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Now Accepting Stage Management and Technical Apprentice Applications for the 2015–16 Season

2015-16 Stage Management Apprentice    2015-16 Tech Apprentice

 Auditions for AppCo 2015–16 Season

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Aurora Theatre (callbacks on Monday, April 13)

Email Jaclyn Hofmann, Director of Education to Schedule an Audition

What to Prepare: Either a Song and Monologue(s) (1–2 minutes each) OR Two Contrasting Monologues (1–2 minutes each). Also, bring 2 hard copies of your Headshot and Resume, and audition paperwork (which will be sent upon scheduling your audition).

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Aurora Theatre Apprentice Company—Post-Graduate Training Program for Aspiring Professionals

Aurora Theatre is excited to introduce our 2014–15 Apprentice Company! These talented young theatre artists join Aurora Theatre’s staff for an eleven month intensive that will prepare them for a career in the arts. The program includes acting, teaching, technical and administrative duties and they will get valuable performance experience in shows like Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, and in our Learning Library Series, which will make them a valuable commodity in this competitive world.

The Aurora Apprentice Company is designed to help emerging artists bridge the gap between Educational and Professional Theatre. Apprentices will participate in a series of classes and workshops with Aurora’s staff, as well as, with guest artists and workshops with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, and more. This year Aurora welcomes 12 Actors, 1 Stage Manager and and 1 Technical Theatre Apprentice  to the company from as far as North Greenville University, AMDA (NY), and High Point University to as near as UGA, Kennesaw University, and GPC! Watch for these fresh young artists on stage, behind the bar, and at all our big events this year!

Meet Our 2014–15 Apprentices

Rose Alexander HeadshotRose Alexander is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University’s department of Theatre & Performance Studies, concentrating in Musical Theatre and Acting. Some past credits include Cordelia in Falsettos, Rose in The Secret Garden, God 2 in The Good Person of Szechuan, and ensemble in Annie Get Your Gun. She has also performed in the Curious Encounters interactive theatre festival at 7 Stages with Red Cabinet Theatre, and was most recently seen as Analise in Terminus with Saiah Arts International. She has worked on Dramaturgy for Ruined at Kennesaw and wrote lobby notes for The Great Gatsby at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of this years apprentice company and can’t wait to see what is in store!
Ilia Angelene HeadshotIlia Angelene graduated from Georgia Perimeter College with a degree in Theatre. Her stage credits include Godspell, Polaroid Stories, Children of Eden, and Intimate Apparel. She is very excited to be a part of the Apprentice Company at Aurora Theatre and looks forward to learning, teaching pare forming, and contributing to the growth of Teatro del Sol here at Aurora.
Chelcy Cutwright HeadshotChelcy Cutwright graduated from American Musical Dramatic Academy. Some of her recent shows include A Raisin in the Sun (Ruth), The Alto Part (Florene King), Honky Tonk Angels (Sue Ellen), & All Shook Up (Miss Sandra). Mary Poppins is her first production as an Aurora Apprentice Company member. Chelcy would like to thank God, her friends and family, and Aurora Theatre for this awesome opportunity!
Lydia Frempong HeadshotLydia Frempong is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated in 2013 from Western Kentucky University with a BA in Theatre, and a minor in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Georgia in late May 2013 to further fulfill her dreams and aspirations of becoming a better performer and teacher. Her stage credits include: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Miss Mona), Lovers (Reporter 1), A Raisin in the Sun (Beneatha), and others. Lydia is very excited for the upcoming year and thankful to be a part of the Aurora family.
Casey Gardner HeadshotCasey Gardner is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Performing Arts and Vocal Performance. She is making her Atlanta stage debut in Mary Poppins here at Aurora. Atlanta is such a vibrant and welcoming art community and has given her so many opportunities already that she looks forward to what Aurora has in store for her and all of the new apprentice company!

Luke Georgecink HeadshotLuke Georgecink recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Georgia with a BA in Theatre. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, he is thrilled to join the 2014–15 Aurora Apprentice Company. His most recent credits include Thomas in David Ives’ Venus in Fur, Silvio in The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, and Ensemble cast/Male Poet/Musician in Charles Mee’s Under Construction. Luke was also a member of UGA’s award winning improv comedy troupe, Improv Athens, and a member of UGA’s sketch comedy troupe, SHARKwiNG. He recently traveled to London with UGA where he worked with the Blue Elephant Theatre, and he is honored and thrilled to be welcomed into Aurora’s family.

Greg Hunter HeadshotGreg Hunter is so excited to further his artistic journey with the Aurora Theatre Apprentice company. He recently graduated with honors from Brenau University where he was an active member of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Some of his past roles include Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin’, the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland, and Joesph Asagai in A Raisin in the Sun. Greg woudl like to thank God, his family, his many mentors and friends, and the staff of Aurora Theatre for allowing him to continue his artistic growth in such a warm environment.
Alex Karr HeadshotAlexandra Karr is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama with a double major in Musical Theatre and Broadcasting. Some of her previous roles include Eponine in Les Misérables, Louann in Book of Days, and Tricia in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Alexandra is thrilled to begin her acting career with Aurora Theatre and can’t wait to see what this next year holds. She would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors for their overwhelming love and support.
Cate Lightburn HeadshotCate Lightburn recently graduated from High Point University with a BA in Performance Theatre. Some of her past credits include; Doris Bender in the world premiere of Ron Burch’s The Glasses, Babe Botrelle in Crimes of the Heart, Sister James in Doubt, and Kelly in John Cariani’s world premiere of Love/Sick. Cate is so excited and grateful for this opportunity to be an apprentice at Aurora and can’t wait for what lies ahead!
Alexandra Mahoney HeadshotAlexandra Mahoney is a recent graduate of Piedmont College. She is so excited to be working with Aurora Theatre as their Stage Management Apprentice. Some of her past stage management credits include Courage!, Pippin, and Mother Hicks at Piedmont College. She also has significant credits in directing and marketing. She is looking forward to the adventures to come in the next year.
Patrick Schweigert HeadshotPatrick Schweigert is excited to already be on Aurora’s stage as a member of the 2014–15 Apprentice Company! Having just graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Theatre & Performance Studies, he is eager to continue his growth as a performer. You may have seen him on Kennesaw State’s stage as Feste in Twelfth Night or Dickon in The Secret Garden. He was also an ensemble member of Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid! (KISS) and was the leader when he graduated. Recently, he assistant directed the fabulous Justin Anderson in Dad’s Garage’s production of Gutenberg! The Musical! Thanks to AC, Jaclyn, Justin and Tony for this opportunity.
Brian Walker HeadshotBrian Walker is a native of Kennesaw, Georgia and a recent graduate of Young Harris College. Brian has been in many shows throughout his college career including Sweet Charity, Fences, The Producers, and Rent. This is Brian’s first professional work and is thankful to Aurora for giving him an opportunity. Brian would also like to thank Bekah Medford for getting him involved in theatre.
Tim Whitson HeadshotTimothy Whitson, a recent graduate of North Greenville University, is excited to be a part of Aurora Theatre’s Apprentice Company. With highlights from his college career being Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace, Trinculo in The Tempest, and Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals, he is looking forward to what the Atlanta theatre scene can offer. He would not be here without his wonderful family, his beautiful fiancé, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

AppCo Alum Update

Katie Causey HeadshotKatie Causey (AppCo13) is an actor, comedian, and educator living in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in English and Theatre. After graduating, Katie completed the very first apprenticeship with the Aurora Theatre. Katie hosts the Aurora Comedy Nights once a month and improvises at various theaters around Atlanta with BANSHEE Improv. Katie also teaches acting and improvisation at theatres in Atlanta including Aurora Theatre, Alliance Theatre and The Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Katie is also signed with Kathleen Schultz Associates for film and television.”The piece of wisdom that sticks with me most from the apprenticeship came from AC, Tony and Jaclyn at different points throughout the year. They all instilled in me that I am completely capable of achieving my goals, but in order to succeed I must, almost aggressively, seek out opportunities.”
Benjamin Davis HeadshotBenjamin Davis in The Rocky Horror ShowBenjamin Davis (AppCo14) is a graduate of the 2013–14 Aurora Theatre Apprentice Company. His professional credits at Aurora over the 2013–14 season include Les Misérables (Courfeyrac/Ensemble; Suzi Award Winning Musical), Christmas Canteen (Ensemble), The Cat in the Hat (Boy), the regional premiere of The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Adam US/P), as well as a staged reading of a brand new musical titled Milo at the Movies (Milo), directed by Alexander Greenfield. Benjamin’s most recent Atlanta credits include Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show (Actor’s Express), Gar Public in Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Aris Theatre), and Johnny in StinkyKids the Musical (Aurora Theatre & Synchronicity). This past winter he had the opportunity to perform the role of Jim Dillingham in The Gifts of the Magi at Theatrical Outfit. Ben’s film & television credits include The Fat Boy Chronicles, Fun World, The Change-Up, and The D.U.F.F. BenjaminTaylorDavis.com“Making my professional debut in Les Misérables was a monumental way to start my apprenticeship. But, it was the opportunity to workshop the new musical Milo at the Movies that made a dynamic impact on me during my time at Aurora. I was able to explore new material with a brilliant creative team over the week of the “snowpocalypse.” It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.”

Shelli Delgado HeadshotShellie Delgado in Don't Dress for DinnerShelli Delgado (AppCo14) is a proud alumna of Aurora’s 2013–14 Apprentice Company. Her previous Aurora credits include Suzette in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Tigerlily in Peter Pan & Wendy, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Cat in the Hat and soon, she will be playing Amanda in 4000 Miles. Other recent Atlanta credits include Alliance Theatre’s Little Raindrop Songs and A Christmas Carol and Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s And Then They Came for Me. shellidelgado.weebly.com

“So many wonderful artists guided me throughout my apprenticeship, and they all have had a positive impact on my outlook and career. While in Les Misérables, I had the chance to understudy Leslie Bellair, who played Eponine. She is truly an artist that everyone should strive to be—intelligent, generous, humble, and OH. YEAH. THAT’S THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL. It was my first professional production, and I was given the chance to observe a true professional. Everyone should be blessed with an understudy opportunity like that.”

renita_jamesRenita James in 42nd StreetRenita James (AppCo13) graduated from Valdosta State University in 2005. At Aurora she worked on a few projects: Terror on the Trail, Unncessary Monsters, Petite Rouge, Christmas Canteen, and the AppCo showcase. Immediately following “graduation,” Renita was hired by Stone Mountain Park and Stagedoor Players. She then went on to work for Peach State Summer Theatre and the National Theatre for Children and continues to work in the Atlanta area periodically. Up next: FML at 7 Stages!

“There are a few things that impacted me greatly and honestly changed the trajectory of my career. Working with Keri Hughes. This woman is an amazing vocalist and teacher. She helped me sing in ways I never thought I would and because of that relationship and training I was cast in several musicals in roles I only would have dreamed of being cast in. There is a lot of growing that happens. It’s awesome.”

Edward McCreary HeadshotEdward McCreary (AppCo14) is currently working at the Georgia Aquarium as an atmosphere performer during the week and performing in the remount of Les Misérables at Aurora on the weekends! Recent Credits include: Curly in Oklahoma! at Serenbe Playhouse, Azolan in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Actors Express, and Peter in Peter Pan & Wendy at Aurora and Synchronicty. Up next Edward will be understudying Edward Foote at Alliance Theatre.

“I was immediately treated as a professional, held to those standards, and given opportunities to work on and learn about any aspect of theater I wanted to pursue. The networking we were able to do through workshops and understudy opportunities was invaluable. Watching other actors work gave us goals to strive for, and listening to directors helped us learn how to get there.”

Suzanne Stroup HeadshotSuzanne Stroup (AppCo14) is an actor/singer in the Atlanta area. She was a member of the 2013–14 Aurora Theatre Apprenticeship Company, and was seen there in The Fourth of July Concert, Peter Pan & Wendy (Wendy), The Cat in the Hat (Kitten/Thing 2), and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Sam US/P). She has since been seen in the One Minute Play Festival at Actor’s Express and Eavesdropping at Alliance (Antique Fern). She is currently working on an independent film and working on her craft. suzannestroup.com

“The best part of the apprenticeship was both meeting people in the industry and some of my best friends in the form of other apprentices. The networking opportunities are pretty incredible. I think that doing so much TYA in my year at Aurora had the greatest impact on me. It made me realize that I love influencing people for the better, and having children as your audience is a really great way to do that. They are completely honest and know when you are too, which is a pretty great lesson to learn as an actor.”

Michael Jared Tarver HeadshotMichael Jared Tarver (AppCo13) is an Atlanta born actor who is proud to call this market, and Aurora Theatre specifically, his home. He is filled with gratitude for the lessons taught to him and the oportunities given to him by the staff at Aurora Theatre as an apprentice and now, in his third year, as The Storyteller in A Christmas Carol. Previous roles include Dave Bullanski in All Childish Things (Aurora), Little John in Robin Hood (Aurora), Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Tavern) and Little Tuna in Den of Thieves (Fabrefaction). Up next he will be directing in the short play festival at Aris Theatre!

“The connections I made as a part of the apprenticeship have turned into many opportunities both at Aurora and other professional theatres in the form of acting, stage managing, and directing gigs. Choosing an apprenticeship is also choosing your artistic home for your time in Atlanta. I chose Aurora because they provided me with a variety of opportunities to learn and practice theatre, but also because it was a place I felt at home with.”

Dane Troy HeadshotDane Troy (AppCo14) is currently working on Waffle Palace at Horizon Theatre. He is definitely very excited to be returning there & joining the remount cast! Some other Atlanta Credits: A Christmas Carol at Alliance Theatre, My Children! My Africa! at Theatrical Outfit, and Tamer of Horses at Aurora Theatre. He is also a Rookie Company Member/Improviser at Dad’s Garage.

“My favorite part of the AppCo was the total professional theatre immersion. I gained a lot more respect & understanding of the stage through the countless opportunities Aurora afforded me! From crewing a show to being a reader during casting to set construction and light rigging, Aurora allowed me to be hands on.”