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NOW Accepting 2014 Summer Apprenticeships & Internships

NOW Accepting 2014 Summer Apprenticeships & Internships

Thank you for your interest in a summer internship/apprenticeship with the Saratoga   Shakespeare Company! This IS Saratoga’s professional resident summer theater company, and we are proud to be “on the map” in Saratoga’s summer season. Our directors and Actors’ Equity Company come from NY, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, L.A. as well as from the local community.  We are thrilled to be presenting Macbeth for our 14th season in historic Congress Park!

This is an especially exciting year for us as we will begin our partnership with Skidmore College and be able to offer college credit and housing options for those who are interested.  Also, for the first time 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 and running crew.
  • Administrative Intern – assisting the day-to-day operations, marketing, social media and house managing

Here’s how the season works for interns and apprentices:

  • 4-5 week commitment:  tentatively June 30-August 1
  • 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
  • Acting Apprentices will work days both with 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:

  • Great Opportunity!  Receive transferable college credit for work & classes through Skidmore College (single-course tuition costs apply).  See below for specific information.
  • New this year!  Apprentice production of an abridged Shakespearean Comedy!
  • Intern and apprentice housing is available at Skidmore College, only for those students opting for college credit.
  • 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

         Here’s how intern and apprentice “casting” works:

  •  Apprentices will be cast and are to be available for both full day rehearsals and whatever technical needs arise.
  •  Interns will follow the general schedule of days in the “shops” with the professional tech staff and evenings (after an early dinner break) with the professional acting company in rehearsal.
  • We will detail how to receive EMC points in a “welcome interns and apprentices” letter that all receive upon acceptance!

Apprentices and interns who are not enrolled in the Skidmore courses must seek their own housing provisions. Many interns in the past have had 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 Credit Information (should you choose to opt for college credit):

  • 3 credit course – $2055 (Tuition)
  • Skidmore housing – $203 per week
  • Food plan: 10 meal plan – $80 week; 14 meal pan $115 per week

College Course Description

TH-304: Special Studies in Acting

3 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.

TH-305: Special Studies in Design and Technical Theater

3 Lawrence Opitz    (Skidmore Theatre Department Chair 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.

SSC Intern and Apprentice Company Audition Info:

  • We will be posting very soon audition dates so keep checking back!

If you are unable to attend the audition and want to be considered as an apprentice, please send a DVD via mail of a Shakespearean comic monologue no more than two minutes in length.  If you want to be considered as a performance intern, it would be helpful to send in something but is not required.

If you are interested in a contract for this season, please send a letter of interest and headshot/resume via email to me at 

Please like us on Facebook and you can see photographs of our intern company from the last couple of seasons

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call me at 646-228-6460. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tim Dugan
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Intern Company
646-228-6460 (cell)

Saratoga Shakespeare Company
P.O. Box 5059
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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