Apprentice Program- Saturday Afternoons
The Apprentice Program will begin on Saturday, July 16th. It’s a 12 week educational program consisting of weekly coached rehearsals and shows at Under The Gun Theater. Apprentice performers will work closely with a team of Under The Gun Ensemble members. Prospective members of the Apprentice Program must sign up for an audition. We have a limited number of spots, and we will not necessarily accept all applications.
Focus of the Apprentice Program
Members of the Apprentice Program will be part of an ensemble and will focus on specific skills to become a better team player. Basic skills such as listening, agreement, & support will be reinforced. We will also focus on particular skills to understand and play games within our scene work. A team of coaches will keep track of your individual progress and you will receive specific individual feedback midway through the program. It is recommended that apprentice performers get a copy of the UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual, since much of the instruction will be related to the game of the scene as laid out in that book.
The Apprentice Program is designed for improvisors with 1 or more years of experience. If accepted, you will be expected to conduct yourself as if this were professional opportunity. Your rehearsals will be on Saturday afternoons from 1:30-4:30pm. You will be expected to be punctual for rehearsals. If you are more than 15 minutes late for rehearsal, you will be considered absent. If you are absent for more than 3 rehearsals during the program, you will be dropped.
There will be 6 performances on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm (July 21 – Aug 25). You must attend the preceding rehearsal to perform in the Thursday show. You will be expected to arrive 30 minutes before show time to warm up with your team for that evening.
How to Apply to the Apprentice Program
Auditions will take place on Saturday, July 9 at 1:30pm. You can sign up online for the audition here:
You will be notified on the day after your audition if you have been accepted into the program. If you were in the Fall 2015 or Winter 2016 apprentice program, you do not need to audition again. However you should fill email [email protected] about your intent to continue.
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be asked to pay the full tuition of $331. Students who are repeating the Apprentice Program can get a discount of $50 off the cost of tuition.
Rehearsal Dates & Times
Rehearsals are on Saturdays 1:30-4:30 on the following dates:
- July 16, 23, 30
- Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
- Sept 3, 10, 17, 24
- Oct 1
Performance for both sections will be on Thursdays at 7:30pm on the following dates:
- Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- Oct 6