American Stage Apprentice: DJ Fourquet

DJ Fourquet is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned a BA in Directing, Dramaturgy, and Dramatic Writing. During his time at UNCC, DJ grew to appreciate theatre administration as well as production. Each semester, DJ helped as a producer and director on 24/7, a campus theatre festival in which a cohort of students wrote, rehearsed, and performed 7 original plays in 24 hours. Also of note, DJ was a founding production manager and emcee for the Golden Reel Film Festival. On multiple occasions, DJ has joined American Stage as both an administrative and technical intern. DJ is ecstatic to, once again, be part of the American Stage family and hopes to leave a lasting mark on the company and the St. Petersburg community.

Hometown: Tampa by way of Miami

Education: BA in Directing, Dramaturgy, and Dramatic Writing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Social Media: what’s social media? (N/a)

Favorite Song: Midnight City by M83

First experience with theatre:
As a spectator: The Lion King on Broadway
As a performer: A student written play called SQUAT (by Marissa Sandler) for the Florida High School One Act Competition

Why the Apprentice program: I’ve come to love American Stage from the few times I’ve worked with the theater. It felt like a natural step, after graduation, to continue growing alongside this company and the amazing community it fosters in St. Pete.

What, if not theatre would you be doing?: I love learning about cooking and mixology. So, I would probably be trying to work in a restaurant or a bar, or maybe even joining a culinary school.

Favorite Play: “Sweat: by Lynn Nottage or “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare but there are so many runners up.

Favorite Movie: Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” or Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim v. The World.”

Favorite TV Show: Hogan’s Heroes

Top of my Playlist: Sorority Noise and T. Rex

Hopes and dreams: If I could have it my way I would try anything and everything. But since that’s impossible, I would love to open my own theatre company with a mission to bring diverse and engaging theatre to communities lacking the resources to stage such performances themselves.

Hobbies: Reading, Long Drives, Chess, Dungeons and Dragons, and Cooking

All I want is: more time to think about an answer to this question.

Friday Night: Friday nights are D&D nights. Bring your friends and chip in for pizza!

About the Apprenticeship Program:

American Stage, a professional, AEA, non-profit theatre company, each year offers an Apprenticeship Program designed for early-career theatre professionals and recent college graduates looking to gain full-time, professional experience in their field. We seek passionate and motivated candidates interested in receiving on-the-job training from theatre professionals and valuable hands-on experience at a highly regarded nonprofit, equity theatre company with a 40-year tradition in St. Petersburg, FL.

Available apprenticeships include Acting & Production, Stage & Production Management, Design & Technical Theatre, Education & Outreach, and Arts Administration. Apprenticeships usually begin in late September and end in August of the following year. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season are be considered.