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TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program

A Free Pre-Professional TheatreWings Apprentice Program For High School Students Grades 9-12

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Why Do TheatreWings?
Charleston Stage TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program is designed to allow talented young people the opportunity to work directly with theatre professionals and gain first-hand experience in professional theatrical production. Students are given a sense of professionalism; the ability to follow through on commitments, plan time wisely and meet deadlines. As a result of their participation in the program, a number of TheatreWings apprentices have gone on to successful careers in various areas of theatre and have continued to pursue their interest and hone the valuable skills instilled through the program. This program is completely tuition free for eligible candidates.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017/18 TheatreWings Season. Check back in March of 2018 for Application Information of the 2018/19 season. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about what you might learn in the TheatreWings program, check out some student-written journals in the TheatreWings blog.

TheatreWings Blog 2015-16


TheatreWings Mission:

The mission of the Charleston Stage TheatreWings program is to provide local high school students with college/career training in the collaborative learning environment of theatre. TheatreWings students will work directly with theatre professionals and gain first-hand experience in professional theatrical preparation and production. Students will be given a sense of professionalism by demonstrating the ability to follow through on commitments, plan time wisely, and meet deadlines.


TheatreWings Vision:
The vision for Charleston Stage's TheatreWings program is to be the leading high school theatre training program in Charleston and South Carolina, engaging Lowcountry high school students through high quality theatre education, with top of the line artists, facilities, and educators.

Our Values include:

  • Teamwork
  • Excellence
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation


Program Benefits

TheatreWings students...

• Interact with other talented young people from different schools and communities.

• Work closely with Charleston Stage professional actors and production staff.

• Receive hands-on-training comparable to many college-level programs in performance (acting, singing, dancing), set/costume design, props, theatrical painting, lighting, sound design/production, and
 stage management.

• Obtain professional theatrical experience working backstage for season shows.

• Get free tickets to Charleston Stage Company productions.

• Acquire community service credits and/or school-to-career credits.

• Have the opportunity to request letters of recommendation for college applications.

• Work in the Dock Street Theatre, Charleston's most historic and beautiful theatre venue.

• Audition for possible performance opportunities.

• Work on special topic/project opportunities.

Program Requirements

• 9th-12th grade student with a B average or higher.

• Personal interview with program leaders.

• Teacher recommendation.

• Attend Weekly Classes in his/her specific Concentration (Roughly 50-60 hours of class time). 

• Serve on AT LEAST one stage crew for the 2016-17 season (Roughly 50-65 hours of rehearsal and performance).

The productions are:

  • HairsprayTentative commitment 8/22 through 9/25
  • DraculaTentative Commitment 10/3 through 11/6
  • Beneath the Sweetgrass Moon—TBA
  • White Christmas—Tentative Commitment 11/14 through 12/18
  • The Best Christmas Pageant EverTBA
  • James and the Giant Peach TBA
  • Peter and the Starcatcher— 1/30—3/5
  • The Miracle WorkerTentative Commitment 2/27 through 4/2
  • Sister ActTentative Commitment 3/27 through 4/30

• Attend 2 Saturday WorkShop days during the 2016-17 Season

• Volunteer at least 6 shop/tech hours per semester, 12 total hours on the year

• Attend AT LEAST 3 of the following TheatreWings functions in the season

  • Lock-in
  • Game night
  • Movie Night
  • Wings Appreciation night
  • Wings Days (2nd Sunday of each show)

Our workshop is located at 19 Warren Street in Downtown Charleston. The rehearsal space is in Mt. Pleasant at 629 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. and performances are at the Dock Street Theatre at 135 Church Street in beautiful, historic downtown Charleston.


For more information contact Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at (828) 329-3878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





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