College & post-grad
This program generally runs ten months, beginning in the Spring. It is designed for those who have either completed undergraduate coursework or have commensurate experience and would benefit from a prolonged relationship with a small professional theatre company. Focused primarily on experiential learning through a traditional mentor/apprentice relationship, the program also affords regular classroom opportunities and participation in a culminating production on the main stage of the Commonweal.
The typical apprentice will be in the rehearsal process of at least two productions, will work front of house, box office, and other administrative capacities, and will have technical theater assignments to fulfill. Apprentices will further develop professional skills in their chosen focus by shadowing senior resident company members through the rehearsal process. Apprentices will also find themselves with more involved administrative projects and assignments as they rotate through the three functional teams of the company (marketing, development, and production). All apprentices have “a place at the table” for staff and company meetings to observe and participate in programming, finance, and organizational development discussions.
Housing & Stipend
Three blocks from the theatre, a fully-equipped Artists' Residence houses apprentices and company members as well as a costume design studio and classroom/rehearsal space. We also offer apprentices a weekly stipend.
Our Resident Ensemble is composed of artist/administrators who work and live in and around Lanesboro (pop. 750) year-round. The box office worker a patron sees on one night might be someone that patron sees on stage the next night. We are an integral part of this unique rural community, made up of an intriguing mix of agricultural and tourism industries. The Commonweal experience is unlike any other - we look forward to sharing it with you.
how to apply
Fill out and mail in the downloadable form below, along with a headshot and current resume, and a 500 word statement of purpose speaking to your perspective on your life in the theatre. We will be auditioning apprentices at UPTA’s, TCUA’s and in Lanesboro by appointment. Decisions will be made by the third week of March for that year’s class.
Apprenticeship Application in Word
Apprenticeship Application in PDF
For more information, contact Executive Director Hal Cropp at (507) 467-2905 x203.