Apprentice Company

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The Horizon Theatre Apprentice Company is designed for early-career theatre artists interested in ACTING, PLAYWRITING, STAGE MANAGEMENT, PRODUCING and DIRECTING as a professional career or as a further line of graduate studies. Horizon’s Apprentice Company is an immersive experience in which the rigors and unwritten expectations of a professional career blend with the joy of discovering who one can be as a professional theatre artist.

Horizon’s Apprenticeship distinguishes itself through its focus on training young artists in the New Play Development Process. Horizon Theatre’s commitment to the creation and nurture of new works in contemporary theatre is the foundation from which the apprentice company is built. Creating a home for the voices and artists of today and tomorrow fuels our choices.

DISCOVER the Unwritten Rules of the Trade

BECOME a New Play Development Process Artist

RECEIVE Professional Career Mentoring

PREPARE for Graduate School Auditions and Interview

NAVIGATE the Transition from Collegiate Life


In General

  • A 10-month commitment from September through June
  • During the 10 months, a weekly commitment to Monday and Tuesday evenings (7 – 10 pm) and Saturday mornings (10 am-1 pm) for masters classes, rehearsals and other activities
  • Lifelong connections to peers, mentors, and artists
  • Focus on professional development and networking
  • Hands-on experience for future career opportunities
  • Performance opportunities to showcase your work for your peers and the greater Atlanta arts community
  • A progression of master classes taught by seasoned theatre professionals.
  • Group outings to area theatres to see professional shows, readings and panel discussions

As an Actor

  • Master classes taught by working professional. Classes have included scene study, acting and self discovery, ensemble building, clown, devised work, acting for the camera, the musical rehearsal.
  • Extensive training to become an actor well versed and adept at the new play development process. Process includes table reading expectations, discovering a character, the dramaturgical Q & A, and rehearsal before a script is “frozen.”
  • Training and coaching for the Monologue and Callback Audition
  • Minimum of two performance opportunities for the apprentice company; First Look Play Fest Series – A Night of New 10-Minute Plays & A Night of New One Act Plays
  • EMC Points – Equity Membership Candidacy

As a Playwright

  • Weekly writers’ lab with Playwright Mentor/Instructor. Lab work will include weekly assignments and prompts accompanied by engaging discussion of style, tone, structure, opportunities and more in a supportive peer environment.
  • Working drafts of two new 10-minutes, a one-act and a full-length play generated in the writers’ lab, over the course of the 10-month apprenticeship, for workshop production in the First look Play Fest Series.
  • Workshop productions of 10-minutes and One Acts in the First Look Play Fest Series – A Night of New 10-Minute Plays & A Night of New One Act Plays. Process will include table read with dramaturgical Q & A, professional directors and auditions to cast from actors in apprentice company and performances before an audience.
  • Participation in or auditing of master classes.

As a Stage Manager

  • Serving as stage manager for all Apprentice Company productions and classes/activities with guest artists and instructors.
  • Becoming well-versed and trained in the new play development process.
  • Serving as Production Stage Manager for the First Look Play Fest Series, which will include coordinating multiple plays and directors in rehearsal, tech and performance schedule in conjunction with the Apprentice Company Director in the capacity of producer.
  • Serving as the Assistant Stage Manager for at least two mainstage productions reporting directly to Horizon’s resident Equity Stage Manager as a component of training.
  • Getting hands-on experience for future career opportunities by building relationships and working alongside professional designers and technicians.
  • Elevating your current skills into bankable experience.
  • Participation in or auditing of master classes.
  • EMC Points – Equity Membership Candidacy

Interested in Producing or Directing

  • The job of a Producer requires a solid grasp of every aspect of the theatrical process. Candidates for this position will be expected to actively participate in all areas and will serve as assistant to the Director of the Apprentice Company.
  • The job of a Director requires a solid grasp of every aspect of the theatrical process. Candidates for this position will be expected to actively participate in all areas. They will be allowed access to all mainstage rehearsals and, when needed, assist directors of the First Look Play Fest Series.


Will I get paid as an apprentice at the Horizon?
No, there is no paid stipend. Our professional hands-on experience, extensive master class training, and individual mentoring are offered to our apprentices free of charge.

Does Horizon offer EMC points?
Equity Membership Candidate Program: EMC credits may be granted at this theatre.

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?
Apprentices will typically find themselves in classes two to three days per week (usually Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings). Classes usually last two to four hours each. When you are assigned show duty as a Front of House or backstage crew member, your weekly hours will increase. Mainstage Show schedules are typically Wednesday-Saturday evenings with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

What are typical duties outside of class and rehearsals?
Each apprentice has two crew assignments over the 10 months (one run crew nightly during show run, one front of house crew alternating nights during show run). Apprentices assist Technical Director with all strikes. And Apprentices work alongside staff for opening nights, holiday parties and marketing events.


Applicants must:

  • Be hardworking, energetic, team-oriented, self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • Applicants must have a degree from an accredited university or college, or equivalent training and or experience.
  • Be hardworking, energetic, team-oriented, self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • Be able to commit to the entire 10-month time frame
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to Atlanta metro area from September-June
  • Have the ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Carefully read through all instructions and submit a thoughtfully-completed application. If you are questioning whether your equivalent training and/or experience is sufficient, please submit a resume for consideration.

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How to Apply to the Apprentice Company



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Please submit completed applications, cover letters, and resumes to (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.

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

Where Are They Now?

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.