School of Drama

Pioneer Playhouse is a professional summer stock theatre and School of Drama where selected interns spend the summer eating, breathing and living a theatrical experience. Cost: $900 – includes room and board  for 10 weeks.

The internship is the ONLY category where you can schedule an over-the-phone (long distance) interview, and be accepted. (Apprentice and Professional Actor categories are hired based upon in-person interviews.)

Must be at least 18 years, to attend. (Average age: 18-23)

Description: Over a ten-week period, interns will work on plays, learning all aspects of theatre. It is an intensive, ‘hands on’ environment that promotes learning by doing.

Everyone in the company auditions every two weeks for roles and the director may select from any “category” (actor, apprentice, intern) when casting. When not in rehearsal, everyone helps out building and painting the sets, backstage. Everyone gets their own individual room, bathrooms are communal.

(The rooms are a row of “rustic” dorms built in the 1950’s, made out of barn-wood.)

Pioneer Playhouse puts on five plays in ten weeks. The intense “summerstock” pace is demanding. Applicants must be mature enough to accept responsibility and must be sincere in purpose to meet obligations and responsibilities given.

Benefits offered by Pioneer School of Drama:

* Opportunity to be cast and appear in main stage productions
* Auditioning for (and receiving feedback) from professional directors
* Interns live on property and are part of a professional summerstock company
* Three meals, six days a week will be provided
* Working on five plays in ten-weeks, learning all phases of stage craft, from page to stage.

Requirements for admission:

The cost of the Intern/Drama School program is $900 — $50 payable with application (to be returned if applicant is not accepted). We schedule a telephone interview as soon as the application is received.

To apply:

Click here to download the application.
You’ll need Acrobat Reader to read it, which you can get from the Adobe site.

To request an application (and brochure) via the US mail, email or write to:

Robby Henson, Artistic Director
Pioneer Playhouse
840 Stanford Rd
Danville, KY 40422
(859) 236-2747
If you have further questions, call (859) 236-2747.
Office hours are 9am – 4pm (EST) Monday through Friday

Working on five plays in ten-weeks, learning all phases of stage craft, from page to stage.

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