OPPORTUNITY: Portland Playhouse Acting Apprentice Program

Posted on behalf of the Portland Playhouse:

Portland Playhouse provides emerging actors with professional experience and training. Acting Apprentices work 20 hours per week in various production areas (assistant directing, assistant stage managing, assistant designing, marketing, development, play reading, casting, education, and as understudies for Equity actors). Apprentices learn all aspects of running a theatre while working with the core company members of the playhouse.

The Acting Apprenticeship begins on August 15th and runs through the end of May. The program is free and has no stipend. Apprentices are responsible for finding their own housing and transportation in Portland. If desired, it would be possible for an Apprentice to work a part-time (20 hours per week) job outside the program to help cover living expenses.

Acting Apprentices engage in an intense year of conservatory-style actor training with a dedicated core faculty, as well as guest actors and directors. Areas of study include Acting, Movement (Suzuki & Viewpoints), Voice, Community Engagement, and Devising for Ensembles. Apprentices will benefit from the small-group, select nature of the program, working closely with teachers and fellow ensemble members to maximize their year of actor training.

In addition to the conservatory-style training, Acting Apprentices will learn through experience; working side-by-side with professional artists in various aspects of production and performance. Actors who have a special interest in a certain area of production should describe it in the application: we cater the program to serve each Apprentice’s interests.

Core Faculty:
Nikki Weaver, AA Company Director
Cristi Miles, Suzuki and Viewpoints
Aiyana Cunningham, Community Engagement
Gretchen Corbett, Acting
Brian Weaver, Acting
Liam Kaas-Lentz, Devising for Ensembles
Jenny Newbry Waters, Voice

Portland Playhouse Guest Artists (2009-2010):
Anthony Rapp, Daniel Stern, Steven Dietz, Kevin Coleman, Wade McCollum, Tamara Fisch.

Acting Apprentices create two original performance pieces throughout the season: a solo work and a devised ensemble piece using viewpoints.

The solo performance is based upon the actor’s own life experience, telling the story of a single transformational event in the actor’s life. The solo piece can include elements of text, movement and music, and may go through a great deal of change and growth before final performance.

The ensemble piece is devised over the course of the year, using faculty as co-collaborators. Apprentices are creatively free to make the piece their own, growing with each other as artists in a cohesive ensemble, showcasing the array of skills and talents they have honed throughout the year.

Apply Online at: www.portlandplayhouse.org

Or submit materials by mail:
Create a 6 – 8 minute video audition for Portland Playhouse. Tell us who you are, where you’re from, and what your deal is. Do a pair of 2-minute monologues and, if you consider yourself a singer, sing 16 bars of a song. And then tell a story of a profound moment from your life. Any story. We just want to hear you.

Send the above with your headshot, resume, application form (print from website) to:

Portland Playhouse
Attn: Actors Apprentice Company
4307 N. Commercial Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Applications must be submitted or post-marked NO LATER THAN May 15, 2011.
Materials must be post marked NO LATER THAN May 15, 2011.