Actors Theatre of Louisville Announces 2012/2013 Apprentice/Intern Company

by Jacob Coakley


The 44 members of the company will work at Actors Theatre of Louisville for nine months.
The 44 members of the company will work at Actors Theatre of Louisville for nine months.

Congrats to all the members of the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2012-2013 Apprentice/Intern Company! ATL’s program is one of the largest I know of—with 44 recent college graduates participating (22 acting apprentices and 22 interns). Interns will be placed in various departments throughout the theatre, learning the workings of a major regional theatre, while members of the Acting Apprentice Company will produce a full season of shows, culminating in a commissioned, full-length work at the Humana Fest. More than 2,300 artists auditioned for the acting company.


Louisville, KY- Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are proud to introduce the 2012-2013 Apprentice/Intern (A/I) Company. With a proven track record as a mentor and educator, Les Waters is excited to welcome the new company for his first season as artistic director.

A total of 44 recent college graduates—22 acting apprentices and 22 interns—were awarded positions in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s highly competitive nine month training program. Members of the company are given the opportunity to receive practical training in their chosen field, and a firsthand look at the inner-workings of one of the nation’s leading regional theatres.

Now in its 41st year, this prestigious program has served as a bridge for more than 500 apprentices and interns, leading them to their professional careers. More than 2,300 young theatre artists auditioned from all over the country for the 22 sought-after spots in this season’s Acting Apprentice Company. The company will produce a full season of shows, consisting of entirely new work by playwrights nationwide as well as their own creative pieces, culminating in a full-length work commissioned by Actors Theatre and performed during the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Members of the Intern Company hold vital positions within various departments in the theater, where they receive hands-on training and the opportunity to network and gain knowledge through educational seminars. Managers and company staff, who work diligently with the interns, encourage them to take on leadership roles and use their time at Actors Theatre to develop and build a solid set of skills.

The A/I Company training program has led numerous alumni to find a place in the professional theatre world. Former Interns from Actors Theatre have gone on to occupy key positions on staff at Actors as well as within other arts organizations around the country. Previous Acting Apprentices have succeededin television, film, professional theatre and much more. Romeo and Juliet, Actors first play of the season, will be directed by Tony Speciale, a Louisville native and former acting apprentice.


Internships for 2012-2013 Season have been awarded to:

John Allerheiligen, Indiana University (Lighting)
Jessica Angima, St. Edward’s University (Development)
Hannah Barnes, University of Oklahoma (Stage Management)
Katherine Bartels, Louisiana State University (Stage Management)
Kate Eminger, St. Edward’s University (Directing)
Sean Espinal, Murray State University (Marketing)
Gabriel Garcia, California State University, Bakersfield (Education/Teaching Artist)
Shane Hall, The University of Scranton (Costume Construction)
LeShawn Holcomb, California State University, Fullerton (Education/Teaching Artist)
Meredith Johnson, University of Louisville (Costume Intern)
Claire Jones, New College of Florida (Audience Development/Festival Management)
Rachel Karp, Columbia College-Columbia University (Directing)
Megan Lamasney, University of South Florida (Production Management)
Alex Lucci, Boston College (Stage Management)
Aaron O’Neill, Wesleyan University (Sets)
Lori Pitts, Davidson College (Education/Teaching Artist)
Christina Shackelford, The University of Texas at Austin (Education/Teaching Artist)
Naomi Shafer, Middlebury College (Dramaturgy/Literary Management)
Lizzy Thomas, Wake Forest University (Arts Administration)
Jacob Halpern Weitzman, Hendrix College (Stage Management)
Michael Whatley, Wake Forest University (Apprentice/Intern Company Administration)
Kat Zukaitis, Haverford College/Yale Divinity School (Dramaturgy/Literary Management)


Acting Apprenticeships for 2012-2013 Season have been awarded to:
Noelia Antweiler, University of Wyoming
Samantha Beach, Northwestern University
Tamara Del Rosso, Brown University
Ethan Dubin, The University of Chicago
Conor Eifler, The University of Portland
Laura Engels, Western Washington University
Kim Fischer, New York University
Bobby Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Chalia La Tour, California State University, East Bay
Joe Metcalfe, Salem State University
Derek Nelson, Carthage College
Elizabeth Ramos, California State University, Fullerton
Andy Reinhardt, Western Washington University
Angeliea Stark, Texas State University
Ben Vigus, Wesleyan University
Kimberly Weinkle, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Sara Grace Welbourn, Northwestern University
Madison Welterlen, Iowa State University
Jeff White, Iowa State University
Ian Whitt, State University of New York at New Paltz
Christa Wroblewski, Muhlenberg College
Michael Zuccola, Salem State University

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