The Glimmerglass Festival has launched the Glimmerglass Apprenticeship Program, offering hourly paid summer apprenticeships in administration, artistic administration and theater production, according to a media release.

According to the release, Denise Littlefield Sobel, a philanthropist, will match contributions made to the company in support of the apprenticeship program up to $250,000 for the next three years.

The internship program previously offered a weekly stipend and provided housing. Sobel’s gift and the prospective matching funds will make it possible for the company to pay each apprentice an hourly rate equal to New York state’s minimum wage as soon as this summer, the release said.

“Our industry has undergone much-needed reflection in recent years,” Glimmerglass Festival Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello said. “ I am so proud that, with assistance from Denise Sobel, we are able to take a very large step forward, with a path for a new generation of theater and arts professionals from all walks of life to learn the trade.”

To learn more about the apprenticeship program, visit www.glimmerglass.org/gap. To make a gift in support of the match challenge, contact the Development Department at 607-547-0700 ext. 256, or visit www.glimmerglass.org/donate.

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