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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

2017-2018 Apprentice Company 

Meet the company!  This year we welcome eleven Actors, four Playwrights, one Stage Manager, and our first ever Producing Apprentice.

Alexandra Catlin [Actor Apprentice] is an Atlanta native, and graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at Western Carolina University. In addition to acting, Cat is trained in stage combat and is certified in Unarmed and Single Sword stage combat through the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). At Western Carolina, she worked as a fight captain for several shows, including King Lear.  Cat also enjoys journaling, and has written several plays, including a children’s play entitled The Spot.

Felix Crutcher [Playwright Apprentice] is a Huntsville, Alabama native and has recently graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A. in English, Theatre. His first ten-minute play was produced at UAB and received a staged reading at Horizon Theatre during the New South Young Playwrights Festival (2016). Now, as a playwright apprentice at Horizon, he looks forward to expanding his knowledge as a writer and as a professional artist. In addition to writing, Felix enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, learning how to write code, and playing all the board games/puzzles. He also has an interest in mixing music and DJing in the future. After the apprenticeship program, Felix hopes to pursue an M.F.A. in Playwriting.

Ellen Curry [Stage Manager Apprentice] grew up in New Orleans, LA. She attended the University of Georgia, where she had the opportunity to study abroad in London, and recently graduated with a B.A. in Theatre. She has previously worked with Theatre NOW New York, The Space London, Alliance Theatre, Southern Repertory Theatre, Rivertown Theaters, Rose of Athens Theatre, and Two Left Feet Theatre Company. Ellen also has a passion for immersive theatre experiences, and aspires to one day direct an immersive production of A Streetcar Named Desire in her hometown of New Orleans.

Miranda Dyer [Actor Apprentice] recently graduated at the top of her class from The Professional Actors Training Program in Chattanooga, TN, where she trained in improvisation, dance, and performed in many musicals. Miranda also regularly practices yoga, and aspires to become a certified instructor.


Jake Jessup [Actor Apprentice] was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee. He attended Greensboro College and is currently working towards obtaining in M.F.A. in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has a passion for road-tripping, and has traveled to the Grand Canyon and the Great Salt Lake.

Jerron Johnson [Playwright Apprentice] is a 2015 graduate of the illustrious North Carolina A&T state university where he obtained a B.F.A. in Theatre and wrote, produced, and directed his first stage play, Straw Dogs. After graduating, Jerron relocated to Atlanta where he continues to pursue his career as an actor, playwright, and director. Jerron is also interested in pursuing motivational speaking in the future.

Sloka Krishnan [Playwright Apprentice] is a Midwestern transplant interested in magic; extravagance; ritual; and the disavowal of moral purity and coherent identity. In the DC area, Sloka‘s plays have received readings by the Rainbow Theatre Project and as a part of Forum Theatre (Re)Acts, and he was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting. Sloka‘s work has been described as subversive, multilayered, and eviscerating (by a boy he once slept with) and as darkly surreal comedy (by a legitimate online publication). During the day, Slokaworks in fundraising for an immigrant rights nonprofit.

Amy L. Levin [Actor Apprentice] is an actor/singer/sound designer from Decatur, GA, and holds a degree in Religion and Theatre from the University of Georgia. Amy has done several shows in Atlanta since graduating in 2015 and won the Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Award for Best Sound Design of a Musical for her work on The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at OnStage Atlanta last year. Amy is a jazz singer/musician with a yet-to-be-named vocal group, and she recently recorded and mastered and album for local Renaissance Fair favorite, The Shenanigans. Check out for more!

Shaun MacLean [Actor Apprentice] was born and raised in Norcross, Georgia. Since graduating from University of Georgia in 2015 with a degree in Consumer Economics and Entrepreneurship, he has been pursuing his true passion: acting. Shaun has worked in Atlanta both on stage and on camera, he studies with Mr. Rick Andosca, works at a local brewery, and is a Museum Interpreter at the Atlanta History Center. He is excited to continue developing his craft at Horizon and take the next steps towards a career as a working actor (and maybe even a Director one day)!

Erika Miranda [Actor Apprentice] graduated with a B.F.A. in Acting from the The Theater School at DePaul University. While at DePaul she pursued her interest of movement through yoga and DePaul’s own Movement to Music theory. Her passion for the classics led her to further study Shakespeare at LAMDA where she received her certificate in the Performance of Classical Text. Erika has performed both Shakespeare and new plays on the stages of some of Chicago’s cherished storefront theatres. She has also lived in LA, and most recently worked with the team that premiered Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake at Echo Theater.


Heather Pharis [Actor Apprentice] is from East Dublin, GA, and recently graduated from Berry College with a B.A. in Theatre. While at Berry, she had the honor of being nominated for the Kennedy Center’s Irene Ryan Award four times. Heather also enjoys the visual arts, and has a passion for painting, crocheting, and creating collages using mixed mediums. When not engaging her artistic interests, Heather spends her free time watching M*A*S*H and ogling over her cat, Walter Kanye O’Reilly.

Jocelyn Rick [Playwright Apprentice] is a writer originally from Meadville, PA, who made the awesome mistake of living in the culturally burgeoning Pittsburgh and befriending far too many actors. Before graduating from Point Park University with a degree in Screenwriting, she served as a literary intern for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO). She has recently relocated to Atlanta from Orlando where she resided for the last year to live out her childhood dream of working in Walt Disney World. Jocie currently works remotely as a story analyst for Readers Unlimited providing coverage on screenplays and teleplays in addition to relentlessly coercing her hands to transfer the rest of her own untold stories to paper.

Russell Scott [Actor Apprentice] is a theatre artist from Marietta, GA. He recently graduated from the University of Georgia where he studied Risk Management and Insurance and Theatre. While in college, Russell toured with the University’s premier choral ensemble, The Hodgson Singers, in several cities across Eastern Europe. Outside of the arts, Russell competes in racquetball tournaments across the country. He recently took up photography and hopes to make his way into wedding photography, adding to his portfolio of headshots and lifestyle photography.

Katherine Smith [Actor Apprentice] is a 2016 graduate of University of Northern Iowa’s Theatre Performance program. Born in Memphis, TN, but raised in Iowa, Katherine was eager to return to her Southern roots post-graduation and to begin her pursuit of her career as a performer. Katherine was a proud recipient of various acting and academic-related scholarships in college. However, her most recent distinction is “Best New Character,” awarded to her by her fellow street performers at the Georgia Renaissance Festival where she performs improvised interactions as an original character. Kat enjoys similar work as children’s fairytale characters in festivals, charity events, and parades.

Alexis Young [Actor Apprentice] is from Ellaville, GA. She has a B.F.A. in Theatre, Communications, and Media Arts with a concentration in Performance from Georgia Southwestern State University. While at Southwestern, where she served as class representative for three years, Alexis took part in a cultural experience program in Shanghai, China. She is also a singer, she was a member of both the GSW choir and the community choir, Ameri Gospel. During her free time, Alexis loves visiting museums and expressing her creativity through makeup.



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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.