After earning your first apprentice credit on a production governed by an Equity scale agreement, you can earn subsequent apprentice credits for stage management work on productions under scale agreements.
Permits may also be appropriate to facilitate the engagement of a professional artist not ordinarily working in a discipline within the jurisdiction of the Association and who does not wish to pursue a career as an Equity member.
You may also earn subsequent apprentice credits or even apply retroactively for apprentice credits for work as a stage manager on productions under an Equity engagement policy, such as the DOT Policy, Indie 2.2, or Festival Policy, 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.
You may also apply to earn subsequent apprentice credits retroactively for:
- Completion of stage management training as part of a theatre program or work done as a stage management apprentice on a professional production as part of that theatre program.
- Completion of a certificate training program through SMArts | Stage Managing the Arts.
- Your “body of work” as an SM done outside of Equity’s jurisdiction.
Apprentice credits for SM training or “body of work” do not count as “different engagers” in terms of whether you need to accumulate a total of six (6) or eight (8) apprentice credits.
To apply for retroactive apprentice credits for SM training or “body of work” you will need to contact email@example.com
Please note: As a non-member, you may only earn a maximum of eight (8) apprentice credits, where the credits have been earned with a single engager, or a maximum of ten (10) apprentice credits, where the credits have been earned with multiple engagers.
See below for the cost of joining Equity and apprentice credits.