Five (Paid!) Acting Fellowships for Life After NTSA

5 paid acting fellowships

So you’ve wrapped up your NTSA program and now you’re wondering “what’s next?" Maybe you’re about to graduate from your BA/BFA program, and you're looking for something that can take your training to the next level. Or maybe you’ve decided to take a break from college life, and you want to spend your gap year doing something that can help you get ahead in the theatre industry. Whatever your particular circumstances, you’re a broke college student now and definitely can’t afford to pay for a summer program. So what’s an aspiring young actor to do? Check out these five (paid!) acting fellowships for your life post-NTSA.

1. Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC)

If you can nab one of these coveted acting fellowships, you’re in luck! You’ll be rehearsing and performing 40-60 hours a week for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in their non-Equity ensemble, as well as understudying for principal roles. You need to have obtained your BA/BFA degree (or have similar training) to be eligible, so this one’s for all of the post-grads out there.

How to apply? Yearly auditions are held in New York and Washington, DC. Submit your headshot and resume to the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

How long is the program? Ten months

How much do we get paid? You’ll get paid $150 a week AND receive fully-furnished, rent-free housing in downtown DC.

2. The Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company (Louisville, KY)

The famous Actors Theatre (home of the Humana Festival of New American Plays) has a Professional Training Company of 42 young theatre professionals that mounts an entire second-stage season of shows. You’ll also be filling non-Equity roles and understudying for the mainstage season (and earning points in the Equity Membership Candidate [EMC] program in the process). Plus, their training program focuses in on audition skills, which means that you’ll be ready for whatever comes next when you leave Kentucky.

How to apply? Auditions are held in cities across the United States. Request an audition slot on their website.

How long is the program? Nine months

How much do we get paid? Every company member receives a $5,000 grant to help pay for living costs. The Actors Theatre will help you find low-cost housing in Louisville.

3. Walnut Street Theatre Professional Apprentice Program (Philadelphia, PA)

Walnut Street's four acting apprentices rehearse and perform a four-show repertoire that tours to schools across Philadelphia. They also teach workshops and coach acting sessions, appear in two mainstage Kids Series shows, and audition for EMC understudy opportunities for three mainstage productions. If you're interested in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences), this might be the fellowship for you!

How to apply? Submit a video audition consisting of a 16-bar selection from a classic Broadway song. Applicants selected for an audition will be notified.

How long is the program? Eight months

How much do we get paid? $350 per week and free tuition to theatre school classes

4. Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory (Chautauqua, NY)

As native Western New Yorkers, Chautauqua is always close to our hearts. The conservatory hosts fourteen actors who work side-by-side with accomplished professionals both on-stage and off. Conservatory actors all appear in the final Shakespeare production and most are featured in at least one other production and/or staged reading. You’ll also attend masterclasses throughout the summer. (You need to be at least 20-years-old to apply.)

How to apply? Audition information available on their website.

How long is the program? Nine weeks

How much do we get paid? No stipend but free housing and meals are provided

5. Milwaukee Rep Acting Residency (Milwaukee, WI)

Milwaukee Rep’s Acting Residency is all about understudying! Not only will you earn EMC points, you’ll also get understudy runs for each production, which are performed shortly after openings and enable you to showcase your work. As a Milwaukee Rep resident, you’ll also be cast in ensemble (and sometimes even principal) roles in mainstage shows throughout the season. At the end of the program, you’ll appear in Rep Lab, Milwaukee Rep’s critically-acclaimed annual short play festival.

How to apply? Applications are submitted online and consist of written responses, letters of recommendation, and audition videos of three contrasting monologues (two contemporary, one classical) and 32 bars of a song

How long is the program? Depends (usually 7-9 months)

How much do we get paid? $800 per week plus free housing and monthly bus passes

Posted on Feb 09, 2018 in After NTSA  

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