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Due to COVID-19, New Stage’s Apprentice Program is suspended  for 2021.

The New Stage Theatre apprentice program serves as a bridge between academic and professional theatre and provides an opportunity for recent college graduates to experience working in the professional theatre arena. Apprentices will work alongside professionals in a variety of disciplines.

The Apprenticeship
Four early career actors 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. There may also be an opportunity for one acting/directing apprentice.  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 holiday show and a 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. This season’s apprentices performed Who Are You Calling Ugly? A Modern Duck Tale, If Not Us, Then Who? Freedom Rides to Freedom Summer, and Macbeth.

Gross Pay
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, interested applicants must complete an application and audition.

Acting Apprentice Application Link (TBA)
Acting/Directing Apprentice Application Link (TBA)

New Stage Theatre representatives will be auditioning and interviewing at UPTA TBA.

Application is due by TBA. If unable to attend UPTA, SETC or local in house auditions; applicant should submit video of two contrasting 1-2 minute pieces and 32 measures of a song. Song is optional.

In house auditions will be TBA. For more information and questions contact Education Director Sharon Miles at or call 601-948-3533 ext. 232.