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2016–17 Apprentice Company

Now Accepting Stage Management and Technical Apprentice
Applications for the 2017–18 Season!

2017-18 Stage Management Apprentice    2017-18 Tech Apprentice


 Auditions for AppCo 2017–18 Season

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10am–4pm at Aurora Theatre (callbacks on Monday, April 3)

Email Jaclyn Hofmann, Director of Education to schedule an appointment.
Please send your digital Headshot and Resume when scheduling. Click here for detailed information.

What to Prepare: A Song and Monologue (60-90 seconds each). Also, bring 2 hard copies of your Headshot and Resume
and audition paperwork. **We will start taking Audition Appointments February 15th**


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

Aurora Theatre is excited to introduce our 2016–17 Apprentice Company! These talented young theatre artists join Aurora Theatre’s staff for a year long 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 In the Heights, Christmas Canteen, 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, Drama Inc, and more. This year Aurora welcomes 11 Actors and 1 Stage Management Apprentice to the company from as far as Michigan State University, Western Carolina University, and High Point University to as near as UGA, KSU, and Valdosta State! Watch for these fresh young artists on stage, behind the bar, and at all our big events this year!


Meet Our 2016–17 Apprentices

caroline_webCaroline Caldwell (Stage Management Apprentice) is thrilled to be making her debut with Aurora Theatre. Growing up in Easley, South Carolina, she was first introduced to the world of theatre as an actor in Easley High School’s Drama Department. She is a recent graduate of The University of Georgia with a BA in Theatre where she gained over thirty theatrical credits. Her involvement ranged from Stage Manager to Director, Actor, Designer, Producer and more. Favorite credits include: stage managing UGA’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, acting as the Scenic Designer for The Thalian Blackfriars’ Good Boys and True, assistant directing Town & Gown Community Theatre’s production of RENT, and stage managing for eighteen amazing middle-schoolers while interning in Manhattan with Wingspan Art’s production of Zombie Prom the Musical. Caroline considers the proudest accomplishment of her undergraduate career to be the time she spent as the Artistic Director of The Thalian Blackfriars, UGA’s oldest student theatre company.
Jenise Cook is an actor and choreographer from Detroit, MI. She recently graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in Acting and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science. Jenise recently discovered and fell in love with the psychological and physical affect that dance and movement has on healing the body. Because of this newfound passion, she has spent the last year working in classrooms, nursing homes, and theatres using dance and movement therapy techniques to build connection between emotion and the body. She is elated to work with The Aurora Theatre and be apart of the 2016-2017 AppCo! Her favorite theatre credits include Xtigone (Tigs), Ghost the Musical (Oda Mae), and Hair (Dionne). Jenise’s choreographing credits include Legally Blonde the Musical and The December Project (Assistant Choreographer). Much love and thanks to her family and friends for their continuous support.
Diamond Do’zia graduated Cum Laude from Valdosta State University with a BFA in Theatre, Performance Emphasis. She is ecstatic to be a part of Aurora’s 2016-17 Apprentice Company. Some of her favorite performances include She Stoops to Conquer (Miss Neville), for which she is a 2014 Irene Ryan Acting Award Nominee, A Lesson Before Dying (Vivian), and The Skin of Our Teeth (Gladys). She is a proud artist, and gives special thanks to Aurora, family, and loved ones.
Elliott Folds is thrilled to be returning to his hometown of Lawrenceville for the Aurora’s 2016-17 season! He is a proud graduate of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University, where he appeared in such productions as Parade (Leo Frank), Into the Woods (The Baker), Falsettos (Mendel), and Spring Awakening (Georg). He is also a budding dramaturg. Huge thanks are in order to both the Aurora family and the KSU family, and much love to Mom, Dad, Ansley, Emily, Abby, and Caty.
amber_webAmber Hamilton is honored to be a part of the Aurora’s AppCo17! She spent the first 18 years of her life in Valdosta, Georgia, and after graduating from Lowndes High School, she moved north to attend Kennesaw State University (KSU) where she received a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies. During her time spent at KSU, she had the privilege of performing in productions such as The Followers (Semele/ Ensemble), Arms and the Man (Louka), Twelfth Night, Or What You Will (Olivia Understudy/ Attendant) and Cocteau Hour (Ensemble). She also held an internship with the Georgia Ensemble Theatre where she was an ensemble member and the understudy for Myrtle Wilson in their 2014 production of The Great Gatsby. Many thanks are owed to the Aurora family for allowing her the opportunity to learn and grow with them this season. Also a special thanks to her KSU family, she would not be the scholar artist she is without their encouragement and training, and last but certainly not least, she sends a thank you to her beautifully, intricate support system of family and friends, Dad, Gma, Mom, Kevin Sr., Jamie, Chaise, Brittany, Kevin and life partner Kirsten.

Candy McLellan is a recent graduate of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA, where she received a BA in Theatre and is extremely thrilled to be a part of the 2016-17 AppCo. Candy has experience in most theatre aspects, from playwriting to set construction and also directing. However, she is most passionate about performing. Most recent credits include: The Nurse/Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Fraulien Schneider in Cabaret, Sylvia Stein in End Days, Nemasani/Ritu/Bird in Anonymous and Big Stone in Eurydice. She has been nominated 3 times for the Irene Ryan award—two for acting and one for directing a full-length, devised piece entitled Episodes in Sexuality. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support but especially her parents and number one fans, Sheila and Nathaniel.

Bryan Montemayor is honored to be in midst of some of the best theatre artists in Atlanta and is ready to hit the ground running! He recently graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and received his training with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Some of his recent shows include Nightingale Rose (Sir John), As You Like It (Silvius), and A Lie of the Mind (Mike). Bryan would like to thank his friends, his family, and his professors for their constant love and support. He would also like to thank the Aurora Theatre for this incredible opportunity to pursue artistic growth and to continue his journey.
Cory Phelps is an actor, director, and recent B.F.A. Acting graduate of Western Carolina University’s School of Stage & Screen. Some acting credits include: Ensemble/Choir in The Lost Colony, Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit, Dylan in Macbeth is the New Black, Smee in Peter Pan, Ensemble/Javert (u/s) in Les Misérables (d. Broadway’s Terrence Mann), Bert in 42nd Street (d. Terrence Mann), and Jocko/Cigar/Herbie (u/s) in Gypsy (d. Sarah Norris). Some directing credits include: BroadwayCon (Assistant Director of the MainStage, d. If/Then’s David Alpert), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Assistant Director, d. David Alpert), Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol? (Assistant Director), and The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Director). Cory is also an owner of Up the Hill Productions, LLC with which he produced his first short film, Up the Hill.
Joshua Quinn graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Theatre. After his first acting class, Joshua quickly realized his passion for analyzing individuals evolved into his true passion— becoming them on stage. Following this insight, he was embraced by the theatre department, and was swiftly put into his first show, the two-person play called Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Danny). From there he was adopted into the Ghostbird Theatre Company, starring in roles in Gruesome Playground Injuries (Doug), The Bald Soprano (The Fire Chief), and various other plays, including original and avant-garde pieces. This pursuit brought him to Atlanta, where he is thrilled to begin the next chapter of his journey as an Apprentice for the wonderful Aurora Theatre! When he’s not performing in a play, Joshua works for his Improv group and a Circus troupe.
Cody Russell is a graduate of High Point University where he studied Theatre Performance and Music. He recently returned from his second national tour with Windwood Theatricals, performing for deaf and hard of hearing children across the country. Favorite credits include NYC Fringes’s Kriep… (JAK), and High Point University’s world premier of  Love Sick (Mike/Bill).
abi_webAbi Sneathen hails from Statesboro, Georgia and recently graduated from Reinhardt University where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of her previous credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Into the Woods (Cinderella), The Drowsy Chaperone (Drowsy), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive). She is thrilled be a part of AppCo17 and cannot wait for an incredible year with the Aurora family! 2 Corinthians 9:8

AppCo Alum Update

rose-alexanderRose Alexander (AppCo15) is a proud graduate of AppCo ’15 and Kennesaw State University! While in her apprenticeship, she performed in Mary Poppins (Ensemble, Mary Poppins U/S with Performance) and Les Miserables (Ensemble, Eponine U/S). Post apprenticeship, she has performed in the Aurora/Theatrical Outfit co-production of Memphis, in Tom Key and Friends at Theatrical Outfit, Curious Literary Encounters at 7 Stages, and understudying and performing for a week as Sarah the Blind Librarian in The Toxic Avenger at Horizon Theatre, and most recently, in The Light In The Piazza at Theatrical Outfit. Rose is represented by East Coast Talent Agency.
Katie Causey HeadshotKatie Causey (AppCo13)  is an actor and comedian living in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia (with two degrees she’s currently not using) and was a member of the first ever Apprenticeship Company at the Aurora Theatre. Since completing the Apprenticeship Katie has immersed herself in Atlanta’s ever growing film industry working with Burger King, the PGA, and Coca-Cola for a variety of commercials. Katie’s main passion, however, is comedy. Whether she is performing stand-up, improvising with the group, BANSHEE Improv, or acting, Katie loves making people laugh. When performing stand-up, Katie enjoys making current events as silly as possible and sharing stories from her time growing up in middle Georgia. For updates check out her website: www.KatieCausey.com or her improv group’s website: www.BansheeImprov.com
casey-gardnerCasey Gardner (AppCo15) has been seen in productions with The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Gypsy Theatre, and Stone Mountain Park since graduating from Auarora. Recently, she has been touring with the National Theatre for Children and taking trips with them all over the United States. Up next she is fortunate enough to be working with Camp Broadway in cities throughout the southeast. Casey also has a successful photography business specializing in headshots and productions photos. Check out her work at caseymgardner.com. Catch up with her as the official photographer for the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival started by fellow alumni Ben Davis.

Benjamin Davis HeadshotBenjamin Davis (AppCo14) is a graduate of the 2013–14 Aurora Theatre Apprentice Benjamin Davis in The Rocky Horror ShowCompany. 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 HeadshotShelli Delgado (AppCo14) is a proud alumna of Aurora’s 2013–14 Apprentice Company and most Shellie Delgado in Don't Dress for Dinnerrecently seen as Little Red in Into the Woods. 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 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 (AppCo13) is a proud member of the graduate class of Appco 2013. It was duringRenita James in 42nd Street that year that she furthered her love of educational theatre while performing in Unnecessary Monsters and teaching several classes and workshops. Upon completion of the apprenticeship she went on to perform at Stone Mountain Park, Stage Door Players, and Peach State Summer Theatre. She spent time performing and teaching in a variety of settings, including an educational tour with the National Theatre for Children and a starring role in FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life. Most recently, Renita was a Teaching Artist Fellow with Metro Theater Company in St. Louis, Missouri. In this fellowship, she taught theatre in residencies and school-based classes, as well as developed and performed in a Theatre for the Very Young piece. Her work focused on using arts integration to address social justice issues and to build community. Renita currently works full-time at Aurora Theatre Company as the Education Coordinator.

Edward McCreary HeadshotEdward McCreary (AppCo14) can currently be seen in Significant Other at Actor’s Express. Other favorite Atlanta roles include Spike in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, and an ensemble member in Memphis. This summer, Edward returns to the MJCCA to teach the youngins about drama.

“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.”

jacob-mckeeJacob McKee (AppCo16) is a recent graduate of Aurora’s 2015-2016 Apprentice Company. While an apprentice, Jacob enjoyed many invaluable experiences, including playing Tim Tesla in the world premiere of Tim Tesla and the Terrific Time Machine and assistant directing Into the Woods. He also served as an understudy for Wit and I’m Not Rappaport. Post-apprenticeship, Jacob will be appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Tavern in July and is directing Dani Girl for the 2016 AppCo Alumni Series. Jacob is so very thankful for his year at Aurora and for the mentors he was blessed to find there: Jaclyn, Justin, AC, Anthony, and the whole staff.
Suzanne Stroup HeadshotSuzanne Stroup (AppCo14) is an actor/singer/educator in the Atlanta area. She was a member of the 2013–14 Aurora Theatre Apprenticeship Company, and was seen there in Prelude to the 4th 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 fortunate to work with the Aurora Theatre, Gypsy Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, as well as the One-Minute Play Festival and the education department at Alliance in many capacities. This summer you can see her as Ariel in Aurora’s Concert Version of The Little Mermaid!  suzannestroup.com“Aurora is absolutely my artistic home. Besides the opportunities to refine my craft during my apprenticeship, the networking and the relationships that I’ve made are what I think about most when I think about my apprenticeship. Aurora is where I always come back to, and to the people who have shaped me into the artist I’ve become.”

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.”

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Dane Troy (AppCo14) graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013. At Aurora he worked on: Terror on the Trail, Peter Pan, Lombardi (us/p), Tamer of Horses & The AppCo Showcase. In the year following graduation, Dane was afforded the opportunity to work with Alliance Theater, Horizon Theatre, Theatrical Outfit & Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. In efforts to further his comedic training, Dane moved to Los Angeles in August 2015. He has since immersed himself in long form improvisation programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade: Los Angeles (graduate), iO West (level 4), & the Groundlings (intermediate). Dane has appeared in a few commercials (Coca Cola, Georgia Lottery, Starbucks & eBay (national)) & also made his Television debut on the Amazon Prime show Hand of God as Freddie Hampton (Season 2 Episode 203 & Episode 206). Dane is currently in rehearsal for Killing My Lobster Theatre’s production of Night of the Living Data in San Francisco (late June 2016), as well as, in rehearsals as Cory (US) in California Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Fences, directed Raelle Myrick-Hodges (July 9 – 31 2016). Look for Dane as Buddy in Marin Theatre Company’s production of Native Son (West Coast Premiere) directed by Seret Scott (Jan – Feb 2017)

“There are a few things that impacted me greatly and honestly changed the trajectory of my career. Working at Aurora right out of the collegiate gate really helped me to focus, realize my goals and take steps towards attaining them. There is no law of scarcity. Be fierce and fearless. Thanks Jaclyn, Justin, Anthony & AC! Without each of you, I don’t know where I would be.” 

Tim Whitson HeadshotTim Whitson (AppCo15) graduated from the Aurora Apprentice Company in April of 2015. While there he worked in several capacities but most notably he played an ensemble role in Mary Poppins and Luigi in The Explorers Club during the 2014-2015 season. The rest of the 2015 found him performing at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Peter Pan playing the titular role among others and performing as Nutty in The Littlest Christmas Tree at Stone Mountain. Currently he is directing a world premiere, multi-lingual adaption of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe aboard the MV Logos Hope. The MV Logos Hope is an internationally known ship that travels around the world bringing knowledge, through selling over 5,000 titles of books, help, by bringing fresh water and reading glasses, and hope to thousands of people every year. He is proud to be working on this unique production with his wife and with the crew of over 350 people from 60 nationalities. He is excited to return to the Atlanta area in 2017 and continue his career as an actor, director and theatre artist.