CSC Apprentice Program

The CSC Apprentice Program is an intensive Shakespeare-focused summer training program for early-career actors who are actively pursuing a career in theatre.  This training runs concurrently with CSC’s signature event, Free Shakespeare on the Common, founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Steve Maler and his vision that Shakespeare “belongs and should be accessible to everyone.”

The cast of Henry VI, pt III 2018, Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

Thank you for your interest in our Apprentice Program. Please check back later this fall for updated information for the summer 2023 program! Application materials will go live in January 2023.

Summer 2023

8 weeks June-August: Exact dates to be announced soon!

CSC’s Official Apprentice Program Partner:

The apprenticeship offers a robust Shakespearean performance focus through professionally directed productions held in Boston. CSC faculty support the work in the rehearsal room through classes in Shakespeare text analysis and Linklater Voice. This is a joy-based program with an ethos of care; students’ skills and progress are measured with constructive feedback for optimal growth.  Apprentices may also bring their skills and enthusiasm to audience engagement and front-of-house work on the Boston Common where they are an integral part of Shakespeare on the Common’s success and earn EMC points towards the Apprentice’s Actor’s Equity Association Membership should they choose.

What do you look for in an apprentice? Is this program right for me?

We consider a variety of factors when selecting members of our Apprentice Company.  First and foremost, we are looking for actors who have demonstrated a serious commitment to the study of acting and are interested in pursuing theater-arts as a career.

Apprentices must be 18 years of age and completed at least one year of undergraduate (or equivalent) training or have similar pre-professional/professional experience. While there is no age limit on the program, the majority of Apprentices fall between 18-25 years of age.  Actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to audition.

We are equipped to respond to disability-related accommodation requests. If you have questions, please get in touch with us at

Our program is built on three founding principles of our company:


Actors are a part of CSC’s community engagement with our diverse audiences, both through the opportunities provided by our Showcase Productions and Audience Ambassador work-study on the Boston Common should they choose.  Sometimes this engagement takes the form of performance and sometimes by conversation and service.  We believe that each of these are useful tools for the artist who strives to make theater, and Shakespeare in particular, accessible for all.


We look for actors who demonstrate a strong work ethic and show promise to be positive and reliable collaborators with their peers and faculty.  Actors should have enough training/experience to be challenged, but not lost in our advanced classes and who are willing to work at a professional pace, coming prepared to every class and rehearsal and who will set personal goals for their own work.


Thinking critically about how Shakespeare and classical acting training fits into their overall acting training, either as a new practice or building on previous skills is important.  We look for actors who can articulate specific professional goals and use the resources at CSC (including connections with our CSC2 and professional companies) to fit into these plans. Actors who listen and share their learning process with each other is a key element in making the Apprentice Program a valuable and worthwhile experience.

What will my experience be like?

Apprentice Alicia Hartz ’19 created a video montage chronicling the Summer of 2019!

In 2020 and 2021, we were unable to hold an in-person program due to Covid19 but here’s a look at our 2020 Virtual Program!

What will my schedule be like?

The Apprentice Program is designed as a fully-immersive training program that allows students to experience the professional theatre and the beautiful city of Boston.

Apprentices are involved in multiple aspects of our company, and no two weeks’ schedules are exactly alike. In the program’s first half you will attend daily sessions of classes or rehearsals. Your schedule will be Monday through Thursday 9a-6p and Fridays 9a-9p. You will have both weekend days off during this half of the program, through July 11. 

In the middle of July, Apprentices will begin their work on the Boston Common. Our day off will move to Mondays to mirror the Equity company, and the other six days will be split between rehearsals for The Apprentice Showcase and work on the Boston Common as Audience Ambassadors. Work on the Common typically begins around 4:00-5:00PM and lasts until 11:00PM or midnight, depending on the day. In the final two weeks of the program, we will tech and present our Showcase Performance productions at an indoor theater venue in downtown Boston, and our classes and training will culminate in presentations of monologues and scene work.

The Apprentice Program’s schedule is a rigorous one, but highly rewarding for students who are committed to their training. Although it is intended to be a full-time commitment, CSC still offers some flexibility for outside work for those students who choose to do so. A calendar of guaranteed days and hours off will be available during the spring.

Where will the program take place?

Our classes and rehearsals will take place at Suffolk University (CSC’s Official Apprentice Program Partner) close to our company’s outdoor performance space on The Boston Common. Additionally, dormitory housing will be available for rental from Suffolk for the duration of the program (more info on Housing tab). Participating students are NOT required to live on campus for the program but will be responsible for their own transportation and/or parking should they choose to commute. We anticipate all program locations and necessary amenities to be within a reasonable walking distance and an MBTA pass not to be required. 

What about COVID?

CSC will require all Apprentice Program participants and staff to provide proof of a completed FDA-approved vaccine regimen for COVID-19 (at least two weeks past the final dose of Pfizer/Moderna or two weeks past the dose of J&J as well as to weeks past one additional booster shot dose). Additionally, masking in certain settings and participation in weekly surveillance testing will also be required. Audience Ambassador work-study participants who are selected to understudy on the Boston Common may be required to follow additional COVID safety protocols based on AEA guidance at that time.

Alumni Testimonials

Eliott Purcell

2013 Apprentice Alum , 2015 CSC2 Company Member, Shakespeare on the Common 2013, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Ensemble), Shakespeare on the Common 2015, King Lear (Soldier), Old Money (Ovid & Tobias)

Molly Minter

2019 Apprentice Alum

Molly as “Helena” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2019. Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva

“My time at CSC was an absolute dream. What a journey it was! I met some of the most incredible people, who are now friends, colleagues and mentors. I was pushed to my limits, but in a way that helped show me my strength and ability. The support shown by everyone around me helped to elevate me as an actor, an artist, and a human! I got to play Helena in Midsummer and I even went on as an understudy, making my Equity debut with Cymbeline. I feel prepared and energized for the next step in my acting career, and I feel that way because of CSC. I have nothing but gratitude for the people that I was with, the work I was able to do, and the magical experiences that I had.

Alcides Costa

2019 Apprentice Alum

Alcides Costa as “Bertram” in All’s Well That Ends Well, 2019. Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva

“From day one I aimed to push the boundaries of what I knew to be true in the work, and learn something new about it. In turn I ended up learning so much about myself. Working in All’s Well That Ends Well as Bertram was a mountain to climb, because the language was so difficult and he’s a really tricky character in general. The CSC team, from teachers, coaches, and even the actors on the main stage were always there to lend an attentive hand to help me along the way. The family bond here is so strong that it is impossible to fall through the cracks, and instead, you may feel the village elevate you as a whole!  The best aspect of course, is all the amazing people you meet. It was invigorating to be surrounded by industry professionals, but even more so to be in a creative space of apprentices who are so talented and dedicated. It really infuses the joy of the profession into you, and leaves you walking away instilling the belief that you and everyone around you deserves to be doing this!”

Alex Lin

2018 Apprentice Alum

Alex as “Margaret” in Henry VI, Part III, 2018. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

“My time at CSC as an apprentice has completely transformed how I view myself as an artist and a human being. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that everyone at CSC gave me. For the first time in my early career as an actress, I felt like I was not only capable, but worthy of tackling challenges head on, no matter how difficult they seemed. Truth be told, I was worried that I would discover I’d been pushed to my limits as a performer, but the people at CSC are so compassionate, supportive, and inspiring that I couldn’t help but feel compelled to rise to the occasion. I am indebted to folks that keep CSC running; they revived my dedication to this craft. Plus, it’s a whole summer of Shakespeare! Please, everyone, give CSC a shot. It will change your life.”

Sharmarke Yusuf

2017 Apprentice Alum

Sharmarke as “Ferdinand” in The Tempest. 2017. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

“I am so grateful to have been able to spend my summer in CSC’s Apprentice Program. My experience as an apprentice was truly life changing. I grew so much as an actor and as a person during my time in the program. It was seriously refreshing to be in such a supportive environment and surrounded by people who care immensely about art and collaboration. I learned so much in the classes we took, got to understudy a role in Romeo & Juliet on the Boston Common and performed in our touring production of The Tempest. I gained such a love and appreciation for Shakespeare and his texts while I was here and formed friendships with an amazing group of people who I know will go on to accomplish great things! I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful family. Thank you CSC for the best summer of my life so far!”

Kit Newell

2017 Apprentice Alum

Kit as “Poins” in Henry IV, pt I. 2017. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

“My CSC Apprenticeship was truly trans-formative. I came into my eight weeks as an Apprentice questioning every acting choice I made, and I left with the confidence to identify and fix what I feel needs work, and to acknowledge when I’ve done well. Through our classes in voice and Shakespearean text, I was exposed to methods, such as Linklater voice work, that filled me with new ideas for creating characters both Shakespearean and contemporary. But what I’ll cherish above all from my time at CSC is the connections I made to wonderful people, who supported each other to the point where things that could have been terrifying – like understudying Samson in Romeo and Juliet on the Boston Common – were the best experiences of my life.”


Jamil Joseph

2016 Apprentice Alum, 2017 CSC2 Company Member, Shakespeare on the Common 2017, Romeo & Juliet (Gregory)

Jamil as “Claudio” in Measure for Measure, 2016. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

“My experience as an apprentice is something I will cherish forever.  Every moment, from the first day you go around meeting fellow apprentices and CSC2 members, to the day the program ends and you say your goodbyes, is a learning experience.  The intense program pushes and builds you not only as an actor but as a person.  Under the direction of the extremely talented and engaging teachers and directors we get to work with, I was able to engage with my peers in a fun, collaborative, safe, and non-judgmental environment.  Through this program I was able to genuinely fall in love with the works of Shakespeare more and more.  Overall, because of the Apprentice Program, I have grown drastically in my acting, as a person, but most importantly I formed bonds with a group of people that have left an imprint on my life.  Thank you CSC!”


Company Conversation with Jonathan Higginbotham 2019, Photo by Alicia Hartz

Core classes for Apprentices include training in Text Analysis and Voice. Instructors will independently teach fundamentals crucial to unlocking Shakespeare’s language.

Shakespeare’s Text

The class will focus on textual conventions used in Shakespeare’s plays, including meter, punctuation and rhetoric, with a strong focus on speaking Shakespeare’s language for maximum clarity and connection within the body. This work (drawn from Cicely Berry, Giles Block, Laban and others) will help students to see these conventions not as rules that dictate how Shakespeare should be performed, but rather as opportunities for experimentation and play.


Following Kristin Linklater’s method of  “Freeing the Natural Voice, “ students are guided through a progression of exercises designed to free, strengthen, and develop their whole vocal range.  The majority of classroom focus explores physical awareness, breathing, resonance, and the connection of voice to emotional and imaginative impulse.  Additional coursework addresses vocal health, building a reliable and personal warm-up, and applications of the technique to Shakespeare’s text.

Faculty and Staff Bios

Bryn Boice

Associate Artistic Director of CSC/Academy Director/Text Instructor/Showcase Director/Scenic Coach

Bryn (she/her) is an award-winning director, actor, educator and producer. Recent directing work includes: The Sound Inside (Speakeasy Stage); The Half Life of Marie Curie (The Nora Company at Central Square); Admissions by Joshua Harmon (The Gamm Theatre, Providence); The Children by Lucy Kirkwood (Speakeasy Stage); an all-female production of Julius Caesar for Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC2). New York and Regional credits as actor and/or director include work with Asolo Repertory Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, InProximity Theatre Company, Theatre Row, Rebellious Subjects, Monomoy Theatre, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Bryn holds an MFA in Directing from Boston University and an MFA in Acting from the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training (FSU). Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 2002. She does private acting, voice, and public speaking coaching, and is a Visiting Lecturer at Salem State University, where she teaches Acting III, Voice for the Actor, Applied Movement, Directing I, and Dramatic Theory & Criticism, among others. 

Victoria Townsend

CSC Artistic Programs Manager/Academy Coordinator/Showcase Director/Scenic Coach

Victoria (she/her) is a Boston-based director, teaching-artist and occasional performer. In addition to her work on artistic programing for CSC, she also serves as the Academy Coordinator for the Apprentice Program and CSC2 as well as work on many other educational programs. Directing Credits: Emerging Playwright’s Festival (Wheelock Family Theater), Cosi Fan Tutte New England Conservatory’s UGOS Program, The Memorandum (Flat Earth Theater). Assistant Directing Credits: Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Kiss me Kate, Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare and Leadership (CSC) and L’Egisto (NEC/UGOS). She has also served as a teaching-artist for Watertown Children’s Theater and Live Arts Education. A Massachusetts native, Victoria currently resides in Woburn and is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with degrees in Theatre and English Literature.

Paul D’Agostino

Voice Teacher

Paul D’Agostino (he/him/his) joined the faculty of Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2014, and served as Assistant Professor of Theater, specializing in voice & speech and The Alexander Technique until September 2021. Trained by and designated to teach The Linklater Method (also known as “Freeing the Natural Voice”) by world-renowned voice pedagogue and theater artist Kristin Linklater, he has also served on the faculties of Emerson College, Gordon College, Shakespeare & Company, and Boston University – where he taught for the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute for seven years. Since 2013, Paul has been the resident voice instructor for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which has afforded him the opportunity to teach in the Summer Apprentice Program, coach mainstage actors, and offer workshops on the intersection of actor training and public speaking for M.B.A. candidates at Babson College. A longtime member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, he ran the youth training program Riotous Youth (2011-2012), taught in the Month-long Intensive (2020), and acted in numerous productions on the main stage and on tour. He has also facilitated workshops at Brandeis University, Boston Arts Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Extension School, Wheelock Family Theatre, the Tom Todoroff Acting Studio, and the ReachArts Center in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

His acting credits include work with acclaimed director Irina Brook, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Hanover Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Gloucester Stage Company, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

D’Agostino holds an M.F.A. in Theater Education (with a concentration in voice and speech) from Boston University, a M.M. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, and a B.A. in theater arts from Gordon College. Additional training includes seminars on vocal health and rehabilitation at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; extensive study at Shakespeare & Company with Kevin Coleman, Tina Packer, and Dennis Krausnick; Alexander Technique with Debi Adams, Jamee Culbertson, Tommy Thompson, Bob Lada, and Betsy Polatin; and Linklater apprenticeship under master teachers Paula Langton and Christine Hamel at Boston University. In 2019, he graduated from The Boston Conservatory Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course — a three-year, 1600-hour teacher training program, and in December 2021, he became a licensed massage therapist.

He currently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts —15 miles west of Boston—where he maintains a private studio for voice & acting coaching, Alexander Technique, singing, and public speaking for corporate clients. In May 2020, Paul received The Boston Conservatory Student Government Association Teacher of the Year award.

Paul D’Agostino, M.M., M.F.A., Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, Certified Teacher of The Alexander Technique

Regine Vital

Showcase Director/Scenic Coach

Regine (she/her/hers) is a theatre artist, administrator, educator, scholar, and storyteller from Somerville, MA. As an actor, director, dramaturge, and coach, she has worked with several Boston area theatre companies, including Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, ArtsEmerson, Company One, Central Square Theatre, HUB Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Flat Earth Theatre. She has taught composition, introductory literature, and public speaking at the college level; text and performance to high schoolers; and continuing adult education classes in literature. She is a current member of the Playable Theatre’s Board of Directors and frequent collaborator with Green Door Labs on the interactive theatre-game production, Club Drosselmeyer. Regine holds degrees from Boston University, UMass Boston, and studied Shakespeare at King’s College, London and Shakespeare’s Globe. Currently, she is the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at The Huntington. When she isn’t telling stories on stage or talking too much about Shakespeare, Regine loves a good book, a good show, a good dance, and/or a great chat with great friends. Merde, folks! 😉

Alicia Hartz

Education Associate

Alicia (she/her) is a stage, screen, and voice over actor who just recently moved to Boston. She graduated from NYU’s Stella Adler Studio of Acting and spent the summer after college in London at RADA performing as Viola in Twelfth Night. Other theatrical credits include My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (Playwrights Horizons), Hero Worship (Signature Theater, D.C.), Medea (Queen’s Theater), The Circle Rules (Player’s Theatre). Alicia has also performed as a cabaret artist at the Carousel Music Theater, The West End Lounge, and several other venues around the east coast. At CSC, she has acted as an Apprentice, served as the Marketing Intern in the work study program, and performed with Stage2. Interested applicants should feel free to get in touch with her at with any questions!


Additional Training

Apprentices will also receive individual monologue coaching from members of CSC2 (CSC’s advanced actor training program for post-graduate actors) and other CSC professional acting alumni as part of a cross-mentorship program and scenic coaching from the program’s directing staff.  Academy staff will work with you and your coach to select and develop new material to strengthen your Shakespearean audition arsenal and expand your classical range.

In addition, Apprentices will engage in a weekly company conversation series, meeting with members of the professional artistic company to discuss their artistic process for the summer’s production as well as larger career questions.

Interspersed during the program, guest teachers and artists will share their work and expertise in short workshop opportunities.  These offerings are unique to the artists currently working with CSC each year, but past topics have included: clowning, improvisation, musical theater, auditioning for the camera, stage combat, voice over and yoga for the actor.

On the Boston Common: Audience Ambassador Work-Study

2019 Apprentices Molly Minter, Karen Shantz, and Jackie McCarthy. Photo by Alicia Hartz









A major piece of training with CSC means being a part of the Company’s core values of audience access and engagement.  Every member of our team, from Artistic Director to our volunteers becomes an important part of this mission during the summer.

Our annual performance on the Boston Common sees upwards of 50,000 audience members in only three and a half weeks.  These audiences come from all backgrounds and abilities with one thing in common, a desire to participate in the arts.  The show is free and for many it is the only piece of theater they can afford to see during the year.

Our audiences tend to arrive between two and three hours before the curtain goes up, offering us a wonderful opportunity to engage with them on a deeper level than most theater companies can.  Every apprentice will have the option to participate in the Audience Ambassador Work-study program should they choose. Audience Ambassadors will assist with typical front-of-house duties for one-third (approximately 6) of our summer performances. These duties will include ushering, concession/merchandise sales and site setup/breakdown.  You’ll also be trained in best inclusion practices to help keep our show accessible to audience members of all abilities.

However, audience engagement on the Boston Common is about more than the customer service.  As part of our cross-education with our professional company, all  Apprentices meet each week with a different member of the production team (actors, designers, etc.) to hear their take on the play and gain better insight into their process.  Armed with this information and your unique perspective as an artist and performer, you’ll engage with the audiences to answer questions and begin conversations, helping to deepen their understanding and experience of the play.

This work-study requires approximately 40 total additional hours of work and training during your summer and fits directly with your existing Apprentice schedule. The work-study comes with a $600 tuition credit. Due to the logistics of our company, only students who participate in this work-study will be able to be eligible to receive EMC points and be considered for understudy opportunities in Shakespeare on the Common. We strongly encourage ALL Apprentices, regardless of financial need, to consider participating in this work-study to get the fullest experience during your summer. 

Performing in Boston

Madelyn Elyse Levine and Alcides Costa in All’s Well That Ends Well, 2019. Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva









Training in the Apprentice Program culminates with “The Academy Showcase”.  Our company will form three casts who each perform a professionally-directed Shakespeare production.  These three productions will offer free public performances at an indoor venue in downtown Boston in the last weeks of the program.  Auditions/casting for specific roles in these productions will occur shortly after the program begins.  The Academy Showcase relies heavily on ensemble-based storytelling.

Some apprentices will be assigned an *understudy role for the 2022 Shakespeare on the Common performance.  Understudy duties include attending specific main stage rehearsals and understudies may also be called on to help create/rehearse movement sequences for the production.  Apprentice understudies are prepared to fill in during rehearsal or performances should an actor be unable to for any reason.

Understudy assignments alongside your audience engagement work on the Boston Common allow apprentices to gain a thorough introduction to the Actor’s Equity Association.  All Apprentice Company members are able to *earn 7 EMC points for their work with us during the summer should they choose.

*Due to the logistics of our company, only students who participate in the Audience Ambassador work-study will be able to be considered for understudy opportunities in Shakespeare on the Common. Understudy assignments are not guaranteed for all Audience Ambassador participants due to number of slots available; however, ALL Audience Ambassador participants may earn EMC points should they choose to do so. Please note Actors’ Equity requires a $200 fee for all new EMC participants.

Nicholas Talbot (York) in Henry VI, part II, Apprentice Program, 2018. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios.

Tuition Costs:

There are two price points for our 2022 Apprentice Program. Every Apprentice will be given the option to participate in our Audience Ambassador Work-Study for the lower of the two price points. Audience Ambassadors will work at approximately 6 performances of our 2022 Shakespeare on the Common production in our front-of-house department. This work-study requires approximately 40 additional hours of work and training during your summer. Due to the logistics of our company, only students who participate in this work-study will be considered for understudy opportunities in Shakespeare on the Common and be eligible to receive EMC points. Please note Actors’ Equity requires a $200 fee for all new EMC participants. Understudy opportunities are NOT guaranteed and not every work study will be an understudy but regardless, we strongly encourage every Apprentice to consider taking advantage of this opportunity to have the fullest possible experience this summer. Please note that these prices do NOT include housing costs or other incidental expenses (meals/transportation/etc.):

  • 2022 Tuition WITHOUT Audience Ambassador Work-Study: $3,600
  • 2022 Tuition WITH Audience Ambassador Work-Study: $3,000


This year, we will be working in partnership with Suffolk University to offer dormitory housing rentals at their 10 West Street campus building.

Some important notes:

  • Suffolk University housing is a DRY space, meaning no alcohol or drug substances of any kind are allowed in the building, regardless of resident age. 
  • Due to COVID-19, we will not be allowing guests outside the program to enter dormitory space during the summer. 

Housing for new 2022 students is available in two options:

  • Suites all have private bedrooms with bathrooms shared with roommates. There are no kitchen facilities in suite housing; however,  students may either bring/rent mini-fridge/microwave setups. The cost for suite housing through Suffolk University for 2022 is: $3,705 
  • Apartments are large shared spaces of 5-7 people with a variety of double/triple/quad bedrooms that share a bathroom and full kitchen. The cost for apartment housing through Suffolk University for 2022 is: $3,135

Accessibility accommodations are available for dormitory housing. Please reach out to us at to discuss a specific need. 

Tuition Assistance:

Need-based Financial Aid:

In addition to the Audience Ambassador work-study opportunity open to all Apprentices, we are offering a limited amount of need based financial assistance If you are interested in requesting aid, please click the title below to use the link below to submit an application:

Financial Aid Applications are now closed for 2022

Marketing Work-Study:

The Apprentice Marketing Work-Study position will be responsible for creating content for CSC’s Apprentice Program social media throughout the summer. Primarily, this will be through creating dynamic postings for the Apprentice Program Facebook page. In addition, the Marketing Work-Study may work with CSC’s Marketing and Apprentice teams to create 1-2 short videos about the Apprentice Program. Additional ideas or projects may arise during the summer depending on the candidate’s skill set and bandwidth. This position will require a few pre-program meetings, which may be by phone/Zoom for a non-local candidate, and between 2-4 hours of work per week outside of the program’s regular schedule. Interested candidates should have strong social media skills. Familiarity with video creation and editing is a plus.

This position receives a $400 tuition credit. 


Spark Scholarships for BIPOC Actors:

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is actively seeking nominations for CSC’s Spark Scholarships for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). Receipt of a Spark Scholarship includes a full tuition and housing scholarship to the 2022 Apprentice Program. This year we have five (5) full- tuition and housing scholarships available for actors with an aptitude for, interest in, or angst for Shakespeare and performance.

We are seeking nominations for CSC’s Spark Scholarships from Professors, mentors, coaches, and other professionals in the field so that we might meet fantastic BIPOC Apprentice candidates from all across the country.



Alex Lin (Margaret) in Henry VI, part III, Apprentice Program, 2018. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios..

Thank you for your interest in our 2022 Apprentice Program. Our Application period is now closed. Please check back in January 2023 for information for the summer 2023 program!

Application Requirements:

Interested Applicants:

  • Application Form
  • Recommendation Form
  • $25 non-refundable application fee
  • An audition (see below for more information)

In addition, Applicants may submit (please click title for link):

  • Financial Aid Form

Audition Requirements:

In addition to your other application materials, we require an audition to consider you for the Apprentice Program. We ask interested applicants to submit a video audition to that includes the following:

  • One Shakespeare monologue (preferably in verse), 2 min or under
  • One contemporary monologue, 2 min or under

For both your monologue selections, we encourage you to pick pieces you love that you think showcase your uniqueness best. For your Shakespeare piece especially, we are very open to performers of any gender playing any role and encourage you to free yourself of any limitations regarding your perceived “type” or other things you may have been told. We do encourage you to think about age/life-experience of the character (for example, most Apprentices are not yet ready to play King Lear) and if race is central to the character (Othello, for example), please consider if that role is appropriate for your identity. If you have any questions about the audition requirement, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

In addition, CSC will be participating in a number of open call auditions this year. If you plan to audition at one of these opportunities, please reach out to us so we can keep an eye out for you. Should you perform a Shakespeare piece at one of these auditions, you do not need to submit an additional audition video to us. If you are performing another piece, we will ask for an additional video audition of your Shakespeare piece only:


Apprentice acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis. You will be notified of our acceptance decision within two weeks after we have received ALL of the above materials.

Please note that we will have fewer slots available for new applicants this year due to returning students from our Virtual programs in 2020 and 2021. We encourage interested applicants to apply ASAP for best consideration, especially those seeking financial assistance and those who wish to live in Suffolk University dormitory housing. 

We will close applications as soon as we have filled our company, but no later than April 15, 2022.

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