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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. Preference is given to candidates who are juniors or seniors in college and to recent college graduates.


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.

How to Apply

All applications for the 2019 Apprenticeship Program must be submitted online. To apply,  please click here!

The 2019 Apprentice Application will include:

  1. A current resume
  2. A current headshot or equivalent photograph
  3. Contact information for two references who can assess your qualifications and potential as an Apprentice
  4. Statements regarding your qualifications and expectations for the WTF Apprentice Program
  5. A 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?
  6. An assessment of scholarship need (if applicable)
  7. A one-minute video that tells us something about you (optional
  8. $50 application fee, via credit card, payable to Williamstown Theatre Festival

Applications for the 2019 program are due March 11, 2019. Applications are reviewed in March and decisions are typically made by late-April.





Non-Equity Company

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 COMMUNITY WORKS 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 COMMUNITY WORKS company members participate in our community-engaged theatre program that brings together hundreds of Berkshire area residents in a professional-caliber production on the Main Stage. Non-Equity company members are also involved in projects and special events directed by the PTP Directing Corps.

All Applicants to the 2019 Non-Equity Company MUST complete their undergraduate training by June 2019 in order to be eligible. 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 28, 2019.

Please include a brief letter that indicates:

  1. Whether you would like to audition with a monologue and song (accompanist provided) OR two monologues
  2. Whether you have previously participated in the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and if so, in what capacity (i.e. Apprentice, Intern, Non-Eq)
  3. Whether you have been called back for the Non-Equity company in past years
  4. The educational program in which you are currently enrolled OR the city where you currently reside.

Please send all materials to:
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Non-Equity Admissions
229 West 42nd St., Suite 801
New York, NY 10036

Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their submission by February 15, 2019 and will be contacted further only if granted an audition.


Equity Company

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.

Find Us

By Phone: 413.458.3200
By Email:
By Snail Mail: PO Box 517
Williamstown, MA 01267