My name is Jason McDowell-Green, and I recently joined the staff of the Williamstown Theatre Festival as Director of the Professional Training Program. As an alumnus of the program myself, it gives me great pride to share with you the unique opportunities available to your students at the Festival this summer.
WTF is home to one of the most prestigious hands-on summer training programs for young actors, directors, designers, technicians, and arts administrators in the world. We’ve had exceptional students from your program in the past, so I hope you can take a moment to electronically circulate the posters to your students, colleagues, and recent alumni. Click here to download the poster for design, technical, and administrative applicants and click here to download the poster for performers and directors. You will be receiving hard copies of these posters shortly for posting on your bulletin boards or call boards.
Here’s a little more information to include with the posters:
- The Apprentice Program is a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world of professional theatre, both onstage and off, during the summer season of the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival. This program is designed to be a bridge between educational and professional theatre. Preference is given to candidates who are juniors or seniors in college and to recent college graduates. For details, visit wtfestival.org.
- The Directing Program consists of two premiere, unique training opportunities for young directors. The Directing Internship is our entry-level training program while the Directing Assistantship is for intermediate-level individuals who have chosen a career in directing. Members of the program assist a renowned professional director on one of the Festival's productions and also direct actors from our Professional Training Program in a variety of projects presented at the Festival. For details, visit wtfestival.org.
- WTF also offers unparalleled training and professional development programs that have launched the careers of generations of theatre designers, technicians, and managers for more than 60 years. Additional information about internships and assistantships in these fields is available at wtfestival.org.
We are pleased to let you know that The Kennedy Center’s Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative/VSA will offer four scholarships for emerging artists between the ages of 18-22 with disabilities to the 2015 Festival. We highly encourage any of your students who qualify to apply.
Thank you for sharing this information with your network. I am happy to speak with you in more depth about our Apprentice and Directing Programs, as well as how to involve your institution in the Williamstown recruiting process more fully. WTF’s Artistic Associate John M. Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Company Manager Zach Krohn (email@example.com) are happy to speak with you about any of our other training programs.
Thank you for your time and support.
Director of the Professional Training Program
Williamstown Theatre Festival
229 West 42nd Street, Suite 801
New York, NY 10036