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What is the Apprentice Company?

2014 Apprentice Company

"This program is like no other I have ever experienced.  I learned so much in so little time…not just about theater, but about myself."  -Ashley DiGiorgi, Apprentice Company 2005 & 2006

"I think my favorite discovery was seeing how timeless and universal Shakespeare can be. Watching such an incredible array of people find joy and meaning in the work truly opened my eyes" -Casey Flythe, 2013

"Apco is the best training I've had thus far so thank you for having this program!" -Margaret Horne, 2013

Auditions for the 2016 Apprentice Company are April 28-30. To schedule an appointment, follow the instructions here.


Every year, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival selects 12-14 talented theatre artists ages 13 years and older to perform in its Shakespeare in the Park production and to take part in an intensive two-week training program. These students are known as the "Apprentice Company" and are selected based upon auditons in the spring.

2015 Shakespeare in the Park Production: Henry V

Students who are cast in this company receive training from Nashville's finest professional teaching artists in:

  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Text Analysis
  • Stage Combat
  • Physical Improvisation
  • Clowning
  • Dance
  • Monologue Preparation

In addition to performing alongside some of Nashville’s most talented actors, apprentices gain hands-on experience working with The Festival’s technical staff in areas such as lighting, sound, and costuming. An important initiative of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, the Apprentice Company is designed to both enhance understanding of Shakespearean works as well as train future leaders in Nashville’s cultural community.

The training is challenging, extremely rewarding, and intensely fun! Apprentices play supporting roles in the production and take on important backstage responsibilities as well. Please note: Shakespeare in the Park is physically strenuous; middle Tennessee summers are intense and acting is a full-bodied commitment!

Please contact our Education Director for more information:



2016 Apprentice Company Schedule

Auditions: April 28 - 30, by appointment
Training & Rehearsal:
July 11 - August 10
Performances: August 11-14, 18-19, 25-26, September 1-2, 8-9.
Tuition: $500 (Scholarships available)

Minimum age: 13 years old by July 2016

Participants must be available for all classes, rehearsals, and performances July through September unless any conflicts are cleared with the Apprentice Company Director at the time of the audition.


2013 ApCo members in A Midsummer Night's Dream


Apprentice Company



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