CGST Careers

Every year, The Columbia Gorge School of Theatre, located in Portland, Oregon, seeks a professional, enthusiastic, robust and positive staff made up of theatre artists and experienced professionals for its summer performing arts camp. Equity contracts are possible (CGST currently uses a Guest Artist Contract). 

Apply before March 31st. Interviews and hiring will begin in April, with the final staff choices being contacted by May 1st.

CGST is located on the Lewis and Clark campus in Portland Oregon. Summer activities include hiking the campus and surrounding parks, playing board and theatre games in the dorms, arts and crafts, movie nights, field trips downtown, Super Secret Fun Activities, and many other exciting adventures. CGST trains students ages 8-18 from all over the United States as well as several countries across the world. 

Classes include Meisner Acting, Music, Body & Voice, Singing, Dance, TV/Film Acting, The Biz, and Theatre Potpourri. (You can view our camp sessions and class offerings by clicking here). Counselors will teach a bi-weekly class in a subject of their choice.

After applying, an interview by telephone or in person will be required. Full job descriptions are below.

We are seeking diamonds in the rough - the jaded need not apply!

Why Work at CGST?

  • Collaborate with other professionals.
  • Have an impact on youth from all over the world.
  • Be part of a summer stock experience-at CGST we produce many shows every summer.
  • Wear many hats-CGST staff get a well-rounded experience of theatre, counseling, and outdoor fun!
  • Thrive in challenge and variety-no two days are alike at CGST.
  • Forget about rent, buying food, and spending money-CGST staff receive good meals and housing for the summer.
  • Blossom in an emotionally safe environment-CGST is a unique oasis of love and support.


Please apply between January and March for the upcoming summer camp. Yes, we'll accept applications after that. Interviews begin in April. You must send in a new application for each year you wish to be considered.

Apply for one of the following:



    Duties include teaching music and singing classes, musically directing the musicals, and playing the shows. Piano skills, teaching and professional experience a must. Degree preferred. Acting experience a plus. Competitive salary, airfare/travel, room and board. Click here for a full job description.



    Duties include teaching dance classes (jazz, tap, ballet) and Direct/Choreograph the musicals. Teaching and professional experience a must. Degree preferred. Acting experience a plus. Competitive salary, airfare/travel, room and board. Click here for full job description.



    Duties include creating outdoor activities, offering supportive counseling to the students, doing technical theatre work on the shows, teaching Theatre Potpourri and Wild Card classes, and staying with & supervising the students during off hours. Production skills preferred: guest directors, guest actors, lighting designer/board operators, sound designers, set designer/builders, stage managers, musicians to play the show, etc. Camp counselors should also have teaching abilities: stage combat, Suzuki, masks, tai chi, mime, improv, stand up comedy, Alexander, Grotowski, martial arts, acrobatics, theatre history, directing, speech, playwriting, Shakespeare, tech theatre, puppetry, etc. Guitarists. B.F.A./B.A. theatre students ideal. Very limited time off (email us for details). Competitive salary, travel reimbursement, room & board. Click here for a full job description.




    Duties include organizing the Camp Counselors' work on the shows, fulfilling the technical needs for the two dozen shows we produce in a summer, and using various technical skills to benefit our season. Production skills required: lighting designer/board operator, sound designer, set designer/builder, stage manager, costume designer, etc. TD sleeps in the room with the students, and may serve as a Camp Counselor & Instructor. TD will often run errands for the productions and for CGST's needs, so a driver's license is required. The TD gets paid in the range of the camp counselors. Very limited time off (contact us for details).



    Fee: $2900 for the season. Duties will include tech theatre work and assisting Camp Counselors with activities. Interns do not attend classes. Possible performance opportunities. Specific Internships are possible, including Intern Counselors, Assistant to the Youth Director, Assistant to the Technical Director, Assistant to the Artistic Director, Assistant to the Camp Director. We prefer Interns to be available for the entire season. Interns are generally 18 or 19 years old. Very limited time off.



    The CIT program is designed for older campers who want the benefit of certain staff responsibilities while still being a student at CGST. CIT's enroll as Advanced Track campers, but are expected to do a few additional duties and to take on more of a staff-like role. Accordingly, they will take part in the CIT Leadership Academy: A weekly meeting with the Camp Directors to discuss potential student concerns, weigh in on staff decisions and develop leadership skills, as well as planning their own Annual CGST Contribution Project: An independent event or fundraising opportunity to take place outside of camp during the academic year that will serve to promote CGST and contribute to organization development in some way.

Additionally, CIT's will assist with clean up at the end of camp, staying later on the final Saturday until CGST is fully moved out of the dorms and theater. They also attend one full day and night of the staff orientation week, where they help to prepare camp for the incoming students.

There is no additional charge for the CIT program, even though they are on campus for an extra day.

Enrollment in the CIT program requires both a student application and a CIT Application. CITs are not guaranteed work in future summers as a camp counselor, but the training is designed to give these students a leg up for future employment.


support staff

  Every year, we provide our existing staff with other unique opportunities to expand the CGST community and message and earn experience in the many industries that help make camp what it is. These roles are in ADDITION to the above mentioned positions and do not stand as their own job. They may be determined during staff training for the coming summer. Examples include Special Events Coordinator, Non-Profit Development Coordinator, among others.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these support positions outside of a regular paid position, please contact Nicole Smith at CGST encourages such volunteer aid, especially from alumni, as help can be powerful in many different and unique ways. All types of support are welcomed.



You must send in a new application for each year you wish to be considered. Thank you!

CGST is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all interested parties are encouraged to apply! An interview by telephone or in person may be required.