The Application Period is Now Open!
for the

2017 Intiman Emerging Artist Program

June 26-August 10, 2017


The 2016 Emerging Artist cohort performs in a production of A MOVIE STAR HAS TO STAR IN BLACK AND WHITE by Adrienne Kennedy as part of our Emerging Artist Showcase. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Intiman seeks the next generation of talented, creative, and diverse theatre artists for the 2017 Intiman Emerging Artist Program (IEAP). This training program is designed to prepare a diverse group of theatre makers for a successful future in the industry.

Previous year’s “emergers” are collaborating and working with Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, ArtsWest, Annex Theatre, Taproot, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Storybook Theatre, Akropolis Performance Lab, Yellow Fish, The Horse In Motion, The Upfront Theatre, and more.

This summer 20-30 Emerging Artists (including actors, directors, and stage managers) will participate in workshops and masterclasses led by distinguished theatre professionals, receive guidance and mentorship from experts in their field, collaborate with peer Emerging Artists, and gain exposure and connection to the inner-workings of Intiman Theatre. This year’s selected Emerging Artists will also develop solo works under the mentorship of our 2017 Season Co-currator, Sara Porkalob, to create a showcase production as part of the 2017 Intiman Theatre Festival.

This program is free. Intiman Theatre’s goal is to create as much access as is possible to this opportunity regardless of economic status.

The 7-week program – “IEAP” – runs June 26 through August 10, and is a great way to get a few steps closer to becoming part of the Intiman Theatre “family” and more deeply connected to the Seattle theatre community. Participants must be available for:

  • IEAP Intensive Week 1 (Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 8am-9pm)
  • 10am-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10am-4pm on Saturdays from July 6-29
  • Daytime and Evening July 31-August 6 for Tech Week and Showcase Presentation
  • August 8th & 10th, Daytime Tuesday & Thursday for wrap-up and conclusion
  • Emerging Artists should be able to commit to at least 30 hours per week to the program
  • There are also many opportunities to attend local area shows and networking events over the course of this curriculum

Check out last summer’s calendar!

Emerging Artist Program goals include:

1) Recruiting a diverse pool of candidates based on talent and potential. In the spirit of Intiman’s mission to “produce theatre that is relevant to our time and as diverse as the community in which we live,” and to be a more community-engaged professional theatre, the Emerging Artist Program will train a diverse group of talented theatre artists to lead the next generation. Talented artists of every background, race, religion, gender, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ability-level are strongly encouraged to apply.

“The diversity level is tremendous, which is uncommon in most training opportunities. The fact that it was at no cost to us was also incredibly unique.”         — Jonathan Keys, 2016 Emerging Actor

2) Training to prepare artists to work professionally. The Emerging Artist Program will cultivate and train a diverse pool of artists who might not otherwise have access to professional theatre opportunities. Through Applied Theatre concepts, “emergers” will become a cohort of activists for racial equity, social justice, and intersectionality.

“It is a gift from the theatre gods to have the opportunity to share space with individuals that seek to empower and challenge the status quo, whilst interacting and learning from Seattle’s best artistic community. It’s worth it. 100%.”

— Mario Orallo-Molinaro, 2015 Emerging Actor

3) Networking with industry leaders. The final goal of the program is to get participants hired or engaged in future Intiman mainstage productions, or other professional opportunities in Seattle and nationally. This is an ongoing goal with Emerging Artists who successfully graduate IEAP. We want to help you succeed!

“Before IEAP I didn’t even know those theatres existed and now I’ve gotten in front of their Casting Directors.  I appreciate all you’ve done and continue to do.”

— Jéhan Òsanyìn, 2015 Emerging Actor

Emerging Artists Program graduates will gain measurable and quantifiable skills in their selected area of concentration, and complete the program with increased connectedness to Intiman, other theatres, and the greater Seattle Arts Community. Areas of concentration for 2017 IEAP include:

  • 5 Directors – Intiman seeks five directors for the 2017 Emerging Artist Program. Qualified applicants should have 3-5 years directing experience at the community level, or be currently working toward (or a recent graduate of) an MFA program. Aspiring Emerging Directors should also be committed to Intiman’s mission. Directors selected will work with Intiman’s artistic leadership to direct 3 solo works on themes of intersectionality as written by fellow emerging artists. Program participants should be prepared to commit to 30+ hours a week including business hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This track is designed for aspiring professional directors.

“There was an incredible openness and availability from the Intiman Staff – they were constantly engaged with us, in a very active and participatory way.”

— Alice Gosti, 2015 Emerging Director

  • 5 Stage Managers – Intiman seeks five detail-oriented Stage Managers to work directly with an Emerging Director, the Production Stage Manager, and Production Manager. Excellent candidates are highly organized self-starters with stage management and/or production experience or a degree in stage management, theatre management, or arts administration. This track is designed for persons who will benefit from observing a proficient director and who aspire to be directors, stage managers, or production managers.

“I learned a lot about what it means to have a career in the theater. In school it feels like this far off thing that will eventually happen to me. After this program I feel much better equipped to go out and conquer.”

— Alex Bernui, 2016 Emerging Stage Manager

  • 15 Actors – Intiman seeks skilled actors with experience holding leading roles in amateur, community, or collegiate theatre and/or supporting roles in professional theatre productions. Ideal candidates are energetic and self-motivated. This track is designed for actors who want to further their studies while also meeting as many people within the Seattle theatre industry as possible. This is perfect for actors that have recently moved to Seattle, actors that want to move to Seattle, actors who want to “step up” to the next level of professionalism and rigor, and actors who want a chance to step outside their ordinary routine and study their craft. Emerging Actors will write and develop solo works under the mentorship of our 2017 Season Co-curator, Sara Porkalob.

“It’s affordable. Intiman puts diversity and equity at the top of their priority list. I’ve also never come across a training program or theatre company that is this dedicated to helping new artists thrive, and that commits to being a resource and a spring board for Emergers even after the program.”

— Francesca Betancourt, 2016 Emerging Actor

2016 Emerging Artist cohort.

Application Requirements:

Application Packets must be received no later than February 20, and can be uploaded into the online application as ONE PDF FILE. Additional application materials can be emailed to or mailed to Emerging Artist Program Producer, 201 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. Complete applications must include:

  • Online Application Form Completed and Submitted:
  • A one-page letter of intent,
  • A letter of reference,
  • Resume,
  • Work Samples (director, CSM, & producer/SM applicants),
  • Two Contrasting Monologues during our in-person auditions (selected actor applicants),
  • Actor Applicants who will be unable to attend an in-person audition should submit an audition video of no longer than 5 minutes total length along with their application.


“Intense. Full. Challenging. Necessary.” ~ Jay O’Leary, 2016 Emerging Producer


  • Your completed application can either be uploaded into the online application form or mailed to our office at 201 Mercer St., Seattle WA 98109.
  • If your reference does not want to provide you with an open copy of their recommendation, you may mail their sealed Letter of Reference along with your completed application packet. Recommendations will not be accepted separately from your application.
  • Provide your Application Packet as one PDF file (work samples or video auditions may be separate), or as a link to your documents in another accessible location.
  • There are websites that will help you convert your documents to PDF for free. One example is:
  • There will be an opportunity to upload  your application materials within the online application form, and/or provide a link to your work samples. Or you can email the link to
  • File uploads are limited to 16MB. Larger documents can be stored for free on several websites. Some servers that provide free storage include and
  • Note the email address is (singular) NOT EmergingArtists (plural).
  • For Consideration your application must be received by midnight on February 20th.
  • Applications received after February 20th will not be considered.
  • You will but notified of our decision no later than April 7th, 2017.
  • In-person auditions will occur on Thurs, Mar 16th; Tue, Mar 21st; Wed, Mar 22nd; Sun, Mar 26th.
  • Directors, CSM, and Producers/Stage Managers selected for interview will be scheduled individually for an interview timeslot.

The Intiman Emerging Artist Program has been pivotal to my development as an artist and has paved the way for me to become much more than just an actor. It is absolutely amazing to me that Intiman was able to arrange all of this at no cost to the artists. The program provides a critically necessary opportunity for underrepresented artists who might not otherwise get a chance…. Intiman Theatre has set a precedent for fostering exemplary, diverse talent dedicated to creating extraordinary theatre.”

— Kevin Lin, 2015 Emerging Actor


Intiman accepts applications for Administrative Interns (development, communications, business/administration) on an ongoing basis.

To apply, please send your current resume, a cover letter indicating your area of interest, and three references to IEAP Producer Crystal Yingling. 

Intiman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, and individuals of all cultural backgrounds and abilities are welcome and encouraged to apply for all positions.