Timber Lake Playhouse receives 2021 Grant to Provide Apprenticeships for Teens
For the fifth year in a row, the Illinois Arts Council has awarded Timber Lake Playhouse a grant to create a paid apprentice program for area teens interested in pursuing careers in the theatre arts. TLP is accepting applications for the apprenticeship program through June 1.
Timber Lake Playhouse, operating in its 60th season, hires performers, directors and designers from around the country each year. The apprentice program is designed to immerse pre-college teens from Northwest Illinois in all aspects of professional theatre production. Rather than volunteering time, the grant provides an hourly pay rate comparable to other summer work.
“It is important for TLP to offer programming to area teens,” said TLP Executive Director, Dan Danielowski. “We expect some very talented high school students to apply for these positions.” The teens will be chosen based on an artistic statement, letter of recommendation and interview. Priority will be given to this year’s high school juniors and graduates, those already accepted to university programs and those who’ve demonstrated a clear commitment to pursuing a career in theatre. The program lasts ten weeks and provides experience in all aspects of running a theatre.
Interested youth should send a letter of application with an artistic statement and a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with their work to email@example.com.
“It’s a remarkable investment in the cultural life of the region,” said Artistic Director Paul Stancato. “To go into a university program with existing professional credits gives these artists a huge advantage. Combine that with a salary says that we believe in the value of the theatre arts and in you, as the next generation of artists from Northwest Illinois.”
Watch Timber Lake Playhouse’s website for information on upcoming concerts and productions. For more information, tickets, and to register for classes, visit www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. You may also call the box office at 815-244-2035 Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 until 5:00. All performance dates and times are available online.
This project is funded by the Illinois Arts Council.