941-486-8679.