Engage + Support

Education + Community
Magic Arts and Community
Laney Program


Heidi Latksy Dance


Magic Theatre believes in investing in young artists. Through our education and community programs students are invited into Magic’s creative process of cultivate new plays, playwrights and audiences.

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Making Magic: Arts and Community

    We are excited to launch a vibrant, meaningful educational writing program          that helps community members ages 9-60, discover their voices and offer      them a platform on which to share their work.


LAney College PROGRAM

Students from Laney College Theatre Arts Department/Fusion Theatre Project    are invited to be apart of our special events, rehearsals, tech     
  weeks, and a free performance of Magic's current running show, so that they   can start building their career as theatre professionals.   



  Magic Theatre apprentices and interns participate in every aspect of operating    a mid-sized theatre company. From full participation, administrative, to    production  tasks, apprentices receive hands-on training and experience while    working side-by-side with top theatre professionals.


Making Magic

The Making Magic Arts and Community education pilot program serves community members ages 9-60. Magic’s curriculum focuses on mindfulness, self-esteem, legacy, and writing. Through partnerships with Tenderloin Elementary, Code Tenderloin and TNDC, we encourage students to make their essential voices heard.

We are excited to launch a vibrant, meaningful learning experience that will empower young people and adults to discover their voices and offer them a platform on which to share their work by promoting an ever-expanding, trusting community.

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Magic arts + Community Director

Fran Tarr

One of the richest aspects of Fran’s life is being in a classroom. Working with kids she forgets the walls, losing track of noises streaming in from outside. What she is aware of is the faces: faces filled with eagerness, curiosity, even the uncomprehending expressions; and she thinks, okay girl – start your engines – guide these young minds to the next level of understanding and success. In return young men and women consistently brighten, enlighten and challenge her view of the world and herself. This phenomenon has occurred from Chicago’s South Side to Denver to all five boroughs of NYC, but how did she discover teen voices across the world?In 2005 her perceptions got a huge shake-up. She was moved by the life experiences of Harun, a Yugoslavian immigrant she met while working at Queens Academy High School. Harun’s open, direct honesty about the struggles he and his friends endured for safety, education and a voice in Yugoslavian society before Slobodan Milosovic lost power was riveting. As his Queens classmates listened to Harun’s original monologue they were awed and inspired by the resilience he illustrated and its resonance in their own lives. All this triggered a curiosity in Fran – to uncover how teens still living in troubled spots cope.

She began leading playwriting workshops in Palestine, Israel, and Liberia. These amazing experiences brought her to the realization that even with 52% of the world’s population under the age of 21, teens remain misunderstood, underrepresented and “voice poor”.In 2008 Fran created fran tarr productions llc dedicated to Giving voice to teens surviving chaos and conflict.” Breaking Walls was inspired when Fran’s documentaries showcased young Blacks in Brooklyn and Muslims in Bethlehem struggling against social unrest and intolerance. “The world sees us as losers and outcasts,” the young cast reported. “We showed that we are extraordinary. Not just because we wrote powerfully or created a beautiful performance. We became friends when no one believed we could. We want to continue building this bridge with every kid, everywhere, no matter their race, religion or attitude.” Under Fran’s direction, Breaking Walls is dedicated to bringing their idea to its rightful place on the world stage.Launched in 2011 Breaking Walls is a U.S.-based international youth empowerment movement that fosters global dialogue among the leaders of tomorrow by creating artistic, educational and community-building opportunities for youth to become empathetic, system changing leaders. Breaking Walls’ activist approach allows participants to create an alternative community, modeling an inclusive and peaceful cohabitation and social interaction built on the arts, empathy, and acceptance. Breaking Walls empowers young people to discover their voice, offer them a platform on which to use it by promoting a continually-expanding inclusive, respectful and trusting world cultivated by our artists, ambassadors, and associates. Breaking Walls engages and supports young people as they become creative artists and empathetic leaders of tomorrow who will actively advance personal transformation and social change within their home communities and on the global stage.Breaking Walls believes that the imagination, ideals, considerable energies and vision of youth are essential for the continuing development of their communities and our global family. During 16-days of a Breaking Walls Summit, young people from around the globe engage in a Creative Activist Lab, one full-day of community service and with the Health & Wellness teams. Breaking Walls also offers shorter, five-day community-based Initiatives uniting diverse local groups to collaborate as one, united creative community and Arts Education in-school collaborations with students and educators.


The partnership with the Laney College Theatre Arts Department/Fusion Theatre Project is multi-faceted. Students are invited to special events at Magic Theatre, including each production’s First Rehearsal and Opening Night, which are unique opportunities to network and learn from professional theatre artists.

Students are also invited to view the production/rehearsal process during tech week, where they can talk to the designers about producing a show. Magic playwrights visit the students in class and lead a process-based playwriting workshop, where students learn about playwriting and get deeper insight into the artist's’ work.

Magic Theatre then brings each of our shows to Laney College’s theatre located in downtown Oakland for a free public performance for students and the Oakland community, providing more access to our work. Finally, students are invited to apply for our competitive Apprentice program; a number of Laney students have gone through the program before beginning successful careers in theatre.


Saturday, November 2

Free Oakland performance of Lloyd Suh's The Chinese LadyJoin us at Laney College for a free performance and post-show talkback of Lloyd Suh's THE CHINESE LADY at  the Odell Johnson Theater on Laney College campus, Saturday November 2, 2:30pm. Directed by Mina Morita, starring Rinabeth Apostol and Will Dao.


Leigh Rondon-Davis


I’ve had the incredible opportunity to move through all parts of the Laney program. The first production I saw at Magic was the opening night of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child in 2013, and I was astounded by the artistry. I knew after that performance, I needed to be a part of Magic; I attended the rest of the Opening Nights of the season and got a sneak peek behind the scenes at Tech Rehearsals. For me, one of the most invaluable experiences of the Laney/Magic partnership was the playwright workshops where award-winning playwrights came and spoke to our Script Analysis class about their process and the work. Later that season, I started volunteering, leading talkbacks for high school and college students. I was then invited to join the Magic staff as the Development Intern; and was accepted as the Literary Apprentice for the 2015-16 Season. Working for Magic has been one of the most career-affirming experiences of my life. I’ve worked with and learned from some of the most talented artists and designers in the world, which has advanced my career and skills in ways I could have never imagined. Many of my Laney peers have gone through the partnership program at Magic and have gone on to professional careers on stage and in production, including some dear friends who were cast in This Golden State by Luis Alfaro in 2015 and Sojourners by Mfoniso Udofia in in 2016. I now work professionally at a number of Bay Area theatres, and know I would not be where I am today without the opportunities afforded to me through the Laney Program.

Apprenticeships and Internships 

Now in its 51st year of continuous operation, Magic Theatre is dedicated to creative risk: we cultivate new plays, playwrights, and audiences and produce bold, entertaining, and ideologically robust plays that ask substantive questions about, and reflect the rich diversity of, the world in which we live. Magic believes that demonstrating faith in a writer’s vision by providing a safe, rigorous, and innovative artistic home, where a full body of work can be imagined, developed, and produced, allows writers to thrive. We believe that, by adding vanguard voices to the canon and expanding access to new theater-goers, we ensure the future vibrancy of the American theatre.

Full-season Apprenticeships:

 Artistic Direction
Theatre Management


Marketing and Development
Special Events 
Educational Outreach

These apprenticeships and internships will begin in mid-August 2018 and continue through June 2019. (Magic also offers summer internships June through August).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


A Magic Theatre apprenticeship is for you if you are planning a career in theatre and have an interest in new play development and production.

Magic Theatre apprentices and interns participate in every aspect of operating a mid-sized theatre company, from full participation in staff meetings and strategy discussions to sharing in everyday administrative and production tasks, fund-raising, and script reading, contributing to both short- and long-term organizational endeavors. Apprentices receive hands-on training and experience while working side-by-side with top theatre professionals.
The apprenticeship will be a rich, career-building experience, which will strengthen your craft, your resume and your network of professional colleagues. All Magic apprentices have the opportunity to forge unique relationships with the playwrights we support in residence.

Full-season apprentices and interns will work primarily in their own departments and participate in all-staff events, and may be asked to work on special projects with other departments.
 Summer interns will work with every department. While Magic is dark in the summer, every department has demands that must be met so that we continue to operate smoothly and are ready for the coming season.

For both full-season and summer positions, we are looking for people who are full team players and thrive in a collaborative environment. All apprenticeships and internships at Magic Theatre offer the possibility of future transition to paid positions. To date, five apprentices/interns have moved into staff positions and seven have been hired to helm artistic workshops and readings. General Requirements Magic Theatre full-season apprenticeships and internships will begin in August 2018 (specific date to be determined) and end by June 30, 2019.

These are full-time positions that occasionally require substantial weekend and evening time, especially during productions. Some flexibility may be possible (to be arranged with the apprentice’s or intern’s department head). Applicants for all positions must be at least 18 years old. Social networking, IT, internet, and video skills are strong assets. For all positions, good writing skills and computer competence (word processing and spreadsheets) are required. Apprentices and interns must be able to thrive in a work environment that is characterized by changing priorities and demands. 

Apprentices and interns receive a small stipend ($250 per month for 10 months for apprentices, $125 per month for interns). Opportunities to augment income with evening and weekend front-of-house assignments may be arranged for those with financial need if work assignments permit.
Housing is not provided nor arranged. Magic will pursue supplemental financial support for superior applicants who would otherwise be unable to pursue these positions, but support cannot be guaranteed.

Specific requirements for individual apprenticeships are indicated in the descriptions of those positions.