Mentorship & Apprentice Program

This year's Apprentices will be working on our production of Fun Home, directed by Miller Murray Susen.  

This year’s Apprentices will be working on our production of Fun Home, directed by Miller Murray Susen.

Apprentice Meeting on November 19th

If you are a Teenager interested in applying to become part of our production team join us at the meeting on November 19th. You can show up the day of, or RSVP to let us know you’ll be here. To RSVP for the meeting or for more information please contact Live Arts Education Director Mike Long at Parents of Apprentice Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to attend the meeting as well.

If you can’t make it to the meeting but would still like to apply to become a 2017-18 Apprentice you can fill out this form by Sunday, November 19th.

Apprentice assignments will be made shortly thereafter.


This year’s Apprentices will be working on our production of Fun Home, directed by Miller Murray Susen.
An Interest Meeting will be held Sunday, November 19th at 5:00pm in the third-floor lobby of Live Arts, 123 East Water St., Charlottesville.

Production Dates:
Production Meetings (which include Mentors and Apprentices) Begin: November 29th
Rehearsals Begin: Week of January 1st
Performance Dates: March 9th-25th (March 31st depending on optional extension)

Available Apprenticeships:
Part of Live Arts’ commitment to Education and Forging community includes developing future theater artists both on stage and behind the scenes. Every season, we pair young people with experienced theater professionals in order to learn about a technical aspect of theater. We offer apprenticeships in the following categories:

Directing  ♣  Stage Management  ♣  Scenic Design  ♣  Set Decoration  ♣  Costume Design  ♣  Properties Design   ♣  Hair and Makeup Design  ♣  Lighting Design   ♣  Sound Design   ♣  Producing  ♣  Dramaturgy

During the application process, you will be asked which discipline(s) you are interested in.

Please Note

Fun Home contains some mature language and material. If it were a film it would likely be rated PG-13. We encourage parents of apprentice applicants under the age of 18 to research the show or contact us with any questions.

Live Arts Apprentices are volunteer company members, and there is no fee to participate. Some Apprentice will already have a great deal of experience and others will just be starting out. Any interested area teenager is encouraged to apply.


“Being a part of the mentor/apprentice program was absolutely wonderful, I got to learn from experienced mentors who treated me as their equal and learn valuable skills that have prepared me for future theatre endeavors. I would highly recommend this program to any aspiring designers, directors, or managers.”

-2017 Teen Apprentice


“Working on the Apprentice show for costuming was an incredible experience. I learned a lot and my mentor and fellow apprentices got along so well, everyone was so welcoming! If you’re interested in theatre, I recommend this program 100%. It’s so educational, you’ll get to see the many different aspects of theatre and how everything comes together, and have fun!”

-2017 Teen Apprentice


“I could not have asked for a better experience from the program, everything from the people I worked with to the skills I learned. I would absolutely do it again!”

-2017 Teen Apprentice