The BRIDGE Program for Early Career Theater Artists
BRIDGE the gap from school to real-world professional experience.
The BRIDGE (Building Relationship In Deliberate Group Ensemble) Apprenticeship Program bridges the journey from school to a professional career in the theater. Through professional training, mentorship and skill-building, each participant works alongside theater pros and creates a project from start to finish.
- elevate your education from school to a real-world professional level
- learn and apply artistic and administrative skills of how to produce work in an ensemble
- mount a creative project from start to finish
- create community, expand your artistic network, get your mind blown
- utilize weekly, individual professional mentorship to guide your goals
- participate in cutting-edge professional ensemble training from foolsFURY and leading guest artists
Accepting applications January through May 31st, 2015
“The process of getting the play from the page to the stage is really a group process.”
—Casey Hudak, BRIDGE participant: playwriting focus, 2011
BRIDGE Apprentices receive mentorship, professional training and a culminating public showing of her/his work in the areas of Performance, Directing or Playwrighting or Design. Program commitment is 3-6 months depending on foolsFURY’s production schedule, and the Apprentice’s goals, geographic location and school schedule. The BRIDGE Apprenticeship Program may also serve to fulfill other extra-curricular requirements within your high school or university, and foolsFURY will work with you and your school to accommodate any requirements you may have.
“The Bridge program is ideal for a very passionate multi-talented practitioner, who loves acting, has an eye for directing, an ability to manipulate objects, design sets from your body, move in an ensemble and as an individual.”
—Kirsten Dwyer, 2014 BRIDGE participant: performance focus
- weekly career mentorship check-ins to focus your current activities, your role in the company, plan for your culminating project and discuss career possibilities
- free or member-cost access to foolsFURY workshops and trainings
- observing and possible participation in company rehearsals
- past interns and apprentices have gone on to perform, assistant direct, stage manage, produce their plays with foolsFURY, launched new programs in the company or were invited to become foolsFURY Member Associates
- network with other like-minded professionals and pre-professionals
Everyone has a great idea for a show, but do you know how to produce it? FoolsFURY believes a key component of successful ensemble theater professionals in the non-profit world is having confidence to solicit financial support. To that end, BRIDGE program fees consist of part individual contribution/grant/fellowship and part fundraising. Between 10-25% (e.g. $210-$525) of your total program fee is expected to be raised by a crowdfunding campaign created under the mentorship of foolsFURY staff and with the other program participants.
- Program fees include mentorship, training, company involvement, production and marketing of participant’s culminating project.
- Personal contributions may be raised in a variety of ways including: grants from universities, working with complementary programs available through your school, and private resources.
- Some work exchange for partial reduction of fees is available.
- Program Fee: $2100
- Fee plan:
- 50% of fees are due one week before start of program, 25% midway, last 25% 1 week before culminating project.
The Culminating Project:
This is your opportunity to focus on a creative project from start to finish. You are encouraged to question what you know about how to make theater and explore new ways of working.
- Participants work collaboratively to create one performance event over a weekend of 1-3 performances, date to be chosen in collaboration with foolsFURY, in either August or September 2015.
- Scope and production level of culminating project depends on number of apprentices per project and individual project goals.
- Projects may be separate offerings (short play, sketch/cabaret/monologues/solo shows) or one larger piece, however there must be collaboration regarding development and execution.
- Dramaturgs and designers also collaborate with other participants, and may also create an installation, article or audience engagement project.
- Past projects include a fully-produced play in a site-specific location, a staged reading of a new play with professional actors and director, and a roving, site-specific tour of Golden Gate park with text, ritual and audience participation.
Program Duration and Time Commitment:
Every participant is unique. Depending on foolsFURY’s production schedule and the participant’s needs, objectives and logistical constraints (work, academic calendar, etc,) the duration of the program may last as few as 2 months and as long as 6 months. During the program, participants are expected to be available for meetings with their mentor and cohort either in person or via skype once per week. Hours per week will vary, from 3-20 depending on the individual’s project and foolsFURY’s production calendar.
Applications are considered on a rotating basis. 1-5 candidates are chosen per year.
If you are interested in applying for the BRIDGE Apprenticeship Program, and you are between the ages of 16 and 26, please contact Co-Artistic Director Debórah Eliezer.