An Interview with Professional Training Company Acting Apprentice Andres Chaves

by on January 17, 2017

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Andres Chaves shares his path to Actors Theatre and what his time as an Acting Apprentice in the Professional Training Company has meant to him.

An Interview with Professional Training Company Acting Apprentice Andres Chaves

 

Q: Why the Professional Training Company? What drew you to this program in particular? 

A: I hadn’t heard about the Professional Training Company prior to auditioning for Michael Legg, but I’ve always been a firm believer that if you do things the right way, good things will come. I’d like to think I believed it at the time, but I didn’t realize how right I truly was. This program has been unbelievable; I can’t say enough good things about it. As a young actor, it can be quite daunting to step out into the field and feel like you’re ready to take it on. I knew I wasn’t as prepared as I wanted to be. There were certain things that I felt I needed more time to work on and certain facets of the industry that I hadn’t yet explored and this program proved to be exactly what I needed. It gave me an opportunity to explore new work, as well as create my own. It has given me – and continues to give me – an incredible list of resources that I am confident will help me throughout my career.

Q: How did your time in Minneapolis prepare you for joining the Professional Training Company? 

A: Minneapolis is one the most amazing cities I’ve ever lived in and if it weren’t for the cold it might’ve just topped the list. It’s really an incredible theatre town and I  believe it is on its way to making a name for itself on a national and international level. The community is unbelievable – some of the most passionate and supportive  artists I’ve ever met. I know for a fact that if it wasn’t for all the incredible support and mentorship that I received collectively over my four years at the Guthrie, I would have never made here.

Q: Is there a project or event coming up in the second half of your apprenticeship that you’re especially looking forward to?

A: I just finished working on a hilarious new play by a really talented up and coming writer from L.A, Carrie Barrett. On top of that, the show was directed by one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with – Luke Harlan, a recent graduate from the Yale School of Drama. That’s one of the things that’s so great about our program. The staff are constantly bringing in actors, writers, and directors who are on the cusp of really hitting their stride and because of that, we are working with some of the future leaders of our industry, with the hopes that we ourselves may one day fill those spots in the future. And I haven’t even mentioned the most exciting project we’ll have all year! We’re about to start working on the final draft for our new Humana Festival of New American Plays show. There is an incredible amount of talent that will be coming in during the Humana Festival this year and we get the opportunity to work and learn from them. That’s really quite an amazing gift. There’s a few months left in the program, and trust me I will be doing my best to take advantage of every, every minute that I have left.

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