The Theatre Aspen Apprentice Program (TAAP)
Generously underwritten by Jessica and John Fullerton
David Lambert (for Duke University) and Sandy & Kenny Tate
Theatre Aspen’s Apprentice Program (TAAP) for aspiring theatre professionals creates ten (or more) apprentice positions, offering students professional experience in the following areas: Performance, Stage Management, Technical Theatre/Design, Musical Direction, Arts Education and Arts Administration (including Marketing and Patron Services/Box Office). Apprentices are in residence from approximately May 28th through on or about August 20th, 2017. Theatre Aspen is interested in fostering a diverse company in all departments of our organization. We welcome and encourage applications from aspiring artists, administrators and craftspeople of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds.
BREAKDOWN FOR ROLES
Theatre Aspen is committed to assembling a diverse cohort – we will proactively seek participants from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities, and will consider ALL applicants regardless of color, race, sexual identification, or any other means of identification.
Performers: Letter of interest, photo and resume, two contrasting video clips of your work (two contrasting vocal selection(s) in the style of the shows and a contemporary monologue). You can submit via YouTube, Vimeo links, or send files to download. ALL MUST BE LABELED WITH YOUR NAME. You may receive an interview or audition (in person, phone or Skype, which we will schedule upon vetting of the applications). Letters of recommendation for performing apprentices are only necessary upon request. It is helpful to include material from the proposed season, if possible. (Season will be announced in early November).
Applications accepted beginning January 1, 2017, due by February 28th, 2017.
Technical, Design, Arts Admin and Stage Management Applicants: Letter of interest, resume, samples of work (if designers), two letters of recommendation.
Applications accepted beginning November 1st, 2016, and are due by February 1st, 2017.
Education applicants: Letter of interest, photo and resume (including teaching experience and areas of production experience, i.e. choreography, etc.), two letters of recommendation.
Applications accepted beginning November 1st, 2016, and are due by February 1st, 2017.
ALL applicants must be attending or recently graduated from college or accreditation program for theatre arts.
Benefits of the TA Apprentice Program
WORKING WITH SKILLED, EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS
Apprentices at Theatre Aspen have the opportunity to work with and learn beside leading artists in their fields, and under the direction of highly qualified and experienced professionals: successful directors, choreographers, designers and performers from New York and the United States, whose credits include work on Broadway, in national tours, in Hollywood and regional theatre. Students will make valuable connections with leading employers and artists in the areas of Design, Carpentry, Electrics, Properties, Stage Operations, Wardrobe, Stage Management, Company Management, Marketing, and Performance.
HANDS ON EXPERIENCE
Performance apprentices are cast in a main stage show plus a showcase. Technical apprentices work with professional designers and technicians. Education apprentices work with professional Teaching Artists and Education Administrators in youth classes and productions. In order to gain awareness and appreciation of all the elements of production, all apprentices work in areas other than that of their expertise and interest. The Apprentice Company will put all of those elements together to put up their own showcase toward the end of the summer. Theatre Aspen Apprentices have the opportunity to gain other industry skills by assisting in the TA office, running the box office and concession stand, and gaining teaching experience in Theatre Aspen School programs.
The Artistic Director and associates will offer classes, lectures and learning experiences taught by guest performers, directors, and staff. Topics may include Audition Techniques, Resume Prep and Career Preparation, Contracts & Unions, Design and Arts Administration.
HOUSING and WEEKLY STIPEND
TA provides free housing in dorm style living. Free public transportation is available in the form of bus shuttles and bicycles are provided for in-town transportation. In addition, apprentices will receive a weekly stipend toward a meal allowance.
EQUITY MEMBERSHIP CANDIDATE POINTS
Theatre Aspen Apprentices may have the opportunity to earn points towards their Actors' Equity Association membership card, for rehearsal and performance. (Executive Artistic Director Paige Price is the current 1st Vice President of Actors' Equity Association). Many TA actors have received their Equity cards here and we pride ourselves on preparing young professionals for work in the field. Several of our alumni are currently on Broadway, in National Tours or working in professional positions throughout the industry.
THE THEATRE ASPEN FAMILY
Theatre Aspen Apprentices will join a supportive atmosphere in a spectacular mountain setting, with the opportunity to enjoy once in a lifetime outdoor and cultural activities. The Apprentice Program does not end - TAAP alumni are encouraged to continue using the staff of TA as a resource for advice, recommendations and introductions.
Meet our 2016 class!
Most of our 2016 apprentices are back at school, but Brianna Barnes has made the journey to NYC, Victoria Heikenfeld is at a theatre in Maine doing a stage management internship, Kyle Weiler is off to Europe to perform in an international tour of West Side Story and we await word from everyone else!
|Marion Ayers||Sound Design & Engineering||The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University|
|Alethea Bakogeorge||Arts Administration||Viterbo University|
|Jeffrey Ball||Musical Direction||Brown University|
|Brianna Barnes||Performance||Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music|
|Shaye Evans||Lighting Design||Colorado State University|
|Veronica Fiaoni||Performance||Montclair University|
|Victoria Heikenfeld||Stage Management||Susquehanna University|
|Jessica James||Education||Shenandoah University|
|Ana Langmead||Costume Design/Wardrobe||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Ryne Nardecchia||Performance||Texas State University|
|Cristina Oeschger||Performance||Texas State University|
|Madison Pugh||Performance||University of Oklahoma|
|Juliette Redden||Performance||Texas State University|
|Tori Rezek||Arts Administration||Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music MFA/MBA|
|Kyle Weiler||Performance||The Juilliard School|
Meet the Class of 2015!
Michelle Coben got her AEA card at the MUNY in 2016, Amanda Paige got hers at Lake Dillon, Spencer Hansen returnd to TA this summer to appear in Mamma Mia and be the musical director on Dear Edwina. Lyon worked for TA behind the scenes this year and will appear in Big Fish, Amber Julian returned to TA to stage manage, Liz Roth is at Opera Santa Fe, Eddy Cavazos is taking NY by storm. Alix Bigley is the Director of Marketing at Boston Conservatory, Billy Cohen graduated from Princeton in May and we're waiting for updates on everyone else!
|Eddy Cavazos||Boston Conservatory MFA Program||Performance|
|Michelle Coben||University of Cinncinnati -Conservatory of Music||Performance|
|Lyon Hamill||Aspen High School||Performance|
|Spencer Hansen||Texas State||Performance|
|Amanda Paige||Boston Conservatory||Performance|
|Kelsey Schergen||NYU - Tisch School of the Arts||Performance|
|Amber Julian||University of California - Irvine MFA Program||Stage Management|
|Joshua Kenneth Barnhill||University of Arizona||Technical Theatre - Technical Direction|
|John Millerd||University of Arizona||Technical Theatre - Sound|
|Elizabeth Roth||Ohio Northern University||Technical Theatre - Lighting|
|Alixandra Bigley||Pennsylvania State University MM Program||Arts Administration|
|Cullen Burling||Duke University||
Contact: David Gram, Apprentice Coordinator via email at email@example.com for any additional questions. Applications are closed for 2015.
Meet the Class of 2014!
Rodney Ingram is currently in Aladdin on Broadway, Kyra Wharton recently closed the Equity tour of If/Then, Sydney Patrick recently returned from a Disney tour and the other apprentices are all employed in various roles and fields.
|John Caliendo||Montclair State University||Performance|
|Jessica de Jong||Texas State University||Performance|
|Sydney Patrick||Syracuse University||Performance|
|Kyra Wharton||University of Oklahoma||Performance|
|Jack Fransen||Purdue||Technical Theatre - Sound|
|Solveig Bloomquist||University of Minnesota - Duluth||Technical Theatre - Lighting|
|Lauren Jaenecke||Susquehannah University||Technical Theatre - Costumes|
|Megan Harris||Emerson College||Stage Management|
|Tess Weinberg||Butler||Arts Administration|
The Inaugural Apprentice Class of 2013!
In 2014, three of the 2013 Apprentices returned to work for Theatre Aspen! Michael Cochrane (Master Electrician), Bailey Frankenberg (appeared in Fully Monty and The Cottage) and Alie Walsh (who moved to Aspen, now plays multiple roles in Theatre Aspen School, played Beth in Little Women in 2014, garnering her a Henry Award nomination, appeared in Cabaret on the main stage last summer starred in Dear Edwina and Mamma Mia in 2016 and is now the teacher of Drama at Country Day School in Aspen).
|Alie Walsh||University of Oklahoma||Performance|
|Chelsea Groen||University of Michigan||Performance|
|Daniel Schwait||Manhattan School of Music||Performance|
|Luke Steinhauer||University of Michigan||Performance|
|Adam Quinn||University of Michigan||Musical Direction|
|Michael Cochrane||University of Minnesota - Duluth||Technical Theare - Lighting|
|Caleb Cassler||Purdue||Technical Theatre - Sound|
|Samantha Donnelley||University of Central Florida||Stage Management|