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 2019 Apprentice Program runs from June 13 – August 17. 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 workshops.
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.