About The Program

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The OYL Apprentice Program is a four-week long immersive experience in the remote mountain villages of Northern Greece, designed to inspire the individual theater artist.
This unique summer theater intensive is jam-packed with rehearsing, training, performing, cultural events, tours and challenging outdoor activities. All within the incredible beauty, tranquility and cultural history of Greece. Beginning with two busy days in Athens, the main program takes place at the OYL base in Northern Greece, in the tiny remote mountain village of Papingo.
The program investigates the possibilities of the theatrical experience through the exploration of a range of performance and theater-building techniques, and strengthens the artist’s understanding of highly physical, ensemble-driven theater. 

In the footsteps of OYL Theater Company’s own methodologies, Apprentices gain a deep understanding of what it truly means to be part of an ensemble, while being encouraged to develop their own individual voice.
The program is lead by the OYL artistic ensemble, two college professors and additional professional theater practitioners. Training methods explored have included Suzuki, Viewpoints, Lecoq, Meisner, improvisation and Feldenkrais. 

In the mountain setting, Apprentices create devised works, take acting masterclasses, train with OYL’s acting ensemble, participate in daily yoga and meditation sessions, take long mountain hikes, sit in on OYL development workshops and rehearsals, and learn basic Greek. 
Concurrently, the Apprentice Company builds and rehearses an outdoor production that tours to four villages during the last week of the program. In past years, apprentice companies have performed large parts of this production in Greek and this tradition has continued. The production is based on a different text each year, and past performances include: Thyestes, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Minotaur & Ariadne, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Bacchae, The Birds; Bryony Lavery's Six Seeds, Kevin Armento's Slay The Beast and Agelita Tsougou's Chorus Agon.

All of the actors of the Apprentice Company perform in the final show. Apprentice Company actors are not in competition for roles with members of the One Year Lease Company.
In the past, students have joined us from colleges and universities from all over the U.S., including: Atlantic Acting School, Arizona State, Bard, CalArts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Columbia, Connecticut College, Harvard, Ithaca, Mcgill, Muhlenberg, Northwestern, NYU, Oberlin, Princeton, Reed, Rice, Southern Methodist University, University of Michigan, USC, Universidad de Chile, and Vassar.
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Please note applications are accepted on a ROLLING BASIS, spots are strictly limited and highly competitive.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Apprentices are encouraged to write, and journal and asked to write one blog-post at some point during our month in Greece. Check out our Apprentice Blog from Summer 2016 HERE.
The program is filled with experiences that go beyond theater and delve both into Greece’s ancient history as well as the natural beauty of the Zagorohoria region. These experiences include:
  • A day and a half in Athens and Corinth
  • An evening excursion to Epidaurus amphitheater
  • A guided day hike in the Vikos Gorge, the deepest gorge in Europe
  • A hike and overnight stay at the Astraka refuge at the foot of the Pindos mountain range
  • A day trip to a beach on the Ionian coast
  • Horseback riding in Papingo on guided rides by White Pegasus Trails
  • Rafting on the Voidomatis River
Further details about the program are below and on our Practical Info page as well as visiting last year's Apprentice Company Blog
A Typical Day for an OYL Apprentice Company Member
8:00am            Enjoy breakfast with fellow apprentices
8:30am            Walk as a group to OYL’s outdoor rehearsal space – ½ hr
9:00am            Masterclass with OYL company (Suzuki, Viewpoints, Improv, Music & Devised) – 1.5 hrs
11:00am          Rehearsal (Apprentice Company) – 3hrs
2:00pm            Communal Lunch at OYL’s central house or local taverna – 1hr
3:00pm            Private time (learn lines, journal, rest) – 2hrs
5:00pm            ‘Greek Time’ (Greek language lesson) – 1 hr
6:00pm            Yoga (with OYL company) – 45min
6:45pm            Project rehearsal (Apprentice Company) – 2hrs
9:00pm            Dinner  (Local Taverna or with OYL company) – 1hr 

Each application is carefully reviewed by a panel of the OYL Artistic Staff. Selection and participation is wholly based on the quality of the written and material submissions.
The program is designed for all areas of specialization for theater artists - actors, directors, designers. All participants undertake the same program, which includes theatrical training and performance.
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Please note applications are accepted on a ROLLING BASIS, spots are strictly limited and highly competitive. 
Applicants are encouraged to apply early.