American Stage, a professional, AEA, non-profit theatre company, offers a yearly Apprenticeship Program designed for early-career theatre professionals and recent college graduates looking to gain full-time, professional experience in their field. Apprentices are passionate and motivated up-and-coming college graduates 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 will be considered.

Get a firsthand glimpse into our Apprenticeship program by reading our Apprentice Blog.

Or listening to this podcast episode with apprentices from previous years.

Click the tabs below for more details on specific Apprenticeship Programs.

Trenton McFarlane – Acting & Production 

Trenton McFarlane is a Florida native, originally born and raised in Clearwater, FL. He recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. Due to covid, he has been keeping busy for the past year by taking online acting courses with the Central School of Speech and Drama and working with the Tota Music and Theatre Conservatory as well as building connections with international practitioners. Trenton enjoys being out in nature enjoying the great Florida weather, reading ancient literature and traveling learning about different cultures. He looks forward to working with American Stage and gaining valuable relationships and experience.

Hannah Hockman – Acting and Production
Hannah Hockman recently graduated from Eckerd College with BA in Theatre with minors in Marketing and Music. She has spent two summers studying in New York City with The Atlantic Acting School and The Circle in the Square Conservatory. Her favorite roles include the lead role in Feinstein’s/54 Below concert of CALL IT IN THE AIR and Steve in SHE KILLS MONSTERS. She recently made her directorial debut with HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, Eckerd’s first student run musical. Hannah is excited to work with American Stage and to continue to grow as an artist. Instagram: @hannahbellhockman www.hannahhockman.com

DJ Fourquet – Arts Administration Apprentice
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.

Massiel Evans – Acting and Production Apprentice
Massiel Evans is a passionate island girl from Nassau, The Bahamas. She recently received her M.F.A in Acting and Directing from Eastern Connecticut State University along with a film studies minor. While in The Bahamas, Massiel has starred in two local plays and one local bahamian movie. Her first year she received the leading role in the main stage production, “Chitra.” Since then she has starred in four other shows as an actress, two shows as an assistant director for Eastern and for a professional theater company, Spectrum Theater. Her last semester she was the primary director of a main stage production called “Blood at the Root.” She has also written, directed and filmed two small pieces under her film studies minor. Massiel has been heavily involved throughout her time at Eastern and she’s now ready to bring those experiences and learn more with American Stage.

Jessica Jennelle – Acting and Production Apprentice

Jessica Jennelle was most recently seen as Ginette in ALMOST, MAINE at West Coast Players. Other roles include THE LARAMIE PROJECT, MEDEA, and LAUGHING STOCK all at St. Petersburg College Arts Dept. She also worked on productions such as PIPPIN and INTO THE WOODS as a Props Master. She is currently studying at St. Petersburg College finishing up her transfer program to University of South Florida.

Education & Outreach Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Education and Outreach apprenticeship is ideal for candidates with a strong interest in theatre education and administration at a professional theatre company. Apprentices will work directly with the Education & Outreach staff to gain experience coordinating programs, developing and implementing marketing and development initiatives, assisting in the classroom, and writing study guides and lesson plans for the following programs: School Tour (elementary school touring production), Student Matinees (for mainstage shows), Outreach & Residencies (classes in schools), programs for Teens & Youth (on-site classes and productions) Improv Training Program (classes for adults).

What Makes a Great Education & Outreach Apprentice Candidate?
American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Administrative, customer service, marketing, or social media experience is valued. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Arts Administration Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Arts Administration apprenticeship is perfect for individuals with a strong interest in developing administrative and leadership skills at a professional theatre company. Apprentices will work directly with the producing artistic director, managing director, education director and administrative staff, gaining experience in coordinating programs, developing and implementing marketing strategies, and assisting in fundraising events and development initiatives.

What Makes a Great Arts Administration Apprentice Candidate?
American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Administrative, customer service, marketing, or social media experience is valued. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

American Stage Acting and Production Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Acting & Production apprenticeship is ideal for individuals who are interested in honing their craft and gaining well rounded skills in all areas of production at a professional theatre company. Acting & Production apprentices will be asked to understudy roles, perform an acting showcase for the community, apprentice with a professional director, work as crew members and provide production support for our mainstage and American Stage in the Park productions.

Apprenticeships for next season would typically begin in September 2021 and end around August 2022. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

What Makes a Great Acting & Production Apprentice Candidate?
American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeships.

Stage & Production Management Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

Stage & Production Management apprentices will work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, including the Director of Production and the resident Equity stage manager, assisting with all aspects of production and stage management, construction, maintenance, and run crew. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Apprentices may also assist designers on a production, depending on interest and experience.

Apprenticeships for next season would typically begin around September 2021, and end around August 2022. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

What Makes a Great Stage & Production Management Apprentice?
American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Design & Technical Theatre Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

Design & Technical Theatre apprentices will work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, assisting with all aspects of construction, maintenance, run crew, as well as assisting resident and visiting designers on production designs, depending on interest, ability, and availability. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Candidates should have experience in at least one of the following technical areas: carpentry, costume construction, scenic painting, or electrics. Design & Technical Theatre apprentices will spend time in multiple areas to expand their knowledge in all areas of production.

What Makes a Great Design & Technical Theatre Apprentice Candidate?
American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Click through to find photos of our current and past years’ apprentices on stage and off:
American Stage Apprenticeship Program

Pay & Housing:
Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions.  A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices. Housing is not provided, however, applicants demonstrating financial need are highly encouraged to submit a Housing Supplement Application (found here) with their main application.
Acting & Production Apprentices are eligible to audition for opportunities where they may receive EMC (Equity Membership Candidacy) weeks, professional development coaching, access to our improv and acting classes and will experience master classes taught by industry professionals. Apprentices also receive complimentary tickets to our productions.

Application Process:
Applications for the Apprentice program are currently closed. Check back here for when new applications are open.

Questions? Contact Patrick A. Jackson, Adult Education Associate, at ASfwd@americanstage.org.