Actors Theatre Proudly Announces 2017-2018 Professional Training Company

by on May 16, 2017

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Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are proud to introduce the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company. Each year, Actors Theatre of Louisville invites the most talented and highly motivated early-career theatre professionals in the nation to undertake a nine-month long training program that combines hands-on practical experience with educational seminars and professional guidance. Entering its 46th Season, Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company is one of the oldest pre-professional training programs in the nation, and has built an incredible legacy of supporting the long-term vitality of American theatre through the mentorship and fostering of the best forthcoming talent in the field.

Waters shared, “I am thrilled to see this vital program continue to flourish and witness our alumni colleagues expand their leadership in arts communities across the country. Actors Theatre is honored to champion these talented young professionals as they become the next generation of theatre artists and leaders.”

Selected from more than 2,000 applicants from across the nation the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company consists of 42 college graduates—each of whom is extremely talented in their chosen field.  Through their participation in the nine-month long program over the course of the 2017-2018 Season, they will receive practical training, the opportunity to work with celebrated artists, and a firsthand look at the inner workings of one of the nation’s leading regional theatres.  The company will also mount a number of productions, including new work by nationally renowned playwrights, and original creations developed by the members of the company themselves.

The Professional Training Company has launched the careers of many burgeoning leaders in theatre, both at Actors Theatre and elsewhere nationwide. Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething, The West Wing), Lila Neugebauer (Director The Wolves, Everybody, Signature Plays Off-Broadway), Jenny Robertson (Bull Durham, Role Models), Brendan Pelsue (Playwright of Wellesley Girl), Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town, Quantico), Sarah Lunnie (Literary Director, Playwrights Horizons), Jeff White (How to Get Away with Murder, House of Cards), Mirirai Sithole (Master of None, The Death of the Last Black Man…), Chris Boneau (Publicist and Co-Founder of Boneau/Bryan-Brown), Lisa McNulty (Producing Artistic Director at Women’s Project Theater), Anna Kull (Director of Community Relationships at Lark Play Development Center), Alex Hernandez (Mafia 3, Unreal), Neil Pepe (Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company), Jason Butler Harner (Ray Donovan, Blacklist, Changeling), Kristen Jackson (Connectivity Director of Wooly Mammoth Theatre), Charles Haugland (Artistic Programs & Dramaturgy, Huntington Theatre Company), Erica Sartini-Combs (Associate Casting Director, Goodman Theatre), Stowe Nelson (New York Innovative Theatre Award winning and Drama Desk Award nominated Sound Designer), Jason Pacella (Production Assistant for The Wiz Live!), and Actors Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough. The Professional Training Company provides an avenue for future theatre leaders to network with alumni of the program across the country.

Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company is generously supported by a significant grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. The $1.2 million award supports grants over a ten-year period for each apprentice during the nine-month program, and enables year-round employment for the program’s leadership. Founded by Roy Cockrum, the Foundation supports world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theatres throughout the United States. The Foundation considers grants by invitation only and is dedicated to helping nonprofit theaters reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.

Apprenticeships for the 2017-2018 Season have been awarded to:

Andrea Abello | Acting | Bedminster, New Jersey

Vivian Barnes | Dramaturgy/Literary Management | Stafford, Virginia

Jordan Bean | Producing & Casting | Huntington, West Virginia

Calum Bedborough | Acting | Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Bear Brummel | Acting | Green Bay, Wisconsin

Sergio Caetano | Acting | Kearny, New Jersey

Satya Chavez | Acting | San Diego, California

Jelani Cornick | Directing | Brooklyn, New York

Shannon Csorny | Production Management | Stonybrook, New York

Gabriela De La Rosa | Festival & Events Management | Austin, Texas

Nayib Felix | Acting | Manchester, Pennsylvania

Brandon Fox | Acting | Wall, New Jersey

Kevin Hanley | Stage Management | Seabrook, New Hampshire

Rigel Harris | Acting | Lebanon, New Hampshire

Laurel C. Henning | Communications | Louisville, Kentucky

Nathan Hewitt | Development | Fishers, Indiana

Kelly Jonske | Stage Management | Barrington, Illinois

Alaina Kai | Acting | Cincinnati, Ohio

Emily Kaplan | Acting | Media, Pennsylvania

Jessica Kemp | Stage Management | Saranac Lake, New York

Emily Kleypas | Acting | Temple, Texas

Bridget Kojima | Company & Artistic Management | Clarkston, Michigan

Emma Kravig | Costumes | Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin

Jerardo Larios | Acting | Merced, California

Meghan McLeroy | Dramaturgy/Literary Management | Cullman, Alabama

Joseph Miller | Acting | Dayton, Ohio

Abigail Miskowiec | Education/Teaching Artist | Charleston, West Virginia

Connor O’Leary | Properties | Hanover, New Hampshire

Tory Parker | Marketing | Charleston, West Virginia

Tim Peters | Acting | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Dwaine Jihaad Potts | Sound | Wichita, Kansas

Marika Proctor | Acting | Saint Paul, Minnesota

Margaret Rial | Stage Management | Erie, Pennsylvania

Zoe Rosenfeld | Education/Teaching Artist | San Francisco, California

Omer Abbas Salem | Acting | Darien, Illinois

Jonathan Schmitt | Acting | Cleveland, Ohio

Joan Sergay | Directing | Bethesda, Maryland

Jessie Lynn Smith | Lighting | Cresco, Pennsylvania

Corey Umlauf | Scenic Painting | Bellingham, Massachusetts

Suzy Weller | Acting | Lawrence, Kansas

Karoline Xu | Acting | San Antonio, Texas

Jenna Zhu | Acting | Dallas, Texas

For more information about the Professional Training Company contact Sara Durham, Public Relations Manager, at

About the Professional Training Company

Michael Legg, Director
John Rooney, Associate Director

The Professional Training Company (formerly the Apprentice/Intern Company) is one of the cornerstones of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. A diverse company of more than 40 young theatre professionals participate in a full-immersion program focused on practical, experiential training designed to ease the transition into a professional career.

Entering its 46th year, and functioning as a theatre company with its own season, the Professional Training Company is a national leader in alternative theatre training. Its alumni are working on staff and onstage in leading theatres across the country, including Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, the Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and are often invited back home to Actors Theatre (last season, more than 30 alumni worked at Actors Theatre in some capacity). Additionally, Acting Apprentice alumni regularly appear on screen (How to Get Away with Murder, Gotham, The Americans, Elementary, Person of Interest, Master of None, Broad City, Orange Is the New Black, and many more).

About Actors Theatre of Louisville

Les Waters, Artistic Director
Kevin E. Moore, Managing Director

Entering its 54th Season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, is the flagship arts organization in the Louisville community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Les Waters, Actors Theatre serves to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.

Actors Theatre presents almost 350 performances annually and delivers a broad range of programming, including classics and contemporary work through the Brown-Forman Series, holiday plays, a series of theatrical events produced by the Professional Training Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 40 years. In addition, Actors Theatre provides more than 15,000 arts experiences each year to students across the region through its Education Department, and boasts one of the nation’s most prestigious continuing pre-professional resident training companies, now in its 45th year.

Over the past half-century, Actors Theatre has also emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies, with an annual attendance of 140,000. Actors Theatre has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre, including a Tony® Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre has toured to 29 cities and 15 countries worldwide, totaling more than 1,400 appearances internationally. Currently, there are more than 50 published books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in circulation—including anthologies of Humana Festival plays, volumes of ten-minute plays and monologues, and essays, scripts and lectures from the Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival. Numerous plays first produced at Actors Theatre have also been published as individual acting editions, and have been printed in many other anthologies, magazines and journals—making an enduring contribution to American dramatic literature.

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
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