Morgan Peterson.

AUSTIN: The Penfold Theater Company has named Morgan Peterson, a senior at Texas State University, as its Arts Leadership Apprentice for Fall 2022. The apprenticeship program is a partnership with TSU in which an apprentice is chosen and serves to assist and observe Penfold’s artistic director producer during an academic semester. The apprentice will gain hands-on experience in running a non-profit theater organization.

Peterson, a major in Theater Performance and Production and Communication, and will begin apprenticeship in August 2023 at Penfold. As part of the apprenticeship, Peterson will work alongside Penfold program marketer Taylor Flanagan on the theater’s accessibility initiatives, and coordinate mental health roundtables to be held during the upcoming production. by Penfold vincent, a play on Vincent van Gogh. Some of Peterson’s college credits include In Arabia we would all be kings (assistant director)Cinderella (assistant director), I didn’t know you could cook (director), and Sweat Angelica (assistant director).

The apprenticeship aims to provide students who are interested in artistic leadership with the experience and skills necessary to form a professional career in theatre. Apprentices develop a 360-degree perspective of professional theater management, including season planning, production and event planning, marketing, development, finance, human resources, and general administration. Apprentices work approximately 200 hours during the academic year and receive up to six course credits and $10 per hour in compensation.

Former artistic leadership apprentice Kylie Gutierrez has completed the regular program in addition to commissioning a new set of pieces, advancing two pieces into the early stages of development. In a statement, Gutierrez said the apprenticeship helped her develop her skills, network and confidence to build a career in acting. Natalie Blackman, Faculty Patron and BFA Performance and Production Manager at Texas State University, said in a statement, “I can’t tell you how much this learning has meant to Kylie. and how many invaluable experiences she had being part of Penfold’s amazing organization for a semester. Penfold has helped prepare her to truly play a leading role in building the bright future of theater that we are all working toward.

In 2020, the Penfold Theater Company’s budget was approximately $194,000.

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