College Apprentice Program
DSF offers apprenticeships for college students who wish to start their careers before graduation. Apprentices work with the Festival’s professional directors, actors, designers, and staff to gain hands-on experience both on and off the stage. Each apprentice is assigned a mentor from the company to insure a personalized learning experience.
Performance apprentices appear in supporting roles in the mainstage production, understudy leading roles, and interact with audience members before performances as “Wandering Bards.”
Directing apprentice will assist the director with the planning of daily rehearsals, serve as another set of eyes and ears for the director in rehearsals, and take notes for the director during runs and tech. The directing apprentice may run small scene rehearsals outside of the main rehearsal and helps the understudies prepare.
Production apprentices work with designers to help create costumes, props, sets, and lighting elements of the production. The Apprentice stage manager (SM) will work under the direction of the professional Stage Manager throughout the rehearsal and performance process. The Apprentice SM will attend all rehearsals as an assistant to the SM and will then have the opportunity to “run the deck” backstage.
Management apprentices work with the Front-of-House team to organize marketing campaigns, coordinate volunteers, sell tickets and merchandise, and provide an enjoyable audience atmosphere.
All apprentices will be offered a series of Master Classes with possible topics ranging from administration, unions, technical instruction, voice & movement technique, and how to get a job. ALL APPRENTICES will work side-by-side with the professional DSF technical staff to perform set-up and strike duties each day of tech and performances.
All apprentices receive a modest stipend.
All apprenticeships (besides management) begin June 8, 2014 – the first day of rehearsal for Hamlet. Rehearsals will be held on nights and weekends. Management apprenticeships begin June 30, 2014. Hamlet runs July 11-27, 2014. During the run, apprentices need to have both daytime and evening availability.
Applicants should be enrolled in a college program. It is not necessary to be a Theatre major.
DSF does not offer housing. All applicants should be able to provide their own local housing and transportation.
All applicants should please submit a resume, two references, and a cover letter explaining their interest in becoming a DSF Apprentice before March 17, 2014.
Performance Apprentice applicants should please also include a headshot.
An interview/audition may be granted upon receipt of letters and resumes. Auditions/interviews will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
Apply via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply via mail:
Delaware Shakespeare Festival
ATTN: College Apprentice Program
PO Box 7567
Wilmington, DE 19803
No phone calls please.