Be a Part of The Gift Theatre!

The giftED. Ensemble for High School Students is NOW accepting applications for the incoming 2015 ensemble! Be a part of The Gift Theatre Company!

The giftED. program is a fun and immersive afterschool theatre apprenticeship for high school students on Chicago’s Northwest side. Creative and motivated students spend two years with the award winning Gift Theatre, learning hands on in a professional Equity production-house learning what it takes to build a company. They learn from the choices made by artists both on and off stage how to develop their own artistic voices.

What would I do as a member of giftED.?
giftED. Ensemble members experience what it takes to make a play and build a company through ensemble work with their giftED. peers and mentorship by theatre professionals.

Year One: An immersive experience with the Gift. Students commit to once a week after-school workshops and attend Gift productions. Students will:

  • Meet with Gift artists and sit in on auditions, rehearsals, new play readings, board meetings and other opportunities occurring throughout the year
  • Play, create, and build ensemble theatre through workshops in acting, directing, improve, writing, and design
  • Read, analyze, and discuss Gift plays and theatre literature.

  • Year Two: Students pick a focus (acting, directing, writing, improv, design, management., etc.) and are individually mentored by Gift Theatre professionals.

    Who can join?

    The giftED. Ensemble is open to all freshman and sophomore high school students on Chicago’s Northwest side. This program is best for creative and motivated young people who are interested in the arts and willing to commit their best abilities, skills, and passions to something they love about theatre.

    Why join?

    • Work with professional artists and peers to explore the theatre and develop your creative voice.
    • Understand how a theatre company works and the people/resources to build one.
    • Experience great theatre at The Gift for free.
    • Learn how to read, analyze, and discuss plays.
    • Gain valuable public speaking and organizational skills.
    • Play an important role in an established Chicago theatre.
    • Create an artistic project with an ensemble of peers.

    Is there a cost?

    There is a $100 fee per year for participation. This fee goes to help ticket and supply costs.  Each year, The Gift awards two scholarships called The Dr. Gerald Gawlik Scholarship for the Arts, which covers the cost of tuition. Limited scholarships available.

    For More Information:
    Contact Director of giftED.
    Lindsey Barlag Thornton

    Download Application