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 with the vision that Shakespeare “belongs and should be accessible to everyone.”

The cast of Henry VI, Part III. Apprentice Program, 2018. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

Summer 2023

June 11-August 6, 2023

Application materials will go live in January 2023

CSC’s Official Apprentice Program Partner:

The CSC Apprentice Program 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’s Text 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 Boston Common where they are an integral part of Free Shakespeare on the Common’s success and earn EMC points towards 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 theatre arts as a career.

Apprentices must be 18 years of age and have 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 18-26 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 accessibility-related accommodation requests. If you have questions, please get in touch with us at apprentice@commshakes.org.

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

Access

Actors are a part of CSC’s community engagement with our diverse audiences, whether through the opportunities provided by our Apprentice Rep Company (or ARC) performances, Audience Ambassador Workstudy on Boston Common, or engaging with our other access programs like HandShakes.  Sometimes this engagement takes the form of performance and sometimes it is apparent through conversation and service. We believe that each of these are useful tools for the artist who strives to make theatre, and Shakespeare in particular, accessible for all.

Excellence

We look for actors who demonstrate a strong work ethic and show promise as 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. We look for those 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. We think of excellence in terms of process, not just product.

Education

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 CSC2 and the professional company) to fit into these plans. Actors who listen and share their learning process with each other are 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 as part of her Marketing Workstudy. Alicia has gone on to perform with the CSC2 Company twice and is now a full time staff member with CSC who coaches in the Apprentice Program.

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 Apprentice 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 Friday 9am-6pm, and will have both weekend days off during this half of the program, through July 10.

In mid-July, most Apprentices will begin their work on Boston Common through the optional Audience Ambassador Workstudy. Our day off will shift to Monday to mirror the Equity company, and the other six days will be split between rehearsals for ARC performances and work on Boston Common for the Audience Ambassador Workstudy participants. Work on the Common typically begins around 4:30PM and lasts until 11:00-11:30pm, depending on the day. In the final weeks of the program, we will tech and present our ARC performances at the Modern Theatre 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 Apprentice Program take place?

Our classes, rehearsals, and performances will take place at Suffolk University (CSC’s Official Apprentice Program Partner) close to our company’s outdoor performance space on 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 timely 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 would not be required.

What about COVID?

CSC, in coordination with Actors’ Equity and the City of Boston, continues to diligently monitor the public health situation. Health decisions are made with the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff as our top priority. Please note:

  • CSC will require all Apprentice Program participants and staff to provide proof of a completed FDA-approved vaccine regimen and boosters for COVID-19. 
  • CSC will follow both AEA and city-mandated health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 or any other public health concerns at the time of the Apprentice Program. 
  • CSC also reserves the right to add additional protective guidelines where deemed necessary for the safety of all, which will be communicated to all students and staff directly, if implemented. 

Should you have an individual concern or question about our safety protocols, please reach out to us at apprentice@commshakes.org.

Alumni Testimonials

Dani Grace Nissen

2022 Apprentice Alum

Dani Grace Nissen (Tybalt) in Romeo & Juliet, Apprentice Program, 2022. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

“My time with CSC this summer will always hold a very dear place in my heart. I met some incredibly talented and genuinely good people who I know will be in my life for a very long time, and who I honestly can’t wait to work with again. In addition to growing as an artist and in my experience with Shakespeare, I feel like the deep relationships I cultivated with other apprentices and with CSC staff are what has made this summer truly special. It is rare to find the kind of caring, supportive, and passionate community that I was immersed in here, and I am grateful for that.”

Carmia Imani

2022 Apprentice Alum and Spark Scholarship Recipient

Carmia Imani (Marina) in Pericles. Apprentice Program, 2022. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

“This summer I was a part of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program as a Spark Scholar… From the program, I learned that there was no longer a need to sacrifice a part of myself in order to fit into Shakespeare’s plays. I began to reclaim the characters as authentically my own: developing them by using the technique I was taught, blended with the nuances of being a black woman speaking and bringing life to the language and work.”

Alcides Costa

2019 Apprentice Alum

Alcides Costa (Bertram) in All’s Well That Ends Well. Apprentice Program, 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!”

Alexandra Lin

2018 Apprentice Alum

Alexandra Lin (Margaret) in Henry VI, Part III, Apprentice Program, 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 (Ferdinand) in The Tempest. Apprentice Program, 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 and Juliet on 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!”

Eliott Purcell

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

Training

Bryn Boice teaches a Shakespeare’s Text Class to 2022 Apprentices

Core classes for Apprentices include training in Shakespeare’s Text 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 rhythm & 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.

Voice

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, Alexander Technique, and applications of voice work to Shakespeare’s text.

Additional Training

Apprentices will also receive individual monologue coaching from members of CSC2 (CSC’s emerging artist program) and other CSC professional acting alumni as part of a cross-mentorship program. Apprentices also receive scene coaching from the program’s directing and teaching staff, to sharpen scene study, self-staging, and text analysis skills.

In addition, Apprentices will engage in the Company Conversation series, meeting with members of the Free Shakespeare on the Common 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 each year, but past topics have included: clowning, actor self-care, improvisation, musical theater, auditioning for the camera, stage combat, voice over, and yoga for the actor.

 

Faculty and Staff Bios

Bryn Boice

Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education & Training for CSC

ARC Performance Director, Scene Coach, Shakespeare’s Text Instructor

Bryn (she/her) is an award-winning director, actor, educator and producer. Recent directing work includes: Gloria (Gloucester Stage); 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. For CSC: Universe Rushing Apart: Blue Kettle & Here We Go by Caryl Churchill (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Direction, Large Theatre).  For CSC2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2022) and Romeo & Juliet (2023). Bryn serves as the text coach for Free Shakespeare on the Common. New York and Regional credits as actor and/or director include work with Asolo Repertory Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, InProximity Theatre Company, Theatre Row, 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). She does private acting, voice, and public speaking coaching, and as a visiting Professor at Salem State University, she taught Acting III, Voice for Performance, Applied Movement, Directing I, Dialects, and Dramatic Theory & Criticism, among others. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 2002.

Victoria Townsend

Artistic Programs Manager and Academy Coordinator for CSC

ARC Performance Director, Scene Coach

Victoria (she/her) is a Boston-based director, teaching-artist and occasional performer. In addition to her work on artistic programming 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: For CSC: As You Like It (2022) and several Boston Theater Marathon pieces; 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 and holds a certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice & Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. 

Regine Vital

ARC Performance Director, Scene Coach

Regine (she/her) 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

Management and Programming Coordinator for CSC

Scene Coach

Alicia (she/her) is a graduate of NYU Tisch with a BFA in Acting and has studied Shakespeare in performance at RADA as well as in the CSC Apprentice Program (class of 2019) where she was also the Marketing Apprentice. At CSC, she has performed with the CSC2 company twice and in the #Stage2School workshop series. Originally from Washington D.C. Alicia spent seven years as a working actor in NYC before relocating to New England. Favorite credits include Hero Worship (Signature Theater, Washington D.C.), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, (Playwrights Horizons Studio), Middletown  (Stella Adler Studio), Twelfth Night (RADA), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC). Outside CSC, Alicia has worked as a Virtual Assistant to various individual artists and smaller arts organizations. Additionally, she has production assistant credits on several Emmy-winning late night TV shows and the Oscar-winning documentary film Free Solo

Brendan O’Neill

Scene Coach

Brendan (he/him) has recently returned to New England and is honored and thrilled to be contribute to CSC. Prior to moving back east, he spent two decades in Los Angeles as a screenwriter, actor, editor, script doctor, and coach. Brendan is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the new cold reading series, Monday’s Pages, and is in the process of publishing his first crime novel, Whatever Happened to Austin Wellington?

 

 

Paul D’Agostino

Voice Teacher

Paul (he/him) 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

Working on Boston Common: Audience Ambassador Workstudy

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 Boston Common hosts upwards of 30,000 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 theatre 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 Workstudy should they choose (simply check the Audience Ambassador Workstudy box on your application and you’re in!). Apprentices will assist with typical front-of-house duties for one-third (approximately six) 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 Boston Common is about more than customer service. As part of our cross-education with our professional company, Apprentices will have the opportunity to meet with different members of the production team and staff (actors, designers, marketing and development teams, etc.) to gain better insight into the professional theatre making process. Armed with this information and your unique perspective as an artist and performer, you’ll be able to engage with the audience to answer questions and begin conversations, helping to deepen their understanding and experience of the play.

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

Performing in Downtown Boston: ARC Performances

Joshua Crockett (Romeo) and Anna Kate Gossett (Juliet) in Romeo & Juliet at the Modern Theatre. Apprentice Program, 2022  Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios.

Training in the Apprentice Program culminates with the exciting Apprentice Rep Company (ARC) performances.  Our Company will form three casts who each perform a professionally-directed 90-minute Shakespeare play. These three productions are offered as free public performances at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre 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.

Some apprentices will be assigned an understudy role* for the 2023 Free Shakespeare on the Common performance. Understudy duties include: attending specific main stage rehearsals, possibly standing in during select rehearsals, and being prepared to perform should an actor be unable for any reason.

Understudy assignments alongside your audience engagement work on Boston Common allow Apprentices to gain a thorough introduction to 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 Workstudy will be able to be considered for understudy opportunities in Free Shakespeare on the Common. Understudy assignments are not guaranteed for all Audience Ambassador participants due to the 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 2023 Apprentice Program. Every Apprentice will be given the option to participate in our Audience Ambassador Workstudy for the lower of the two price points (simply check the Audience Ambassador Workstudy box on your application and you’re in!). Please note that these prices do NOT include housing costs or other incidental expenses (meals/transportation/etc.):

  • 2023 Tuition WITHOUT Audience Ambassador Workstudy: $3,800
  • 2023 Tuition WITH Audience Ambassador Workstudy: $3,200

The Audience Ambassador Workstudy requires approximately 40 total additional hours of work and training during your summer and fits directly within your existing Apprentice schedule. The workstudy comes with a $600 tuition credit. Due to the logistics of our company, only students who participate in this Audience Ambassador Workstudy will be eligible to receive EMC points and be considered for understudy opportunities in Free Shakespeare on the Common. Understudy assignments are NOT guaranteed for all Audience Ambassador participants due to the number of slots available; however, ALL Audience Ambassador participants may earn EMC points should they choose to do so. We strongly encourage ALL Apprentices, regardless of financial need, to consider participating in this workstudy to get the fullest experience during your summer. Please note: Actors’ Equity requires a $200 fee for all new EMC participants

Housing:

If you intend to apply for dormitory housing, please apply for the Apprentice Program no later than April 7, 2023. 

Dormitory style housing will be available for rental from Suffolk University for the duration of the program. Participating students are NOT required to live on campus for the program but will be responsible for their own timely transportation and/or parking should they choose to commute.

Housing Descriptions and Prices will be available January, 2023

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

Please Note: 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. 

Tuition Assistance:

Need-based Financial Aid:

This year, we are able to offer a limited amount of need-based financial assistance. If you are interested in requesting aid, use the link below to submit an application:

Financial Aid Applications will open January 2023

Workstudy Opportunities:

In addition to the Audience Ambassador Workstudy opportunity open to ALL Apprentices with no additional application needed (simply check the Audience Ambassador Workstudy box on your application and you’re in!), we are offering five other workstudy positions that do require a supplemental application. If you are interested in applying for one of these workstudy position, use the links below to submit an application:

Social Media Workstudy (1 position available) – Using short-form video and graphic design content this position will be a personality; taking our followers on the Apprentice’s journey, introducing them through regular, daily content, and promoting the ARC performances. They will also work with the Marketing Dept. on the lobby display at the Modern Theatre. Works directly with CSC’s Marketing and Communication Manager.

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 required.

Total hours= 22-25 

This position receives a $400 tuition credit. 

Social Media Workstudy Application will open January 2023

Apprentice Experience Workstudy (1 position available) – Document through photos and videos each stage of the Apprentice Program, from coursework to auditions to production and beyond. This should include interviews with Apprentices and staff. In the final weeks of the program, this position will compile and create a 2-5 minute documentary video for our wrap-up day, and for posting on our website and social media. Responsible for archiving all content. Works directly with CSC’s Marketing and Communication Manager.

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 required.

Total hours: 22-25 

This position receives a $400 tuition credit. 

Apprentice Experience Workstudy Application will open January 2023

Production Workstudy (3 positions available) – Assist our Apprentice Program Production Manager with load-in and load-out of ARC performances at Suffolk’s Modern Theatre. 

Load-in: must be able to lift platforms, work together to provide assistance moving these pieces into the truck from our storage space and into the theatre, assist with putting platform system together with direction from PM other CSC staff. 

Load-out: must be able to assist with taking platform system apart with direction from PM, lift platforms, work together to provide assistance moving these pieces into the truck from the theatre and back into its place in our storage space, and other load-in duties as needed with direction from PM and CSC staff. 

Please indicate if you have a valid drivers license and are comfortable driving an 18’ U-haul type truck. 

Total hours: 5+5=10

The two non-driver positions receive a $200 tuition credit. 

The one driving position receives a $300 tuition credit.

Production Workstudy Application will open January 2023

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) actors. Receipt of a Spark Scholarship includes full tuition to the 2023 Apprentice Program and participation in the Audience Ambassador Workstudy. This year we have four (4) full-tuition 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.

Spark Scholarship Nominations will open January 2023

Carmia Imani

2022 Apprentice Alum and Spark Scholarship Recipient

Carmia Imani (Marina) in Pericles. Apprentice Program, 2022. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

“This summer I was a part of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program as a Spark Scholar… From the program, I learned that there was no longer a need to sacrifice a part of myself in order to fit into Shakespeare’s plays. I began to reclaim the characters as authentically my own: developing them by using the technique I was taught, blended with the nuances of being a black woman speaking and bringing life to the language and work.”

Apply

Matt Near (Amiens/ Musical Director) in As You Like It at the Modern Theatre. Apprentice Program, 2022. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios.

 

Thank you for your interest in our 2023 Apprentice Program.

Our recruitment period runs from January – May.

Please check back in January 2023 for links to apply for the summer 2023 program!

 

Application Requirements:

Interested applicants must submit:

  • Application Form
  • Recommendation Form OR Spark Scholarship Nomination Form (if eligible) 
  • $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
  • Social Media Workstudy Application
  • Apprentice Experience Workstudy Application
  • Production Workstudy Application

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 (via Vimeo or YouTube as a link viewable to all) to apprentice@commshakes.org 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 at apprentice@commshakes.org.

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:

Deadlines:

Apprentice acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis. You will be notified of our acceptance decision within two to three 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, 2023. If you intend to apply for dormitory housing, please apply no later than April 7, 2023.

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