QSE Apprentice Program (2022)

APPLICANTS TO THE APPRENTICE PROGRAM do not need any previous experience performing Shakespeare. Apprentices must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the Stradbroke intensive (January 31st, 2022).There is no upper age limit. The ideal apprentice is a theatre artist (of any age) who wants to enrich their craft by immersion in classical text and its performance. Apprentices receive extensive training in the Linklater voice method, movement, and QSE’s approaches to working with classical text, as well as having the opportunity to engage in a range of activities and tasks involved in putting on a production and running a theatre company.

The cost of the Apprentice Program is $850 (including membership), which covers training plus mentorship from experienced company members valued at over $2000. Payment plans are available. The apprentice program runs from January 23rd to July 10th, and is a part-time commitment other than during the intensive training periods outlined below.


Applications will be accepted electronically only, by e-mail to info@qldshakespeare.org (if electronic submission is not possible, please contact QSE at the same e-mail address well in advance of the deadline to request an alternative).

Make sure that your application includes ALL required documentation, or it cannot be accepted. Each of the following should be a separate document, ideally JPEG for the headshot and PDF for other documents. Applications should include:

  • your headshot (ideally A4 size / high resolution)
  • your acting CV
  • a one-page cover letter, as a separate attachment (ie not in the body of the e-mail) that:
    • clearly states whether you are auditioning for the Core Ensemble, Apprentice Program, or both
    • includes contact details; specifically mobile and home phone numbers and an e-mail address
    • indicates if you have a preference for a particular audition time
    • details why you would like to work specifically with QSE
    • assesses your strengths and challenges as an actor
    • if you have specific time restrictions for your initial audition on December 4th or 5th, please make these explicit in the cover-letter, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a specific time.


Once we have received your application we will send you an e-mail acknowledging receipt, along with information about QSE and our 2022 activities. Your audition time will be e-mailed to you on or by November 29th.


In order to be accepted into the Apprentice program, you must be available for the following dates in 2022:

• Initial company meeting: Sunday January 23rd 6-10pm.

• Residential Training Intensive at Stradbroke Island: January 31st through February 6th (dates include travel days).

• Regular Advanced Training: 6-10pm Wednesday nights from February 16th to April 13th, with a public sharing the week after Easter (must be available evenings April 19th–23rd).

• Apprentices and NEW Core Ensemble members: training in voice and acting on the weekends of February 12th/13th, 19th/20th. and 26th/27th from 9am to 5pm on each day.

More detailed information about 2022 activities and events, including a detailed calendar, will be available prior to the audition.

If you have questions, please e-mail QSE at info@qldshakespeare.org or leave a message on 0411 172 390.

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