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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2019/20 Apprentice Company
Milania Cardona was cast in her first production as a freshman in high school. Throughout the years, she has appeared in FUNNY GIRL, HAIR, BYE BYE BIRDIE, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, AND GOLDILOCKS. She has had the honor of being a semi-finalist for the Drama Teacher’s Association of Southern California Competition as well as being recognized by the Jerry Herman Award for Best Leading Actress. She is excited to be gaining experience as an apprentice while studying theatre at Sacramento City College. With goals of transferring to a UC school to obtain her Theatre Arts degree, she plans to continue to create theatre wherever life takes her.
John is an actor and singer from Southern California, having appeared in professional theatre productions all over the counties of Orange and Los Angeles. His favorite role to date has been Amiens in AS YOU LIKE IT at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival because he got to play guitar. John is a graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Long Beach State, where he studied classical voice with Dr. Katharin Rundus. Presently John is enjoying the nature and culture of NorCal as a fresh southern transfer and being an apprentice at Capital Stage for their thrilling 2019/2020 season. John’s science fiction can be read at 365tomorrows.com/2016/06/15/aster/.
Woo Chang (Ollin) Choi
Woo Chang (Ollin) Choi is one of the 2019 – 2020 apprentices of Capital Stage. He has been pursuing his Theatre experiences while majoring in has been pursing his Theatre experiences while majoring in Theatre at California State University Sacramento. During his time at Sac State, Ollin participated in a number of dance productions as a backstage crew-member including SBAD, and PHOENIX RISING. Additionally, he was an Assistant Stage Manager for TRANSCEND18, and then made his first performance debut as Moth in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Before embracing his major in Theatre, Ollin began training in Voice Over work in Korea.
Robin Lillie is thrilled to be one of this season’s apprentices! Being a recent graduate of Jessup Theatre (B.A. Theatre – Specialization in Design & Technical Theatre), she has had the honor of stage managing several of their mainstage productions and is a three-time KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award recipient. Credits include: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, BOEING BOEING, GIFT OF THE MAGI, MAN OF LA MANCHA.
Brandon Nakagaki is a 2019/2020 apprentice of Capital Stage. He had the honor of being a finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships in 2017. He was trained at Sacramento State University’s Theatre Arts program for five years and received his Bachelor of Arts in May 2019. He has appeared in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY in Sacramento State’s Theatre Department.
Lindsey is joining Capital Stage after graduating from American River College, where she double majored in Theater Arts-Technical Production and Commercial Music-Recording. She has been working as a Stage Manager and freelance Theater Technician in Placer and Nevada County for the past 7 years. She has worked on several notable productions such as CABARET, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, MAMMA MIA, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, A NEW BRAIN, DEARLY BELOVED, BROADWAY BOUND, and many more. In 2017, Lindsey was a technician for American River College’s KCACTF nominated production of CABARET. Lindsey is very excited to continue pursing her theater career with Capital Stage.
Alexandria Xiong is an apprentice for the 2019 – 2020 season Going Home. She is a recent graduate from CSU Sacramento with a focus on technical theatre. Her first productions as a technical crew member began at CSUS of four theatre shows and two dance shows: COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY (directed by Michelle Felten), GUYS AND DOLLS (directed by Ed Brazo), ANNIE (directed by Ed Brazo), LES BLANCS (Dr. Melinda Wilson-Ramesy and Lisa Thou), TRANSCEND (directed by Lorelei Bayne), SBAD 2019 LINEAGE (directed by Bernard Brown), and THE PRESENT (directed by Michelle Felten). Alexandria started her community involvement with Green Valley Theatre’s production, A CHORUS LINE (directed by Jacob Montoya) as a stage manager. Now, she is excited to leap forward to find more theatres in the Sacramento region.