Due to our temporary suspension of production due to the current COVID surge, we are in the process of revising the production calendar for the remainder of this season and, consequently, for next season as well. Apprentice Company application materials and guidelines are pending and will be finalized upon completion of this work.

In the meantime, you may still contact us (see below) with questions or to log your interest and we will get all materials sent to you as soon as they are available.

The Apprentice Company at Actor's Express is one of the most rigorous and successful programs of its kind in the Atlanta area. It is designed to bridge the gap between the educational and professional phases of early career artists. In residence for a full calendar year, interns work intensively in their respective areas of specialty and are also immersed in all layers of a professional theatre context.

The program has three primary goals:

  1. To expand the skills of the artist through rehearsal, understudy rehearsal, performance, understudy performance, class work and by participating in the workings of a professional theatre company
  2. To successfully bridge the transition from student training to professional theatre career
  3. To inspire the human being with the theatre's potential for impact.

The workload is broad and demanding. Apprentices can expect an average time commitment of 20-35 hours per week in the theatre. In addition to practicum work, interns take ten classes taught by working professionals.

Actor’s Express is committed to fighting systemic racism and white supremacy. Further, AE is committed to reflecting, promoting and defending diversity in all its forms at every layer of the organization. These include the following: Programming, Artists, Apprentice Company, Staff/AE Workplace, Board of Directors, and Audiences.

To read the full Actor's Express Anti-Racism & Anti-Bias Action Plan, click here.

Acting Apprentices

Elise Barberis - Western Oregon University
Tevin Davis - Virginia Commonwealth University
Corey J. Finley - Austin Peay State University 
Abbey Kincheloe - Virginia Commonwealth University
Aliya Kraar - Florida State University
Greg Lloyd - The University of Georgia
Whitney Nelson - University of West Georgia
Jesse Smith - Brenau University 

Directing Apprentice

Tyshawn Gooden - University of West Georgia

Stage Management Apprentices

Sherita Blake - Georgia State University
Maya Hodges - American University, with a dual focus in Performance

Scenic Apprentices

English Brackett - Brenau University
Devin Fourqurean - LaGrange College

How to Apply

We will begin accepting applications in early 2022 for the 2022-23 Apprentice Company. Please check this page for details.

For an overview of the Apprentice program and application guidelines, email Artistic Director Freddie Ashley at [email protected] 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I pursue an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship can be a good option for those students looking to bridge the sometimes difficult transition from student to professional. Apprentices learn about all layers of making theatre in a professional environment and develop skills over the course of the year. Additionally, apprentices make important professional connections with the artists who work with AE.

What makes the Actor’s Express apprenticeship different?

AE considers itself a teaching theatre, much in the same way some hospitals are teaching hospitals. As a result, apprentices are embedded in every layer of the theatre’s operations. The curriculum of the apprenticeship is clear and focused. It is extremely rigorous and sets a high standard for professionalism and work ethic. AE values its apprentices and they are treated in an extremely professional way. There are many apprenticeships available to early career artists, but few that approach the experience like AE.

Is this apprenticeship paid?

Every apprentice receives a stipend for each production with which they are involved. The apprenticeship is structured so that apprentices may hold down a full-time job during their apprenticeship residency.

Is housing provided?

No, at this time housing is not provided.

What have previous apprentices gone on to do with their careers?

Many Actor’s Express apprentices choose to stay in Atlanta to begin their professional careers. AE apprentices have gone on to perform on almost every professional stage in Atlanta and many key positions in organizations around the city are held by former AE apprentices. Many have also returned to AE as professionals to perform or work in other capacities. Some apprentices have chosen to begin careers in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. AE apprentices have also gone on to graduate programs at such schools as Yale School of Drama, DePaul University, NYU, Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Southern Mississippi.