Apprenticeship and Internship Program
Connecticut Free Shakespeare empowers a team of performance and technical interns and apprentices each summer in every aspect of the theater-making process. A small, selected group of youth and early-career artists work alongside professionals in the industry to ensure an extraordinary learning experience.
performance & PRODUCTION apprentices
CFS understudy apprentices are non-union, up-and-coming professional actors that have degrees or are pursuing degrees in theater performance.
CFS understudies are assigned one or two principal roles, filled by AEA Union actors, that they will shadow over the course of the rehearsal process. All lines must be memorized for rehearsal, day one. At the end of the summer session, the apprentices will have a chance to perform their rendition of the summer production (or a selection of scenes) for their colleagues and family.
- EMC points available towards Actor's Equity Union membership (EMC fee applies and is not provided by Dandelion Productions)
- Housing and transportation are not provided
If you are interested, please attend the auditions for the summer production.
Each year, Connecticut Free Shakespeare offers internships for 5-10 Bridgeport-area high school students and young adults. Students participate in all aspects of the technical side of production, including set design and backstage work, with some even offered the opportunity to perform onstage.
After 15 years, this program has become a highly-regarded educational program as it provides intensive artistic experiences to students who might otherwise lack this opportunity. We provide a point of entry into the theatrical process to students of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences. It's an opportunity to grasp theater firsthand—with professional actors and technical staff—not just by passively watching, but actively doing. Several of our alumni have gone on to professional achievement in lighting and costume design.
- Small intern stipends have historically been awarded through a funding partnership with The Workplace, Inc.
- Housing and transportation are not provided.
- EMC points are available for those who are interested in pursuing membership in the Actor's Equity Union.
If you are interested, please email a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.