Timber Lake Playhouse Receives Grant to Provide Apprenticeships for Teens in 2019
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 May 28.
Timber Lake Playhouse, operating in its 58th 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’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.”
The teens will be chosen based on an artistic statement, letter of recommendation and interview. Priority will be given to upperclassmen, 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 immersion in theatre design, costuming, sound and lighting, directing, management and marketing. The final three weeks will be spent in a single area of focus of the teen’s choosing.
“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.”
Interested youth should send a letter of application with an artistic statement and a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with their work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timber Lake Playhouse’s Concert Series kicks off on May 11 with Dancing Queen – an ABBA Tribute. The concerts continue May 17 through 19 with Dolly…and Friends featuring Nashville Recording Artist and local talent, Brooke Byam followed by Felix and Fingers – Dueling Pianos on May 24. TLP will open its 58th Season beginning Thursday, May 30 with Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
For tickets, visit www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. You may also call the box office at 815-244-2035 or visit them at 8215 Black Oak Road in Mount Carroll during business hours. All performance dates and times are available online.
This project is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council.