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Williamstown Theatre Festival Begins Recruitment for 2016 Sеаson


Rick Miramontez / Molly Barnett / Matthew Troillett

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Williamstown, MA (December 14, 2015) – Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) has announced that WTF is now accepting applications for their prestigious training programs for the 2016 Season. WTF’s Professional Training Program gives invaluable on-the-job learning opportunities for performers, directors, writers, designers, technicians and administrators. 


Although the Tony Award-winning theatre is perhaps best known for its acclaimed productions and top-notch talent, the Williamstown Theatre Festival also offers one of the nation’s top training programs for theatre artists.  Each summer roughly 250 aspiring theatre professionals are given a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world of professional theatre and work side by side with some of the top professionals in American theatre.  Among the luminaries who started their careers as part of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s training programs: Kate Burton, Dick Cavett, Patricia Clarkson, Jill Clayburgh, John Conklin, Tom Fontana, Jennifer Grey, Michael C. Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Peter Hunt, Allison Janney, David Korins, Santo Loquasto, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Reeve, Christian Slater, Kiefer Sutherland, George C. Wolfe, and many more.


Williamstown Theatre Festival is committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off. For all of our educational, professional and artistic positions, WTF actively seeks talented artists and administrators from all races, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Application deadlines are between January 4 and March 1, 2016. Both merit and need-based scholarships are available to summer applicants. College credit is also available. For more information and applications, please visit http://wtfestival.org/work-learn/.



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Williamstown Theatre Festival Training Programs


The Fellowship Program is one of the only director-driven developmental initiatives in the country. Annually, WTF awards these fellowships to two up-and-coming directors, challenging them to create ambitious and ground-breaking new work in the vibrant atmosphere of the Festival. The Fellowship Program – consisting of both the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship/Drama League Residency and the Bill Foeller Directing Fellowship – is a fast-paced, artistically charged incubator for bold new work as well as a hotbed for the next generation of theatrical directors. Past Sagal and Foeller Fellows have gone on to helm lauded productions in New York and around the country.


The Internship Program encompasses the various artistic, administrative and technical aspects of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. By giving interns the opportunity to work and learn alongside highly respected industry professionals, WTF allows students to bridge the gap between collegiate work and a professional career in the theatre. The highly competitive internship program is ultimately dedicated to fostering tomorrow’s generation of theatre leaders. Internships are offered in lighting, costuming, directing, stage management, props, carpentry, technical direction, scenic design, company management, sound, publicity, house management, graphic design, development, and production management.


The Apprentice Program is a fully hands-on introduction to the world of professional theatre during the summer season of the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival. When selected to the program, apprentices have the opportunity to audition for Festival productions and participate in numerous projects, productions, and special events. Apprentices also take part in a unique hybrid curriculum that brings together training and practical application in the interest of launching careers. Resident artists teach a wide variety of classes across many disciplines, and master classes with world-renowned visiting artists are scheduled throughout the summer. Apprentices work in a number of capacities throughout the summer, including building sets, hanging lights, assisting the marketing department, greeting audiences, and providing vital support to the many and varied needs of the Festival on a daily basis. In short, and with no understatement, apprentices are the lifeblood of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.


The Non-Equity Company is a nationally recognized, highly competitive group of young actors who have committed themselves to a career as professional actors. This company is drawn in large part from the top graduate programs in the country, and also through an extensive submission and audition process in NYC each spring. Members of the Non-Equity Company compliment the Equity Company in Main Stage and Nikos Stage productions and are cast in principal roles in the Fellowship Project productions.



About Williamstown Theatre Festival

Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America's finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. With offices in both Williamstown and New York City, WTF creates vibrant work that feeds the wider theatrical landscape. The artists and productions shaped at the Festival each summer often go on to reach diverse audiences nationally and internationally. WTF is also home to of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.



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