Professional Post-Graduate ApprenticeshipsSummer Residency Program
Apprentices work on all aspects of each main stage production alongside industry experts, and are considered professional staff. After a season with Gloucester Stage, apprentices will have the depth of knowledge to form their own companies, seek full time employment with professional theater companies, or pursue graduate degrees.
Designed to be an optimal experience for recent college graduates, we build a strong ensemble in which every member has a voice and plays a role. The goal is for all candidates to be placed in professional job opportunities in their desired job markets upon exiting the program in the Fall.
Gloucester Stage Company is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Learn more about how our company is taking action to build a more anti-racist culture.
As proud adopters of The Chicago Theatre Standards, and part of the #notinourhouse movement, Gloucester Stage Company strives to provide a safe environment for all of our volunteers, artists, and staff. Read more about the framework that is used to help create a safe working environment.
Consider joining Gloucester Stage’s Apprenticeship Program for Summer 2023. We are seeking seven theater young professionals interested in creative ownership, furthering their education, networking, and real world experience with the added support of residence and paid stipend. Designed to be an optimal experience for recent college graduates, we build a strong ensemble in which every member has a voice and plays a role.
Apprentices work on all aspects of each main stage productions alongside industry experts, and are considered professional staff. After a season with Gloucester Stage, apprentices will have the depth of knowledge to form their own companies, seek full time employment with professional theater companies, or pursue graduate degrees.
We accept apprentices in the following disciplines:
Learn more by clicking the Positions Tab above
- Youth Education
- Stage Management (2 positions available)
- Production Management
- Scenic & Technical
- Marketing & Development
End of May ’23 through End of September ’23
Weekly stipend of $200 (W-9)
Free Shared Housing in a Historic Manor
Learn more by clicking the Housing Tab above
EMC points available
Discipline Area duties (e.g. Directing, Education, etc.)
Tech Week Load Ins and Strikes for each production
Front of House support when needed
- This position is intended for applicants graduating from a four-year college/university program, but this is not a requirement. An emphasis in theater study is preferred. Students returning to campus in the Fall are not encouraged to apply. Willing to review applicants with special circumstances on a case by case basis.
- Must be positive, collaborative, hardworking, flexible theater makers with a deep passion for the work.
- Weekend and evening availability is a must – this is a full-time program.
- Should have own transportation (we are in beachfront community with little public transportation)
About our Theater Company:
Gloucester Stage is Boston’s North Shore premier professional Equity, nonprofit theater company. Located in a century-old repurposed brick warehouse on the edge of the Atlantic and at the entrance to the Rocky Neck Cultural District, the intimate venue has provided the setting for award-winning new works as well as the classics over the past four decades. Gloucester Stage annually produces a season of main stage shows running for 6-show weeks, in addition to special one-night only performances.
In an effort to gain a well-rounded experience in professional theater, Gloucester Stage Company Apprentices will each be expected to work shifts in the theater’s Box Office and Concessions. All Apprentices, regardless of position, will participate in tech week activities and with fundraising/special events as needed.
- Works alongside the creative staff in producing a wide variety of various performances throughout the season.
- Assists directors on all six productions and will support the dramaturgy of most productions.
- Provided the opportunity to direct play readings and other special projects.
- Must have a strong sense of collaboration and curiosity.
- Reports directly to the Artistic Director.
Youth Education Apprentice
- Teaches theater education programs alongside our Education Director for students ages 6 to 18.
- Support the Summer and Fall Youth theater productions.
- Reports directly to the Education Director.
Stage Management Apprentice
- 2 Positions Available
- Work in conjunction with the Production Manager and assists Equity Stage Managers throughout the season.
- Serve as Assistant Stage Manager on 2-3 productions and be present and active in rehearsals and running performances.
- Additional duties may include procuring props, setting up rehearsals, assisting with wardrobe, or lead a run crew.
- Eligible for Equity Membership Candidacy points.
- Reports directly to the Production Manager
- Assist the Production Manager in preparing for and running productions.
- Attending production meetings, supporting with communication of project timelines, creating schedules, and record-keeping.
- Oversees Production Management of NeverDark Season (12 performances throughout the summer with guests artists)
- Assisting with ordering and acquisition of supplies and props.
- Has a working knowledge/interest in multiple areas of theater and willingness to jump in wherever they’re needed.
- Reports directly to the Production Manager
Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice
- Assists in building sets, acting as Master Carpenter for scenic builds alongside the Technical Director
- Helps to maintain a clean and safe shop space.
- Supports efforts in organizing furniture, materials, and props storage space.
- Opportunity to work alongside various professional sound and light designers throughout the season.
- Co-lead production strikes and load-ins, light hang and focus, and other technical demands.
- Reports to the Technical Director & Production Manager
Marketing & Development Apprentice
- Participate in planning for one piece of the marketing mix (e.g. purchasing/producing a radio ad)
- Producing video and digital content for our social media accounts and email communications.
- Depending on your skillset: Graphic Design/use of Photoshop to create digital and print collateral for show advertising and promotion.
- Depending on your skillset: Writing Press Releases and working alongside Media Relations to coordinate reviews.
- Depending on your skillset: Filming and editing interviews with actors, playwrights, directors, and even audience members. So would need to be comfortable infront and behind the camera (or iphone).
- Experience grant writing with opportunity to take responsibility for one complete grant from start to finish.
- Participate in special event planning for our Annual Gala and Private Donor cultivation events.
- Learn to utilize our customer relationship management software to produce data for mailings, donor solicitations, and invites to fundraisers.
- Participate in Industry Marketing meetings and gain best practices for social media marketing
- Reports to the Marketing Director & Development Director
- A completed online application (available below)
- Résumé (upload to form below)
- Not Required, but if you’d like to share: A Letter of Recommendation from a professor or supervisor (upload to form below)
- Not Required, but if you’d like to share: A writing sample ex. play proposal, short essay, press release etc.. (upload to form below)
- Not Required, but if you’d like to share: Your portfolio of past/current work. (upload PDF or include web link)
Apprentices receive free housing close to the theater in beautiful Essex, MA. The apprentice house neighbors beaches, restaurants, and hiking trails.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When are applications accepted? Application Deadline is March 15th. Applicants will be contacted for interviews by March 22nd and we hope to have final decisions by April 1st.
Is housing provided? Yes. Apprentices are provided with fully furnished, shared housing. All utilities are covered by the theater (internet/cable/laundry). We also accept apprentices who can provide their own local housing.*
Is the position paid? Yes, all apprentices receive a weekly stipend of $200 or around $5,000 for the summer. Part of the compensation is the free housing (not taxed). *If you have your own local housing, then you will be compensated at the rate of $15/hr.
Is travel reimbursed? Yes, getting to Gloucester is on us.
Is college credit available? This program is intended for graduating seniors of an undergraduate program. But our administrative team is willing to support a college credit process if that would apply to a special case (as a paid apprenticeship, that disqualifies some credit-earning opportunities).
Can I expect to work crew? Yes, depending on the needs of each production all apprentices can expect to work crew.
How many hours can I expect to work a week? On average 40 hours.
When is my application due? March 15th
How many apprentices are you hiring? Seven
When will the Apprentice Program begin? The beginning date can be flexible with your school/life schedule, but all apprentices will need to be moved/settled by the first week of June.
I am only available through the end of the summer, can I still apply? We strongly encourage applications from those who can stay for the duration (The program concludes with the end of the season).
When can I expect to hear a final decision on hiring? No later than April 15th.
Can I apply for more than one position? Yes, but please specify your preferred position.
When will interviews take place? We will interview by phone and video call as applications arrive.
I have a significant other, can they live with me? Unfortunately no, our insurance does not cover anyone outside of the program to live in our shared housing.
I have a pet, can they live with me? Unfortunately no, there are no pets allowed in the shared housing.
Do I need to submit a portfolio? If you have a portfolio, please share it with us. There are no requirements as this program should be helping build your portfolio.
How do I apply? You apply by submitting all relevant materials, including an application and portfolio (where applicable). See the “Application” section above.
What is it like to live and work in Gloucester? Gloucester is a beautiful, cape town located about 40 miles north of Boston (45min drive or 1hr by train), and is best known as the setting for the movies “CODA,” “The Perfect Storm,” and the TV show “Wicked Tuna.” The stage company is located on the harbor and short walk from Niles and Good Harbor Beach (both well-known summer spots on Cape Ann). The city has many good locally-owned shops, restaurants, and bars. National brand stores/ restaurants like Chipotle and Starbucks are prevalent in the nearby towns of Beverly & Danvers. A complete welcome guide will be provided to you during orientation.
Natalie is a member of Sarah Lawrence College’s Class of 2020. She has a passion for writing, storytelling, and carpentry, and is excited to put these passions to good use as an apprentice at Gloucester Stage! During her senior year at SLC, her first original play, Skeletons in the Closet, was produced and featured alongside other student-written and directed works in the SLC New Works Festival. Upon graduation, she was a recipient of the David Lindsay Abaire Award in Playwriting. She was also an active member of the student-run sketch comedy group Midnight Cabaret, and helped organize their virtual end-of-year “Best Of” show through Zoom after the pandemic hit. In her spare time, she enjoys working on carpentry projects and crafting stories with her friends through Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.
Elise is a director and stage manager based in the New York/New Jersey area. As a graduate from Kean University, she received a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology. Elise’s theatre journey began in high school as a stage manager, which continued throughout her college years. In her senior year in 2019, Elise co-directed dEAD dOG pARK with Megan Tobias for KTC Second Stage. Directing became a passion for Elise, and dEAD dOG pARK was nominated for Best Direction of a Play in the 2019 BroadwayWorld NJ Awards. Since then, Elise has been the directing apprentice for Premiere Stages’ Yasmina’s Necklace and the Assistant Director for Kean Theatre Conservatory’s PARADE. Most recently, she had the opportunity to be a Production Assistant for A.R.T.’s revival of 1776 directed by Diane Paulus and Jeffery L. Page. Elise is excited to continue her journey with Gloucester Stage!
Jessica Catherine MacLean
Jessica is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she received her B.A in Theatre Performance. Originally from Wethersfield, Connecticut, Jessica is thrilled to be spending the summer with Gloucester Stage.After a childhood filled with onstage performances in her community and school theatre companies , Jessica found her passion in directing and teaching theatre with young children. Previous production roles include Fame! The Musical (Director), A MidSummer Night’s Dream (ASM and Costumes), Tuck Everlasting (ASM and Costumes), The Wizard of Oz (Stage Manager), and The Wolves (Director). When she isn’t doing theatre, you can usually find Jess getting lost reading the latest fantasy novel. Much love to Mom, Dad, and Erica.
Production Management Apprentice
Jessie is a recent graduate of Vassar College with her BA in Drama and Hispanic Studies. Seeing Mary Poppins on Broadway at age five sparked an incredible love of theatre in her, and Jessie knew that she wanted to get involved in whatever way she could. After acting a bit as a young child, she finally found her niche as a “backstage ninja,” working behind the scenes through middle and high school. While at Vassar, she focused on stage and production management, stage managing seven productions and serving as the Assistant Production Manager of the Drama Department for her final two years. Some of her favorite productions from her time at Vassar include Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, Summertime/Wintertime, and her thesis production, the collegiate premiere of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Jessie is very excited to be returning to her home state to learn more about professional production management through Gloucester Stage’s Apprenticeship program!
Stage Management Apprentice
Kristin Kijanka (she/her) is alive and well, thank you very much, and feels honored to be a part of GSC’s Stage Management Apprenticeship this summer! In August of 2020, she had the privilege of graduating from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!) with a B.A. in theatre arts. Since then, she has been a remote box office associate for Marin Theatre Company, a remote directing apprentice for Unicorn Theatre, and an in-person administrative associate for Palm Beach Dramaworks. Favorite credits include Rock of Ages (ASM) at the Lake Worth Playhouse; The Wolves (SM) at the University of South Florida; Disenchanted! (SM) at mad Theatre of Tampa. Kristin is determined to continue growing her love for learning and connecting through theatre-making by going to graduate school and getting a M.F.A. in directing. She sends love and air-hugs to her family and to Nazbi. Thank you, GSC, for this exciting opportunity!
Kristina was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2021 with a B.S. in Integrated PR & Advertising and a Theater Minor. She studied abroad for a summer in London, England on the UCL/Birkbeck campus, studying marketing in her classes, and the local theater scene in her spare time. She is an actor, director, portrait photographer, and multi-media artist. She is deeply interested in the role regional theatres hold in their respective communities, and how this can be expanded using different forms of media. In addition to her acting and directorial work, she has served as a production assistant on commercial sets, worked at a talent agency, and was a Marketing & Development intern with American Stage. She likes exploring new places, needs another large bookshelf, and spends what free time she has making stained glass suncatchers, and jamming to 80’s classic rock music with her cat Pip. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with the amazing team at Gloucester this season, and continue growing as a theatre professional.
Stage Management Apprentice
Claire Russell is a graduate of Gonzaga University where they earned a BA in Theatre Arts with a design, tech, and management focus. In addition, Claire earned minors in Special Education and Interdisciplinary Arts. They spent their undergraduate career stage-managing numerous productions. Their training also included a little of everything else from acting and props design to lighting design and directing. Claire spent their senior year stage-managing the fall musical and working to create a resource website for ability inclusive arts production that was shared with the Gonzaga community. Claire is looking forward to continuing to develop their stage management philosophy and skills as well as continue working on learning about and promoting ability inclusive performance opportunities for diverse audiences. Claire is excited to be a part of the 2022 Gloucester Stage Apprenticeship Program and can’t wait to jump into their post-graduate career and learn from their fellow apprentices.
Past Apprentice Teams
Geraldine Bogard | Development Apprentice
Geraldine Bogard recently graduated from Brandeis University having majored in
Jeremy Chiang | Scenic & Technical Apprentice
Jeremy graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2020, with a major in theatre design and direction. While at URI, he spent most of his time working in the scene shop, learning a lot about carpentry and studying other designs. His senior year of college, he was able to assistant direct “She Kills Monsters”, Directed by 2019 Directing apprentice Madison Cook-Hines in the Fall semester. In the Spring semester he was able to independently design the set for the only main stage production, ‘Richard III”, which was a huge challenge, but very rewarding. Since the pandemic hit, he has had the opportunity to work on a few productions outside and over Zoom, but he can’t wait to get back to doing theatre more constantly. He is super excited to get back to doing theatre, and join Gloucester Stage!
Natalie Kane | Directing Apprentice
Natalie is a New York/New Jersey-based director and dramaturg passionate about developing new works, as well as bringing classical theatre to new audiences, and is thrilled to be part of this season’s Apprenticeship Cohort at Gloucester! She has worked on productions with The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, The Growing Stage Theatre, Dream Up Festival, and TSquared Production Company. Favorite directing credits include The Winter’s Tale (Evergreen Theatre Collective), staged readings for TGS’s New Play-Reading Festival, and an upcoming recording of the new play Zig-Zag for the Premiere the Play podcast. Throughout the pandemic Natalie has organized many informal Zoom readings, and suddenly found time to pursue an abundance of knitting and watercolor projects. She is a proud alumna of Kenyon College, National Theater Institute, and The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ’s Summer Professional Training Program. NatalieKaneDirector.com.
Ashleigh David | Stage Management Apprentice
Ashleigh is a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with her BA in Anthropology and minors in Theatre Arts and Philosophy. She loves learning about and telling the stories of human experience and connection. Originally from St. Louis, she fell in love with theater going to productions at The Muny and The Fox with her mom. After trying on several roles, she found her calling backstage, wearing all black, and making numerous spreadsheets. Favorite credits include Into That Good Night (TAC-e One Act Festival, Director), Urinetown (Penn Players, SM), Heathers: The Musical (Penn Players, SM), and The Wolves(Quadramics, ASM). She is very excited to be working with Gloucester this season on socially relevant theater.
Tatiana Pless | Production Management Apprentice
Tatiana Pless received her BA in Theatre from Davidson College. At the beginning of her undergraduate career, she enjoyed performing onstage and took direction from others. Towards the end, she went behind the scenes as a scenic and prop designer, director, stage manager, wardrobe assistant, and a member of the stage crew. During 2019, Tatiana lived overseas in Greece and taught middle school students different aspects of theatre. She was able to coach a duet team to perform in one of Thessaloniki’s drama contests. One of her biggest career goals is to create her own dinner theatre to help formerly incarcerated individuals share their stories and use creative outlets as a form of expression. She is excited to be a part of Gloucester Stage’s 2021 Apprenticeship Program and can’t wait to learn more about the production process and what it takes to put a successful season together.
Patricia (Pat-rice) Rooney | Stage Management
Patricia (Pat-rice) Rooney is wicked pumped to be joining Gloucester Stage Company as a Stage Management Apprentice for this season. She graduated from Millikin University in Decatur Illinois, after transferring from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Select credits include: Production Manager, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre: 2019-2020 Season, Production Manager, Millikin University School of Theatre and Dance: Fall 2019. Stage Manager: The Guide to Being Single with Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, The Medium and Hand of Bridge with Millikin University’s School of Music, and Julius Caesar with Millikin University’s School of Theatre and Dance. She would like to thank everyone at Gloucester Stage Company for this incredible opportunity, Emily for her for her energy, the mom’s for their unyielding support, and Meg for always being there.
Anderson Stinson III | Marketing Apprentice / Understudy
Anderson Stinson, III is a recent graduate from Brandeis University. After deciding halfway through his college career that he no longer wanted to be a doctor he quickly double majored in Theater Arts & Film, Television, and Interactive media for some reason. From there he has explored so many different facets of theater and film production from acting to writing. As of now, Anderson primarily works as an actor and secondarily as a director and cinematographer. Regardless, he always aims to learn as much as he can. Anderson hopes one day he can be another hand in making theater and film accessible to everyone. He is very excited to have the opportunity of being part of the Gloucester Stage Apprenticeship program and looks forward to learning so much from the company, but even more from his fellow apprentices. It has been over a year since the beginning of lockdown and it is delightful to see the strides we all as artists are taking to continue to work as a community and create.
SCOTT CARON (Directing) is a director, actor and educator. Originally from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, he is now based out of New York City. Scott is a co-founder of The Regatta Players, a company he administrated from its 2010 inception until making his directorial debut with their 2017 productions, First Dateand Evita. Acting credits include: The Imbible (Off-Broadway at New World Stages), Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar(Fiddlehead Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol(The Hanover Theatre), All Shook Up, Les Misérables(Mac-Haydn Theatre), Comedy of Errors, I Remember Mama(Monomoy Theatre), Equus, Company(Playhouse on Park). Scott is also a coach for Shrewsbury High School’s Speech and Debate Team with state-level and national champions in drama and public speaking. He holds a BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School (University of Hartford). Immense gratitude to his parents for their unending support and to Bob Walsh for this incredible opportunity. www.scottcaron.com
DEVIN CRISTOR (Stage Management) is a recent graduate from University of North Texas, with a B.A. in Theatre. The Dallas native has served as stage manager, assistant stage manager, and intern at various theatre companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. His career goals consist of becoming an established stage manager for Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, direct new work plays for regional theatres, and teach. He is grateful for the opportunity the Gloucester Stage Company has provided him.
JULIA LORELLO (Marketing/Development) grew up locally in the town of Ipswich and is a recent graduate of Bennington College in Vermont with a degree in theater and media. Throughout her education Julia has been fortunate enough to experience many different aspects of theater, from performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the production of her play, Eyes They Close. Since graduating, Julia has assisted with productions at Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston, as well as given tours as a 1920’s parlor maid at Ipswich’s Castle Hill estate. She is an adamant believer in the power of live theatre to generate change and restore hope in a community. Julia is excited to see what magic this season holds, and hopes you are too!
CLAIRE MORSE (Production Management) recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in theatre, where she was fortunate enough to study every aspect from directing to costume design, and graduate with a focus in technical theatre. While at Mount Holyoke Claire worked as the lighting assistant, workshop assistant, and volunteer in the costume shop, which allowed hands-on experience in the season of productions. She also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, where she continued to study theatre and film. She has come to realize what excites her most about theatre are the interconnectedness and teamwork between the different departments, which is why she is thrilled to be the production management apprentice this season.
LAUREL REITER (Education) is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, with a BA in English and Secondary Education. While in college she participated in theater in several different ways; makeup and hair, stage management, directing, and performing to name a few. Laurel’s last contribution was assistant stage-managing Salome by Oscar Wilde during her senior year. She also served as a summer Education/Dramaturgy intern at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where her interest in theater education was confirmed. Since then she has worked as a teaching artist and discovered her desire to work in theater administration. When not teaching children their stage left from their stage right she can often be found reading or searching for someone to play board games with. She is overjoyed to be at Gloucester Stage Company and cannot wait to see what she will learn.
Drew Cleveland (Directing) recently graduated from Gordon College with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. His theatrical passions are acting, directing and writing. Some of his credits include playing Owen in Translations, Salieri in Amadeus, and writing/directing his own senior thesis, All Will Be Well. Most recently, he appeared as an understudy for Russell in GSC’s production of Bank Job and will be understudying for Noah in the upcoming The Rainmaker. Above all, he values the ability of theatre to awaken, disturb and inspire. Drew believes strongly that theatre teaches us to always pursue joy in spite of despair. He is infinitely grateful to be working alongside the staff and production teams at GSC this Summer.
Katie Lewis (Production Management) is a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California where she earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts. While at LMU she strived to learn about every aspect that goes into putting on a theatrical production. She did this through working as a scene shop technician and holding positions on multiple production teams as a designer, director, and stage manager. For the last two years, Katie has earned practical experience through working in stage management on productions in LA with the Greenway Court Theatre, The Blank Theatre, as well as an arts administration internship with the Space Theatre in London, England. Her love of all areas of theatre, and problem solving nature, encouraged her to pursue a career in Production Management. Katie is excited and grateful for the experiences that await her at Gloucester Stage Company.
Londeen McEachron (Scenic Carpentry/Technical Direction) was born and raised in New York City. He is an upcoming sophomore pursuing a BFA in Technical Production at Boston University. Londeen has been working in theater for four years and is excited to spend his summer as a technical apprentice at Gloucester Stage, doing what he loves on the sunny north shore of Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Pritchett-Montavon (Management) has a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. While at Sarah Lawrence she focused on producing and stage management; she spent her final year of college as Manager for the Downstage Theatre Company, through which she produced a season of five shows including Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan as well as a festival of three student-written plays performed in rep. She also spent a year studying at the British American Drama Academy in London.
Annika Schultz (Education) is a recent graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, with a degree in theatre arts. Her experience at Gordon College exposed her to many aspects of the craft, making her a jack of all trades with an appreciation for all roles in theatre, but an especially strong interest in directing and stage management. She looks forward to continuing to explore bits of everything as she works with the Gloucester Stage education program! She believes that all people should feel welcome to be empowered by theatre, especially children, and hopes to work towards this inclusion as she helps introduce young people to theatre.
Jennifer Spirito (Stage Management) is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre double concentrating in Stage Management and Directing. During her time at URI, she took part in many shows doing anything from performing on stage, directing her own one act play, assistant stage managing, stage managing and working on the theatre department’s social media team. Along with her work at school, each summer Jen worked at a local theatre company stage managing musicals such as “Carrie” and “Heathers: the Musical.” Jen is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to start her professional career at Gloucester Stage Company.
Michael Furlong (Stage Management) Hello! My name is Michael Desmond Furlong. I am the Stage Management Apprentice here at the Gloucester Stage Company. I am a recent graduate of Fitchburg State University, where I studied communications media with a concentration in theater and in film. My goal is to one day work as an actor! In order to reach this goal I believe that I must first have real working experience in other aspects of a stage company. I am very excited for this incredible opportunity to Intern at the Gloucester Stage Company.
Hannah Guselli (Company Management) is a recent graduate from Fitchburg State University, graduating with a degree in Communications Media and a concentration in Theatre. Her first semester at the University, she enrolled in an Intro to Theatre course where she learned about the various histories of theatre and the well-known playwrights that influence theatre today. After performing in a Tennessee Williams scene, for the first time with an audience, she knew this is what she wanted to pursue and she has loved it ever since. She traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the university and performed in the ensemble in an alumnus written play, Fausted. She appeared in Noises Off where she played Poppy, which was her favorite play to be involved in. Following this, she appeared in 12 Angry Jurors as Juror number 12. She plans to continue her journey as an aspiring actor and plans on using valuable tools she is learning here at Gloucester Stage Company to pertain to her future. She is here as the Company Management Apprentice, grateful to be learning all aspects of the theatre.
Julia Fioravanti (Stage Management/Production) is a recent graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN. While at TWC Julia has acquired a wide variety of skills including acting, costume design, set design, directing, and stage managing. In the last few years she has found a love for the technical side of theatre and has focused on her stage managing and design work, completing an extensive capstone project in spring 2016 on the shows The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (acting, set design, costume design, light design) and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (stage management, assistant director, costume design). Julia is grateful for the opportunity Gloucester Stage Company has given her to expand her knowledge of Stage Management in a professional theatre and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her!
Morgan Flynn (Directing) is an alumna of the BFA Performance Program at Salem State University. Morgan graduated as a Commonwealth Honors Program Tsongas Scholar; for her capstone Honors Thesis she served as Peter Sampieri’s Assistant Director on Frank Galati’s adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. This past January she competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 Stage Directors and Choreographers fellowship program, where she was awarded the David Wheeler Award for Actor/Director communication. Last year, Morgan directed Port by Simon Stephens for the Student Theatre Ensemble for which she received a KCACTF Merit Award for Excellent Student Direction. Outside of acting and directing, Morgan enjoys improv, writing, smelling flowers and taking time tea. She could not be more grateful to Gloucester Stage for this immersive opportunity to do what she loves.
Matthew Lewis (Management) is a recently graduated Fitchburg State University student with a Bachelor’s in Communications Media with concentrations in Theater and Professional Communications and a Minor in Business Administration. While on campus he enjoyed performing with the student-run improv performance team, occasionally testing his coordination with the dance club and, most of all, assisting with and performing in multiple productions on Fitchburg State’s Mainstage. Being a three time Irene Ryan nominated actor, he honed his performance abilities through several different acting styles with several different types of director as well as had the opportunity to market, advertise and work the public relations for a handful of these performances. When he is not working towards one day being a successful Managing Director, he likes fish tanks, watching comedy specials and freshly brewed pots of coffee.
Coty Markee-Culbreth (Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice) At 22 years old Coty has taken part in over 70 productions both plays and musicals both on and off stage. As well as taking part in countless films both student and professional. Acting since the age of 6 he found the tech side of life whilst being in high school. Though it wasn’t until the age of 19 that he truly found Sound design and fell in love instantly. Over the past couple of years of studying the ins and outs of Sound design he has now worked alongside famous actors and ran 3 separate shows at the same time working sound for all of them, and even helped create sound for an up and coming show to soon be making its way to New York and become a professional show. He has done all of this while being hard of hearing, soon to be completely deaf. Having dealt with this all his life it was any old thing to him but to find out his calling was to become a sound specialist was another whole fish to fry. He has been taught both self and professionally to run sound both by hearing but also through sight by seeing colors and numbers to demonstrate which sound comes next. Even though he loves sound design he prides himself on his adaptability. He is able to jump into anything and figure out how to do it inside and out fairly quickly and soon will be able to add another interest to his life. He’s sort of a jack or I guess Coty of all trades!
Maeve McCluskey (Stage Management/Production) is a recent graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she double majored in Humanities and Arts: Drama/Theatre and Interactive Media and Game Development. She initially began theatre at WPI solely as an actor, but quickly got swept up into the world of technical theatre. During her time at WPI, she performed onstage, stage managed, created graphic and sound designs, ran a publicity campaign, and served many a time as a general crew member. She rounded out her collegiate career by directing Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Earnest for her senior capstone project. Now that she is moving on from college, Maeve would like to pursue a career in professional theatre. She hopes to use her joint passions for acting and stage management in harmony to live the best life possible, while putting her other degree to use in creating art and character design. Maeve is a member of the Rho Kappa cast of Alpha Psi Omega, the national collegiate theatrical honor society.
Jessica Richmond(Scenic Carpentry/Technical Apprentice) is a recent graduate of Gordon College with a degree in Theatre Arts. She is passionate about all areas of theatre, with an emphasis in stage management, set building, and acting. Some of her favorite credits include stage managing Metamorphoses, playing Little Sally in Urinetown, and co-writing and co-directing The Edge Effect which had a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Work in theatre has taught her that anything is possible because theatre artists make the imagination come to life. Jessica is a goofball that loves to work. She is excited to start her professional career and wants to always relish in the joy of creating.
Sarah Vandewalle (Education) is a 2016 graduate of Tufts University, with a B.A. in Drama. During her time at Tufts, she was awarded the Tisch Undergraduate Research Award for her work on Boston’s Federal Theatre Project. She has also worked with both the New Repertory Theatre and Boston’s Fresh Ink Theatre. Sarah has truly enjoyed playing multiple roles inside the theatre; dramaturg, actor, producer, run crew, stage manager, costume crew, and more. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with young theatre artists. Outside the theatre, Sarah loves to learn new baking recipes as often as she can.
LUCAS BAISCH Playwriting Apprentice Lucas Baisch is a playwright, performer, and visual artist originally from San Francisco, based in Chicago, now working as the inaugural Playwright Apprentice at Gloucester Stage Company during their 2015 season. His work has been read and developed at Chicago Dramatists, InFusion Theatre Company, Salonathon, Victory Gardens Theater, Links Hall, American Theatre Company, The Wulfden, The DeYoung Museum, SF Playground, and DePaul University’s annual Wrights of Spring. Productions: The Scavengers (The Healy Theater at Depaul University, dir. Bonnie Metzgar), A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company, dir. David R. Gammons), and Zipped & Pelted (The Wulfden/Chicago Fringe, dir. Katrina Dion). Literary/Public Programs Assistance: Rest, The Testament of Mary, Samsara (Victory Gardens Theater). Education: BFA Playwriting, Depaul University. www.lucasbaisch.com
ALLISON BENKO Directing Apprentice Allison Benko is an alumna of Tufts University. A Drama major with a strong interest in puppetry and applied theatre, Allison also considers herself an unofficial minor in Folklore and Mythology. Last spring, she worked on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (or What You Will), which took place in Somerville’s Powderhouse Park, and featured over a dozen original compositions and arrangements by cast members. She went on to direct the charming musical comedy She Loves Me as her senior capstone project, and to assistant direct productions of Edges and Doctor Faustus. Currently, she is directing the world premiere of A Doll’s House: An Opera, a new work by Grace Oberhofer based on Ibsen’s famous play. On those rare occasions when Allison is not acting or directing, you may find her maddeningly contemplating Marlowe’s mysterious murder, or playing Dungeons and Dragons. She is thrilled to receive this opportunity from Gloucester Stage, and looks forward to making a home for herself here.
CAITLIN KENYON Marketing Apprentice Caitlin Kenyon is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Arts Management and Theatre and Performance. Born and raised in Rochester, NY Caitlin knew from a very young age that all she ever wanted was to be a member of the theatre community in any way she could. Before being hired by Gloucester Stage she was employed by Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City as their Development Intern. New York City Performance Credits: Bless Me Father (Lawyer; Ensemble Studio Theatre). Purchase College Performance Credits: Bull (Isobel), Lost.Lonely.Loons. (Ace), Street Theater (CB), Betrayal (Emma), The Skriker (Nelly Longarms). Film Credits: Heights of Recluse (Aurelie), Community Service: The Movie (Kimberly).
SIDNEY JUNK Stage Management/Costumes Apprentice Sidney Junk recently graduated from Winona State University in Minnesota with a degree in Theatre Arts. She began college at St. Ambrose University in Iowa with the mindset of being an actress but got swept into the world of tech. Stage management, lights, and costumes are her primary focuses in technical theatre. She has stage managed multiple shows in her college career including Chicago, The Venetian Twins, and Les Liaisons Dangerueses. Sidney would like to thank her family, faculty, and friends for all their encouragement and support.
JENNA WORDEN Stage Management/Production Apprentice Jenna Worden, with a vast array of interests in theatre, history, and teaching, considers herself a story teller. A strong believer in the powers of knowledge and artistic expression, Jenna is an advocate for socially-motivated art. She has used her experiences with historical research and travel abroad to highlight the injustices faced by the people of Central America, particularly Guatemala. As an educator, Jenna encourages her students to create meaningful work surrounding their passions, whatever they may be. In the theatre Jenna primarily identifies as a stage manager, though she has significant directing and performing experiences. Credits of notability at Northern Arizona University include stage managing Of Mice and Men, directing the premiere of Forgotten Places by Mac Groves, and performing with NAUghty Bits Improv Troupe. Jenna is a member of USITT.
ROGIN FARRER Scenic/Construction Apprentice Rogin Farrer is a theatrical designer and carpenter. He is a recent graduate of Vassar College, where he developed his craft while studying the history, theory, and literatures of world drama. As a lighting and scenic designer, he approaches his work with a holistic sensibility and an interest in all elements of the production working together as a unified whole. His design credits include Passion Play, Arcadia (lighting, Vassar College Experimental Theater), The Mousetrap (scenic, Philaletheis Society), and Red (asst. lighting, Portland Stage). He also directed his senior thesis, God of Vengeance, by Sholem Asch.
AVERY DANIELS Dramaturgy/Education Apprentice Avery Daniels is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She is originally from San Diego, California, where she spent most of her time dancing with her competitive hip hop team, doing improv, and stressing out about homework. Once settled in Tacoma, Avery took theater classes and English classes and got to find out what she’s really passionate about: playwriting, acting, dancing, and working with kids. She spent six months living in London and studying screenwriting. She hopes that she’ll someday live in London again and work in the theater.