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Our Apprentice Program offers a season-long immersive and enriching experience for professionally bound actors pursuing careers in the arts.

Act together.

Ensemble Theatre’s Professional Acting Apprentice Program is a concentrated 11-month program (August-July) that serves as a springboard for early-career actors onto their professional path. Participants hone their practical skills through close, hands-on interaction with artists and staff for an entire season and work collectively to fulfill our mission of using theatre as a springboard for social change.

As an LOA-LORT Equity Theatre, Ensemble Theatre offers membership candidacy into the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC).


We encourage all folx to apply.
Ensemble Theatre is committed to equity and diversity and to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and safe artistic space where all can collaborate freely.

Our creative culture is empowered by people who represent an array of gender identities and sexual orientations; racial, ethnic, and religious identities; body inclusivity; and differing abilities, ideas, and personal expressions.

2023-2024 Application Dates TBD

Info about 2023-2024 applications will be announced this fall.

2022-2023 Apprentices

Andrea Beasley

Acting Apprentice
Andrea Beasley

Timothy Belton

Acting Apprentice
Timothy Belton

Caroline Marino

Acting Apprentice
Caroline Marino
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Emily Misali

Wardrobe ASM Apprentice
Emily Misali

Emmy Rice

Acting Apprentice
Emmy Rice

Elexis Selmon

Acting Apprentice
Elexis Selmon

What to expect

The Apprentice Company is the theatre’s resident Ensemble and its members are nurtured and valued for their essential role in the organization’s operations and purpose.

Through an annual audition process, a class of 8 artists is recruited to serve as the core company for the season, sharing in the breadth of daily organizational and artistic operations.

In addition to understudying or performing suitable main stage roles, the apprentice experience is amplified through masterclasses with local and visiting artists along with the chance to learn about administrative roles and take on paid crew positions.

At the end of the season, the company is celebrated with its own fully-produced show. Apprentices leave the program with a portfolio of practical work experience and job skills, preparing them for a long future in the arts industry.

How to apply

Please check back this fall for application dates for the 2023–2024 Season.

If you have questions about the audition process or program, email our Director of Apprentice Programming, Shannon Rae Lutz. No phone calls please.


Please check back this fall for application dates for the 2023–2024 Season.


All applicants must be 18 years or older.

To be notified when the application submission window opens, please join our email list and select Auditions & Jobs.

We make every attempt to respond to your application as quickly as possible. All applicants will be contacted regardless of application and acceptance status no later than April 30.

Support materials

    • cover letter
    • current headshot
    • current résumé
    • 2 letters of recommendation (your references will need to upload their letters by application deadline using the online reference submission form)


Candidates selected to move forward will receive an email invitation by or before March 7. First-round auditions and interviews will take place via Zoom.

Prepare the following for the audition (not to exceed 10 minutes total):

    • 2-3 contrasting monologues
    • 16-32 bars, a cappella

2022-2023 Reference Letter Submissions

Applications must include two reference letters. Letters should be uploaded as PDF or Word attachments and submitted by the applicant’s references through the online reference submission form, available on this page during the submission acceptance window.


Submit reference letter

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Where are they now?

Past apprentices have gone on to work for dozens of arts and cultural organizations across the country, including:

Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Cirque du Soleil—Vegas, Geva Theatre Center, Seattle Opera, Disney World, Marin Theatre Company, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and many, many more!

Program FAQs

Are apprenticeships or internships offered in other departments?
Yes! Apprenticeships are offered in other Technical Theatre areas depending on the theatre’s needs. If you are interested in more information, please email our Director of Apprentice Programming.

Internships are also offered on a semester and/or seasonal basis in the following areas: Arts Administration, Marketing and Communications, Development, and Education. Internships are generally only for college credit or paid for via stipend. Compensation will be noted in internship job listing. Please visit our Jobs page for information about these opportunities.


Can I participate in the acting apprenticeship part-time?
No, participants must have flexible, almost full-time availability and are expected to prioritize the apprenticeship for the season. Applicants interested in part-time involvement should consider volunteering or internships.

Is housing included?
No, housing is not included. However, we do our best to facilitate housing by connecting apprentices to each other and networking within our community to find affordable options.


Do I need to have a college degree?
No, a degree is not a requirement. The program is a great fit for those who are just coming out of their college theatre programs, as well as for artists pursuing an experiential path towards their professional career.


What about compensation?
Our apprentices acquire most of their pay from paid crew positions for each show in the season, receiving a fair hourly rate. Most apprentices also hold some part-time employment outside of the theatre.

Photo credits | Masthead, Kadeem Ali Harris and Molly Israel in Love and Information (Mikki Schaffner); How to apply, Brooke Steele & Michael Gerard Carr in Fly By Night (Ryan Kurtz); Work with us, Torie Wiggins & Scot Woolley in His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Ryan Kurtz).