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American Stage shines a light on 40 years

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Tato_Castillo_headshot_SmChoosing American Stage; January 19th, 2018:
By Tato Catillo
In 2007 I was a senior in High School completely immersed in Theatre and planning to study it in College starting the fall. This was also the year I got an opportunity with American Stage as an Intern. The Theatre was located in a smaller building which housed offices, work spaces and an intimate black box stage. Everyone in the staff was completely new to me, and though I also didn’t really know how I would spend my days while I worked there, I was excited to begin the experience to come. Luckily for me this Theatre had plenty for me to learn and do.

I sat on a chair close to the Directors during rehearsals for which I happily gave my undivided attention. I worked as an intern during OTHELLO, 9 PARTS OF DESIRE and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. The level of creativity and passion I saw in those involved in those productions impressed me to a degree I couldn’t yet comprehend. I got to see professionals in their element which gave me something to aspire to in my own career.

That was ten years ago and I am back, this time as an Apprentice. When I heard that American Stage had an apprenticeship program I immediately decided upon being a part of it. I had no hesitation as I had previously witnessed the powerful works that this company produces and I wanted to take part in it again.

I have gained new training and experience since my internship season but I’ve also grown more comfortable with myself and as an artist. This program has been exactly what I need to grow professionally and I think any young actor would be very lucky to have the same experience at the beginning of their career.

When I returned as an apprentice for the 2017-18 season I walked into a totally different Theatre. The energy of this company has changed but its mission to create community is the same. The stage is a completely new version of the old one. It is capable … Read the rest