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

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Our Apprentice Program offers a season-long immersive and enriching experience for emerging professional theatre makers.

Ensemble Theatre’s Professional Acting and Stage Management Apprentice Program is a concentrated 11-month program (August-July) that serves as a springboard for early-career actors and a stage manager on 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 Season

Application submission dates for next season are December 15, 2022–March 15, 2023

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 foundation of our 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 selected 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 and immersive experiential programming curated for each production. Our Education Department also affords some of our apprentices an opportunity to teach and TA for a variety of programming.

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

Submission dates for the 2023-2024 season are December 15, 2022–March 15, 2023. A link to the application will appear here when the audition window is live.

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


Submission window for the 2023-2024 season opens December 15, 2022, and the last day to apply is March 15, 2023 by 5:00 pm EST.


All applicants must be 18 years or older.

A link to the application will appear on this page when the audition window is live. To be notified when the application submission window opens, please join our email list and select Auditions & Jobs.

You will hear back from us regardless of application and acceptance status.

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 to sign up for an audition time on Zoom. After the auditions, candidates may be invited to sign up for a Zoom interview.

Prepare the following for the audition (not to exceed 6 minutes total):

    • 2 contrasting monologues
    • (optional) 16-32 bars, a cappella or external track

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

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.

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?
The apprentice receives an above-minimum, livable hourly wage for hours worked based on the current livable wage rate for the area. Further details will be discussed in the interview process.

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).