Acting Residency

Acting Residents work closely with Milwaukee Rep’s Associate Artists and acclaimed guest actors on a variety of productions during their full-season residency.  While the role in which a given Acting Resident functions can change with each production, the focus never strays from acting: there are no technical or administrative responsibilities attached to Acting Residencies. 

The primary objective of the Acting Residency is to understudy roles in Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse,  Stiemke Studio, and Stackner Cabaret seasons, as well as in A Christmas Carol in the historic Pabst Theater.  Through these understudy assignments, Acting Residents not only have an opportunity to observe processes and share the experience and knowledge of working professionals—and to apply such knowledge to their own work—but to develop mentoring relationships with those same professionals.  Understudy runs performed shortly after openings allow EPRs to showcase their work for fellow Milwaukee Rep company members.  Having a dynamic Emerging Professional Residency Ensemble also allows Milwaukee Rep to mount large cast productions; to that end, Acting Residents play ensemble and principal roles in mainstage shows throughout the season, as available.

Jennifer Latimore 2014/15 with Associate Artist Laura Gordon in Good People (2015)
Jennifer Latimore 2014/15 with Associate Artist Laura Gordon in Good People (2015)

Milwaukee Rep makes every effort to help Acting Residents find professional work following their seasons. Acting Residents also earn Equity Membership Candidacy points during their internships. In the culmination of their season, the Acting Residents are showcased in Rep Lab, Milwaukee Rep’s critically-acclaimed annual short-play festival.  Rep Lab, an Emerging Professional Resident-driven project under the guidance of the Artistic Department, features several fully-produced short plays. It also creates an opportunity for the Artistic EPRs to collaborate with Production and Administrative EPRs. 

Directing Residency

Directing Residents serve as Assistant Directors for Rep productions in the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio, and Stackner Cabaret, as well as for the annual production of A Christmas Carol. As ADs, Directing Residents participate as important components of the creative process with some of the most respected American and international directors working in theater today, learning valuable skills from, and making important connections with, their principal directors.

As part of their AD responsibilities, Directing Residents supervise the understudy process for the production to which they are assigned, scheduling and leading daily understudy rehearsals throughout the rehearsal period. The work of the AD and understudy cast is showcased and reviewed at an understudy run shortly following the opening of each production.

Directing Residents also showcase their directing skills in Rep Lab, Milwaukee Rep’s critically-acclaimed annual short-play festival. Rep Lab, an Emerging Professional Resident-driven project under the guidance of the Artistic Department, features several fully-produced short plays. It also creates an opportunity for the Artistic EPRs to collaborate with Production and Administrative EPRs.

Chris O'Reilly 2014/155 and Kristina Loy 2014/15 with Associate Artist Deborah Staples and Richard Halverson in Harvey (2014)
Chris O'Reilly 2014/155 and Kristina Loy 2014/15 with Associate Artist Deborah Staples and Richard Halverson in Harvey (2014)

Important Dates:
Acting and Directing 2017/18 Application Deadline: March 15, 2017  

Each year the Residency dates change based on the dates of the theatrical season, and the need for EPRs in and around specific productions. Typically, the Emerging Professional Residency starts in mid-August and ends in the Spring (March, April, or May), but there are exceptions.

Compensation:
Stipend: $75/week

Housing/Transportation: All EPRs are housed in two or three bedroom apartments at the UW-M Kenilworth Apartments. Each Resident has their own room and shares a common area, kitchen, and bathroom with one to two other EPRs. Internet, cable, and all utilities are included. Monthly bus passes are provided to all Residents.  

Perks: In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, EPRs receive free tickets to Rep productions, invitations to Angel events, audition opportunities, workshops, and points towards AEA membership (Acting Residents only).   

How to Apply:

All applicants must submit ONE SINGLE PDF containing the following documents, in the following order.

  • Completed application form (Download Here)
  • A current headshot or photograph and resume of all theatrical and related experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your creative potential in theater and your ability to work with people.
  • Please answer the following questions: 
    1.  At this point in your career, why do you seek an Emerging Professional Residency? 
    2.  Why do you specifically seek an Emerging Professional Residency with Milwaukee Rep? 
    3.  What do you feel you could contribute to Milwaukee Rep? 
    4.  What are your future goals?
     

DIRECTING RESIDENCY APPLICANTS ONLY:  In 500 words or less, please describe your best or worst directing experience, including what you gained as a director and as a person. 

ACTING RESIDENCY APPLICANTS ONLY: Please include a Youtube or Vimeo link to a videotaped audition consisting of three contrasting monologues (2 Contemporary, 1 Classical) and 32 bars of a song (Non-singers will still be considered for the internship). A video audition is required even if the applicant has auditioned in person.

Your PDF file size should not exceed 4MB. Please name your PDF with Lastname_Firstname.pdf (e.g. Doe_Jane.pdf). Subject Line of the email should include your name and the internship for which you are applying. 

All completed applications must be emailed to artisticresidency@milwaukeerep.com by March 15, 2017.

Please contact Dylan Sladky at dsladky@milwaukeerep.com with any questions. 

Vallea E. Woodbury 2014/15 (center) with Melody Betts and Vanessa A. Jones-Dubose in The Color Purple (2014)
Vallea E. Woodbury 2014/15 (center) with Melody Betts and Vanessa A. Jones-Dubose in The Color Purple (2014)


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Q: Is an in-person audition required for the Acting Residency?
A: We do not require Residency candidates to audition in person. If an actor is available, an in-person audition is beneficial. All candidates, even if they have auditioned in-person, are required to submit a video audition as part of the application materials.

Q: What is the general timeline of acceptance following submission / deadline date?
A: Initial offers will be made within one month of the application deadline. 

Q: Can I apply for both the Directing and Acting Residencies?
A: Candidates are encouraged to apply for either the Directing Residency or the Acting Residency. However, if one feels confident in both abilities, they can still apply for both. Please provide a copy of all requested materials and send each application separately. Letters of recommendation may be the same for both applications, but feel free to include different letters if that is preferable. 

Riley O'Toole '15-'16 (right) with Jonathan Wainwright in Of Mice and Men (2016)
Riley O'Toole '15-'16 (right) with Jonathan Wainwright in Of Mice and Men (2016)