Meet Production Apprentice, Ethan Schneider!

Ethan Schneider, PTC Production Apprentice

Penobscot Theatre Company has expanded its intern program to include season long apprenticeships.   Students recently graduating from college will now join us to support both production and administration efforts within our organization. Through the generous support of our host families, PTC will have two young people joining us throughout this season. Apprentices are provided housing and a stipend to execute many tasks throughout our buildings.  Our production apprentices shadow our existing staff closely to gain skills in areas including carpentry, stage management, sound design,  lighting, costuming, props design, among others to prepare for a professional career in the arts.  Administrative apprentices work with the managing, directing, and education staff to gain practical learning experience and execute entry level administrative work within these departments.

Meet Ethan!  Ethan will be performing magic in the lobby at the Bangor Opera House during the Dowtown Trick or Treating event on October 27th. Stop in and say hi!

“Hello my name is Ethan Schneider I am 23 years old I grew up in Leavenworth, KS northwest of Kansas City. My hobbies include video games and magic.   I also study mandarin which is a form of Chinese language. I hope to visit china one day if not work over there doing theatre or magic.

            I have been practicing magic since I was ten and began my professional career at 15 doing stage shows, walk-around, and kids’ birthday parties. I toured with the Spencer’s theatre of Illusion for two years, which is the largest magic touring company in the world.   In the two years I was with them we went to all the lower 48 states and into Canada twice we were stationed out of Lynchburg, VA and were on the road 10 months out of the year. I now work at Penobscot Theatre as a production apprentice. I have been working with them since September first and have loved every minute of it. I also attend the first united Methodist church on Essex St. I recently be came a member on Sunday the 23rd and regularly attend the 10:30 mass. I have been interested in theatre since I got started on magic and have worked to become a professional stage hand or professional stage magician ever since.”