About the Apprentice Program

The Apprentice Program is a direct outgrowth of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival's mission to provide exceptional and unparalleled educational opportunities in a theatrical setting to gifted students from the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College. Apprentice Program members have graduated from the program to enjoy careers in acting, design and production all over the country!

Young Company performance at Notre Dame

Invitations to join the Apprentice Program are issued once applicants have completed a series of auditions and interviews to gauge their skills and interests. Accepted students participate simultaneously in the Mainstage production and in a show produced specifically for them. In both cases, Apprentice Program members enjoy working alongside nationally and internationally renowned professionals in a variety of ways.
Students receive training in the practical arts of theatrical production which include voice and speech, stage combat, production management and set and costume construction.
The ongoing development of the Apprentice Program through the season is shared by the Producing Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, the director and selected company members of the Professional Company production and noted local and national figures. Additional teaching in relevant areas is offered by professional artists, academics and/or administrators. Apprentice Program members are also personally mentored by selected artists and production team members from the Professional Company. Our classroom is the theatre!