Acting Apprentice

The acting apprenticeship offers a unique combination of performance, training, observation and networking.


Actors in the PTC are guaranteed to act in all shows in the PTC season.  Additionally, acting apprentices fill all age-appropriate non-Equity roles and understudy several Equity roles in the theatre’s mainstage season. All apprentices who are cast or understudy in the mainstage season earn weeks in the Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) program and the theatre pays the admission fee for anyone not already enrolled in the program.


Our training focuses on the practical and the experiential.  The cornerstone of that training is auditioning.  Acting apprentices audition for actual roles in the mainstage season and their own season of shows.  Mock auditions, using both monologues and sides, are held regularly with Actors staff, guest directors, and other visiting artists serving as respondents.  Emphasis is placed not only on material preparation but also on how to be present and personable in the room.

Other areas of emphasis include:

  • Navigating the actor/director relationship in rehearsal
  • Participating fully in the new play development process
  • An actor’s relationship with Equity and other trade unions
  • Networking
  • Negotiating your own contracts when you don’t have an agent
  • How to begin and maintain relationships with industry ‘gatekeepers’ (agents, casting directors, etc.)


Actors Theatre has an open-rehearsal policy. Acting apprentices are encouraged to watch the work of visiting artists and regular debrief sessions are held to discuss those observations.


Acting apprentices are given the opportunity to interact (in both formal and informal settings) with every visiting actor, director, and playwright that works at Actors. Additionally, we’ll bring a host of Industry Professionals from New York, Chicago & other cities to meet you and see your work throughout the season.

How to Audition

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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