College Apprentice Program

DSF offers apprenticeships for college students who wish to gain professional classical theatre experience prior to graduation. Apprentices work with the Festival’s professional directors, actors, designers, and staff to gain hands-on experience both on and off the stage. Each apprentice is assigned a mentor from the company to insure a personalized learning experience.


DSF 2012 Apprentices with Gov. and First Lady Markell and DSF Artistic Director David Stradley

Performance apprentices appear in supporting roles in the mainstage production, understudy leading roles, and create a pre-show entertainment.

Directing apprentice will assist the director with the planning of daily rehearsals, serve as another set of eyes and ears for the director in rehearsals, and take notes for the director during runs and tech. The directing apprentice may run small scene rehearsals outside of the main rehearsal and helps the understudies prepare.

Production apprentices work with designers to help create costumes, props, sets, and lighting elements of the production. The Apprentice stage manager (SM) will work under the direction of the professional Stage Manager throughout the rehearsal and performance process. The Apprentice SM will attend all rehearsals as an assistant to the SM and will then have the opportunity to “run the deck” backstage.

Management apprentices work with the Front-of-House team to organize marketing campaigns, coordinate volunteers, sell tickets and merchandise, and provide an enjoyable audience atmosphere.

All apprentices will be offered a series of Master Classes, with a focus on the unique demands of Shakespearean performance. (We know not all apprentices will be actors, but we feel it’s important that all apprentices have appreciation for the skills it takes to deliver these plays to an audience.) ALL APPRENTICES will work side-by-side with the professional DSF technical staff to perform set-up and strike duties each day of tech and performances.

All apprentices receive a modest stipend.


All apprenticeships (besides management) begin June 14, 2016 – the first day of rehearsal for The Comedy of Errors. Rehearsals will be held on nights and weekends. Management apprenticeships begin June 28, 2016. The Comedy of Errors runs July 15-31, 2016. During the run, apprentices need to have both daytime and evening availability.


Applicants should be enrolled in a college program. It is not necessary to be a Theatre major.

DSF does not offer housing. All applicants should be able to provide their own local housing and transportation.

To Apply

All applicants should please submit a resume, two references, and a cover letter explaining their interest in becoming a DSF Apprentice before March 14, 2016.

Performance Apprentice applicants should please also include a headshot.

An interview/audition may be granted upon receipt of letters and resumes. Auditions/interviews will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Apply via email:

Apply via mail:

Delaware Shakespeare Festival
ATTN: College Apprentice Program
PO Box 7567
Wilmington, DE 19803


No phone calls please.