Summer Professional Training Program May 25 – August 11, 2014 • ShakespeareTraining.org
“...a model for regional classical theaters in the United States.” About The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation. Serving 100,000 adults and young people annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterworks. With its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences. The longest-running Shakespeare theatre on the East Coast and one of the largest in the nation, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey launches its 52nd Season in 2014. The company’s 2014 season will feature six Main Stage productions at its 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre from May through December, and in the summer, an Outdoor Stage production will be presented at the Greek Theatre, an open-air amphitheatre nestled in a hillside on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in nearby Convent Station. In addition to being a celebrated producer of classic plays and operating Shakespeare LIVE! (one of the largest educational Shakespeare touring programs in the Mid-Atlantic region), The Shakespeare Theatre is also deeply committed to nurturing new talent for the American stage by providing an outstanding training ground for students of the theatre. The Shakespeare Theatre also cultivates audiences for the future by providing extensive outreach opportunities for young people across New Jersey and beyond. For additional information, visit our web site at www.ShakespeareNJ.org. COVER: Clark Carmichael in the Main Stage production of PERICLES, directed by Training Program alumnus Brian B. Crowe, 2013 (photo ©Jerry Dalia). ABOVE: The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre (Photo ©Andrew Murad, 2008). INSETS ON FACING PAGE: (all photos ©Joe Geinert): • Students discuss a project in the Late-Nite Series in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts on the Drew University campus. • Members of the Apprentice Company in the Final SPTP Project, CORIOLANUS designed by members of the Intern Company, 2010. • Members of the Summer Professional Training Program relaxing on campus. MAILING PANEL: Shakespeare LIVE! alumnus Jon Barker and Carly Street in the Main Stage production of TOVARICH, 2013 (Photo ©James Morey). PHOTOS used in this brochure include the work of Joe Geinert (2009 and 2010 Photography/Media Intern, 2011 Staff Photographer/Marketing Associate), Samuel Allen (2011 and 2012 Photography/Media Intern, 2012 House Manager), James Morey (2012 and 2013 Photography/Media Intern). • All photographs ©The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. • Brochure design: Brian B. Crowe
A Letter from the Artistic Director The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is deeply dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and to creating a culture of life-long learning within the ever-widening group of artists with whom we collaborate. Every aspect of our work is ruled by our endeavor to create at the highest possible level of artistry, and through that process we seek always to learn. Each play we present is viewed as a discovery and a new “voyage” into the complicated terrain of the human heart and human condition. Our seasoned actors, directors and designers, and the newcomers – people like you who are just starting out – are all engaged in the pursuit of learning how to be better artists, learning how we can change the world, and learning to decipher the eternal, universal truths and mysteries of humanity. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is very proud that in these difficult times for the arts, we have remained steadfast in our mission to train the classical artists of tomorrow. While many places and people are anxious to use talent, most are not willing to groom or nurture it. Creating a structure and environment in which talent can emerge and develop is an arduous task, and it is a process that we believe is never-ending. Being an artist means you never “graduate.” It is a life-long commitment to improvement and to achieving an ever-higher level of knowledge and skill. In the 11 weeks you will spend with us, we will provide you with tools and direct you toward paths that will help you create your own ongoing learning process as you move into the professional arena. This is a teaching theatre and we take that responsibility and privilege very seriously. If you join us, we expect the same level of commitment from you. You will learn to strive and often struggle for excellence, and to relish the exuberance that comes from finally achieving it. And, without question, you will witness it all around you on our stages and behind the scenes as you work side-by-side with the prestigious and seasoned theatre artists that make up our company. I inaugurated the Summer Professional Training Program more than two decades ago, and each season we endeavor to improve the experience and learn from the participants how to make it work better. It has evolved into an extraordinary program that helps prepare one for an equally extraordinary life in the theatre. Join us! Bonnie J. Monte, Artistic Director
Don’t Be Just Another Face in the Crowd In late May of 1996, I walked into The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as a young intern eager to learn and anxious to explore the classics. I had no idea how much the summer that followed would change my life and refocus my career as a theatre artist. In my 11 weeks, I learned more about Shakespeare and the workings of a professional theatre than in all my undergraduate years combined. I was most impressed, however, by the supportive community that I found and the company’s unwavering dedication to nurturing young talent. With a long-standing commitment to the development of young theatre artists, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey endeavors to nurture each member of the Training Program, providing clear instruction along with thoughtful and candid evaluation within a professional theatre environment. Here, no student is just another face in the crowd. We are committed to giving each student individual attention at an affordable cost, with significant one-on-one contact with instructors, mentors, the artistic and education staff, and professional company members. This is not to say, however, that a summer at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is for everyone. The Summer Professional Training Program is by no means a summer camp – nor is it a “labor factory.” It is a demanding, intense program designed to nurture theatre artists and to help them strive for and achieve higher standards in their work. Members of the program must be dedicated and motivated individuals, determined to improve their skills and level of artistry, and committed to a strong work ethic. If you are ready to take this serious step in your theatrical training, this may just be the program for you.
Brian B. Crowe, Director of Education
Creating Art within a
Work of Art! Our New Centralized Support Facility The Shakespeare Theatre launched into its second half-century with a new home for its administrative, production and educational facilities. Early in 2012, the Theatre began renovations to refurbish an old valve factory, aiming to not only centralize all of the institution’s behind-the-scenes operations, but also to allow for an expansion of the myriad education programs already offered. Located only a short distance from the Theatre’s two performances venues, “3 Vree” as we call it, is located in lovely Florham Park, NJ. Staff, guest artists, and students alike are now able to engage in the “art of making art” in a facility that is a work of art itself. Throughout the building, an ever-evolving array of artistic installations, inspired by and utilizing relics of our fifty-year history, greets all who enter. The new facility boasts: •10,000 square feet of office space to accommodate over thirty administrative and production staff members, as well as interns, adjunct teaching artists and guest artists •The Think Tank Conference Room •The Echo Chamber — Company Archives •The Jacobs Levy Company Library •A second rehearsal hall (over 2,200 square feet) ideal for larger productions and shows that include stage combat •The SWAT Team on-site Stage Management offices accommodating the stage management teams of multiple Main Stage, Outdoor Stage and touring productions •The Armouretum — weapons and botanical props •The Imaginarium and The Discovery Space — our education work spaces •The Company Green Room •The Sewing Circle — our spacious Costume Shop with natural light
•The Prop Warren — all prop stock •20,000 square foot Scene Shop, including a paint deck, welding area, design conference room and two loading docks •Large Scenic Inventory •13 acres of land with beautiful areas for strolling or just taking a break between calls •Convenient location, less than 10 minutes away from both of the Theatre’s performance spaces, with easy access to major vendors and entertainment districts
Photos on this spread ©Meredith Keffer, 2012.
A Summer at The Shakespeare Theatre: Each summer, the scenic campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey transforms into a bustling and thrilling theatre community as more than 300 actors, directors, designers, technicians, and students, along with thousands of audience members, congregate at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Dubbed the “University in the Forest,” Drew provides an idyllic setting for the exceptional artistic and educational work of The Shakespeare Theatre.
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING EXCITING GOING ON AT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE! Training program participants are involved in every phase of the approximately 85 Main Stage and 35 Outdoor Stage performances each summer, not to mention the dozen-plus student-produced projects and special events. From concept to casting, production to marketing, fundraising to front-of-house, rehearsals to performance, Training Program participants spend the summer immersed in the world of professional theatre. Each year, the Professional Training Program draws students from across the United States and abroad. With most Program participants living on campus, students find numerous opportunities to share their experiences, learn from their peers, and interact with the Theatre’s professional company. Discussions on theories of artistic approach, critical feedback on and analysis of project and classroom work, as well as workshops for upcoming projects are quite common in the dorms during the evening hours. Social events scheduled throughout the summer provide further networking opportunities. Here is a list of just some of the programs scheduled each summer.
THIS SPREAD: The Outdoor Stage production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, directed by Training Program alumnus Jason King Jones with lighting design by Training Program alumna Rachel Miner, 2012 (photo ©James Morey). INSET (Top): An Opening Night at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 2010 (photo ©Joe Geinert). INSETS (Second Row): Elizabeth A. Davis and John Patrick Hayden in the Main Stage production of THE MISANTHROPE, 2011 (photo ©Gerry Goodstein). • Training Program Matthew Simpson with Maria Tholl and Caralyn Kozlowski in The Outdoor Stage production of AS YOU LIKE IT, 2013 (photo ©Gerry Goodstein). INSETS (Third Row) The Next Stage Ensemble production of HENRY V (photo ©James Morey). • Members of the Apprentice Company in the Final SPTP Project, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, 2011 (photo © Samuel Allen). •Members of the Shakespeare Corps high school program in THE TEMPEST, 2012 (Photo ©Samuel Allen).
MAIN STAGE & OUTDOOR STAGE: From May through December, The Shakespeare Theatre presents a compelling roster of
Shakespeare plays and other world classics. With an annual attendance of 50,000 patrons, The Shakespeare Theatre is renowned for its unique visions and its dedication to presenting lesser-known works and forgotten classic gems.
SYMPOSIA & KNOW-THE-SHOW: Providing an important forum for educating audiences as well as artists, these pre-show
lectures and post-performance discussions are a valuable highlight for Shakespeare Theatre patrons and members of the Program.
THE PICNIC SERIES: Each season, The Shakespeare Theatre’s summer touring company, the Next Stage Ensemble, presents a series of free performances on the lawn outside the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. These productions have become “mustsee” events for the community as audience members of all ages flock to the Theatre with picnics and lawn chairs to enjoy this summertime treat.
THE LATE-NITE SERIES: Possibly one of the most exciting programs for members of the Training Program, the Late-
Nite Series provides participants the opportunity to showcase their work and artistic visions to an audience comprised of the Training Program company as well as members of the artistic, administrative and production staff, faculty, the Equity Company, and guest directors and designers. The supportive environment encourages students to push their craft to the limit.
THE SHAKESPEARE CORPS: This precursor to professional training is designed for young people between the ages of 11 and 18. Members of the Corps take a variety of theatre classes, and present their work at the end of each two- to three-week session. The effect on these young people is profound, and many students return year after year or advance into the Summer Professional Training Program.
SOCIAL & NETWORKING EVENTS: During the summer months, the Theatre’s Opening Night festivities take place on the patio of the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Following the performance, which includes champagne at intermission, audience members mingle with artists, staff and members of the Training Program for a celebration under the stars! Along with the Opening Night festivities, The Shakespeare Theatre also hosts a Memorial Day barbeque, a Midseason Party, bowling nights and other get-togethers for Training Program participants and the company.
The Next Stage Ensemble
The Main Stage
The Outdoor Stage
The Apprentice Company
The Shakespeare Corps
The Apprentice Company The acting apprenticeship is a time-honored tradition of theatrical training. Throughout Europe and the United States, it is seen as one of the best ways to take the first step into the world of professional theatre, and is considered a vital supplement to one’s academic theatre studies. Many graduate schools and professional theatres look more favorably upon young artists who have participated in a professional theatre training program like the one offered at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Time spent as an acting apprentice demonstrates a commitment to personal artistic growth, to a company, and to self-motivated discipline. The Apprentice Company is designed for aspiring actors — from those who are just starting out to those with some pre-professional or professional experience. A rigorous eleven-week program, it provides an opportunity to focus on one’s individual needs as an actor, while providing necessary exposure to all aspects of professional theatre, both as an art form and as a business. Apprentices complete the program with a head start on their careers, a more realistic view of the professional arena, a deeper understanding of theatrical collaboration, a greater awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as an actor, and an enhanced level of confidence in their auditioning and acting skills. While a variety of classes are offered, the primary focus is on Shakespeare and other classic works. The basic goals of The Apprentice Company are quite simple. It is our hope that every apprentice leaves the program with informed answers to the following questions:
WHAT ARE MY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES? Through one-onone interaction with faculty and staff, apprentices gain an understanding of how to capitalize on their strengths and in what areas they need further development. Casting for class-based scene work and Late-Nite projects pushes each student to explore new territory in his or her development as a theatre artist. HOW DO I TALK TO OTHER THEATRE PROFESSIONALS? It is surprising how many students leave the academic environment without a basic comprehension of working professional theatre vocabulary; from simple stage directions to more intricate terms dealing with theatrical styles, emotional work, or verse analysis. Through classroom and rehearsal application, work with our professional staff and guest artists, and informative Q&As with members of the professional company, each member of the training program leaves with a working
vocabulary, preparing him/her for the professional world.
they can go, and gives a clear sense of one’s propensity for the life of an actor.
HOW DO I GET A JOB? Strong auditioning skills are necessary for any actor in the professional world; however, many students are insecure about the audition process. Along with the skills honed in the classroom, special seminars provide apprentices with the opportunity to work one-on-one with members of The Shakespeare Theatre professional staff to gain an understanding of the audition experience, the various types of auditions, basic dos and don’ts, as well as appropriate monologue selection and preparation.
IF NOT ACTING, THEN WHAT? With a hands-on approach to crew assignments and the opportunity for apprentices to get involved in non-acting areas during the summer, The Apprentice Company also provides students with a chance to explore other theatrical fields for which they may be better suited or for which they have a new-found interest.
IS THE LIFE OF AN ACTOR REALLY FOR ME? The life of the actor is not an easy one. It requires discipline, commitment, self-motivation, and incredible endurance. Like a “theatre boot camp” (as one of our alumni described it), the Apprentice Company pushes participants further than they think
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? With nearly 300 theatre artists involved withTheShakespeareTheatreeachseason, many alumni of The Apprentice Company comment on how the connections they made while at The Shakespeare Theatre influenced their paths into the professional world through advice on graduate studies, futureworkwithTheShakespeareTheatre, or by providing leads on employment at other professional theatres.
THIS SPREAD: Members of the Apprentice Company in a Viewpoints class, 2012 (photo ©Samuel Allen). INSET (left): Brandt Roberts, John Gardner, and Ryan McCarthy run sword drills, 2012 (photo ©James Morey). INSET (right, from top): Next Stage company member, Zach Fineblum rehearses a fight sequence, 2010 (photo: Joe Geinert). • Apprentice Company members in a Play Reading class, 2012 (photo ©James Morey). •Next Stage company members during a class warm-up, 2011 (photo ©Samuel Allen) • Movement instructor Cheryl Clark works with an Apprentice, 2009 (photo ©Joe Geinert). • Members of the Apprentice Company in a scene from TWELFTH NIGHT, 2009 (photo ©Joe Geinert).
CLASSES meet throughout the week with a focus on Acting/Scene Study, Movement for the Actor, Voice/Speech, Text Analysis and Stage Combat. Auxiliary classes, workshops and master classes in specialized areas such as resumé and headshot preparation and audition technique are also scheduled throughout the summer. Acting/Scene Study class focuses on the actor’s approachtoperformingShakespeare. Using monologues, sonnets, and scenes as launch pads into performing the Bard, studentslearntechniquesforanalyzingclassic text, dissecting and working actor beats, and a variety of approaches designed to bring Shakespeare’s verse to life. In the final weeks of the program, the Scene Study class takes on a more rehearsal-based approach as apprentices prepare for a major Shakespeare presentation. Voice/Speech class is designed to develop the connection between actor and text. The process begins with relaxation and breathing exercises based on yoga, the Alexander and Fitzmaurice Techniques, and moves into an exploration of speech and language, with a primary focus on Shakespeare’s text. Actors learn to play with sounds and structures of words and phrases, and to release and relish the full power of their voice. Exercises are typically based on the works of Barton, Berry, Linklater, and Rodenburg. , Text Analysis/Play Reading classes are a major focus of the early weeks of the program, designed to hone the actor’s understanding of Shakespeare’s verse. The core of all classic work is language, and this series of classes is designed to sharpen the actor’s grasp of this important tool: from scansion and comprehension to the larger
poetic structure and a crisp and clear delivery of text. Apprentices will also increase their comfort with the Bard as they read, analyze and discuss at least six Shakespeare plays during the summer. Movement classes unite an eclectic blend of disciplines and approaches to movement for the actor. Past seasons have included exposure to Viewpoints, the Alexander Technique, Laban, Suzuki, kinesthetic awareness and dance, as well as various improvisational movement techniques. Stage Combat class provides students with a solid foundation of the basic elements used to create safe stage violence. Basic weapons skills, unarmed combat, rolls and falls are all covered, with an opportunity for students to showcase their work at the end of the summer. Special Seminars & Master Classes supplement the Apprentice Company experience both in the artistic and business realms. Workshops and seminars conducted by guest artists and resident theatre professionals have included period styles, clowning, professional life, headshot and resumé preparation, as well as informative Q&A sessions with New York casting agents, Actors’ Equity Association representatives, members of the company, and artistic director Bonnie J. Monte.
“The quality of training and the performance opportunities
vastly surpassed my expectations.”
-Rebecca Davis, Apprentice 2009
“I got more than my money’s worth! It was a combination of all the right things: the classes, the teachers... Such a well rounded experience.”
ENROLLMENT for The Apprentice Company is limited to 30 students. The Shakespeare Theatre is committed to ensuring individual attention for each student, and classes are usually divided into two sessions to allow for more one-on-one attention. THE FACULTY consists of working theatre professionals, many of whom also teach at some of the nation’s most prestigious schools and training grounds. Guest artists supplement the faculty, running master classes in specialized areas. PRODUCTION & RUNNING CREW ASSIGNMENTS round out the training program experience by providing valuable exposure to the technical and administrative aspects of
-Sarah Quigley, Apprentice 2011, 2012
professional theatre. For the duration of the summer, apprentices are assigned to “day crew” assignments which meet three days a week. Many apprentices will also serve on a run crew. Though crew assignments are an integral and vital part of the apprentice experience, actor training is the apprentice’s major priority. Every effort is made to avoid any conflicts with the class schedule while apprentices are serving on run crew.
GUARANTEED PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES are available in The Late-Nite Series, in which apprentices perform in three scenenight/showcase presentations. One focuses on choral poetry exploration. Another, directed by Theatre faculty and staff members, is an extension of the Shakespeare Scene Studies classwork. Members of the directing intern company direct the third scene night, which focuses on nonShakespeare classic scenes.
A TYPICAL WEEK FOR THE APPRENTICE COMPANY:
This schedule is based on a typical week for members of The Apprentice Company, and should be viewed as a reference, not a set itinerary. Tech weeks and performance weeks alter the standard schedule slightly. Specific class times and schedule subject to change.
THE FINAL SPTP PROJECT showcases all members of The Apprentice Company as they perform an abridged Shakespeare play. Usually selected from one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, the project is cast in week five of the program and rehearses independently of classes. ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES are possible for apprentices in the Late-Nite Cabaret, the Night at the Fights showcase, or in independent Late-Nite projects created by members of the Intern Company. Although The Shakespeare Theatre does not guarantee the casting of apprentices on the Main and Outdoor Stages, the size of the productions often allows apprentices to be cast in small roles, providing a valuable opportunity for them to work with seasoned professionals. Apprentices cast in productions are eligible to receive Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points by enrolling in the AEA EMC program.
INVESTING IN YOUR CAREER The Shakespeare Theatre is passionately committed to the advancement of young artists, and sees The Apprentice Company as a major stepping stone in forging what we hope will be an ever-evolving relationship with our students. Apprentices that prove their potential during the summer months are frequently brought back as returning members of the Apprentice Company, or to participate in the Next Stage Ensemble, Shakespeare LIVE! and the Non-Equity Company. A significant number of our Equity leading players on the Main Stage are alumni of the Training Program. As you contemplate the time and financial investment of a summer at The Shakespeare Theatre, consider that the twenty-five hours of classes, master classes and seminars per week average to roughly only $15/class hour (less than $10/hour if you do not house on campus). This does not take into account the invaluable hours of mentorship, observation, rehearsals, and networking outside of scheduled class-times. Discuss financial assistance opportunities with your university, college, financial aid department or personal bank. Remember:
THIS IS A VALUABLE INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF ...AND IN YOUR CAREER!
TUITION & HOUSING fees total $3,850 for this intense experience. This includes $2,400 for tuition and class fees, $1,350 for housing, plus a $100 refundable housing deposit. COLLEGE CREDIT is available through most academic institutions through professional training or independent study credits. Drew University will provide credits for
an additional fee. Check with your institution for more information.
RETURNING APPRENTICES: In response to the tremendous feedback to the apprentice experience, The Shakespeare Theatre now offers former apprentices a $600 reduction in tuition if they choose to return for a second year of intense training in the Apprentice Company.
THIS SPREAD: The 2013 Final SPTP Project, RICHARD II, designed by members of the Intern Company and performed by the Apprentice Company (photo ©James Morey). INSETS (from Top): Apprentice Company members Lillie Ricciardi and Emmanuel Freeman in a scene from THE LOWER DEPTHS, 2013 (photo ©James Morey). • Apprentice John Gardner with returning apprentices Sarah Quigley, Tom Ciarleglio and Gabe Fuentes in the 2012 SPTP Final Project, HENRY VI PART 3 (photo ©Samuel Allen) • Members of the Apprentice Company in PROMETHEUS BOUND, directed by SPTP alumna Shelby Hibbs, 2013 (photo ©James Morey).
The Intern Company The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Intern Company is designed for early-career professionals interested in specific non-acting areas. Interns work in one department throughout the summer under the direction of The Shakespeare Theatre’s professional staff. Internships offer in-depth practical training and provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at a professional level while obtaining connections with respected artists, administrators, technicians, and educators. Regardless of the area of study, each individual internship can be divided into three principal areas of focus: Education (master classes and special seminars), Observation (working alongside professional staff and guest artists learning myriad techniques, and exploring approaches and philosophies of the art form) and Execution (daily work in the intern’s department, as well as opportunities for interns to take ownership of and responsibility for specific projects). By participating in The Shakespeare Theatre’s Intern Company, one can begin forging professional alliances helpful to one’s theatre career. Some prior experience in the field of interest is required for most internships. MASTER CLASSES are an important element of intern training. Workshops, seminars and master classes conducted by guest artists and resident theatre professionals have included resumé and portfolio creation and review, interview techniques, informative Q&As with guest designers and The Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Bonnie J. Monte, and much more. THE LATE-NITE SERIES affords an intern the opportunity to collaborate with peers, and showcase his/her talents, and theatrical vision. It is produced primarily by interns under the guidance of the Director of Education and the Director of Production.
An EQUIPMENT/LAB FEE of $60 will be charged to all interns to offset necessary materials, travel, and other expenses associated with master classes, workshops and training. A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE is required for many internships (and is highly recommended for the rest). The Theatre encourages car-pooling when possible, but students are responsible for getting themselves to and from crew calls
andshowassignments.Internsarestrongly encouraged to bring their vehicle with them for the summer. COLLEGE CREDIT is available through most academic institutions through professional training or independent study credits. Drew University will provide credits for an additional fee. Check with your institution for more information.
HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS and LIMITED STIPENDS are available for qualified interns in technical and production areas. Financial awards are determined based on merit as well as need. Please note the APRIL 4 DEADLINE for Scholarship Assistance.
THIS SPREAD: AEA Company Members Michael Newcomer and Izzie Steele (SPTP alumna), with members of the Apprentice, Non-Equity and Equity Companies of the Main Stage production of THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD directed by Paul Mullins, 2013 (photo ©Gerry Goodstein). INSETS (from top): Scenic Design Intern Frankie Teuber works on the Outdoor Stage, 2011 (photo ©Samuel Allen). • Sound intern Conor Sjogren, hanging lights in the Thomas H. Kean Black Box Theatre, 2012 (photo ©James Morey). • The 2012 Final SPTP Project, HENRY VI PART ONE, designed by members of the Intern Company (photo ©Samuel Allen).
ADMINISTRATION & EDUCATION INTERNSHIPS: Admin/General Management interns are provided a great opportunity to learn day-to-day accounting, payroll, contract negotiations, and budgeting, as well as the long-range operations of the Theatre. Interns assist the Theatre’s management team with fiscal operation and personnel management, while providing general administrative support and taking department specific master classes. Company Management interns’ learning opportunities include organizing special events for company members, becoming familiar with the Theatre’s contract with Actor’s Equity Association, learning to make travel arrangements and manage company housing. Interns assist the Theatre’s Company Manager in tending to the needs of a company of over 300 artists, many of whom are in residence for all or part of the summer. Because it overlaps many different areas, this internship is ideal to gain an overview of the relationships between the many departments of a major regional theatre. A valid driver’s license is required for this internship. Development/Fundraising interns are exposed to all aspects of fundraising. Opportunities include assisting in the preparation of grant applications and proposals, helping to plan and execute special events, participating in donor prospect research, as well as other administrative operations.
Dramaturgy/Education Admin interns assist the Education Department in the creation of numerous audienceand student-oriented study guides for the Main and Outdoor Stage productions, as well as acting as T.A.s for and creating materials utilized in the Text Analysis and Play-Reading classes. Interns will not only explore new research materials, but will also work with design software. Additional learning opportunities include scheduling Training Program programs and events, as well as basic administrative tasks and the maintenance of the Education library. Qualified interns will be considered for rehearsal-roomdramaturgicalassignments on the Final SPTP Project and, potentially, on Main Stage productions. A valid driver’s license is highly recommended for this internship. Education interns with a classroom focus will learn numerous teaching methodologies as they observe and work alongside the Theatre’s professional staff and guest artists for workshops and classes with the Shakespeare Corps, Apprentice Company and Next Stage Ensemble. Interns also assist in coordinating various aspects of the Training Program, including rehearsal and class schedules and the planning of special events for participants. In addition to administrative and management opportunities, creative opportunities are available depending on the intern’s experience and talents. A valid driver’s license is highly recommended for this internship. Marketing & Public Relations interns collaborate on and assist with community, advertising, and media relation efforts, digital media strategies, and subscription and single ticket campaigns. Interns will actively participate in marketing strategy meetings and be on the “front lines” of community engagement while interacting with press, patrons, and vendors. Interns will learn how to preparepressmaterials,curatesocial media, and maintain print and press archives. Patron Services interns train directly with the Box Office staff and the House Manager to assist with the various aspects of the Theatre’s numerous patron programs and needs. While in the Box Office, the intern will receive training in customer service, phone sales
and computerized ticketing systems. While assisting the House Manager, s/ he will learn the processes for scheduling and communicating with volunteers, researching items for the gift shop and placing orders with vendors.
Photography/Media interns work with theMarketingandEducationdepartments to learn how one archives the numerous productions, classes and other activities that take place at the Theatre each summer through photography, video and web design. In some cases, interns also have the opportunity to explore video-editing software. The intern is given opportunities to gain additional mentorship from the Theatre’s staff and guest photographers. Culminating in a final presentation, the experience also provides the intern with an incredible portfolio-building experience. Many of the photos used in this brochure are the work of former photography/ media interns.
ARTISTIC INTERNSHIPS: Artistic/Casting interns are mentored by the Artistic Director and Artistic Associate/Casting Director. Learning opportunities include audition procedures, communicating with NYC talent agencies, observing select professional rehearsals, dramaturgical and theatrical research, organizing the Seminar Series, as well as assistingwiththemanagementof Late-Nite Cabaret. A valid driver’s license is strongly encouraged for this internship. Directing interns assist the Theatre’s professional directors on Main Stage, Outdoor Stage, and Next Stage Ensemble productions. In addition to observing the rehearsals for their principal show assignment, interns also are encouraged to sit in on select rehearsals for other projects, classes and workshops. Under the guidance of the Theatre’s artistic staff, each intern will also direct members of the Apprentice Company in a classic non-Shakespeare scene night presentation. Interns discuss theory and technique, and gain feedback from their peers and mentors during regular Director Forums. These meetings are supplemented with master classes, workshops and Q&A sessions with resident and guest theatre artists. Other responsibilities may include research and dramaturgical work as well as assisting on the Final SPTP Project. Directing internships are often available in the Spring and Autumn to accommodate production needs of the Theatre season. Please note the strict application deadline: April 4.
PRODUCTION & DESIGN INTERNSHIPS: Costume Construction & Design interns train alongside the Theatre’s professionalstaff astheycreatehundreds of costume pieces for all Main and Outdoor Stage productions. Areas of focus include improving sewing skills and learning new techniques in the production and alteration of quality stage garments. Opportunities for crafts work and/or millinery will be available based on interest and the needs of each production. Costume interns will participate in professional outings and workshops, which have previously included swatching and shopping in Manhattan’s fabric district, scouring the city for vintage clothing, visiting a costume rental house, and touring a costume shop that produces garments used on Broadway. Qualified interns with a design focus will assist guest designers and may also be asked to create and execute costume designs for one of the TrainingProgramprojects,providing additional resumé and portfoliobuilding opportunities.
Lighting Tech & Design interns mentor under the Master Electrician. Learning opportunities include light board programming and operation, hanging and focusing of instruments, maintaining lighting equipment, and assisting guest and staff lighting designers. Interns will be asked to select a focus (either design or electrics) to help staff to guide his/her work in the Late-Nite Series. This intern driven series provides interns the opportunity (under the guidance of staff) to hone and showcase design and electric skills, while building much needed portfolio and resume experience. Department specific master classes are led by visiting designers and Shakespeare Theatre staff on a variety of topics, including electrical theory, color theory, paperwork preparation, design theory, and working within a design team. Production Management interns report to the Director of Production and learn how the logistical operations are organized for the Theatre’s season. Interns often function as production assistants on Main Stage productions, where s/he will learn procedures for pricing and purchasing materials, scheduling crew calls, scheduling and assisting with the execution of strikes and load-ins, monitoring production budgets, upkeep and maintenance of the Theatre, and liaising between the Director of Production and the productionstaff.Productioninterns attend weekly staff and production meetings and are assigned as Production Managers for Training Program projects. A valid driver’s license is required for this internship.
THIS SPREAD: Caralyn Kozlowski, Maria Tholl and Robert Clohessy from the Outdoor Stage Production of AS YOU LIKE IT, 2013 (photo ©James Morey) with Paul Canada’s costume renderings. INSETS (from top): Costume intern Jenny Peet, 2010 (photo ©Joe Geinert). • Electrics intern Sean McElliott working on the Outdoor Stage, 2012 (photo ©Samuel Allen). • Scenic interns Michael Lewis and Liz Hastings working on the set for THE LIAR, 2012 (photo ©Samuel Allen). • Master Electrician Hamilton E. Smith (SPTP alumnus 2012) working in the booth. (photo ©James Morey).
Properties interns work closely with the Props Master to learn how to create and obtain the diverse range of properties needed in each of the Theatre’s productions— including weapons, furniture, conceptual pieces, and much more! Opportunities include working on Main Stage productions in our extensive prop, paint, and scenic shop, as well as learning about prop inventory, rental, and storage, and maintenance of props during performance runs. In the past, qualified interns have been given special projects under the guidance of the professional staff. A valid driver’s license is required for this internship. Scenic Construction & Design interns mentor under the Technical Director and professional staff that builds the scenery for each Main and Outdoor Stage production. Each day, these interns report to one of the theatres or the Support Facility, acquiring new skills and utilizingthem to constructscenic elements for the season. To realize the designs of its renowned designers, the Theatre utilizes not only traditional woodworking and carpentry approaches, but also a great deal of metalcraft, welding and other techniques. Qualifiedinternswithadesign focus will assist Main Stage and Outdoor Stage designers and may also be asked to create and execute scenic designs for one of the Training Program projects, providing additional portfolio-building opportunities. Scenic Painting interns are mentored by the Scenic Charge Artist throughout the execution of the designs for the Main and Outdoor Stage productions. Training topics cover all phases of the process (color mixing, cartooning, painting, carving, et cetera, as well as clean-up and maintenance). Additional projects may be assigned based on the needs of each specific production. Select Paint Interns may be eligible for design projects in the Late-Nite Series, at the discretion of the Charge Artist and the Education Department. Sound Tech & Design interns report to the Master Electrician/Sound Engineer, and work directly with guest designers, composers, and musicians. Interns have access to the latest recording, digital editing, MIDI and audio playback technologies as they learn how the designs are created and operated for each production. Interns also learn the daily care and maintenance of this equipment. Masterclassestopicsincludedesignbasics, signal flow, editing techniques, and music theory.
Stage Management interns are mentored directly by the company’s EquityProductionStageManagers,seeing productions from rehearsal through closing. Stage management interns also have the opportunity to work on productionswiththeNextStageEnsemble summer touring program, and projects in the Late-Nite Series. When not in rehearsal orperformance,stagemanagementinterns work with the Director of Production, gaining important hands-on experience in a variety of areas helpful to stage managers. Master classes will be held on a variety of topics including touring, crisis management, expectations from Equity actors, and notating fight choreography. Many stage management interns have worked their way up the professional ladder with us, eventually earning their union status with The Shakespeare Theatre.Stagemanagementinternshipsare also available in the Spring or Autumn, to accommodate production needs beyond the period of the Training Program. Technical Direction interns are initially mentored in the scene shop, where they are given hands-on opportunities to learn how all aspects of the shop function together. They are then involved in the planning process for the scenic elements of all Shakespeare Theatre productions. Qualified interns may oversee aspects of Training Program productions, or over a particular aspect of a build with the guidance of the Theatre’s professional staff. Tour Management interns gain handson experience with the Theatre’s summer touring troupe. Interns mentor under the supervision of the Director of Education and Director of Production, while learning the process from first rehearsal through performances. While honing stage management basics, this position also expands the intern’s skills as s/he learns to communicate with venues and staff, create touring itineraries and reports, and navigate the dynamics of an intense touring experience. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required for this internship. Applicants must be 25 years of age to drive the company touring vehicle. Wardrobe/Wigs interns are mentored by the Wardrobe Supervisor and learn to dress actors, and also maintain and troubleshoot costumes, wigs and makeup. Basic skills in stitching and mending garments are required. In the past, qualified interns have been given greater responsibility over a
particular production under the guidance of the Theatre’s professional staff. Interns receive guidance on effective interaction with actors and designers, sewing skills, and training in wig styling and maintenance, as well as inclusion in professional outings and workshops noted in the Costume internship listing above.
Frequently Asked Questions: WHERE IS THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE LOCATED? The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is located on the campus of Drew University in scenic Madison, New Jersey (just 30 miles southwest of NYC), close to Morristown. The Outdoor Stage is located on The College of Saint Elizabeth campus in nearby Convent Station. The Theatre’s new Support Facility, which houses all administrative offices, production shops, as well as rehearsal and classroom spaces is conveniently located in Florham Park, less than ten minutes from the performance venues. Manhattan is easily accessible via the NJ Transit system–approximately 50 minutes by train. IS THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NEW JERSEY A COLLEGE OR A PROFESSIONAL THEATRE? The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of the largest professional Shakespeare companies in America. While the performance facilities are located on the campuses of Drew University and The College of Saint Elizabeth,TheShakespeareTheatre of New Jersey is an independent Actors’ Equity regional theatre working under an AEA/LORT Special Agreement. It runs in complete autonomy from the universities. The relationship with Drew began in 1972 when the Theatre was invited to take up residenceoncampus.Sincethattime,many Drew students have become involved in The Shakespeare Theatre’s administrative and artistic training programs, and many have forged a long-term professional relationship with the company. The partnership with The College of Saint Elizabeth began in 2002. WHERE DO I STAY WHILE AT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE? Members of the Summer Professional Training Program are encouraged to live in the residence halls on the Drew University campus. Standard rooms are
double occupancy. Subject to availability, single rooms can be requested for an additional fee. Other university facilities (the most notable of which is the Simon Athletic Forum, which houses an indoor track, courts for popular sports, a fitness room, a free weight room, and an indoor swimming pool) are available to all Shakespeare Theatre company members at no additional cost. Training Program participants also enjoy the quaint environment of Madison’s charming downtown, which includes numerous shops and restaurants. Students are encouraged to bring their cars with them for the summer, though grocery stores, shopping, restaurants and cinemas are within comfortable walking distance from the campus. The University snack bar, cafeteria and bookstore are also available throughout the summer for quick meals and shopping.
AM I REQUIRED TO LIVE ON CAMPUS? No. You may choose to live at home if you are within 30 minutes of The Shakespeare Theatre and would like to avoid housing costs. However, because of thenumberof companymembers(training programparticipants,designers,directors, and actors) who live on campus during the season,westronglyencourageparticipants to take advantage of an enriched summer experienceavailablebystayingincompany housing. A variety of important (and, in some cases, mandatory) events (LateNite Series performances, rehearsals and meetings) take place after Main Stage shows come down in the evening. WILL I NEED A CAR? We encourage all students to bring a car if they are able. Though food, housing and many theatre facilities are within comfortable walking distance, a vehicle does allow for greater ease in getting to the Support Facility, the Outdoor Stage and to various local establishments –grocery stores, malls, movie theatres, etc. Please note that many interns are required to have a valid driver’s
THIS SPREAD: Lighting intern Ro-Z Edelston working on the Outdoor Stage, 2013 (photo ©James Morey). INSETS (clockwise from top): Scenic downtown Madison (photo ©Joe Geinert, 2010). • Jon Barker, Carly Street, Rachael Fox and Seamus Mulcahy in TOVARICH (photo ©James Morey). • Aedin Moloney and Ames Adamson in the world premiere production of A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, 2013 (photo ©Gerry Goodstein). • Members of the Training Program saying goodbye at the annual “Farewell Brunch”, 2009 (photo ©Joe Geinert). • Training Program alumni Rebecca Davis and Jordan Coughtry in OUR TOWN, directed by Training Program alumnus Joseph Discher, 2013 (photo ©Gerry Goodstein). • Equity Company members Melissa Miller (Training Program alumna) and Julie Jesneck in FALLEN ANGELS, 2013 (photo © Gerry Goodstein).
“I’ve been talking to my friends about our internships this past summer...
The education and experience I got blew everyone else out of the water.” -Christine LemMon, Technical Direction Intern, 2012
license, and it is recommended for all members of the Training Program. When possible, the Theatre encourages carpooling, but all students are responsible for getting to and from classes and work calls. The Theatre runs a shuttle from campus to the Support Facility and performance venues twice daily. A Drew University parking permit, which is required to park any vehicle on campus, can be obtained upon your arrival for $35.
ARE GRADUATE-LEVEL INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE? Yes. The Shakespeare Theatre offers specific graduate-level internships in the areas of design and casting. MFAcandidates, however, have also found great success in the Acting Apprenticeship program as well as many of the technical and artistic internships offered by The Shakespeare Theatre. CAN I INTERN PART OF THE SUMMER? Due to the intense, “hit-theground-running” nature of the Training Program, we require students to start their internship with the rest of the company, except in cases where an intern begins their training early in order to accommodate production needs. Occasionally, we will allow interns to start up to one week late if there is a conflict with their university classes. All members of the Training Program are expected to participate for the duration of the program. It is not possible
to schedule a shorter internship during the summer months.
WILL I BE ABLE TO HAVE AN OUTSIDE JOB DURING THE TRAINING PROGRAM? Due to the intense nature of classes, crew calls, rehearsals and independent projects, it is rare that members of the Summer ProfessionalTrainingProgramcanarrange outside employment.
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THIS SPREAD: Richard Bourg, Raphael Nash Thompson, and Craig Bazan (two-time alumnus of the Apprentice Company, the Next Stage Ensemble and Shakespeare LIVE!) in the Main Stage production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, 2012 (photo ©Gerry Goodstein).
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Advancing the Careers of Young Theatre Artists Some people ask just how committed The Shakespeare Theatre is to advancing the careers of talented young artists. The proof, as they say, “is in the pudding.” Currently, over 21% of the company’s full-time staff are alumni of the Training Program. Over 66% of the 2013 technical over-hire and run-crew was made up of past Summer Professional Training Program participants. Of the performers on the Main Stage and Outdoor Stage during the 2013 season, 29% were Training Program participants or alumni. Over 41% of the actors used in the 2013 season have moved through the ranks of The Shakespeare Theatre’s various training opportunities. The Theatre’s extraordinary commitment to nurturing quality classic theatre artists of tomorrow is clearly exemplified by the number of young artists who continue to call The Shakespeare Theatre their “artistic home.”
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THE APPRENTICE COMPANY: e: Apr -A $30 non-refundable application fee is required for each apprentice applicant. Deadlin -Apply on-line, or print a PDF of the application form from our web site. -Be sure to include a current resumé and headshot, as well as a one-page personal statement detailing your reasons for applying. -We will need three professional or university references (name, title, organization, email and phone number); one may be a letter. -If you are not able to audition at The Shakespeare Theatre or during one of our numerous university visits, you will be asked to submit a video audition (one 90-second Shakespeare verse monologue). Information on this will be found as part of the website application. -Tuition/Housing fees: $3,750 (which includes standard double-occupancy housing, and all tuition and fees) plus $100 refundable housing deposit. (Returning Apprentices save $600) THE INTERN COMPANY: -Apply on-line, or print a PDF of the application form from our web site. -Be sure to include a current theatrical resumé, as well as appropriate portfolio materials (digital portfolios are ideal, but not necessary). -We will need three professional or university references (name, title, organization, email and phone number); one may be a letter. -Tuition fee: None. There is no tuition or application fee for internship candidates. -Equipment/Lab fee: A $60 fee is charged to each intern enrollment offset costs associated with master classes and workshops. Be upon sure to check outtoour -Housing (optional): $1,350 (which includes standard double-occupancy housing) plus $100 refundable housing deposit. GRADUATE-LEVEL (Returning Interns save $250). INTERNSHIP opportunities in Design and Casting SCHOLARSHIPS/FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please complete the listed on our web site: Financial Aid application available on our web site prior to April 4, 2014. www.ShakespeareTraining.org SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals needing special assistance should contact the Theatre at 973-845-6745 no later than April 14 to ensure appropriate arrangements can be made. ROLLING ADMISSIONS: Though the final deadline for applications is April 25, 2014, The Shakespeare Theatre often accepts qualified applicants once their interview/application process has been completed. This means that some positions may fill up prior to that date. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE to submit your information! Applicants must be at least 18 years of age in order to participate in the Summer Professional Training Program.
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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus.
Additional support for Shakespeare LIVE! is provided by The Investors Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, The Provident Bank Foundation, and the Turrell Fund.
Shakespeare LIVE!, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s educational touring company, is part of Shakespeare in American Communities: Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, CTW Foundation and Drew University, as well as contributions from numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.
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Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
Summer Professional Training Program
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Each summer, The Shakespeare Theatre offers multi-tiered training programs in every aspect of the theatre, from acting and directing to art...
Published on Mar 25, 2014
Each summer, The Shakespeare Theatre offers multi-tiered training programs in every aspect of the theatre, from acting and directing to art...