Acting Apprentice & Directing Apprentice Program
Three early career actors and one actor/director will be hired to perform in tours and mainstage productions, direct in the theatre’s Unframed series, assist with both the theatre’s Eudora Welty New Play Series and Education Department, as well as help with the general operation of the theatre, which may include technical, stage management, and administrative responsibilities. Applicants must be a recent college graduate; theatre majors are preferred but others may audition, interview, and apply. Apprentices are hired for an August to May contract.
On the Mainstage
Apprentices will be cast in two mainstage productions: a Christmas holiday show and our spring play for student matinee audiences. Apprentices may also audition and be cast in shows during our regular subscription season and our Unframed series. In past seasons, apprentice company members have appeared in mainstage shows such as A Christmas Story: the Musical, Our Town, Peter Pan, and All the Way.
Apprentices participate in planning curriculum and teaching students in first through twelfth grades during our fall, winter, and spring class sessions. The apprenticeship will help first-time teachers develop a curriculum and find age-appropriate exercises and games.
Touring Shows & Workshops
Apprentices are cast in our Arts-in-Education productions that tour schools, libraries, and community centers throughout Mississippi from October to May. The apprentices also lead workshops in acting, stage combat, improvisation, and characterization at the schools. Last season’s apprentices performed The Selfish Giant and Oh, Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad.
Acting—$250 per week
Acting/Directing—$300 per week
All salaries paid bi-weekly
Limited housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will be deducted from your paycheck. If you choose to share actor housing with another apprentice, rent is $31.25 per week ($125 a month). If you choose to live in an individual unit, and one is available, your rent would be $62.50 per week ($250 a month).
Medical, vision, and dental insurance is available to all apprentices as an optional benefit. Should you choose to take any of the three individual insurance options, New Stage Theatre pays 50% of your premium, and you are responsible for the remaining 50%. Apprentices receive one week paid vacation during the Christmas holidays. Apprentices are given an opportunity to attend UPTA or SETC.
How to Apply
To apply for the New Stage Theatre apprenticeship, you must complete an application and audition.
Application Deadline: TBA in 2018
Apprentice Company Offers Made by TBA
New Stage representatives will be present at the UPTA auditions in Memphis and SETC auditions in Lexington. Local auditions will be held at the theatre in Jackson on TBA. Please call to schedule an audition time.
Send completed application to the contact information below and call to schedule an appointment or to inform us of your audition number at SETC or UPTA.
-Two contrasting monologues
-Short portion of a song
-Around 90 seconds for total audition
-Be prepared to perform other material
Do not hesitate to call or email with any questions prior to application deadline. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-948-3533, ext. 232 for more information.