The Apprenticeship at Mill Mountain Theatre is an immersive experience designed to propel young artists into their professional careers. Focused on public performance, collaboration, continuing education, and service to the community through teaching and outreach, a summer at Mill Mountain Theatre equips advanced students with the tools they need to take the next step as an actor, educator, or technician. Ideal candidates are college students who are studying to pursue a professional career in the arts and have a passion for service and education.
- Perform in, design, or manage professional productions.
- Create, develop, and execute a mainstage showcase.
- Expand your craft through master classes with industry professionals.
- Serve as teaching artists in the conservatory camps and community engagement initiatives.
Learn more about the Apprentice experience at Mill Mountain Theatre by reading the Apprentice Blog.
Mill Mountain Theatre attends SETC to recruit the summer Apprentice Company. Apprentice Company auditions are also held in Roanoke each winter. Click here for more information and audition breakdowns.
A summer in Roanoke, VA
Live, work, and play in downtown Roanoke, a historic and bustling Virginia city with a wide array of food, culture, and activities. Apprentices are housed in the Mill Mountain Theatre Atelier, a historic hotel walking distance from the theatre, restaurants, museums, and the City Market with local vendors and farmers. Journey outside to enjoy one of the hundreds of hikes in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
“The Mill Mountain Theatre apprenticeship provided me a platform to perform with the most diverse and talented company I have ever been a part of. While stretching myself as a performer, I was also allowed to spread the joy and power of theatre throughout the Roanoke Valley, teaching lessons in different classroom environments and also touring to community libraries and parks. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone looking to grow as an artist.”
-Alex, Apprentice Company 2017
“Being an apprentice at Mill Mountain Theatre was one of the most rewarding and eye opening experiences that I have had as a theatre artist… They took the time to get to know who I am. They shared with me what they know, what they love, and their home. Mill Mountain and all of the beautiful people who are a part of it will always hold a special place in my heart. The genuine connection, acceptance, and comfort I felt is something that I will never forget. Lifelong friendships were made, and meaningful life lessons were learned. I grew as a person, as well as a theatre artist. I could not have asked for more.”
-Rosvic, Apprentice Company 2017
“Every day was filled to the brim with performing, education, and spreading the joy of theatre across the Roanoke Valley. This summer has changed me significantly: I feel more confident and sure of myself, and that wouldn’t have happened without this program. The Apprenticeship is something truly special.”
-Anna, Apprentice Company 2016