Apprentices work in a number of capacities throughout the summer that make the season possible, including building sets, hanging lights, assisting the marketing department, greeting audiences, and providing vital support to the many and varied needs of the Festival on a daily basis. In short, and with no understatement, apprentices are the lifeblood of the Williamstown Theatre Festival; it would be impossible to do what we do without them.
Apprentices take part in a unique hybrid curriculum that brings together training and practical application in the interest of launching careers. Resident artists teach a wide variety of classes across many disciplines, and master classes with world-renowned visiting artists are scheduled throughout the summer. Apprentices will interact with, observe, and ultimately learn from many of the established artists who visit the Festival each season. Past apprentices have worked with artists such as Lewis Black, Elizabeth Banks, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, John Doyle, Renée Fleming, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michael Greif, John Guare, Jessica Hecht, Bill Irwin, Allison Janney, Justin Long, Joe Mantello, Theresa Rebeck, Chita Rivera, Sam Rockwell, Emmy Rossum, Campbell Scott, and Marisa Tomei.
Additionally, Apprentices have the opportunity to audition for Festival productions and participate in numerous projects, productions, and special events sponsored by the Festival and directed by the Festival Directing Corps.
We are thrilled to announce that the Kennedy Center’s Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative / VSA will be offering multiple scholarships for Apprentices between the ages of 18-22 with disabilities. Please note: A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as stated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. A disability may be visible (such as a person who is blind or uses a wheelchair) or invisible (such as a learning or developmental disability). If you qualify and would like to be considered for the Rosemary Kennedy Scholarship, please mention “Rosemary Kennedy / VSA” and include your age and disability in the “one-page assessment of scholarship need.”
DATES: The 2017 Apprentice Program runs from June 16 – August 21. Full term attendance is required.
COST: The approximate total cost of the WTF Apprentice Program is $3,950. This cost represents the following fees:
$550 – Housing for the program’s full term with a private bedroom
$2,000 – Full meal plan provided by Williams College Dining Services
$1,400 – Professional development workshops including acting, improv, and master classes as well as other types of programming
COLLEGE CREDIT/EMC: The WTF Apprentice Program is part of the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate Program (EMC), and Apprentices may be able to obtain EMC points for some of their work at the Festival. College credit can be arranged through some academic institutions (contact your registrar for more information).
AGE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
AUDITIONS: There are no auditions for the Apprentice Program; admittance is by application only.
How to Apply
To apply for an apprenticeship, please submit the following:
- Print and complete an Application Form
- A current resume
- A current headshot of equivalent photograph no smaller than 4”x6”
- Two letters of recommendation from people assessing your qualifications and potential as an apprentice. Please include these recommendations with the rest of the submission, if possible. Recommendation letters may also be sent under separate cover to: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Attn: Apprentice Program Recommendation, 229 West 42nd Street, Suite 801, NY, NY 10036.
- A one-page statement regarding your qualifications and expectations for the WTF Apprentice Program.
- A one-page response to the following questions: If you were required to spend the next year of your life in either the past or the future, what year would you travel to and why?
- Prepare a one-minute video that says something about you. Upload it to an easily accessible Web site and give us the URL and access code. What you do or say is totally up to you. (optional)
- A one-page assessment of scholarship need (if applicable)
- $50 application fee payable to Williamstown Theatre Festival
Applications for the 2017 program must be postmarked by March 20, 2017. Applications are reviewed in March and decisions are typically made by late-April.
Send all materials to:
Williamstown Theatre Festival
229 West 42nd Street, Suite 801
New York, NY 10036
The Non-Equity Company is a nationally recognized, highly competitive group of young actors who have committed themselves to a career as professional actors. This company is drawn in large part from the top graduate programs in the country, and also through our extensive submission and audition process in NYC each spring.
Members of the Non-Equity Company supplement the Equity Company in Main Stage and Nikos Stage productions and are cast in principal roles in the Free Theatre and Fellowship Project productions. The Fellowship Project company members collaborate on the creation of a new play and a new musical throughout the course of the summer, and the Free Theatre company members perform in a unique production of a play or musical for families, set outside amongst the beautiful Berkshire countryside. Non-Equity company members are also involved in projects and special events directed by the Workshop Directing Corps.
Strong consideration is given to actors who have completed the WTF Apprentice program. Some crew work, primarily assisting with Festival strikes and load-ins, is required. Non-Equity company members are responsible for their own daily living expenses and pay a fee for housing on the Williams College campus.
WTF is part of the Equity Membership Candidate program and EMC points can be obtained. College credit can be arranged through some academic institutions (contact your registrar for more information). Some need-based scholarships are available.
How to Apply
Auditions are held in March and April in New York City. To apply, please send a headshot and resume by January 24, 2017.
Please include a brief letter that indicates:
- Whether you would like to audition with a monologue & song (accompanist provided) OR two monologues
- Whether you have previously participated in the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and if so, in what capacity (i.e. Apprentice, Intern, Non-Eq)
- Whether you have been called back for the Non-Equity company in past years
- The educational program in which you are currently enrolled OR the city where you currently reside.
Please send all materials to:
Williamstown Theatre Festival
229 West 42nd St., Suite 801
New York, NY 10036
Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their submission by February 10th, 2017 and will be contacted further only if granted an audition.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival does not accept unsolicited submissions. Eligible Performer Auditions are held at Actors’ Equity Association’s studios in New York City, usually in April. An announcement of those auditions will appear in Backstage.
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