College Apprenticeship Program

Paid College Apprenticeship

We are proud to educate some of the nation’s top aspiring artists through our College Apprentice Program. Livermore Shakespeare Festival founder and Producing Artistic Director, Lisa A. Tromovitch, as well as several board members and regular company artists, are educators. Educating the next generation of theater arts professionals is an integral part of LSF’s mission.

From A Former College Apprentice

I don’t know where I would be without Livermore Shakes…they connected me with faculty of the school that I was transferring to. And, from that school, I was able to audition for Oregon Shakespeare Festival where I am now spending my second season. It all started with Livermore Shakes.

Jeremy Gallardo

LSF Apprentice 2013, 2014, 2015

About The Program

Former LSF apprentices have moved on to positions with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, TheatreWorks and are working artists in New York, Chicago and LA as well as the Bay Area. Other former apprentices are running their own non-profit organizations or have become educators themselves. Several former apprentices took the skills they acquired with Livermore Shakespeare Festival and have successful careers in finance, biotech and social services. Many of our college apprentices graduate our summer program and move on to pursue their MFA’s with institutions such as Yale School of Drama, Boston Conservatory,  University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program.


Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Livermore, California, is seeking current and recently graduated college students for paid Apprenticeships in Acting, Stage Management, Production Management, and Producing/Management.


Apprentices commit to 30-50 hours a week with the outdoor Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Full apprentices receive compensation during the summer apprenticeship. Some housing in the homes of donors and board members is also available. Acting Apprentices perform in one or both shows, in the “library show” that tours libraries and fairs, understudy, and assist in other areas such as production including setting up for rehearsals and with promotional events. Management Apprentices serve as ASMs, Production, Box Office or Front of House Managers or assistant managers, and help out in other areas as needed. Load-in and Strike are required for all apprentices. Some crew positions are available. The diligent apprentice can learn about all areas of professional theater. To be considered, the student must be available for approximately 30 – 50 hours per week, though the longer weeks will be concentrated on tech and opening. Apprentices do not have to work in all areas. Once both shows are open there will be 3 days off each week, Monday – Wednesday to explore San Francisco.


Rehearsals are indoors in downtown Livermore. Performances and tech are outdoors at Wente Vineyards Estate, 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore.


Start date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 with a half-week of orientation and training, though some students can begin after school ends. End Date: July 31st, 2018.


An interview or meeting will be held with the producer. Live or video auditions for acting apprentices. Preference is given to students 21 and over, with a car and valid drivers license. The festival cannot offer transportation. Accepting applications now. Selection is on-going.

Students may receive college credit for their participation through University of the Pacific, College of the Pacific, Theatre Arts Department. Request information.

PHOTO BY Gregg Le Blanc,
Cast of The Tempest, 2016.
Directed by Lisa A. Tromovitch.
Costumes by Jonathan Singer.