Apprentice Company

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DOWNLOAD THE  2017-18 APPRENTICE COMPANY APPLICATION HERE.

The Apprentice Company is designed for early-career theatre artists interested in specific areas of directing, playwriting, acting, stage management, and design. The Apprentice Company is a 10-month commitment from September – June. By participating in the Apprentice Company at Horizon Theatre, one can begin forging professional alliances helpful to one’s theatre career. Apprentice Company applicants must have a degree from an accredited university or college, or must have equivalent training and or experience. Watch the CBS 46 video. 

What to Expect

  • Formalized and comprehensive training in your area of concentration
  • Focus on professional development and networking
  • Lifelong connections to peers, mentors, and artists
  • Independent and collective learning projects
  • Hands-on experience for future career opportunities including backstage crew and front-of-house assignments
  • A 10-month (September-June) time commitment. Apprentices will not be permitted to accept work at other theaters during this time.
  • Weekly schedules will vary from month to month. Classes are typically held Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
  • Show duties will require approximately four hours per performance for six performances per week.
  • Performance opportunities to showcase your work for your peers and the greater Atlanta arts community
  • Apprentices will attend a progression of master classes taught by seasoned theatre professionals.
  • Actors will receive in-depth training in contemporary techniques including monologue coaching, mainstage understudy performance opportunities, and working with professional directors on staged readings and showcase pieces.
  • Playwrights are able to explore their creativity alongside a professional playwright by collaborating with the acting company on a series of pieces, ranging from 10-minute plays to full length works.
  • Stage Managers are administered at least two mainstage productions to stage manage in addition to a reader’s theatre project.
  • Designers are provided with hands-on experience by designing the company’s projects.

FAQ

Will I get paid as an apprentice at the Horizon?
No. Our extensive resources, educational training, and professional hands-on experience are offered to our apprentices free of charge and there is no paid stipend. Equity Membership Candidates will be able to accumulate points during our mainstage season.

Can I do other shows during my Apprenticeship?
No. Once your contract as a Horizon Apprentice member begins, your theatre work will be limited to the Horizon.

Will I need another job to support myself?
Yes. Most apprentices also work as waiters, baristas, retail employees, etc. during their time at Horizon.

What is a typical weekly schedule like?
Actors and Playwrights will typically find themselves in classes 2-3 days per week (usually Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings). Classes usually last 2-4 hours each. When you are assigned show duty as a Front of House or backstage crew member, your weekly hours will increase. Show schedules are typically Wednesday-Saturday evenings with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Other Apprentices (Designers, Stage Managers, etc.) will be assigned to attend select classes and/or extra work calls.

What will I be learning?
Actors will take classes in Voice, Movement, Stage Combat, Improv, and specific Acting Techniques (past Acting Apprentice companies have been led through Meisner and Viewpoints). Playwrights will work with professional writers on dramaturgy, play discussions, and creating Ten Minute and Full Length works. All Company members will come together periodically to collaborate on Ten Minute Plays, One Acts, new play discussions, and outings to area theaters to see shows.

Training & Duties

ACTORS

Training/Performance

  • Weekly Master Classes (with breaks for tech rehearsal, etc.) topics include voice, movement, scene study, techniques, etc.
  • Perform in Apprentice Company productions
  • Perform in new play readings as requested
  • Audition for mainstage productions as appropriate
  • Serve as script reader/evaluator for new plays as requested
  • Monthly “field trips” to plays/theatres

Duties

  • Crew two mainstage productions during the season
  • Front of House or Administrative assignment when not crewing
  • Participate in all Apprentice company productions, providing artistic/tech/crew/box/house support as needed
  • Assist with strike for all productions
  • Assist with administrative, technical, and artistic tasks related to Horizon’s annual benefit event

PLAYWRIGHTS

Training

  • Weekly Master Classes (with breaks for tech rehearsal, etc.) topics include voice, movement, scene study, techniques, etc.
  • Weekly playwrights round table, readings of their work throughout the program by other Apprentices
  • Coaching sessions with professional Atlanta area playwrights
  • Participation in the Young Playwrights and the New South Festival
  • Assist in new play research
  • Serve as script reader/evaluator for new plays as requested
  • Monthly “field trips” to plays/theatres

Duties

  • Crew two mainstage productions during the season
  • Front of House or Administrative assignment when not crewing
  • Participate in all Apprentice company productions, providing artistic/tech/crew/box/house support as needed
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of the Young Playwrights Festival and the New South Festival
  • Assist with strike for all productions
  • Assist with administrative, technical, and artistic tasks related to Horizon’s annual benefit event

DESIGNERS (Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound)

Training

  • Weekly Master Classes (with breaks for tech rehearsal, etc.)
  • Monthly design seminars
  • Serve as the designers and builders for all Apprentice company productions
  • Coaching sessions with professional Atlanta area designers
  • Serves as an assistant to each of designers for the mainstage season
  • Monthly “field trips” to plays/theatres

Duties

  • Crew two mainstage productions during the season
  • Front of House or Administrative assignment when not crewing
  • Participate in all Apprentice company productions, providing artistic/tech/crew/box/house support as needed
  • Assist with strike for all productions
  • Assist in the maintenance and quality control of the productions (i.e. set/prop maintenance, costume repairs, etc.)
  • Assist with administrative, technical, and artistic tasks related to Horizon’s annual benefit event

STAGE MANAGERS

Training

  • Weekly Master Classes (with breaks for tech rehearsal, etc.)
  • Serve as the Assistant Stage Manager for at least 2 mainstage productions
  • Serve as the Stage Manager for all Apprentice Company productions
  • Opportunity to apply for Stage Manager positions for the mainstage productions
  • Monthly “field trips” to plays/theatres

Duties

  • Crew two mainstage productions during the season
  • Front of House or Administrative assignment when not crewing
  • Participate in all Apprentice company productions, providing artistic/tech/crew/box/house support as needed
  • Assist with strike for all productions
  • Assist in the maintenance and quality control of the productions
  • Assist with administrative, technical, and artistic tasks related to Horizon’s annual benefit event

 

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution or have equivalent experience
  • Be hardworking, energetic, team-oriented, and self-motivated
  • Be able to commit to the entire 10-month time frame
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to Atlanta from September-June
  • Have the ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Carefully read through all instructions and submit a thoughtfully completed application

Questions? Please contact apprentices@horizontheatre.com.

How to Apply to the Apprentice Company

DOWNLOAD THE  2017-18 APPRENTICE COMPANY APPLICATION HERE.

Interviews begin March 1st, 2017.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through April, 2017.

Please direct general inquiries (including information about late applications) to apprentices@horizon.theatre.com.

Please submit completed applications, cover letters, and resumes to apprentices@horizontheatre.com (preferred) or mail a hard copy to: Horizon Theatre Company Attn: Apprentice Company, PO Box 5376 Atlanta, GA  31107

2016-2017 Apprentice Company 

Meet the company!  This year we welcome eight Actors, four Playwrights, and one Stage Manager.

Horizon Apprentice Company Actor

Joey Davila [Acting Apprentice] is based out of Columbus, GA, where he recently received his BFA from Columbus State University. While in college, Joey’s credits included Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato) and The Dumbwaiter (Ben).  He also was deeply involved in The Springer Opera House’s No Shame Theater project, where he led an Improv troupe, wrote sketch comedy, performed original spoken word and even served as a best man for a live vow renewal on stage.  Mid-way through his Meisner training, Joey discovered a new way to explore the craft he loved in Directing.  Most recently he has directed Cock by Mike Bartlet, The Hothouse by Harold Pinter, and Tea and Sympathy by Robert Anderson. Joey is ecstatic to use his time as a Horizon apprentice to build his career in Acting, Directing and Voiceover work.

Maggie DillonMaggie Dillon [Acting Apprentice] graduated from West Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in theatre. Originally from the rolling hills of West Virginia, she decided a change of scenery was in order and packed her bags to join Atlanta’s performance industry.  Her past roles include Proof (Catherine), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Satan) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck). She is thrilled to be working with such a talented and diverse group of apprentices, and is extremely excited to continue her theatre education with The Horizon Theatre Company.

Jordan EaleyJordan Ealey [Playwriting Apprentice] is a theatre artist hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with a BA in Theatre and English from Wesleyan College. Jordan has had her plays Float and Home produced at Wesleyan and around Macon. In addition to playwriting, she is also no stranger to the stage with credits such as Intimate Apparel (Mayme) and Step on a Crack (Elie Murphy).  When she isn’t writing or performing, Jordan can be found pursuing her goal of learning every single dance in Michael Jackson’s music videos — one more to go!  Upon completing this apprenticeship, Jordan plans to attend graduate school for performance studies.

Sarah François [Acting Apprentice] is an actress from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Clayton State University with a BA in Performing Arts and a minor in Dance. Sarah got into theatre through an open audition being held in Atlanta for an IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) in 2010. Sarah has toured with Peach State Opera as a featured dancer for their 2015-2016 production of Don Giovanni. She currently teaches dance at Broadway Performing Arts Center in the South Atlanta metropolitan area.

Rachel Graf EvansRachel Graf Evans [Playwriting Apprentice] is a feminist writer and theatre artist from Westtown, PA.  Her writing credits include NYC Playwriting: Inch by Inch (TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2015); Ravishing Medusa (TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2014) and Stranger Odds: A Queer Little Rom Com (Fresh Fruit Festival 2013). This triple threat — Playwright, Singer and Actress — also has New York performance credits: Limo Women for TinyRhino, Hot Pepper Theater Cabaret at 54Below; The Rigano Songbook; Don’t Tell Mama and Cranky Cabaret. Rachel received a BA with High Honors in Theater/Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies from Oberlin College. She is also a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. www.rachelgrafevans.com

Lindsey KochLindsey Koch [Acting Apprentice] didn’t immediately realize that Theatre was her calling. After straddling the fence between sports and theatre for much of her adolescence, Lindsey was forced to choose and hasn’t regretted the decision once. Lindsey now holds her BA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Young Harris College. In her collegiate years, Lindsey was trained for the world onstage, offstage, backstage or even around the stage. She is currently a teacher of the arts to children in and around the Atlanta area with Once Upon a Ballet and The Musical Theatre Center. Lindsey hopes to continue working and growing in the Atlanta area and eventually travel the country doing was she loves.

Kaisha MarlowKaisha Marlow [Acting Apprentice] claims her passion for performance started with a dream of becoming Britney Spears while she was living in Coldwater, Kansas. Upon moving to GA, Kaisha’s passion for performance fused with a love of singing, which lead to her involvement in All-State Choir, ACDA choir, and Young Harris College Chamber Choir.  Kaisha received her BA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Young Harris College. Her credits there include: The Boy Friend (Dulcie), Good Boys and True (Cheryl Moody), 9 to 5: The Musical (Violet Newstead).  Kaisha received two KCACTF nominations for her roles in The Boy Friend and 9 to 5: The Musical.  After her apprenticeship, Kaisha plans to continuing pursue a career in theatre, following her dream to perform around the world.

Carly McMinnCarly McMinn [Stage Management Apprentice] is an Atlanta native who became interested in theatre in her community during middle school.  She was very involved in her high school’s theatre, but didn’t realize the depth of her interest until she was accepted into Columbus State University’s Theatre Department.  At Columbus State, she studied Directing while being involved in many student organizations. She graduated with the highest honors and received a certificate in International Studies. Carly’s professional credits include work in Columbus, GA and London. She has experience with a variety of works spanning contemporary dramas, campy musicals, devised pieces, and a Renaissance Masquerade. Carly is thankful for her mentors, Dr. Becker and Professor Claassen.

Hannah MorrisHannah Morris [Acting Apprentice] is a recent graduate of Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, where she received her BFA in Acting and has been based for the last five years. She is thrilled to have come to Atlanta to be a part of Horizon’s apprentice company this season. Previous credits include: As You Like It (Celia), The School for Scandal (Maria) and Out of Gas on Lovers Leap (Myst)

 

Chelsea PhillipsChelsea Phillips [Acting Apprentice] is an Atlanta native with a BA in theatre from the University of West Georgia. She has been doing theatre since the age of 10, when she appeared in a production of A Raisin in The Sun. From then on she has pursued her dream of becoming a professional actor.  Some of her favorite roles include Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet), Mother Courage (Yvette), and Snapshot (Woman). Chelsea received a KCACTF nomination for her performance as Lady Capulet, and has also been nominated for Scenic Design.  She hopes to continue to bring relatable theatre to many audiences of all ages.

Abby SpasserAbby Spasser [Playwriting Apprentice] originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Abby graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. Her love of theatre started in high school, when she worked backstage for touring productions.  In 2012 she decided to marry her love of theatre and writing by she writing her first play, Monsters, which was workshopped and later produced at the Georgia Thespian Festival in 2013. Abby participated in Horizon’s Young Playwright’s Festival and has seen her poetry win awards and be published.  Abby can boast meeting Jon Hamm without fainting, and rapping the entire Nicki Minaj verse from “Monster” without a single mistake. She hopes to eventually get her MFA in Dramatic Writing and/or Poetry, and possibly her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences.

Malcolm TariqMalcolm Tariq [Playwriting Apprentice] is a Cave Canem fellow from Savannah, Georgia.  A graduate of Emory University, he is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Michigan.   Malcolm writes about Black Southern life, love, and laughter.  A love of playwriting grew from him being the quiet one in his family, but listening to stories around kitchen tables and from around corners.  His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Red Truck Review, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Vinyl, HEArt Online, Nepantla, Winter Tangerine, and Tinderbox.

Chase WeaverChase Weaver [Acting Apprentice] is incredibly excited to be a member of the Horizon’s 2017 Apprentice Company.  He graduated from the Piedmont College Theatre Department, where he participated in several shows such as Pippin, A Little Night Music, and The Elephant Man.  After college, Chase pursued theatrical makeup and prop fabrication with the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects program at Douglas Education Center in Pennsylvania.  A North Georgia native, Chase is looking forward to sharpening his craft with the wonderful staff and instructors at Horizon and then joining the Atlanta theatre community.

Apprentice Company Shows & Events

Dates for 2017 will be announced soon!

Past apprentices have been employed by professional theatres all over metropolitan Atlanta, including Horizon Theatre, Actor’s Express, Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Synchronicity Theatre, and many more. They have also been employed in Atlanta’s burgeoning TV/Film industry. Others have gone on to graduate school both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as being cast in professional touring companies.