Apprentice Company

Every year, Capital Stage seeks passionate and motivated college students and graduates interested in gaining practical professional theatre training. The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to bridge the gap between academic theatre and the professional world by providing additional training and experience to individuals with career ambitions in the theatre. Apprenticeships require a full-time commitment for 6 to 12 months and includes classes, rehearsals, performances, projects, and practical application of skills learned in technical production disciplines. 

As an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and what they have learned with Capital Stage, each year the apprentices produce The Apprentice Showcase. Every aspect of this production (directing, acting, design, build, stage management, run crew) is performed by the apprentices. Click here to learn more about PAINT IT! – The 2016-17 Season Apprentice Showcase.

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Zane BoyerZane Boyer
Zane Boyer is so appreciative to have been given the opportunity to work as an apprentice for Capital Stage. Zane is a recent graduate of CSU Sacramento with a degree in Theater Arts and a minor in Musical Theater. He has appeared in such Sacramento State productions as Avenue Q (Princeton), The Compleat Female Stage Beauty (King Charles II), and The Producers (Franz Liebkind). This Summer he was seen portraying George Musgrove in Fair Oaks Theatre Company’s production of Little Me and also performed in their production of A Grand Night for Singing, a musical theatre review of Rogers and Hammerstein music. In 2012 Zane was given the Ellie award for Lead Actor in a Children’s Musical for his performance as Scrooge in River City Theater Company’s Production of Scrooge the Musical. He has also twice been awarded the privilege of competing in the Irene Ryans competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for his performances at Sacramento State University.


Jessica Brooks
Jessica is a recent graduate from Sacramento State University with a degree in Theatre Arts. While a student at CSUS, she performed the role of Emily McCoy in Tom Stoppard’s Darkside, a radioplay adapted to the stage, based on Pink Floyd’s album, Darkside of the Moon. She was born and raised in West Sacramento, and has participated in the performing arts from the age of 9! From musical theatre, to drama, to comedy, she enjoys every aspect of performing live. She made her professional debut at Capital Stage in the role of Jean in August: Osage County. She will also be taking on the job of Assistant Stage Manager for this season’s production of Betrayal. After completing the apprenticeship, Jessica hopes to continue to perform on stage, and pursue a professional career in Theatre.


Leah Daugherty
Originally from Santa Cruz, Leah is a recent graduate of UC Davis, where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in English and Theatre & Dance. A proud Capital Stage apprentice for the 2016-2017 season, she has assistant stage managed August: Osage County and The Santaland Diaries. Leah is a longtime Celtic harpist and singer-songwriter, and the author of a one-act play Never Better: The Unravelling of Jamie Magnussen, a finalist for the 2015 Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize, a scholarship honoring women in the arts. Favorite roles include Valeria in The Gambling Lady (The Basset Table), Jenny/Lisa Simpson in Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.


Kayla Menz
Kayla is excited to join Capital Stage this season as a Directing Apprentice! She graduated from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio this past May with a B.A. in Theatre Arts on the Directing Track. Her favorite directing credits include “The Little Jesus” from The Pillowman and assistant directing Angels In America. Though directing is her primary focus, she has also stage managed professionally for Dobama Theatre and Mercury Theatre Company. For Capital Stage she assistant directed August: Osage County and will be directing the upcoming Apprentice Showcase Paint It in July of 2017.


Wenona Truong
Wenona was last seen in Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s Persuasion (Henrietta) and The Tempest (Ariel). This is her first year at Capital Stage as an apprentice and she is very excited to be working here after graduating as a Theatre Arts major at the University of the Pacific, with a concentration in Acting and a minor in Psychology. Her goal as an actor is to shift society’s prioritization of values, by changing the preconceived notion of art as not just an exclusive privilege, but as an inclusive vehicle for expression and communication through meaningful performance. Along with her passion for the theatre, she is an active member of her community. She strives to create innovative platforms for at-risk transitional-age youth to encourage self-pride, authenticity, teamwork, and individual artistry. Her work with young people who overcame abuse, drug addiction and mental illness has awarded her with recognition from the state of California by congressman Jerry McNerney, and Governor Jerry Brown.


Cole Winslow
Cole is a thrilled to be a part of Capital Stage’s Apprenticeship this season. He is a graduate from Sacramento State University, with a B.A. in Theatre, and appeared on stage in Intimate Apparel, Unveiling The Soul, Complete Femail Stage Beauty, and The Producers. While at Capital Stage he was featured in his first professional role in this season’s kick off production of Will Snyder’s How To Use A Knife as “Jack” the writer/pot head/busboy. He is also the assistant stage manager for Guards At The Taj. After this apprenticeship, Cole hopes to apply to an MFA program in Acting and eventually become a professional actor. Lastly Cole would like to thank his parents for their love and support.

Upcoming Shows

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Sat 23

Pre Show CapChat

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat 23

An Octoroon

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 23

An Octoroon

September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun 24

An Octoroon

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun 24

Post Show CapChat

September 24 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm