The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble is excited to announce a new training program for actors who have previously completed the QSE Apprentice Program.
The Advanced Apprenticeship is not a repeat of the Apprentice Program, but an opportunity for actors who can demonstrate that they have benefited from the Apprentice Program and wish to deepen their training as classical actors. The Advanced Apprenticeship is a year-long program comprising QSE’s foundational training, advanced training, participation in creative development, professional development seminars, and close engagement with key production and company roles.
The Advanced Apprenticeship will not run every year. It is being run for the first time in 2023 and will likely be offered every second or third year. The cost of the Advanced Apprenticeship is $1000 (including membership), which includes accommodation and food during the Stradbroke Training Intensive. Payment plans are available. The Advanced Apprentice program is a part-time commitment other than during the intensive training periods outlined below.
The Advanced Apprenticeship will include:
• Stradbroke Island training intensive – a residential training program where you will train alongside core ensemble members and Apprentices for five days. Food and accommodation are provided.
• Speaking Shakespeare in Your Own Voice – a weekend of training using speeches from Shakespeare plays in order to explore bringing your whole self to classical text.
• Linklater Voice training – two weekends of focused voice training for actors facilitated by a Designated Linklater Teacher.
• Advanced Training – eight weekly sessions where you will play with core ensemble members and apprentices.
• Intensive voice and text training– core ensemble and Advanced Apprentices will undertake a month of exploration in voice, body, and text, deepening their practice of Linklater and affiliated methodologies and their own voices. This one-off training intensive is designed particularly to advance the practice of the ensemble’s central artists.
Performance and Creation
• Dare to Share – public sharing of training pieces and methods.
• Creative development of new work (November, 16 hours per week TBA) – core ensemble members and advanced apprentices will explore new and/or unstaged texts, both for potential future production and to broaden and deepen our theatrical practice and horizons. There will be no formal performance of the work, so the process is a rare opportunity to engage in dramatic exploration without logistical production constraints.
• Regular specialised professional skill seminars – these could be artistic skills (e.g., stage fighting, clown, auditions, cutting Shakespeare) or theatre-making skills of a more technical or business nature (e.g., CV writing, sales and marketing, contracts, and policies).
• Secondment to a production role or directorial observation – depending on your interests and availability of roles. Secondment could be to a designer, production manager, stage manager, or to the rehearsal floor (director). These will be active secondment roles, not purely observational.
• Participation in monthly company meetings – attended by the core ensemble and optionally by the management committee and apprentices, these meetings are where the daily business of running the ensemble is discussed and decisions are made.
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