About the Acting Apprentice Program
The new Bucks County Playhouse Acting Apprentice Program, led by Broadway choreographer and founder of “Steps On Broadway” Patrice Soriero, prepares the next generation of musical theatre professionals for their own performing careers. Over the course of the program, Apprentices attend master classes, workshops and talk-backs featuring leading actors, singers, dancers, writers, producers, choreographers and casting agents. These influential Broadway/Bucks County creators and performers will talk about how they built their careers, overcame challenges and won Tony Awards. To further enrich the summer experiences, Apprentices are responsible for inspiring the next generation by teaching and mentoring the Playhouse Youth Company and the Solebury School StarCatchers program.
In 2020, the centerpiece of the Summer Apprentice Program will be the Playhouse’s new production of The Addams Family directed by Hunter Foster and choreographed by Shannon Lewis. Apprentices will become part of the acting company of the show, serving as chorus members and/or swings. Orientation will begin on June 5, 2020. The production begins rehearsal June 9, 2020 and runs June 28, 2020 thru August 1, 2020. In addition, Apprentices will perform in the Playhouse’s new cabaret series, learn from Broadway professionals through our masterclass series, and may have the chance to appear in readings of new works in development.
The Bucks County Playhouse Apprentice Program is part of the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate Program (EMC) and Apprentices may be able to obtain EMC points for some of their work at the Playhouse.
Apprentices come from some of the top-ranking musical theatre programs at colleges and universities throughout the country. Apprentices accepted in past years include students from University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, Syracuse University, Rider University and Point Park University.
Located between Philadelphia and New York, Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill after a group of community activists, led by Broadway orchestrator Don Walker and playwright Moss Hart, rallied to save the building. The Playhouse quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters and a roster of American theatrical royalty, from Helen Hayes to Harpo Marx to Robert Redford, regularly graced its stage. Young actors like Grace Kelly and Jessica Walter launched their careers at the Playhouse through its famed Acting Apprentice Program. It remained in continuous operation until December 2010, and after undergoing a $6 million restoration, was reopened in 2012. Now under the direction of Broadway producers Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman, the Playhouse is once again producing original productions of classic plays and musicals and serving as an important link in the development of new work.
In 2016, the Playhouse re-launched the Acting Apprentice Program, giving talented young actors in professional training programs the opportunity to work alongside its Equity company of actors, under the direction of some of America’s leading directors, choreographers and producers.