The Apprenticeship Program

The TotP Apprenticeship Program offers individuals the opportunity to study the art of theatre as it had been historically transmitted before the advent of academic theatre programs. In the past, actors and theatre artists learned their craft in the context of a company of performers and technicians, under the leadership of the director, principle actors, and other “masters.” Over time, the apprentices became proficient enough to become masters in their own right.

From left, Drew Stratton, Daniel Igleheart, Kolbe Bloem, E’Lanae Medford (apprentices), and Fay Carpenter, in a scene from The Bald Soprano, October 2021

The TotP Program

The duration of the apprenticeship is for one season, which begins on July 1 and ends June 30, of the following year. The commitment is as follows:

  1. Support the TotP season by performing or participating in some aspect of the productions;
  2. Attend weekly classes in Acting, Theatre History/Literature, Physical Development;
  3. Work to support the general operation of the theatre by assisting with recruiting, publicity, social media, audience development, tech, front of house, and other tasks as needed.

Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-7 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Studio. Rehearsals will generally be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM, and Saturday afternoon from 1-3 PM.

Apprentices will receive a bibliography of essential reading material, which will be discussed during the course of study.

Protocol

Apprentices are expected to be on time for classes and rehearsals, and to fulfill their commitments to the best of their ability. Regular class attendance is critical to the apprenticeship and should be given equal priority with rehearsals and other activities related to the theatre. Apprentices are expected to adhere to the highest standards of courtesy, common sense, and professionalism, and to be clear, honest, and forthright in their communication with the Artistic Director and each other. Incidences of misconduct will addressed on a case by case basis; disciplinary action could take the form of verbal or written warning, and the possibility of expulsion from the program.