SOS PLAYERS: A group of 4-5 actors will collaborate with Twelfth Night in 30 Minutes playwriting and directing apprentices to devise a 30-minute version of Twelfth Night appropriate for a young audience. The play will tour local schools and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly for our young audience. Additionally, each actor will understudy a role in the mainstage production of Twelfth Night and be required to attend some mainstage rehearsals. Acting apprentices will also act in the new plays performed at our Budding Bards Festival and possibly be cast in a one-act play directed by the directing apprentice. Applicants must be very strong actors who are extremely creative, collaborative, and are comfortable thinking outside the box.
**must be available to start Monday, May 13, 2019
COSTUME: The Costume Apprentice will work directly with the costume designer and wardrobe supervisor. Duties will include: assisting the costume designer in pulling costumes; attend and assist in costume fittings; assist in costume alterations; work with the wardrobe supervisor during the run of the show; laundering the costumes nightly. Additionally, the costume apprentice will design the costumes for the one-act play our directing apprentice directs for our Budding Bards Festival. The costume apprentice will be responsible for working with the director in creating a design and providing sketches. Applicant should have sewing skills and the ability to work with a wide range of personalities. *due to budget restraints costume designs may not be fully realized but efforts will be made to create a portion of the design.
DIRECTING: The directing apprenticeship has three components. First, the directing apprentice will collaborate with the director, acting and playwriting apprentices in devising Twelfth Night in 30 Minutes, a 30 minute version of Twelfth Night for a young audience. The play will tour local elementary school and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly prior to our mainstage production of Twelfth Night. Second, the directing apprentice will assist the director on Twelfth Night. Third, the directing apprentice will direct a one act classical play to be performed in our Budding Bards Festival. Additionally, the directing apprentice will direct one or two of the new plays written by fellow apprentices for the festival. The play will tour local schools and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly. Applicants should be highly collaborative with a working knowledge of Shakespeare and the ability to work with a wide range of personalities; self-motivated, hard working, able to multi-task, and be reliable; available to meet with the director of Twelfth Night prior to May 1, either in person or via Skype. **must be available to start Monday, May 13, 2019.
EDUCATION: The Education Apprentice will perform wide array of duties throughout the apprenticeship. Responsibilities include: reating and implementing the curriculum for The Groundlings summer camp (7-9 year olds) and MACBETH Jr. camp (10-13 year olds) which results in a 45 minute version of Macbeth; creating Macbeth study guides; creating, implementing and running activities at the First Folio Kids Corner during the run of the production. Additionally, the Education Apprentice will serve as one of the Teaching Artists for our two-day residency with sixth graders at the King School in Stamford, CT. Applicants should be self-motivated, independent, creative and flexible thinkers, and feel confident in his/her ability to teach Shakespeare to children. Familiarity with Augusto Boal and his approach to teaching theater is a plus. **must be available to start Monday, May 13, 2019.
PLAYWRITING: The playwriting apprentice will write the script for a 30 minute version of Twelfth Night appropriate for a young audience. In collaboration with the with the director, acting and playwriting apprentices the playwriting apprentice will devise and write the play over the course of one week. The language of the play will be comprised of colloquial English and text from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The play will tour local schools and libraries and, once we are in production, be performed nightly prior to our mainstage production of Twelfth Night. The Playwriting Apprentice will also write a minimum of two one-act plays for the Budding Bards Festival. **must be available to start Monday, May 13, 2019.
PRODUCTION: The production apprenticeship has three components. First, the production apprentice will focus on stage management serving as the stage manager during the development and tour of the Twelfth Night in 30 Minutes tour. The second component focuses on technical direction. The production apprentice will assist the TD and ATD during load-in week and work in tandem with the technical crew preparing the park for tech. Exact duties will be determined by the apprentice’s technical skills and interest. The final component of the apprenticeship will focus on producing. Beginning the first day of tech and continuing throughout the run of the show the production apprentice will assist the producer. Should the successful applicant have a strong interest in a particular area of technical theater (such as props, lighting, sound, or set design) then s/he will be able to focus on that interest during tech week and begin working with the producer when tech is over. Applicants should be self-motivated, collaborative, eager to learn, professional, responsible, and able to work efficiently in a face-paced environment.
STAGE MANAGEMENT: The stage Management apprentice will assist the PSM and ASM for Twelfth Night. During rehearsals in NYC the Stage Management apprentice will work closely with the PSM and ASM performing a myriad of duties including keeping line notes to maintaining the rehearsal space. During production the stage management apprentice will work backstage with the ASM. Applicants should be highly organized, responsible, collaborative, work well with others, and enjoy working in a high pressure environment.
***ALL APPRENTICES: Are expected to actively participate in all master classes. During load-in and tech all apprentices will be assigned jobs that they will perform throughout the run of the show. All apprentices are expected to participate in the Budding Bards Festival in some regard. Budding Bards is a new play event written, directed and acted by the Apprentice Company and performed for an invited audience of staff and friends of SOS.
Once we have received your completed application, including your written letter of recommendation, we will contact you to schedule your interview.
INTERVIEWS: All applicants must interview. Interviews will be conducted either in person or via Skype. The interview will last approximately 30-45 minutes.
• ALL ACTING APPLICANTS: In addition to an interview you will be required to audition. Your audition will occur during your interview. Please prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues. Each monologue should be approximately one minute in length. Please note: Refrain from using monologues from Twelfth Night or the sonnets as audition pieces.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please provide additional materials specific to the Apprenticeship for which you are applying located in the labeled sections below
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