2016 Apprenticeships & Internships
Summer 2016 is an especially exciting season for us as we join in the global celebration of Shakespeare 400 and for the first time ever we will offer two professional productions outdoors in historic Congress Park. We also will continue our partnership with Skidmore College and be able to offer college credit and housing options for those who are interested.
There are four ways to be a part of SSC this summer. You can be a(n):
- Acting Ensemble Intern or Apprentice–Acting Apprentices and Interns participate in daily training (voice, movement and classical acting) aimed at building ensemble and strengthening each individual’s craft. Over the course of the month as time permits, SSC Company Members teach a variety of master classes as well. Past classes have included Stage Combat, Stage Dialects, Master Acting Class (with Actors’ Equity members), Shakespeare’s Verse, and The Business: Agents & Auditions. Apprentices and Interns will collaborate with, observe, and ultimately learn from the professional artists of SSC.
- Acting Interns rehearse with the professional company, work on a culminating production and have some technical responsibilities. Acting Apprentices are primarily focused on acting with limited technical responsibilities. This is an opportunity for interns who have worked with Saratoga Shakespeare previously and student actors who have extensive experience.
You must audition and submit a letter of recommendation to be considered for this.
- Directing Intern– work on one of the two mainstage productions as an Assistant Director, direct projects and have some technical responsibilities.
- Technical Intern – work on set, props, sound, costumes and running crew with the professional staff.
- Administrative Intern – assist the day-to-day operations, marketing, social media and house managing.
Interns and Apprentices have the following options:
- The opportunity to receive transferable college credit for work & classes through Skidmore College (single-course tuition costs apply). See below for specific information.
Choice to opt for:
College Credit through Skidmore ($2,280-3 credits / $1,520-2 credits)
Participation Fee- SSC Interns-$650. SSC Apprentices-$450.
Scholarships toward the SSC participation fee only, may be available on a case-by-case basis.
- Intern and apprentice housing is available at Skidmore College.
- Join E.M.C. (Equity Membership Candidacy) & earn points toward your Equity card.
- Take all classes offered by the company.
- Opt for your area of work preference in technical areas.
- Audition for a performance role or be cast as assigned.
Here’s how the season works for Interns and Apprentices:
- 5 week commitment: July 3-August 10 (the closing date is subject to change by a day)
- A TYPICAL DAY MIGHT INCLUDE
9:30 – 11:00am Actors: Ensemble Warm-Up, Voice, Movement
Director: Meet with Director Before Rehearsal
Tech/Design: Meet with Mentors
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 – 5:00 Rehearsal CYRANO/R&J
5:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 Scene Work/Apprentice-Intern Production Rehearsals
- Acting Apprentices & Interns start every day with ensemble work and training
- Interns work with professional tech staff to build sets & costumes
- Apprentices/Interns rehearse days/evenings with professional company in performance roles
- Interns serve as running crew, sound technicians, costume crew and assistant stage managers
- Apprentices/Interns rehearse evenings on a culminating production.
College Credit & Housing Information (2 credit or 3 credit options):
• 2 credit course – $1520 (Tuition)/3 credit course – $2280 (Tuition)
• Skidmore housing – $238 per week
• Food plan: 10 meal plan – $97 week; 14 meal pan $135 per week
Apprentices and interns who are not enrolled in the Skidmore courses or opt not to take advantage of Skidmore housing must seek their own housing provisions. Many interns in the past have had their own access to a local residence or found housing in the area. It is useful to have a car (or bike if you reside in downtown Saratoga).
College Course Descriptions
TH-251B: Special Studies: Theater Production
2 credits; Instructor: Lawrence Opitz (Skidmore Theatre Department Chair and Artistic Director of SSC)
Coursework will include production and performance work in preparation for all productions of The Saratoga Shakespeare Company summer season. Production areas can include technical theater, management, costume, stage management, properties, or acting. Permission of the instructor is required.
TH-304: Special Studies in Acting
3 credits; Instructor: Lawrence Opitz (Skidmore Theatre Department Chair 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.
SSC Intern and Apprentice Company Audition Info:
- If you are interested in a contract for this season, please send a letter of interest, headshot/resume and one letter of recommendation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be sure to note if you play an instrument or have stage combat experience with period weaponry/swords in your letter of interest.
- Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, March 26th from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, NY, in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theatre (JKB) rehearsal studio (2ndFl). Skidmore College is located at 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY, 12866. Both production directors and the SSC Artistic director will be at the auditions.
- For an audition appointment, please contact Linda Bertrand email@example.com or 518-306-5931 (If necessary please leave your name and a call back number) and also e-mail a current headshot and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All Intern/Apprentice applicants are welcome to participate in our regular Equity audition, but you will be seen as time permits throughout the day.
- Actors should prepare one or two Shakespearean comedic monologues (about three minutes total). Actors should bring headshots and résumés to the audition.
If you are unable to attend the audition and want to be considered as an acting intern or apprentice, please send the following to email@example.com:
- A Shakespearean comedic monologue no more than three minutes in length total as a link to a video on Youtube
- A résumé and headshot
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher or theater professional
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If you have any questions, please contact Tim Dugan, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Apprentice/Intern Company, at 646-228-6460 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org