An apprentice stage manager acquires apprentice credits in recognition of experience gained while working on productions governed by Equity’s scale agreements or engagement policies. Apprentices must be sixteen years of age or older and not a member of any professional performing artists’ association or union.
A first apprentice credit may only be acquired for participation in productions governed by the ITA or CTA or one of Equity's negotiated scale agreements.
An engagement permit counts as a first apprentice credit. The artist must file a Registration Form for each eligible apprentice credit (per production).
Acquiring Subsequent Credits
An Apprentice may acquire subsequent credits under the CTA, ITA, Stratford Festival Addendum or a dance or opera agreement. They may also work under on productions outside of the umbrella of Equity, without consequence, in order to gain experience. The CTA, ITA, Stratford Festival Addendum state that a theatre should remunerate a stage management apprentice a fee commensurate with the work they are responsible to undertake.
Upon application to Equity, an artist who has completed their first apprentice credit, may be granted subsequent credits in recognition of work on productions governed by an engagement policy (Artists' Collective Policy, D•O•T, Festival Policy and INDIE 2.2), including retroactively, where:
- 50% plus one of the participants are Equity members and two-thirds of the performers are Equity members; and
- the stage manager and director are Equity members.
An apprentice, who has graduated from an accredited post-secondary theatre program and who has completed their first apprentice, may retroactively apply for an additional apprentice credit:
- to recognize completion of stage management training at an accredited university, college or conservatory theatre program; or
- to recognize work done as a stage management apprentice on a professional production while enrolled in an accredited university, college or conservatory theatre program.
An apprentice "body of work" credit recognition for professional work done outside of the umbrella of Equity shall be considered upon application to the Executive Director.
Apprentice Credit Fees
* Under the CTA, ITA and Stratford Festival Addendum, a theatre is required to pay this fee on behalf of an artist.
Apprentice credit fees expire three years after the start of the associated engagement but the credit remains in perpetuity.
If extenuating circumstances prevent the acquisition of apprentice credits to join in a timely manner and to avoid expiry of contributions, an artist may apply to the Executive Director to have the expiry period of the contributions extended. A $25 extension fee applies.
Non-member stage managers may acquire a maximum of eight apprentice credits, where those credits have been earned with a single engager, or a maximum of ten apprentice credits, where the credits have been earned with multiple engagers.
Where an undue restriction (geographical or other) prevents an artist from completing the required number of apprentice credits, an artist, at least four credits, may apply to the Executive Director to join the Association without reference to a contract.