For students ages 16 – 21 (at time of auditions)*
The ArtsWest Apprenticeship Program is designed for advanced musical theater performers who are looking for a career in the field of musical theater. This intense, performance based program designed after the summer stock mold offers performers the chance to improve singing, dancing and acting skills while rehearsing and performing a full length uncut, uncensored Broadway musical. The 2013 Apprenticeship program will present the musical CHESS by the creators of Mamma Mia, Benny Andersson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and the Lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice.
*some exceptions apply
ArtsWest employs some of the best of Seattle professionals including:
Kim Dare (The Winter Wonderettes, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Xanadu, The Rocky Horror Show, Balagan’s Spring Awakening, The Full Monty, Doctor Horrible Sing-Along Blog.)
Nick DeSantis (HAIR, I Am My Own Wife, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, bare a pop opera, 5th Avenue’s Elf, Sunday In the Park with George, The Village Theater’s The Producers, and The Gypsy King)
Bo Mellinger (The Winter Wonderettes, Second Story Rep’s Cabaret, Balagan’s Spring Awakening, The Drowsy Chaperone at Seattle Musical Theater)
Jessica Skerrit (Sweeny Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, …tick…tick…BOOM!, Elf at the 5th Avenue, Grey Gardens at ACT, The Producers at The Village Theater)
Troy Wageman (SideShow, The Winter Wonderetts, The Village Theater’s Beauty and The Beast and many more at The 5th Avenue, Seattle Musical Theater, Second Story Rep, and The Village Theater.)
Christopher Zinovitch (HAIR, Xanadu, The Rocky Horror Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Love Song, Next Fall, 33 Variations)
The Apprenticeship program offers the unique opportunity of learning to teach the craft of musical theater as well as learning to perform. Work-study offers the chance for participants to get paid to work in the theater all summer long! ArtsWest pays Washington State minimum wage or higher to all assistant teachers and artistic staff. Apprenticeship students can work as assistant teachers and artistic staff for the Musical Theater Adventures Camp and Theater Conservatory to earn money for the summer – a much better job that at a fast food restaurant!
Past shows that have been presented at ArtsWest have included Cabaret, HAIR, bare a pop opera, SideShow, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Rocky Horror Show and Xanadu.
ArtsWest Students Work All Over Seattle and the Country – check out where past and current students are working now!