Apprentice Auditions

Summer  Auditions

Trustus Apprentice Company 2016-17 Season

The Trustus Theatre Apprentice Company is holding summer auditions on the dates below for the upcoming 2016-17 season beginning in September 2016.

All auditions are by appointment and pre-registration is required.

What is the Trustus Apprentice Company?
It is a training program for Midlands area high school students grades 9-12 who possess gift and passion for the art of creating theater and wish to expand their skills and scope.  The Apprentice Company is comprised of four teams: the Stage Door Company (a broad overview approach to theater arts training) and 3 specialized and intensive master tracks (specialized, intensive instruction in one specific are of study–Musical Theatre, Acting for the Stage, and Improv & Sketch Comedy). Orientation is in late August, and programming runs September through May.

Improv & Sketch Comedy 
*A collaborative 2-hour group audition plus an individually scheduled interview prior to or following the group audition

Saturday, August 20   12:00-1:30 PM


Musical Theatre 
*A collaborative 90-minute group audition plus an individually scheduled interview prior to or following the group audition

Saturday, August 20   2:00-3:30 PM


Acting for the Stage  
*Individual auditions scheduled in 30-minute appointments

Saturday, August 20   10:00 AM-12:00 PM



How do I secure an audition spot? Complete and submit the audition registration and artist’s essay. You will be contacted by a member of our education staff who will schedule and confirm your appointment and provide further details.

May I audition for more than one program? Yes, students are welcome to audition for any and all of the programs. However, if accepted into programs, students may only participate in one program or track per year.

What are the audition requirements? Students will complete prior to audition:

  • Audition registration form
  • Artist’s essay

Students will submit at the audition:

  • A headshot or recent photo
  • A performance resume
  • A teacher letter of recommendation
  • A parent letter of recommendation

Student will do the following at their audition:

  • A brief interview
  • Performance in audition:
    • Musical Theatre – 2 contrasting songs (16-32 bars each)–bring sheet music with any necessary notations for the accompanist (an accompanist will be provided); movement/dance audition
      Acting for the Stage – 2 contrasting monologues (1-2 min each)
      Improv & Sketch Comedy – Battery of solo & group improv exercises & games, etc. and submit something original that the student has written (sketch, scene, play, poem, story, etc)
      The Stage Door Company (the introductory 9th Grade Company) – one 1-2 minute monologue, a cold reading and an improv exercise


  • A brief interview with parent/guardian (may be done by phone, if needed)

What days of the week are classes held?

Typically, we meet on Mondays and Tuesdays in the late afternoon and early evening. The Stage Door Company may meet on selected Saturdays as well.


Please complete and submit both parts of the registration below. Parts I and II are both needed for us to prepare for your audition and interview.

Part I 

For which program(s) do you wish to audition? (NOTE: While students are welcome to audition for more than one company, they can participate in only one program per year)

You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your audition registration and/or set up your audition appointment.

Part II

Performing Artist’s Essay

The Trustus Apprentice Company is a pre-professional training program for those students who are growing in their passion, gift and skill for theatre arts. We are also interested in a student’s emerging artistic identity. Please respond to the following 6 prompts. You may submit your Artist’s Essay in a Word Document or Video Format to

  1. Describe yourself as an artist in 75 words or less.
  2. How did your interest in theater arts and performance develop?
  3. Why do you want to train with and be a part of the Trustus Apprentice Company?
  4. What are your strengths, and in what ways do you hope to grow artistically in the coming year?
  5. Does the world need theater artists–why or why not?
  6. Tell us about a time that you felt your art made a difference.