Intern and Apprentice Directors

For more than two decades, young intern and apprentice directors have helped create the YSP productions.These young directors are always veterans of the YSP programs.  They help lead every phase of the productions such as overseeing rehearsals, guiding actors through memorizing goals, scheduling and overseeing run-throughs and special rehearsals, assigning tech roles, and helping dress rehearsals and performances to run smoothly.

POSITIONS: There may be one or two Intern Directors or Apprentice Directors (or, sometimes, both) for a project. Interns and Apprentices run the day-to-day rehearsals and memorization testing of the actors, as well as some of the communication with the parents and Parent Coordinator(s). In addition, we will have one or two Year-Round Apprentice Coordinators, who will be available from time to time to help advise the other Apprentices on the directing and organizing tasks. Costume and Prop Apprentices provide vital support for productions.

PROJECT TUITION CREDIT: Apprentice and Intern Directorships are VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP positions — in which veteran YSP actors donate their time to help their fellow Players and the YSP project they are leading. There is no stipend for Intern Directing or Apprentice Directing a project. However, Apprentices and Interns may take a tuition credit for the projects they are helping to direct (up to a $200 credit for Apprentices and — if the Intern Director is acting in the project — up to a $350 credit for Intern Directors). Intern Directors may also take, without charge, a language-based Focused Workshop that overlaps the project for which he/she will be Interning.

QUALIFICATIONS AND APPLICATION PROCESS: The following are minimum prerequisite qualifications for having an application considered but do not guarantee a position. All applicants should submit a completed application form.

Apprentice Director: To apply, a candidate must

  • be at least 14 years of age;
  • be a veteran of at least two previous YSP productions (at least one of
    them a Shakespeare Workshop or full play);
  • (for Shaw or Dickens productions) have participated in at
    least one past Shaw or Dickens production with YSP;
  • have completed at least one language-based YSP Focused Workshop;
  • register as a participant in the production.

Intern Director: To apply, a candidate must

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be a veteran of at least two previous YSP productions (at least one of
    them a Shakespeare Workshop or full play);
  • (for Shaw or Dickens productions) have participated in at
    least one past Shaw or Dickens production with YSP;
  • have completed at least two language-based YSP Focused
    Workshops by the time the target project is over (including the
    overlapping one, if any, that he or she takes free of charge).​

COSTUME APPRENTICES may apply using this form.