Professional Training

APPRENTICE COMPANY

Thinking of applying for the 2021 Apprentice Company? 

Here is some information you will find helpful…

Opportunities exist in the following disciplines: acting, directing, stage management, playwriting, and education.  We are searching for talented emerging artists and administrators. See below for details of each discipline.

Successful candidates will be self-motivated, dedicated, inquisitive, collaborative, enthusiastic, and capable of working in a fast-paced, challenging, multi-faceted environment.  Apprentices function as an integral part of Shakespeare on the Sound, and will have the opportunity to work directly with the accomplished and professional artists creating the mainstage production.  Shakespeare on the Sound is committed to diversity and inclusion.  We strongly encourage all those interested to apply.

Additionally, members of our Apprentice Company attend master classes with professionals in New York City, including classes for theater disciplines other than their chosen specialty. They also organize Shakespeare on the Sound's annual Budding Bards event. 

  **must be available to start Monday, May 10, 2021.

Requirements: applicants must be over 18 and have completed at least one year of college or have extensive theater experience in desired discipline.  Unfortunately we can no longer accommodate high school students in any artistic disciplines.  High school students interested in theater administration can apply through their high school internship program.  

Duration: May 10- July 3, 2021.  The position is unpaid.  Travel compensation to and from NYC rehearsal space and CT will be provided.  Housing is not available. 

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

To Apply: send the appropriate materials to nick@shakespeareonthesound.org and fill out the form below

APPRENTICESHIPS OFFERED

ACTING: 

SOS PLAYERS: The SOS players will collaborate with the playwriting and directing apprentices to devise a 30-minute play based on the work of William Shakespeare and appropriate for a young audience. The play will tour local schools and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly for our young audience.  Additionally, each actor will understudy a role in the mainstage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and be required to attend some mainstage rehearsals.  Acting apprentices will also perform in our Budding Bards Festival which consists of a classical one-act play directed by the directing apprentice and a new play written by the playwriting apprentice specifically for the festival.  Applicants must be very strong actors who are extremely creative, collaborative, and are comfortable thinking outside the box.

DIRECTING:  The directing apprenticeship has three components.  First, the directing apprentice will collaborate with the director, acting and playwriting apprentices in devising a 30-minute play based on the work of William Shakespeare for a young audience. The play will tour to local elementary schools and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly prior to our mainstage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Second, the directing apprentice will assist the director on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Third, the directing apprentice will direct 1-2 one act classical plays to be performed in our Budding Bards Festival.  Additionally, the directing apprentice will direct the new play written by the playwriting apprentice for the festival. Applicants should be highly collaborative with a working knowledge of Shakespeare and the ability to work with a wide range of personalities; self-motivated, hard working, able to multitask, and be reliable; available to meet with the director of Midsummer prior to May 1, either in person or via Zoom.   **must be available to start Monday, May 10, 2021.  

EDUCATION:  The Education Apprentice will perform a wide array of duties throughout the apprenticeship.  Responsibilities include: creating and implementing the curriculum for Camp Shakespeare, a summer camp for two separate age groups; The First Folio Players (8-11 year olds) and MACBETH Jr. camp (12-17 year olds) which results in a 45-minute version of Macbeth; creating Midsummer study guides; creating, implementing and running activities at the First Folio Kids Corner during the run of the production. Additionally, the Education Apprentice will serve as one of the Teaching Artists for our spring workshops at multiple schools throughout Fairfield  and Westchester Counties. Applicants should be self-motivated, independent, creative and flexible thinkers, and feel confident in his/her ability to teach Shakespeare to children.  Familiarity with Augusto Boal and his approach to teaching theater is a plus.  **must be available to start Monday, May 10, 2021.

PLAYWRITING:  The playwriting apprentice will write the script for a 30 minute play based on the work of William Shakespeare and appropriate for a young audience.  In collaboration with the director and acting apprentices, the playwriting apprentice will devise and write the play over the course of one week.  The language of the play will consist of colloquial English and text from many of Shakespeare’s plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The play will tour local schools and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly prior to our mainstage production of The Tempest.  The Playwriting Apprentice will also write a one act play for the acting apprentices to perform at the Budding Bards Festival.  **must be available to start Monday, May 10, 2021.

STAGE MANAGEMENT: The stage Management apprentice will assist the PSM and ASM for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  During rehearsals in NYC the Stage Management apprentice will work closely with the PSM and ASM performing a myriad of duties including keeping line notes to maintaining the rehearsal space.  During production the stage management apprentice will work backstage with the ASM.  Applicants should be highly organized, responsible, collaborative, work well with others, and enjoy working in a high pressure environment.  **must be available to start Monday, May 10 , 2021.

ALL APPRENTICES:  Are expected to actively participate in all master classes.  During load-in and tech all apprentices will be assigned jobs that they will perform throughout the run of the show.  All apprentices are expected to participate in the Budding Bards Festival in some regard. Budding Bards is a 1-2 night event created completely by Apprentice Company. One act will be a classical one-act directed by the Directing Apprentice and One act will be a new play written by the playwriting apprentice specifically for this year’s apprentice company. It will be performed for an invited audience of staff and friends of SOS.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Once we have received your completed application, we will contact you to schedule your interview.

ALL APPLICANTS PROVIDE

  • Contact information for two references, one professional/educational and one personal (To be entered on the form below)

  • A written personal statement answering the following questions:  What drew you to theater?  Who are you as an artist and where are you in your artistic journey?  What interests you in apprenticing at Shakespeare on the Sound and what do you hope to gain from the apprenticeship? (To be emailed to nick@shakespereonthesound.org)

 

INTERVIEWS:  All applicants must interview.  Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.  The interview will last approximately 30-45 minutes.  

ACTING APPLICANTS

  • In addition to an interview you will be required to audition.  Your audition will occur during your interview.  Please prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues.  Each monologue should be approximately one minute in length. Please note:  Refrain from using monologues from A Midsummer Night’s Dream or the sonnets as audition pieces.

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:  Please provide additional materials specific to the Apprenticeship for which you are applying:

ACTING: 

  • Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues.  Each monologue should be approximately one minute in length.  DO NOT: prepare a monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream or use any of the sonnets.

  • ***Provide a recent headshot and resume.

 

DIRECTING:  

  • Choose one of the Shakespeare plays listed below and write a treatment detailing your concept for directing the play.  Your treatment should include: your approach to the play in general; theme/s you plan to explore in your production; concept for the production; set, costume, and lighting design; sound/music, if any; casting (based on the assumption that your production has the budget for 5 equity contracts, 5 non-equity contracts, and two apprentices). Your treatment should be no longer than 2 pages in length.

  • A list of 6 classical one-act plays you would be interested in directing for the Budding Bards event.  At least 2 of the one-acts should be dated prior to 1950; the other 4 can be dated up to 1990.

PLAYWRITING:  

  • Submit two contrasting samples of your work as a playwright (one-acts are acceptable.)  

  • Choose one of the Shakespeare plays listed below and write a 5-minute version of Act 1 (approximately 5 pages) that would be appropriate for an audience of children ages 5-12.  Your Act 1 should be a mixture of colloquial English and Shakespeare’s text from the play.  Additionally, you should include one instance of audience interaction.  You may set your Act 1 in a frame.  You have a cast of 6 actors.  Even if you chose a tragedy you may use humor to tell your story.  **Keep in mind that children are smart; do not “dumb down” your version of Act 1.

 

EDUCATION: 

You are teaching Macbeth to children 11-14 years of age at Camp Shakespeare. Write a lesson plan that explores the theme AMBITION.  Your lesson plan should reflect a 1.5 hour time period. Your lesson plan should include: introduction to topic, warm-ups, games, a scaffolded approach to the main activity rooted in a scene from the play, and wrap-up.  Please provide a detailed timeline for your 1.5 hour class.

 

STAGE MANAGEMENT:  

Write a statement expressing your opinions on the following:  What makes a good stage manager?  What is the relationship between the stage manager and director?  What is the relationship between the stage manager and the actors?  What is your biggest challenge as a stage manager?   What is your favorite part of being a stage manager?

 

PLAY CHOICES:

As You Like It

Twelfth Night

The Tempest

Macbeth

Hamlet

Othello