Apprenticeships & Internships
This is an especially exciting year for SSC as we will continue our partnership with Skidmore College through which we are able to offer college credit and housing options for those who are interested. Also, we will be adding an Apprentice production of an abridged Shakespearean Comedy! There are three ways to be a part of SSC this summer. You can be a(n):
- Acting Apprentice: primarily focused on acting with some technical responsibilities. Apprentices rehearse with the professional company and/or on the Apprentice show. You must audition for the show to be considered for this.
- Technical Intern: working on set, props, sound, costumes, stage management, and/or running crew.
- Administrative Intern: assisting the day-to-day operations, marketing, social media and house managing.
- 2 weeks build & rehearsal period, followed by 12 performances on our permanent stage in Congress Park and then a couple of days of strike
- Technical Interns work days with professional tech staff to build sets & costumes and serve as running crew, sound technicians, and assistant stage managers
- Apprentices will work days and evenings with both the technical staff and rehearse with the professional company
- Interns and apprentices break down sound, costumes & some set elements following each performance.
- Over the course of the month, classes are offered to the interns and apprentices. Past classes have included Stage Combat, Stage Dialects, Master Acting class (with AEA members), Shakespeare’s Verse, and The Business: Agents & Auditions, etc.
Interns and Apprentices have the following options:
- In addition to the Congress Park production of Macbeth, there will be an apprentice production of an abridged Shakespearean Comedy on the campus of Skidmore.
- An expanded full five week program beginning on Sunday, June 29th – and ending Saturday, August 3rd. (The interns arrive a day earlier and will leave the day after the last performance).
- Student interns are eligible for college credit through Skidmore College. The college’s tuition cost is $2130 (3 credit course). In addition, college student interns opting for college credit will have access to room and board on Skidmore campus.
- Interns who do not choose to receive college credit will be charged a $500 intern participation fee. For information on possible scholarships, please contact, Barbara Opitz, email@example.com
- Join E.M.C. (Equity Membership Candidacy) & earn points toward your Equity card
- Take all classes offered by the company
- Option your area of work preference in technical areas
- Audition for a performance role or be cast as assigned
College Credit Information (should you choose to opt for college credit):
- 3 credit course – either TH304 or TH305: $2130 Tuition ($710 per credit)
- Skidmore housing: $196-dormitory $210-townhouse per week/5 weeks
- Skidmore Food plan: Full Meal Plan-$196 week; 10 Meal Plan – $83 week; 14 Meal Plan – $119 per week
College Course Description
Special Studies in Acting
3 credits, Lawrence Opitz (Theater Department Chair of Skidmore and Artistic Director of SSC)
Students will train with and perform with The Saratoga Shakespeare Company, a professional theater with an Actors’ Equity contract. Students will be cast in roles in a production and will rehearse for a two-week period and then perform in the production for twelve performances over two weeks. Training will involve techniques in Shakespearean acting, stage movement and combat, vocal work and career preparation. Students are eligible to join the Actors’ Equity EMC (Equity Membership Candidate) program and will accrue four points towards Equity membership. Permission of the instructor is required.
(Not open to Pre-College students.)
Special Studies in Design, Technical Theater, Stage Management, or Administration
3 credits, Lawrence Opitz (Theatre Department Chair of Skidmore and Artistic Director of SSC)
Students will be involved in various aspects of production and/or arts management with The Saratoga Shakespeare Company, a professional theater with an Actors’ Equity contract. Students will have a variety of opportunities to train and work in the areas of scenic construction, sound reinforcement, stage management, costume construction, arts management, and career development throughout the two-week rehearsal period and the two-week performance period. Permission of the instructor is required. (Not open to Pre-College students.)
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 646-228-6460.
APPRENTICES & INTERNS HAVE THE OPTION TO EARN EQUITY MEMBERSHIP CANDIDACY POINTS, RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT, AND TAKE PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION CLASSES WITH COMPANY MEMBERS