Work Study Scholarship Program

The CCBTS offers work study scholarships to students who need financial assistance paying for classes. The program is open to anyone, but is focused on those with low income or who are currently enrolled as a university student.

In exchange for free enrollment in one course, work study students are expected to commit to 8 consecutive Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings at CCB helping run tech and stage managing shows. Technical experience is not required, but tech-savviness, or at least a commitment to learning those skills, is recommended.

What’s in it for students?

  1. Registration fee for one (1) course is waived.
  2. Work study students will learn the basics of ‘tech-ing’ a show, including but not limited to:
    1. Stage lighting: controlling lights via light board, understanding stage light positioning and how to call an improv show with a black out!
    2. Sound: how to set up & break down microphones, cabling, etc, control the sound board, cue music and adjust levels for mics (depending on the type of show).
  3. Free entrance to shows that evening!


Work Study students are expected to commit to one tech training session, and eight (8) consecutive Thursday, Friday or Saturday night shows from 7:30pm-11:00pm. Each evening consists of 2 shows, one at 8pm and the other at 10pm.

Work Study students will be scheduled on either Thursday night, Friday night or Saturday night blocks. Work Study students may, at the discretion of CCBTS Co-Directors, swap nights so long as coverage is maintained. If a swap is not possible, Work Study students are expected to maintain their scheduled obligations.

Work Study students are expected to consult with and assist performers and as such are expected to maintain a professional and courteous demeanor.

Job Responsibilities

Work Study students will report to CCBTS Co-Directors Josh Telson and Noah Telson. In the event that neither Co-Director is on site during a show block, Work Study students will report to the House Manager on duty.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of job responsibilities:

  • Set up, or assist in setting up, the theater and stage:
    • Setting up performer and audience chairs;
    • Powering on tech equipment and making sure everything is in working order;
    • Running cables and setting up microphones/microphone stands;
    • At performer’s direction, setting up the stage (props, chairs, tables, etc);
  • Liaise with House Manager, ticket staff and performers for show start;
  • Tech-ing a show:
    • Adjusting audio levels;
    • Running audio, video, and light cues;
    • Blacking out an improv show;
  • Break down the theater and stage:
    • Put away and power down all tech equipment;
    • Wrap up cables;
    • Clear stage and reset theater;

Additional Info

Space is limited to 2 applicants per session. CCBTS does not guarantee everyone a work study position. Applications are reviewed and accepted based on the following criteria:

  1. Students who demonstrate a clear need for assistance
  2. Those who can commit to the schedule
  3. Students who either have technical proficiency or are committed to learning those skills

Work Study decisions are final and at the sole discretion of CCBTS Co-Directors Josh Telson and Noah Telson.

Work Study students who are unable to fulfill their Obligations may lose their Scholarship and (based on the sole discretion of CCBTS Co-Directors):

  • Be required to pay back the balance of their registration fee;
  • Or be dropped from their class;
  • Or be required to make up missed work nights (schedule permitting).

Works Study Blocks/Schedule

Students are expected to fulfill their work study obligations for the duration of their enrolled course (generally speaking 8 or 4 weeks). In some cases, work study schedules may be offset from course duration. A clear schedule will be provided to work study students.

To apply, please fill out the application form including a short essay explaining why you think you are a good candidate for the work study scholarship.