Apprenticeship Program

The Barrie School Theater Apprenticeship Program (B.S.T.A.P.), in partnership with Onyx Vizion Productions, Inc. and Composer/Playwright Tyrone Stanley, offers middle and high school students, who show great promise in theatre arts, the unique opportunity to explore and experience the world of professional theatre. With behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and performances, one-on-one interaction with professional artists and industry experts, and classes focused on the carious areas of producing and performing in professional theatre, the apprentices receive a thorough introduction to the production process and careers in the performing arts. This program was designed especially for Barrie School students and, at this time, is exclusive to only Barrie School Students.

Each year, the apprentices from Barrie School Theater Apprenticeship Program are given an opportunity to experience and train for and participate in four weeks of intensive studies and rehearsals, including: Scene study; Stage design development; Script development; Dramaturgy; Orchestrations; Safety in Theatre; Voice and Movement for stage; Acting; and finally, professional performance.

All apprentices will have the opportunity to attend rehearsals, performances, and participate in backstage tours. Apprentices are selected based on an audition and application process, and must declare one major area of interest, including but not limited to: Performance (Voice, Dance, & Acting); Orchestra Performance (Various Instruments & Duties); and Stage Tech (Lights, Sound, Costumes, etc.). Applicants must have previous experience in their major area of interest. It is important to note, however, that everyone will have to study the other minor areas involved with the project.

Last year, participants were afforded the opportunity to premiere SOUL ON FIRE the Musical in Off-Broadway’s June Havoc Theatre for one week of intense performances. This year, the culminating project is the Kennedy Center debut of SOUL ON FIRE the Musical. Students will be active in the production planning, preparation, and performance alongside professional performers from Broadway’s greatest shows, such as Trista Dollison (Dreamgirls, Avenue Q, Lion King); Dana Aber (Ragtime, My Fair Lady, Titanic); and opera great Dr. Donna Cox (Sound of Music, The Wiz, Le Nozze di Figaro), just to name a few. These great artists will also be facilitators for the Apprentice master classes.


• Participation in professional workshops and training
• Full immersion in rehearsals with professional Broadway performers
• Unique experience of a Kennedy Center Debut
• Building of professional resume and references
• Private training with professionals from the cast and crew
• Special Training in multiple areas of the professional theatre process including declared major interest
• Two Master classes in New York City plus Broadway Show
• Daily Classes – Voice Performance; Music Performance; Staging and Lighting; Music Composition; Playwriting; Stage combat and Choreography; and Costuming.