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.
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Apprentice Class of 2017-18
Juan is a recent graduate of the CSUS theatre program and a member of the 2017/18 Apprentice group here at CapStage. Juan is thrilled to have made his professional theatre debut in An Octoroon. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.
Rebekah is a Senior in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State, where she is focusing in Stage Management. Rebekah has had the opportunity to Stage Manage seven shows at Sacramento State, and she concurrently works in the local theatre community as a freelance theatre technician. She worked for Sacramento Theatre Company, Music Circus, and the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Rebekah hopes to continue her Stage Management education, and is currently applying to graduate programs on both the West and East coasts.
Lauren received her BFA with an emphasis in Directing from University of Idaho. While in Idaho she had the opportunity to direct Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cellphone and many one acts and ten minutes. She was an SDC finalist twice (a directing competition at KC/ACTF). She studied at the Moscow Art Studio (MXAT) in Russia for a month. She and her colleague Sean Hendrickson published a paper mapping misconceptions of Stanislavski’s teachings in America based on their experience in Russia, their university, and extensive other research. She is very excited to continue her learning as a theatre-maker here at Capital Stage.
Matthew Hanjoong is excited to be a member of Capital Stage’s Apprenticeship program this year. He is a recent graduate from California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Theatre and has also studied at American River College and University of California, Los Angeles with Tim Robbins and The Actors Gang. Matt has appeared in many shows including The Three Musketeers and Much Ado About Nothing at ARC, and Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Darkside at Sac State. Along with acting, he enjoys playing and writing original music, training in martial arts (currently a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do) and yoga, and traveling the world. His goals as an actor are to continue to help build representation for minorities in the entertainment industry and to break stereotypes on Asian Americans in media with hopes of one day earning an Academy Award in Acting. Matt strives to be the best version of himself day in and day out, and to learn and grow as a performer. After the apprenticeship concludes in summer 2018, he plans on moving to LA to pursue a career in acting while possibly pursuing an MFA in Theatre.
Tony Parker is a recent graduate from University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Theatre Design and Technology. There, he has gained production experience in stage, film and television, working on the campus’ live comedy skit television show On the Spot, and working as a designer for the stage, such as set for Princess Ivona and sound for Loot and The Waiting Room. After graduating, Tony got his start in Stockton’s Theater community, designing sound for Showbiz Theatre Company’s Heaven Can Wait and set for The Rocky Horror Show. Along with technical production, Tony hopes to continue exploring aspects of theater management, and also has an interest history, critical theory, and writing for stage, film, and television. After the apprenticeship, Tony strives to develop his skills as a technician and scenic artist further in hopes to create and help tell great stories, and is looking into applying to graduate school within a couple of years.
Apprentice Class of 2016-17
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 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.
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 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 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 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.