Will I be able to work a job along with the apprentice program?
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 full unrehearsed performance of a play, and an interview. It is required that you attend a workshop in order to audition for the apprentice program.
What is the difference between Apprentices and Interns?
Apprentices commit to the full Apprenticeship program and receive a stipend of $300 for the summer. Intern applicants are those who may not be able to commit to all performances or program hours, but still wish to participate on a reduced time-commitment schedule. Interns receive a stipend of $75 for the summer.
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 Sullivan Mackintosh for alternative audition opportunities.