Penfold Theatre Selects Morgan Peterson as Fall 2022 Arts Leadership Apprentice


Penfold Theatre Announces Fall 2022 Apprentice

In Partnership with Texas State University


Morgan Peterson (via New Play Exchange0

After a successful in augural apprenticeship in Spring 2022, Penfold Theatre Company announces Morgan Peterson as the fall 2022 Arts Leadership Apprentice in partnership with Texas State University, Department of Theatre and Dance.


Morgan, a senior Theatre Performance and Production, and Communications Study major at Texas State University will begin her apprenticeship in August 2022 at Penfold. The goal is to provide students with an interest in arts leadership the experience and skills training that will help them establish a career in professional theatre.


With an interest in theatre direction and nonprofit leadership, Morgan especially looks to work with differently abled individuals who want to participate in the arts. In addition to completing the regular curriculum, Morgan will work with Penfold staff member Taylor Flanagan on Penfold’s accessibility initiatives and will also coordinate the mental health panel discussion that Penfold will host during its production of Vincent. 


Arts Leadership Apprentice, Kylie Gutierrez, Theatre Performance and Production major at Texas State, recently concluded her Spring 2022 apprenticeship as Penfold’s first in the program. In addition to completing the regular curriculum, Kylie took ownership of the new play commission series, advancing two plays through the early phases of new play development. Upon completing her apprenticeship, Kylie discussed how the program had built her skills; deepened her network; and given her confidence to participate and lead in the theatre profession. 

“I cannot tell you how much this apprenticeship has meant to Kylie and how many invaluable experiences she has had being a part of Penfold’s incredible organization for a semester. Penfold has helped prepare her to truly take a leading role in making the bright future for theatre we are all working toward,” said recent Faculty Sponsor and Texas State University Head of B.F.A Performance & Production, Natalie Blackman.


Penfold’s apprenticeship is designed for currently enrolled undergraduate students in the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance. Apprentices work on real-world projects, develop their skills under guided mentorship, build their resume/portfolio and professional network, and receive tailored assistance to advance their unique career goals.


The Arts Leadership Apprentice serves as an assistant to the Producing Artistic Director for the duration of a college semester, providing needed support to the organization while receiving hands-on training and experience in Penfold’s Art, Marketing, Development and Executive functions. Assigned duties will help the apprentice gain insight into an arts administrator’s role and explore the scope of running a theatre arts nonprofit.


WHO CAN APPLY. Undergraduate students enrolled in the Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance.


AREAS OF FOCUS. Apprentices will develop a 360-degree perspective of a small professional theatre, including functions like nonprofit leadership, season planning, production and event planning, marketing, development, finance, human resources and general administration. While the broad scope of experience is intentional, applicants are also encouraged to share their specific interests, so the apprenticeship may be tailored to their unique career goals.


TIME COMMITMENT. Apprentices should expect to commit 200 hours over the span of an academic semester.


RECEIVING COURSE CREDIT. Course credit is available through a partnership with Texas State University. Theatre majors may receive credit through TH 4601 (200 hours / 6 credits). After being accepted for an apprenticeship, the student should find a faculty sponsor; complete a university application and contract; and enroll in the appropriate course.


ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION. In addition to course credit (see above), apprentices are paid $10/hour.

About Morgan Peterson (Fall 2022 Arts Leadership Apprentice)

Morgan Peterson is a senior Performance and Production, and Communication Studies major at Texas State University. University credits include In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (Assistant Director), Cendrillion(Assistant Director), I Didn't Know You Could Cook (Director), Suor Angelica (Assistant Director), and 10 Minute Staged Reading- Directorial Debut (Director).  Additional credits include Prima La Musica Poi le Parole (Director), Don Giovanni (Assistant Director), and The Book of Job (Executive Producer). Morgan ran publicity for the Jeremy Torres Lab Theatre, a producing house on the Texas State University campus dedicated to undergraduate work.