Yes! It can be done. We strongly recommend that, if you are planning on keeping a job, that the job be part time and no more than 20-25 hours per week. Past apprentices have successfully worked 20 hours per week without either the job or the program interfering with one another. However, you are still expected to commit to and meet all the aforementioned apprentice expectations regardless of employment status.
Do I need to provide my own transportation?
Yes, however, this does not necessarily mean that you will need to have access to a car. You are expected to arrive at your publicity shifts, apprentice education/work days, and all performances and "practices" on time and prepared. We have had apprentices in the past who have used public transportation and those who have used their own vehicles; both options have been effective. Carpooling with other apprentices or company members has also become a common option in the past.
What if I need to miss a performance?
If you know in advance that you will need to miss a performance, we can accommodate an absence. However, any performances that are missed will count as a "performance". That is to say that you will lose a performance opportunity in exchange for missing a show.
What should I expect from auditions?
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival practices a completely unique performance style and, as such, a small amount of introduction to that style is necessary before auditions. Therefore, there will be an introductory workshop prior to the actual audition where you will receive an overview of the performance style and rules. The actual audition will consist of: a one minute, prepared, Shakespeare monologue, several scenes performed in the OPS Fest style, and an interview with the Artistic Director, Education Director, Apprentice Coordinator, and Stage Manager. It is required that you be in attendance at the workshop in order to audition for the apprentice program.
What if I cannot attend the introductory workshop or audition?
It is very important that you be able to attend both the workshop and the audition. If you absolutely cannot, and still wish to apply for the program, please contact Lauren Saville for alternative audition opportunities.