Junior Apprentices


* Unfortunately, due to the continued effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival 2021 has been cancelled. As a result, we are not accepting applications for the 2021 KSF John C. Slade Apprentice Program. We fully expect to celebrate our 25th Anniversary during 2022 and will begin accepting applications for the Apprentice Program in January of 2022. Thank you for your understanding and support during these trying times for the performing arts.*



RJA Activities:

  • Rehearsals including, stage combat, scansion and line interpretation, character development, staging.
  • Weekly classes taught by members of the Kingsmen Festival company including classes in:
    • Scansion of Shakespeare’s language
    • Stage Combat
    • Improvisation
    • Voice and Movement for Shakespearean acting
    • Advanced acting techniques
  • Participation in Festival Activities
  • Nightly performances of original work for kids and adults in “Will’s Corner”
  • Audition, rehearse and performance of a Shakespeare Play (TBD)
  • Support of Festival activities (ushering, stuffing programs, refreshment sales, fundraising)
  • Interaction with professional company members

(Some scholarship assistance is available)

Tentative Schedule Below:

  • First Meeting- Tuesday, June 18
  • Tuesdays 4pm-6:30pm
  • Thursdays 4pm-6pm
  • Saturday 9:30am-noon

Students must be available on festival nights, all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 28-August4th from 5pm-8pm. Scheduling conflicts can be discussed with the Rhodes Junior Apprentice Director. 

For more information:  (805) 493.3184.

The Rhodes Junior Apprentice Program is truly wonderful.  Through both improvisation and rehearsal for the culminating Shakespeare play, Junior Apprentices both individually and as a group are able to grow both in specific aspects of performance and in enjoyment of theater as a whole.  Participating in Juniors has allowed me to increase my appreciation for Shakespeare, become more confident when performing, and experience firsthand the great camaraderie upon which the theater community is built.​