2018-19 Apprentice Company


Post-Graduate Training Program for Aspiring Professionals
Aurora Theatre is excited to introduce our 2018–19 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 Newsies, 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 10 Actors, 1 Stage Management Apprentice, 1 Technical Theatre Apprentice —and new this year, 1 Costume Design Apprentice—from as far as Michigan State University, University of Alabama, and  Central Michigan University to as near as UGA, Brenau University, and University of West Georgia! Watch for these fresh young artists on stage, behind the bar, and at all our big events this year!

  2019-20 Apprentice Company Auditions and Interviews will take place in Feb/March of 2019. Please check back in January 2019 for more info.

Meet Our 2018–19 Apprentices

Amy Duffy (Acting Apprentice), originally from Duluth, GA is thrilled to be moving her way back south after having lived in Michigan for the past 13 years, including the time earning her B.F.A. in Music Theatre Performance from Central Michigan University. During her time at CMU, she performed in numerous shows, with favorite roles including A Chorus Line (Maggie), Godspell (Jesus), and bash (Sue). Her international work includes The Fireflies, sponsored through Performing the Jewish Archive in The Czech Republic, in addition to her time spent studying at the Cologne Dance Center in Köln, Germany. Throughout all of this she was a performing member of Trap Door Improv, CMU’s resident improv company. She is so thankful to the Aurora Theatre for this opportunity to be a member of AppCo19!

Monique Gillis (Acting Apprentice) is a singer, actress, and dancer from Chauncey, Georgia. She has an A.A in Theatre Studies from Middle Georgia State College and has taken a few acting and dance courses at Kennesaw State University. During her time at MGSC she performed as Miss Poppenghul in Moonlight and Magnolias, worked as Stage Manager for Anna in The Tropics, and directed A Raisin in the Sun. She also spent some time as a dance teacher at Dance Galore in Cochran, Ga. After taking some time off from pursuing her passion, Monique is thrilled to be joining the Aurora Theatre Apprenticeship Company for the 2018-2019 season. 

Cody Evan Jones (Acting Apprentice) is excited to join the Aurora’s Apprentice Company as well as make his Atlanta theatre debut. He is a recent graduate of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance at Brenau University, receiving his Bachelors in Theatre. During his time at GTA he has been a part of several productions including: The Odyssey (Poseidon), Crazy for You (Moose), Adam & Evie (Adam), Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar), The Philadelphia Story (Mac) and Monstrous Regiment (Lord Rust/Death). He hopes to hone his craft even further at the Aurora and is grateful for the opportunity to continue learning. He’d like to thank his friends, family, and mentors for the continuous support which encourages him to continue pursuing his passion.

Peyton McDaniel (Acting Apprentice) is a recent graduate of The University of Alabama, where he had many opportunities to perform and choreograph in multiple shows with the department of theatre and dance. Although he was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Tuscaloosa truly became home during the last four years. Previous credits include: Specs in Newsies, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Whizzer in Falsettos. Peyton would like to thank his friends, family, and teachers for their undying love and support. 

Anthony J. Nash (Acting Apprentice) is a newly minted graduate from the University of Georgia in Athens, with a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre. He grew up in Villa Rica, Georgia where he found his passion for theatre as a medium of change. Some of the credits he has earned include: A Behanding in SpokaneA Lesson Before DyingTitus Andronicus, and Virtue. He is more than blessed at this opportunity to grow as an artist with the 2018-19 Aurora Apprentice Company!

Evan Phillips (Acting Apprentice) is an actor from Belleville, MI and a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a BFA in Acting with experience in performing, directing, voice acting, stage combat and set design. During his time at MSU, Evan collaborated and performed in an original touring musical that is specifically geared toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Evan also worked as a student volunteer for the 4th Wall Theatre Company and was a member of the MSU 2nd Stage Improv Troupe. Outside of MSU, Evan has also worked as an Assistant Stage Manger for the Detroit Public Theatre. Evan’s recent credits include The Tempest (Trinculo), The Misanthrope(Clintandre), Urinetown: The Musical (Billy Boy Bill) Thus with a Kiss I Die (Romeo/Joseph), and FARM! A Musical Experience (Sammy). Evan would like to thank his friends and family for all of their support. He is looking forward to joining and furthering his acting career with Aurora Theatre’s 2018-19 AppCo.

Rachael Ottinger (Costume Design Apprentice) is a recent Theatre Arts graduate of The University of West Georgia, and is excited to join the Aurora Apprenticeship Program. During her time with the university, she designed a wide variety of costumes including period clothing to postmodern and fantasy. Some of her credits include costume, makeup, and hair design for Whispers and Lies by Amy Cuomo, as well as The Scarlet Letter by Phyllis Nagy. Rachael was nominated for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work with The University of West Georgia multiple times. Her most recent work includes assistant design for Alan Yeong on Serenbe Playhouse’s Peter Pan.

Maralyn Quiñones (Stage Management Apprentice) is extremely excited to be a part of the 2018/2019 AppCo! Coming from a stage management background in high school, thanks to the mentorship of her theatre director and continued encouragement beyond this, she began her collegiate theatre experience at Georgia College wanting to learn all aspects of theatre as much as humanly possible. Her involvement in the theatre honors fraternity Alpha Psi Omega has given her the background to She recently completed her B.A. in Theatre and has been proud to gain experience in numerous leadership positions while studying including everything from designing, directing and of course stage management. Some of her proudest achievements include being a KCACTF stage management finalist for the show The Ballad of Emmett Till, as well as her sound design nomination for Big Love. Maralyn enjoys exploring new works, including her senior thesis in directing which involved a newly translated Cuban play: Ignacio and Maria. She can’t wait to see what other experiences she gains throughout this year!

Melanie Sheahan (Acting Apprentice) is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received her B.A. in Theatre and in Advertising. Recent credits include Othello (Desdemona), The Last Witch (Helen), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Claire), and A Behanding in Spokane (Marilyn). In addition to performing at UGA, she made her directing debut with Next Act’s production of Heathers: The Musical. Melanie is thrilled to be joining Aurora Theatre’s 2018-19 AppCo!

Tyler Todd (Technical Apprentice) is a recent graduate from Young Harris College with a major in Theater and a minor in Mathematics. He has been an actor for 8 years and most recently has been Master Carpenter of Young Harris’ scenic shop for 3 years. He has also worked with other community theaters onstage and backstage such as The Henry Players and The Front Porch Players.

Sarah Grace Valleroy (Acting Apprentice) is so excited to be making her Aurora Theatre debut as a member of the AppCo program! She is a recent graduate of The University of Alabama, where she received degrees in both Musical Theatre and Psychology. Some of Sarah Grace’s recent credits include: Les Miserables (Eponine), A Bright Room Called Day (Annabella Gotchling), Ghosts (Regina), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean), Doubt (Sister James), and Spring Awakening (Wendla). She could not be more excited to move to the city of Atlanta and begin this journey!

Briana Young (Acting Apprentice) was born in Hanau, Germany, and is an army brat who grew up in Georgia. She is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned her B.A. in Theatre and A.B. in Journalism. There she was in several university productions including You Can’t Take It With You (Alice) and A Lesson Before Dying (Vivian). Some of her favorite productions were with the Black Theatrical Ensemble, Next Act and Children’s Theatre Troupe where she performed in Aida (Aida), The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca Salt). Her initial work with the Aurora Theatre in the Prelude to the Fourth: The Little Mermaid concert has made Briana excited to start her apprenticeship. She would like to thank her parents for reminding her that no dream is too big as long as you work hard for it.

Olivia Zimmerman (Acting Apprentice) is ecstatic to join AppCo19 and make her Aurora Theatre debut in Newsies! Olivia is a recent graduate of The University of Alabama where she received a BA in dance with a minor in nutrition. Past credits include Lois/Kristine u/s in A Chorus Line, featured dancer roles in The Stephen Foster Story and Beauty and the Beast, and demi-solo roles in Swan Lake and Paquitawith Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre. She is incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to study and perform with such a talented company and thanks her family and friends for their unwavering love and support.