MOONBOX MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

 

Moonbox Productions’ Mentorship Program provides real-world theater production experience for teens and young adults.  Each of our mentees is paired with a professional member of our team of directors, designers, technicians, and administrators.  With their guidance, each mentee will experience and participate in many aspects of the process of "putting on a show".  Participants in this program may be exploring their interests in theater, or may just be curious about seeing how arts and sciences can be applied in the real world.  We seek enthusiastic, motivated learners who are ready to dig deep, and be a part of a creative, hard-working,  and collaborative professional team.


The program’s core values are:

•    Respect
•    Communication
•    Collaboration
•    Education

All we require is enthusiasm and an inquisitive mind; mentees need not have experience in theatre.  What's important is that they develop an appreciation of the process and value of creating art.

Mentors and mentees meet in person at least once before the process begins, and mentees shadow their mentors throughout the rehearsal, design, and production period, asking questions and getting answers. Periodically, mentors and mentees meet at a space outside the theatre or rehearsal hall, for more detailed conversations, and typically have a final conversation, after the show has opened, to sum up the experience.  There is no charge for this experience; we only ask that participants pay it forward.  This isn't Vegas, and what happens here, shouldn't stay here; we want our mentees to share what they learn with the people they'll meet throughout their lives, whether or not they pursue a career in the arts.

This is not an internship, and Moonbox is not treating this as a source of labor. Mentees, on occasion, assist their mentors by taking notes during rehearsal or other collaborative activities.  A mentorship may evolve into paid employment, which might follow, or be parallel with, the mentorship, but if so, mentees are paid at the prevailing rate.

For details, to participate, or to recommend a potential mentee, please email Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Program Coordinator, at mentors@moonbox.org.