PROFESSIONAL ACTING APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Our Apprentice Program offers a season-long immersive and enriching experience for professionally-bound actors pursuing careers in the arts.
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 inclusive; and differing abilities, ideas, and personal expressions.
Application submission period:
December 1, 2020–March 1, 2021
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.
All applicants must be 18 years or older. Submit your online application—available on this page during the submission window—and upload your support materials.
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- the application
- cover letter
- current headshot
- current résumé
- 2 letters of recommendation (references will receive emailed instructions to upload their letters after you submit application)
Candidates selected to move forward will receive an email invitation on or before March 31 to audition in person. Out-of-town applicants will be invited to submit a video audition).
Prepare the following for the audition (not to exceed 10 minutes total):
- 2-3 contrasting monologues
- 16-32 bars, a cappella
We make every attempt to respond to your application as quickly as possible. If you haven’t heard anything by March 31, though, you are welcome to follow up about your application status.
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!
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, Engagement, and Inclusion. 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).