We will begin the search for our 2019 Apprentice Company at the beginning of the new year. Please check back soon for audition information. We hope to see you in Roanoke or at SETC.
The Apprenticeship at Mill Mountain Theatre is an immersive experience designed to propel young artists into their professional careers. Ideal candidates are college students who are studying to pursue a professional career in the arts. For 2019, Mill Mountain Theatre is looking for 5 artists to be in residency for 7 weeks (May 20th-July 7th). This is a paid apprenticeship with company housing provided.
- Perform or be involved in a touring production of A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Children’s Musical.
- Perform or be involved in Next To Normal on the Waldron Stage, our black box space.
- Perform in 24 hour play festival: Overnight Sensations
- Cabaret performance on the Trinkle MainStage
- Master classes with industry professionals.
- Teach Peter Rabbit themed workshop (in Roanoke City Public Schools)
For more information on how to audition or how to get involved: contact Travis Kendrick, Director of Education.
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.
“MMT was the perfect place to learn and grow as a performer and individual. Their warm welcome from the beginning made MMT a home away home. I was able to connect with amazing artists, stretch myself as a performer, and explore beautiful Roanoke while making lifelong friendships. This apprenticeship has a special place in my heart, and I could not have asked for a better summer.”
-Maddie, Apprentice Company 2018
“My summer with Mill Mountain changed my life for the better and reassured me that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. There is nothing better than doing what you love surrounded by wonderful people who feel just as passionately. This summer, I was pushed as a performer all while being taught that what I already had to offer was valuable. This apprenticeship is, in many ways, a safe space in which you can fall flat on your face and look forward to learning from the experience. Roanoke is a remarkable place, and Mill Mountain is a large part of why it’s so great.”
-Ryan, Apprentice Company 2018
“My experience at Mill Mountain Theatre was life changing. I learned so much about my craft, pushed myself as an artist, and made special friendships that will last forever. I am so grateful for MMT, as they fostered so much growth in myself as a performer and a person. The community here is so welcoming. Roanoke became my home away from home, and I will treasure this wonderful program and summer for the rest of my life.”
-Reilly, Apprentice Company 2018
“I will forever be grateful for what the MMT apprenticeship has given me, both as a performer and a person. Never have I felt more welcomed into a process than the moment I arrived and began rehearsals, nor more welcome to take risks, make mistakes, and grow in my acting. I will always cherish the family that I have found at MMT, especially the new lifelong friendships with my fellow apprentices! On top of this, Roanoke is absolutely gorgeous and has a strong sense of community (and great food). Overall, my experience was once-in-a-lifetime, and I would not trade it away for anything!”
-Cody, Apprentice Company 2018
“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