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Apprentice Company

The WTF Apprentice Program is a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world of professional theatre during the summer season of the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival. This program is designed to be a bridge between educational and professional theatre. Apprentices take part in a hybrid curriculum that brings together training and practical application in the interest of launching careers.

There are two pillars of the apprentice program. The first is artistic learning: throughout the summer, apprentices attend classes in various forms of training with a focus on acting. Though each summer’s curriculum changes slightly based on the roster of resident teachers, some classes are perennial: auditioning technique, voice and movement, classical text, improv, modern scene study. 

Apprentices may also audition for multiple projects over the course of the summer: WTF’s Late Night Cabaret ensemble, directing intern-helmed projects in the black box theatre, our COMMUNITY WORKS production, and costumed crew positions on the Main Stage and Nikos Stage.

In addition to our resident teachers’ courses and acting opportunities, we offer frequent masterclasses, workshops, and panels led by our visiting guest artists. These classes cover a variety of topics, including: producing your own work, playwriting, resume formatting, maintaining a healthy work/life balance, career networking, and generating a professional website. Past masterclasses, workshops, and panels have been led by artists such as Lewis Black, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Michael Grief, Allison Janney, Joe Mantello, Chita Rivera, Sam Rockwell, and Marisa Tomei.

Though acting and artistic opportunities are an important component of the apprentice program, it is not an acting conservatory program. WTF’s apprentice program aims to imbue its participants with an appreciation for and experience of all the various theatrical departments at the Festival. We believe this holistic, interdisciplinary approach is the best way for an early career theatre maker to appreciate the totality of a professional theatre. 

The second pillar of the apprentice program is about experiencing the Festival in its entirety, a deeper dive into everything necessary to build a production. Apprentices help build our sets. They greet patrons in the lobby. They run lines with our Equity performers. They pick up guest artists from the train station. They hang lights. They assist the marketing department. Though each day’s schedule is different, everyone in the apprentice program will have worked with every single production department by summer’s end. In short, and with no understatement, apprentices are the lifeblood of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

 

How to Apply

All applications for the 2020 Apprenticeship Program must be submitted online.

To apply, please click here!

The 2020 Apprentice Application will include:

  • A current resume
  • Contact information for two references who can assess your qualifications and potential as an Apprentice
  • Statements regarding your qualifications and expectations for the WTF Apprentice Program
  • A response to the following questions: If you could plan any type of gathering or event and could add anyone to the guest list, what type of gathering or event would you throw? Who would attend? Tell us why.
  • A current headshot or photograph
  • An assessment of scholarship need (if applicable, no longer than 1 page)
  • A one-minute video that tells us something about you (optional)
  • $50 application fee, via credit card, payable to Williamstown Theatre Festival

Applications for the 2020 program are due March 2, 2020.

Applications are reviewed in March and decisions are typically made by late-April.

APPRENTICE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Though most apprentices identify as actors, we are seeking people who have a desire to experience the theatre in its totality; hard-working multi-hyphenates who are ready to become a part of the engine that powers Williamstown Theatre Festival.  By the end of the program – working alongside 70 of your peers as well as industry veterans in a high-volume, high-intensity environment – each apprentice has built a network and formed bonds that will long outlast the summer season.

As the apprentice program is meant to be an on-ramp into the world of the professional theatre, preference is given to candidates who are juniors and seniors in college and to recent college graduates.

We are thrilled 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 “assessment of scholarship need” (see HOW TO APPLY sidebar).

DATES: The 2020 Apprentice Program runs from June 18 – August 23. Full term attendance is required.

COST: The approximate total cost of the WTF Apprentice Program is $4,250. This cost represents housing for the program’s full term with a private bedroom, a full meal plan provided by Williams College Dining Services, and all of the professional development classes and workshops.

COLLEGE CREDIT/EMC: The WTF Apprentice Program is part of the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate Program (EMC). 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.

 

Find Us

By Phone: 413.458.3200
By Email: wtfinfo@wtfestival.org
By Snail Mail: PO Box 517
Williamstown, MA 01267