Aurora Theatre

Apprentice Company

The Aurora Apprentice Company is designed to help emerging artists bridge the gap between Educational and Professional Theatre. Select talented young theatre artists join our staff for a paid year-long intensive to prepare them for a career in the arts.

If practical training for a multi-disciplinary artistic career appeals to you, you may be a great candidate for AppCo!


Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • A paid professional program with a $300 weekly stipend
  • Concentrations in Acting, Costuming, Stage Management, Technical Theatre
  • Networking opportunities and FREE classes with Atlanta Professionals:  Dance, Voice, Playwrighting, Improv, Scene Study, Working in the Business, and more!
  • Professional Credits working on Aurora maintage productions
  • Arts Administration and Management experience working hands on with Aurora Staff
  • Experience as Teaching Assistants 
  • Showcase at the end of the Season for family, friends, and Industry 









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Where are they now?

Shelli Delgado (AppCo14)
Shelli is a professional actor, writer, and producer. Regional credits include work with Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, Warehouse Theatre, Actor’s Express, Synchronicity, and Children’s Theatre Company. She served as a producer for the Weird Sisters Theatre Project (2016-19) and associate producer/writer for “Quarter Life*” the web-series. TV/Film: “Doom Patrol” & “The Vampire Diaries”. Instagram: @shellidelgado

Lydia Eku (AppCo15)
Following her apprenticeship, Lydia has had a prolific career as a performer both on stage and in film/TV. Most recently, she filmed with the cast of RESPECT alongside Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, and Forrest Whitaker. She is co-host of the podcast Black Table Read, and has a YouTube series #RenaissanceWomanTV, both of which look to elevate young artists to be the change they want to see and hear. Instagram: @iam_lydiaeku & @blacktableread

Morganne Evans (AppCo18)
Since her apprenticeship, Morganne has worked as a performer, intimacy director, and playwright in New York City. She is currently the Education Programs Manager at Manhattan Theatre Club, and is working on her doctorate in Educational Theatre at NYU. Instagram: @morgannejevans.

Torreke Evans (AppCo20)
Currently working at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Recently cast as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet for Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore and Jim Crow for a new play Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes. Instagram: @torrekeperforms

Elliott Folds (AppCo17)
Since participating in Aurora’s AppCo17, Elliott has worked as an actor and dramaturg all over Atlanta. He is a founding member of Zero Circle Theatre Company. Elliott currently works as the Program Coordinator for ArtsBridge Foundation and is pursuing his MFA in Theatre Pedagogy through the distance program at the University of Idaho. Instagram: @elliottfolds

Casey Gardner Ford (AppCo15)
Casey is a theatre photographer and actor. She regularly works at 11 Atlanta theatres, including Aurora, produced the #isolatedartistsofatlanta series, worked closely on the growth of the Atlanta Musical Theatre Project, and got married in 2020 to Dan Ford who she met in her first show as an apprentice. Instagram: @caseygardnerford

Michael Frederick (AppCo15)
Since his apprenticeship, Michael has made a name for himself as an Atlanta-based videographer & photographer. To view his work, please visit: or follow @humantrip on Instagram.

Edward McCreary (AppCo14)
Following his apprenticeship, Edward performed at several theatres around Atlanta for many years. In 2018 he moved to the frigid tundra of Chicago, where he completed his MFA in Arts Leadership at DePaul University and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He now serves as the Associate Director of Institutional Giving at the Joffrey Ballet. Edward is forever grateful for the opportunities and guidance he received during his time at Aurora.

Evan Hill Phillips (AppCo19)
Evan is an Associate Artist of the Sense-Ability Ensemble and is currently developing an original musical geared towards neurodiverse audiences. Since his apprenticeship, Evan has continued to perform at Aurora and other companies around Atlanta and the country. Sporadic updates at @evanhillphillips &

Joshua Quinn (AppCo17)
Following his Acting Apprenticeship, Joshua was invited to join Dad’s Garage as an Improviser. He has worked with multiple local theatres, including the Alliance Theatre & Actor’s Express. Joshua has appeared on TV and Hulu, and continues to hone his craft! Instagram: @MrJoshQuinn

Jacky Seguí (AppCo20)
Following her apprenticeship, Aurora produced Jacky’s one-woman show Too White to be Latina, Too Latina to be White. She’s currently writing another play called Dangerous Cycles. As Aurora Theatre’s Director of Community Impact, it is Jacky’s hope to continue helping this be a place of inclusion, acceptance, and opportunity to our diverse communities. Check out her website and follow her @Jacky.091

Miche’ Smith (AppCo20)
Miche’ Smith is a nationally-recognized dancer, actor, and choreographer whose creative work encourages us to expose our humanity, examine our wounds, and deeply connect with one another empathetically. Favorite highlights include work with Bronze Lens Film festival, MAD film festival, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, LoveDanceMore, SLPublicLibrary, Noori Dance film festival, Plan-B theatre, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Instagram: @mashaysmiff

Kristin Talley (AppCo20)
Since her Apprenticeship, Kristin has broadened her performance portfolio on and off stage.  She was a principal dancer in a 2-time Emmy award winning movie, a main dancer in a commercial, and an actor/vocalist for an international TV show.  Kristin is also a dance teacher, props designer, and has her own Etsy business. Instagram: @Ktdancer97

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