The Trustus Apprentice Company is an ensemble of high school students in grades 9-12 who possess gift, skill and experience in the art of creating theatre. It is comprised of four programs–the Stage Door Company and 3 Master Tracks. These students have demonstrated a passion and desire to continue honing their skills in active and meaningful ways and plan to pursue theatre arts beyond high school. Students engage in a 9-month training program that aims to give them both knowledge and practical performance experience in creating live theater here at Trustus.
The Trustus Apprentice Company offers high school students in grades 9-12 specialized and unique pre-professional theatre performance training with opportunities to observe, work along side and receive instruction from practicing theatre arts professionals.
This program is designed for those who are looking for a broad education in Theatre Arts and wish to learn about all areas of the craft. An ensemble of up to 15 students train together from September through May. Fall semester is workshop-based learning, while the Spring semester moves into practical preparation and rehearsals for their spring one-act production. Students also gain appreciation for and receive experience in non-performance areas of the theatre including ushering, pre- and post-production efforts, and technical opportunities. Admission into this program is based upon an interview, an audition and a variety of support materials, as well as a letter from and an interview with a parent/guardian.
There are 3 performance master tracks – Acting for the Stage, Improv and Sketch Comedy and Musical Theatre. Students may participate in one (1) track per year. They train for two hours a week for 9 months from September through May by means of classes tailored to their individual track topic with practicing theatre professionals. Students also gain appreciation for and receive experience in non-performance areas of the theatre including ushering, pre- and post-production efforts, and technical opportunities. Perfect for the young artist looking for ways to dive deeper into a specific area of performance. Admission into each program is based upon an interview, an audition and a variety of support materials, as well as a letter from and an interview with a parent/guardian.
Dewey Scott-Wiley is an Associate Professor of Theatre at USC Aiken, and holds an MFA in Directing from USC. Dewey has been a member of the Trustus Ensemble since 1993, and has directed or acted in upwards of 75 Trustus productions. She was recently named the 2015 Theatre Artist of the Year by Jasper Magazine.
Linda Collins is in her third year of leading the Musical Theatre Apprentice Company Master Track and is a member of the adult Ensemble here at Trustus. She was trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, she received her Bachelor of Music Education from Columbia College and teaches elementary music by day. She has also performed nationally and internationally.
Caroline Weidner has been performing and music directing in Columbia for the past 20 years. Onstage credits include The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical; Constance; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Man of La Mancha; Falsettos; Always Patsy Cline; and A…My Name is Alice. Musical direction credits include Hairspray (Workshop Theatre; Dreher High School), Hair (Trustus) and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Workshop Theatre of SC).
Jonathan Monk is a Columbia native. He holds a Musical Theater degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. He first began his improv training at Carnegie Mellon and continued this study in NYC with the Upright Citizens Brigade. His one-man show Heathcliff’s Back! played regularly from 2013-14 at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC and in Martha’s Vineyard.