Actors Theatre of Louisville Names 2014-2015 Interns and Acting Apprentices

by Jacob Coakley

Actors Theatre of Louisville has namd the 37 recent grads who will make up their 2014-2015 Apprentice/Intern company. More than 2,000 recent grads applied for the 17 internships and 20 acting apprenticeships. Interns and apprentices will work alongside professional staff at one of the nation’s premier regional theaters, learning how a theatre works as well as putting those skills to use producing their own shows. Congrats to everyone selected!



Louisville, KYArtistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are proud to introduce the 2014-2015 Apprentice/Intern (A/I) Company. This year’s company joins the prestigious list of alumni which includes actor Timothy Busfield (West Wing), Actors Theatre’s current associate artistic director Meredith McDonough, and Neil Pepe, artistic director of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, amongst others. Each year, Actors Theatre of Louisville invites the most talented and highly motivated early-career theatre professionals in the nation to undertake a nine-month long training program that combines hands-on practical experience with educational seminars and professional mentorship in their chosen area of interest. Now in in its 43rd season, Actors Theatre’s A/I Company has built an incredible legacy of supporting the long-term vitality of American theatre through the mentorship and fostering of the best emerging talent in the field. As one of the oldest pre-professional training programs in the nation, it is a prestigious launching pad transitioning numerous alumni into prominent positions in professional theatre.

“As we prepare to launch another inspiring season at Actors Theatre, we are thrilled to welcome this incredible group of young professionals,” says Jennifer Bielstein, the Theatre’s managing director. “The program is designed to bridge the gap between undergraduate study and a professional career and provides real-world experience that gives our alumni a competitive advantage when entering a crowded marketplace.  I look forward to an industrious year and the many contributions these individuals will make, over time, to our organization and American theatre at large.”

Selected from over 2,000 applicants from across the nation the 2014-2015 A/I Company consists of 37 college graduates—20 acting apprentices and 17 interns—each of whom is extremely talented in his or her chosen field.  Through their participation in the nine-month long program over the course of the 2014-2015 Season, they will receive practical training in their chosen fields, the opportunity to work with celebrated artists in their respective fields, and a firsthand look at the inner workings of one of the nation’s leading regional theatres.  The company will produce a number of productions, some of which feature new work by playwrights nationwide, and some of which are creations developed from the ground up by the members of the company themselves.  These include three Solo Mios, solo performances written and performed by a member of the Apprentice Company; The Tens, a series of ten-minute plays selected from Actors Theatre’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest; a production during the 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays; and the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, the foremost community outreach education program in the region, featuring productions by new, young playwrights.

The Apprentice/Intern Company has launched the careers of many burgeoning leaders in theatre, both at Actors Theatre and elsewhere nationwide.  Notable alumni include: Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething, The West Wing), Jenny Robertson (Bull Durham, Role Models), Jason Butler Harner (Changeling), Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town, Tan Lines), Alex Hernandez (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Peter and the Starcatcher), Zoe Sophia Garcia (Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, La Ruta), Lisa McNulty (Artistic Line Producer at Manhattan Theatre Club), Anna Kull (Director of Community Relationships at Lark Play Development Center), Neil Pepe (Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company) and Actors Theatre’s  Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough.  The A/I Company provides an avenue for future theatre leaders to network with other apprentices and interns nationally.

Internships for the 2014-2015 Season have been awarded to:
Jamie Adling, University of North Texas (Development)
Megan Arbough, University of Evansville (Production Management)
Sam Barickman, Kenyon College (A/I Company Administration)
Sophie Blumberg, Kenyon College (Directing)
Robyn Carroll, Centre College (Dramaturgy/Literary Management)
Rachel Dart, New York University (Directing)
Casey Flyth, Belmont University (Education/Teaching Artist)
Maggie McGrann, University of Richmond (Costumes)
Ben Niewoehner, University of Missouri (Education/Teaching Artist)
Philippa Panayiotou, Allegheny College (Stage Management)
Julie Phillips, University of Dayton (Stage Management)
Sean Ravitz, University of the Arts (Stage Management)
Ariel Sibert, Princeton University (Dramaturgy/Literary Management)
Chelsey Sorbo, Indiana University – Bloomington (Stage Management)
Abigail Sweeney, Asbury University (Media)
Rebecca Trimbur, Western Kentucky University (Arts Administration)
Hannah Wehlage, Concordia College (Marketing and PR)

Acting Apprenticeships for the 2014-2015 Season have been awarded to:
Taylor Abels, California State University, Fresno
Cameron Benoit, DePaul University
Josh Bonzie, University of Oklahoma
Ali Burch, Loyola University Chicago
Ure Egbuho, California State University, Sacramento
John Ford-Dunker, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Erika Grob, American University/St. Petersburg State Theatre Academy
Kayla Jackmon, Ohio State University
Lexi Lapp, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Jose Leon, Adelphi University
Joe Lino, Ball State University
Aaron Lynn, Kenyon College/The British American Drama Academy
Max Monnig, Ohio University/Northern Kentucky University
Collin Morris, Linfield College
Mallory Moser, Northwestern University
Brian Muldoon, University of South Dakota
Maddie Provo, Barnard College
Blake Russell, HB Studio/School at Steppenwolf
Lorenzo Villanueva, Montclair State University
Casey Wortmann, Northwestern University

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About Actors Theatre of Louisville

Les Waters, Artistic Director

Jennifer Bielstein, Managing Director

Now in its 51st Season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, is the flagship arts organization in the Louisville community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein, Actors Theatre serves to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.

Actors Theatre presents almost 400 performances annually and delivers a broad range of programming, including classics and contemporary work through the Brown-Forman Series, holiday plays, a series of free theatrical events produced by the Apprentice/Intern Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 38 years. In addition, Actors Theatre provides more than 17,000 arts experiences each year to students across the region through its Education Department, and boasts one of the nation’s most prestigious continuing pre-professional resident training companies, now approaching its 43rd year.

Over the past half-century, Actors Theatre has also emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies, with an annual attendance of 150,000. Actors Theatre has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre, including a Tony® Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre has toured to 29 cities and 15 countries worldwide, totaling more than 1,400 appearances internationally. Currently, there are more than 50 published books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in circulation—including anthologies of Humana Festival plays, volumes of ten-minute plays and monologues, and essays, scripts and lectures from the Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival. Numerous plays first produced at Actors Theatre have also been published as individual acting editions, and have been printed in many other anthologies, magazines and journals—making an enduring contribution to American dramatic literature.