The Acting Apprentice Company





THE ACTING APPRENTICE COMPANY

A rigorous ten-week program, the Apprentice Company provides an opportunity to focus on one’s individual needs as an actor, while providing necessary exposure to all aspects of professional theatre, both as an art form and as a business.  Apprentices complete the program with a head start on their careers, a more realistic view of the professional arena, a deeper understanding of theatrical collaboration, a greater awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as an actor, and an enhanced level of confidence in their auditioning and acting skills.  While a variety of classes are offered, the primary focus is on Shakespeare and other classic works.

DATES: MAY 28 - AUGUST 7, 2017

ENROLLMENT for The Apprentice Company is limited to 32 students, and classes are usually divided into two sessions to allow for more one-on-one attention.  The Shakespeare Theatre is committed to limiting Apprentice enrollment to ensure individual attention for each student.

CLASSES meet throughout the week, and auxiliary classes, workshops, and master classes are scheduled throughout the summer.  Regularly scheduled weekly classes include:

-Acting/Scene Study -Movement for the Actor -Voice/Speech
-Text Analysis -Play Reading -Stage Combat

                      
Auxiliary sessions and master class topics have included:

-Headshot/Resume Preparation -Audition Techniques
-Epic Theatre: Voice & Movement -Social Media & The Theatre Artist
-Understanding the Actors’ Union -Agents: What, When, Why, & How
-Suzuki Technique -Period Styles
-Clowning / Comedy -Panel discussions with AEA casts
-Ensemble Techniques and many, many more

                     
Apprentices also take advantage of the many technical/administrative theatre master classes when their schedules allow; attending sessions on topics as disparate as welding basics and fall-arrest rigging to wig maintenance and fundraising.

A sample weekly schedule can be found here.

PRODUCTION & RUNNING CREW ASSIGNMENTS round out the Training Program experience by providing valuable exposure to the technical and administrative aspects of professional theatre.   Though crew assignments are an integral and vital part of the apprentice experience, actor training is the apprentice’s major priority.  Every effort is made to avoid any conflicts with the class schedule while apprentices are serving on run crews.

TUITION & HOUSING fees for Acting Apprentices total just $4,000 for this intense experience—less than $400/week and less than $20/class hour.  This includes $2,500 for tuition and class fees, and $1,500 for housing.  An additional $100 refundable housing deposit is required.  Limited scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Please note the APRIL 7 DEADLINE for Scholarship Assistance.

RETURNING APPRENTICES:  Former Apprentices receive a $500 discount on tuition if they return for a second year of training in the Apprentice Company.  Many of our students have taken advantage of this opportunity and found the experience even more profoundly rewarding having been through the program already.