Actors Theatre of Louisville Names Interns, Acting Apprentices

by Jacob Coakley


45 new grads will be interns and acting apprentices at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
45 new grads will be interns and acting apprentices at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Actors Theatre of Louisville has named their 45 acting apprentices and interns for their 2011-2012 season. The acting apprentices will act in a full season of new and devised works as well as participate in the Humana Festival in the 10-minute play Festival and Humana Anthology. The interns will receive first-hand experience in the inner-workings a of a major regional theatre.


Actors Theatre of Louisville Names
40th Anniversary
Apprentice/Intern Company

Louisville, KY– Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein is proud to introduce the 2011-2012 Apprentice/ Intern (A/I) Company. A total of 45 recent college graduates, 22 acting apprentices and 23 interns were awarded positions in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s highly competitive nine month training program. Members of the company will receive experiential and practical training in their chosen field, as well as a first-hand look at the inner-workings of one of the nation’s leading regional theatres.

Recognized as one of the oldest continuing pre-professional companies in the nation, this year the A/I Company celebrates its 40th Anniversary. To date, more than 500 apprentices and interns have participated in the prestigious program that serves as a bridge for young theatre makers to transition into their professional careers.

Each year more than 2,000 young theatre artists audition nationwide for the 22 much-coveted spots within the Acting Apprentice Company. Over the course of the program the company produces a full season of shows focused on new works written by playwrights from around the country or devised by the apprentices. The season consists of the Independent Project Series, a program of original works devised and performed by the company throughout the year; Solo Mios, individual performances written and performed by the apprentices; The Tens, a selection of plays selected from entries to the National Ten Minute Play Festival, and the Humana Anthology- a full-length and fully produced work commissioned by Actors Theatre for the company that is part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Previous Alumni from the program include; Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething, The West Wing), Jenny Robertson (Bull Durham, Role Models), Jason Butler Harner (Changeling), Adam Richman (Man vs. Food), Lisa McNulty (Associate Artistic Director of The Women’s Project) and Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town, Tan Lines).

Members of the Intern Company hold vital positions within the departments of administration, artistic and production, where they receive hands-on practical training and access to educational seminars and networking opportunities. Interns are encouraged to take on leadership roles while working collaboratively with managers and company staff. Former Interns from Actors Theatre have gone on to occupy key positions on staff at Actors and within arts organizations around the country in as diverse roles as Managing Directors, Lighting Designers, Fundraisers and Stage Managers.

Internships for 2011-2012 season have been awarded to:
Melinda Beck, Cornich College of the Arts (Public Relations)
Molly Clasen, Pacific University (Literary)
Sara Durham, University of Kentucky (Marketing)
Laura Durham, DePauw University (Audience Relations and Festival Management)
Dominic Finocchiaro, Reed College (Literary)
Courtney Glenny, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Artistic Leadership)
Jackson Haywood, Columbia College (A/I Company Administration)
Betsy Huggins, Beloit College (Education)
John Kayrouz, Virginia tech (Sets/Paint)
Kevin Paul Love, Indiana University (Stage Management)
Rachel McKee,Ball State University (Company Management)
Lillian Meredith, Vassar College (Directing)
Dustin Morris, Goucher College (Education)
Caitlin O’Connell, Wellesley College (Directing)
Chris Owens, Doane College (Media Technology)
Mary Elizabeth Penrose, Grand View University (Stage Management)
Alan Pleiman, Morehead State University (Lighting)
Megan Shuey, Sante Fe University of Art and Design (Costume)
Suzanna Elizabeth Spicer, Wake Forest University (Stage Management)
Robbie Steiner, Indiana University (Education)
Amelia Vanderbilt, Indiana University (Stage Management)
Michael Whatley, Wake Forest University (Production Management)
Mary Kate Zihar, University of Louisville (Graphic Design)
Acting Apprenticeships for 2011-2012 Season have been awarded to:
Rivka Borek, Bard College
Alex Coe, Minnesota State University, Makato
Sabrina Conti, Illinois State University
Erika Diehl, University of Central Florida
Lisa Dring, University of Southern California
Jonathan Finnegan, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Zoë Garcia, University of California, Berkeley
Doug Harris, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kanomé Jones, Missouri State University
Alex Kirby, University of Portland
Daniel Kopystanski, Ithaca College
Liz Malarkey, University of Oregon
Marianna McClellan, SUNY New Paltz
Katie Medford, University of Idaho
Sean Mellott, Tulane University
Maggie Raymond, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Chris Reid, Whitman College
Keaton Schmidt, Northwest Missouri State
Calvin Smith, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Trent Stork, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Nick Vannoy, Northern Kentucky University
Amir Wachterman, Fordham University

For more information about the Apprentice/Intern Company visit