Apprentices take classes and workshops from GRSF company members. Ranging from study of Shakespeare’s First Folio to movement training, our classes provide a complete immersion in work on classical texts. Apprentices acquire tools to create a solid working process for rehearsal and learn how to apply that process in a professional setting. GRSF text coaches lead the majority of classes.


Apprentices are given understudy assignments in one of the professional company productions. Understudies are required to be at every rehearsal for which the actor they are understudying is called, from initial text work to opening night. By following one member of the professional company from beginning to end of the rehearsal process, Apprentices have the opportunity to observe first hand how an experienced actor handles the challenges of working on Shakespeare in a professional setting.


Apprentices apply what they have learned as they rehearse and perform their own project under the direction of GRSF artistic staff. Each season’s Intern/Apprentice Company project performs in the Dorothy B. Magnus Studio Theatre in the Winona State University Performing Arts Center, adjacent to the main stage theatre in which the GRSF professional company productions take place.




Auditions are held at sites around the country as well as on video. For the audition, please prepare 2 monologues, each under 2 minutes in length. At least one, and preferably both, should be Shakespeare and preferably in verse. Video auditions will be scheduled in 6 minute intervals. ONLY VIDEO APPLICANTS should fill out the Video Audition Sign-Up Form. ALL APPLICANTS must fill out the application below.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 4:00 – 8:00 PM

For a video audition, please reserve a time slot on the digital sign up sheet. Please include both your NAME and your SKYPE NAME. We will call you (via Skype) at the designated time for your audition and notify you if there are any technical difficulties or delays.


If you attend any of the following universities, please do not register for a video audition. A representative from the festival will be holding auditions for the Apprentice Actor Training Program at your school in late January or February.

California State University, Fullerton
Oklahoma City University
Southern Methodist University
Texas State University
University of California, Irvine
University of Evansville
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Oklahoma
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas, Austin
Webster University
Westminster College

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This year’s Intern/Apprentice Company project will be performed eight times during the last week and a half of the season. Project production values are minimal so the focus remains on the actor, the text, and the audience. Past projects have included As You Like It (2004), Twelfth Night (2005), Cymbeline (2006), Julius Caesar (2007), Pericles (2008) and Hamlet (2009), Titus Andronicus (2010), King Lear (2011), All’s Well That Ends Well (2012), Macbeth (2013), Troilus and Cressida (2014), and King John (2015).

Apprentices are also asked to perform technical theater and administrative office assignments throughout the production build and performance run, on an as needed basis under the supervision of GRSF’s professional staff.

Tuition for the 2016 Apprentice Actor Training Program is $1500, which includes housing for the summer. Scholarships and some financial aid are available. Rehearsals in 2016 begin Tuesday, May 10th. The professional company productions of As You Like It and Julius Caesar open on June 24th and 25th followed by our musical Georama on July 1st. All three run in repertory through Sunday, July 31st. The Intern/Apprentice Project opens July 20th and runs until July 28th in rep with the other productions. Apprentices participate in strike and are finished on Wednesday, August 3rd.

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