Join The Apprentice Company

Work alongside professional Chicago actors to perform Shakespeare’s iconic works outdoors, on the road, in rotating repertory.

Lakeside Shakespeare is seeking apprentices for our 17th season:


    The Tempest (directed by Artistic Director Christy Arington)

    As You Like It (directed by Danni L. Smith)


Rehearsals will be held June 5th through July 14th (weeknights and weekends) in Chicago, IL.  On July 16th, the full company will travel to Frankfort, Michigan to perform the shows in rotating repertory through July 29th.  Housing will be provided in Frankfort and travel will be arranged or reimbursed.  Apprentices will receive a small stipend as well as a per diem while in Frankfort.


Apprentice candidates should be graduating in 2022 or going into their junior or senior year of a college theatre program.  Acting apprentices will be cast in both plays and will also assist with educational programs in Frankfort.  College credit may be available.


Stage management and managerial apprentice positions may also be available.  For consideration, please email resume and a letter of interest to Executive Director Daniel D. Drake (

Auditions are open until Sunday, March 6th, at 5pm CST


To audition, you’ll need:


  • Your headshot & resume.

  • A video audition, linked via YouTube, Vimeo, etc.  Please perform 2 short contrasting monologues from Shakespeare or his contemporaries, less than 3 minutes total.  If you sing or play an instrument, you may include a song, up to 1 minute in length. 

    • NOTE: Please begin your video by slating with your name.