Apprenticeship Program

Join Artistic Director Susan Jaffe for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s new apprenticeship program!

Five paid apprenticeship positions are available for the 2021-2022 performance season, for ages 18-21. Positions include the cost of academic tuition and health benefits. Apprentices will be under the same guidelines as the company dancers by American Guild of Musical Artists.

During this one-year program, dancers will build their professional experience while having the opportunity to continue their academic studies. Apprentices will train and perform alongside the PBT company and pursue certificate or college degree programs through partnerships with Seton Hill University, Community College of Allegheny County and Chatham University.

Four apprentices will be selected from video auditions and a fifth will be chosen by Artistic Director Susan Jaffe from the PBT School summer programs. For more information on PBT School’s summer programs, click here.

Please note, current PBT School students will be evaluated by PBT Artistic Director Susan Jaffe in person during class time and will not need to submit a video audition.

Video auditions will be accepted from February 15, 2021 to March 15, 2021. To be considered for a position, you will need to submit:

  • Headshot
  • Full body photo is first arabesque (en pointe for women)
  • Classical variation piece
  • Contemporary solo (1 min. long)

No warm-ups, leg warmers or tutus should be worn in photos or videos. Ladies should be dressed in pink or flesh-toned tights with any color leotard. Men should be dressed in black tights with a form-fitting white shirt or leotard.

The PBT Apprenticeship Program was generously underwritten by Hans and Leslie Fleischner. We are grateful for their thoughtful support of young dancers pursuing careers in the arts.