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The Theatre Aspen Apprentice Program (TAAP) 

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Generously underwritten by Jessica and John Fullerton
Sandy & Kenny Tate
David Lambert (for Duke University) 

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. 
OUR SEASON

SUBMISSIONS for the 2018 Tech/Design/Arts Admin/Musical Direction, Stage Management/Education and Arts Admin will be open November 1, 2017. 

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.

REQUIREMENTS

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, 2018, due by February 28th, 2018.

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, 2017, and are due by February 1st, 2018.

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, 2017, and are due by February 1st, 2018.

ALL applicants must be attending or recently graduated from college or accreditation program for theatre arts.   

Send to:  Theatre Aspen at taap@theatreaspen.org. All files sent must be labeled with applicant’s name. Please visit http://www.theatreaspen.org/education/2017-taap/ for the online application.

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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.

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
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 the class of 2017!  (coming soon!)

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
Billy Cohen Princeton  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

Theatre Education

Contact:  David Gram, Apprentice Coordinator via email at taap@theatreaspen.org 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
Rodney Ingram CAP21-NYC 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).   

Bailey Frankenberg CAP21-NYC Performance
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
Meredith Owens Baylor/CAP21-NYC 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

Watch our Facebook page and YouTube Channel for updates about our Apprentices and their activities!