Students who participate in
Shakespeare Miami's
Apprenticeship program
receive free:

Coaching in reading & writing

Training in activities such as:
dance, stage combat,
yoga and drumming

Training in physical comedy

Training in team building

period history, performance & more.

Coaching for auditions.

Performance opportunities

Training in Costuming,
technical theatre and more
YEAR ONE  Ages 10 & 11

Beginning at the age of ten, apprentices learn to
listen, to begin to absorb the world of theatre,
Shakespeare's words, and how to behave in a
professional setting.  Apprentices learn the
value of being on time and of thorough
preparation.  .  They learn the skill of learning
through observation and listening, preparing
themselves for their first steps on a stage.   
Every apprentice and Intern is required to meet
minimum standards in their schoolwork and
occasional tutoring is available with homework.
Apprentices are assigned age appropriate
research project per year.
Apprentices and their families make a commitment to good
grades, professional behavior and hard work. Our apprenticeships
begin at a young age in order to foster personal discipline,
academic growth and permit the student to grow up with
"Shakespeare in their ears."   

Each year, Shakespeare Miami accepts between one and three
new elementary school interns into the program for a long-term
commitment to the company.  This program immerses students in
company life, study of Shakespeare and other training such as
stage combat.  

Apprentices and their families commit to a balanced and
age-appropriate schedule of   rehearsals, training programs and
volunteer work.

Our professional company members and educator/actors serve
as mentors, teachers and guides during the student's time with the
YEAR THREE   Ages 13 & 14

Year three is a busy time for apprentices;
students begin to their academic approach to
Shakespeare;  through special classes and fun  
research assignments.  If given permission,
school shows.

Year three apprentices attend all training
workshops, and are at select rehearsals until 9
YEARS FOUR AND FIVE   Ages 15 & 16

Years four and five offer the apprentices more advanced training
and more responsibility in the company.   Apprentices participate
fully in all training workshops, school performances and are
given the opportunity to audition for small roles in the mainstage
productions.  Each student is expected to maintain a high GPA,
attend rehearsals and participate in activities of the company.  
They are held to professional standards of conduct, preparation,
and performance as the entire cast.  

Students are assigned more structured duties in the company
and as their apprentice ship draws to a close, they are choose a
topic for their research project which is presented to the entire
company and invited guests.
Benefits from  
in the Arts:

  • Better grades  
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-dicipline
  • Poise
  • Public Speaking
  • Better health
  • New Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Less everyday stress
  • Happiness
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child's future
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Serious Fun!
Work hard, and have a blast!
make a long-term
commitment to the Arts.
YEAR TWO  Ages 12 & 13

Year two finds young apprentices preparing  to
undertake a small non-speaking role in a
production.  Apprentices participate in
age-appropriate training with professional
company members, and begin training in a skill
such as dance, stage combat or drumming.
Year two apprentices are permitted to attend
more rehearsals and begin to observe various
aspects of how a production comes together,
both back stage and on stage.
-noun  (əˈprɛntɪs)
someone who works for a skilled
or qualified person in order to
learn a trade or profession, esp
for a recognized period

Apprenticeship is a system of
training a new generation of
practitioners of a skill.
Apprentices (or in early modern
usage "prentices") or protégés
build their careers from
apprenticeships. ...
Shakespeare Miami's FREE
Apprenticeship program

offers young students the
opportunity to

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  • What are the ages for the program?

We accept well behaved children at the age of ten
for an initial try-out to determine if the child is
mature enough to participate and is having fun.

  • What is the cost for this program?

The program is free

  • Do I need a teacher recommendation?


  • Does my child require any special
    training or experience to participate?


  • My child is 13 and wants to begin the
    program. Does a child have to enter the
    program at age 10?

No, we accept apprentices dependent on several
factors, and as they will be interacting with people
of all ages, an older child entering the apprenticeship
shouldn't be a problem.

  • My child has studied acting for years
    with a famous coach and is only
    interested in acting. Can they still
    participate and only do the "Acting"

NO.  This is not the program for you.
We are dedicated to a holistic approach.         
At the end of our program we want a student
who knows how conduct to research, not
because it was assigned, but for the pure joy
of making new discoveries.   
      At the end of the program we hope
to have helped to create, a well-rounded         
individual who can paint, hammer, run a seam,
fight with a rapier, and dance a Galliard.
Someone who honors commitments,  exhibits the
skills of leadership and can be a team player.  

Our apprentices will be able to handle,  not only
any performance or audition, but any presentation
or job interview with confidence.  

  • What kind of time commitment is

In general our program runs from October through
early  February of each year with breaks for

  • Year one  and two (ages 10, 11 & 12) apprentices
    usually attend one rehearsal per week from late
    November until January, when more rehearsal time
    is required. Year one and two apprentices are
    required to attend dress rehearsals and up to four
    performances. Year one apprentices are required to
    attend one workshop or field trip.   

  • Year three and four (ages 13 & 14) apprentices
    are required  attend one to two rehearsal per week  
    from late November to January and are required to
    attend technical and dress rehearsals as well as each
    performance. Year three and four apprentices are
    invited to participate in age-appropriate workshops,
    training and field trips.  Occasional research projects
    are assigned.

  • Year five (ages 15 & 16) apprentices            
    make a major commitment of time between
    November and January;  attending a minimum of
    two rehearsals per week plus fight school,
    workshops, lectures, field trips and participate in all
    performances.  Year five apprentices research and
    prepare a presentation at their graduation from the

  • What are the goals of the program?
At 10, we want your child to learn to listen, to
honor a commitment, to begin to make sense of
plots and dialogue and have fun. At 11, we aim to
have the child be able to read text with confidence,
understand plotlines, complete assignments, master
the rudiments of stage etiquette and participate in
age appropriate workshops.  

  • At age 12, we expect the child to
participate in productions, become more well
versed in the text, the preparation process and
focus on developing team-building skills, and to have
fun.  At 13, we expect the child to learn the
rudiments of dramaturgy, background research,
text, develop her vocabulary and participate in age
appropriate classes, workshops and projects.  At
age 14 and 15, apprentices prepare to tackle small
roles and to assist with dramaturgy at rehearsals.
They are assigned research projects as well as duties
in various departments (costume, lighting, set
design and construction) Even if they do not have
speaking roles, students are required to participate in
performances as extras, dancers, musicians, or
to work backstage... and to have fun.

  • My child wants to participate, and it sounds like
    fun, but I am terrified that if they do,  they will
    drop out of college and become  a starving actor,
    facing a life of rejection,  living a miserable life
    of abject poverty until they finally give up and
    move  back home, thereby forcing me to spend
    my entire retirement fund supporting them for
    the rest of their lives.   

  • 99% of kids who participate in the arts do not
    become artists.  However, these experiences help to
    shape their character and prepare them for a life of
    leadership in the world of business. Medical schools
    and MBA programs are more likely to admit students
    who play an instrument, dance, perform in plays or
    paint.  Employers are thrilled to hire people with an
    interest and/or background in the arts because it
    shows commitment and discipline.  The Pew
    Charitable Trust released a survey that proves that
    students who participate in the arts score
    significantly higher on SATs and other testing.

Where can I get more information?

Shakespeare Miami director, Colleen Stovall,
with a young apprentice, and interns.