Meet the Apprentices!

Abigail GeorgeAbigail George – Arts Administration Apprentice

Abigail (Abbie) George  is a recent graduate of Wells College in Aurora, New York, where she earned a degree in Theatre and Dance, Business, and Management. Previously, she interned at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn and The Lake Theatre in Lake George, New York. Abbie has stage-managed and worked backstage in her educational settings and for some community theatre groups since she was in high school.

Sam FrenchSam French – Artistic Apprentice

Sam French is a writer/director/manny based in Brooklyn, New York. He recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's directing program, where he directed, among other more serious things, a musical about the Beatles doing Lord of the Rings, a one-act with a robot, and an hour-long recap of three seasons of Game of Thrones. In New York, Sam has had his work presented by FringeNYC, the National Theater for Student Artists, the Habitat Theatre, and UglyRhino. He has assisted at Vineyard Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Fiona KyleFiona Kyle – Artistic Apprentice

Fiona Kyle received her BA from Marymount Manhattan College and her MA from Ohio University. Her plays have been read and developed at the Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival, 13th Street Repertory Company, the Last Frontier Theater Conference, Fresh Produc’d NYC, EAT Festival, and at the A.R.T. Institute. During her MFA in dramaturgy at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute at Harvard University, Fiona had the pleasure of working on The Lily’s Revenge and The Shape She Makes. As a freelance dramaturg, Fiona developed the world premiere plays Boxcutter Harmonica at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and BACK with Poetic Theater Productions.

Joseph MusgroveJoseph Musgrove – Costume Apprentice

Joseph Musgrove hails from Columbus, Mississippi; a recent graduate of Mississippi University for Women (admitting men since 1982), he just finished a summer working as a First Hand and later as Wardrobe Supervisor for Heritage Theatre Festival’s 2015 season. Joseph spent the previous year at Olney Theatre Center as a Costume Shop Apprentice. Previously, he worked as a Stitcher and ran Wardrobe for Lees-McRae Summer Theatre for three consecutive summers while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with emphases in costumes, make-up, and scenic art. Joseph has a small town heart with big city dreams of being a resident costume designer and costume shop foreman. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys trying new recipes, searching for the perfect outfit, and watching an obscene number of cat videos on YouTube. He hopes his time at Hartford Stage will help strengthen his construction skills as well as guide him towards a full-time career creating relevant and engaging theatre art.

Maggie GreeneMaggie Greene – Development Apprentice

Maggie is from Portland, Oregon and graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in Theatre and Theatre Management. This past spring she interned at Theatre Communications Group in NYC and is very excited to join Hartford Stage this year in the development office. While in college she co-produced, designed, and performed in an award winning production of The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute and was presented the Theatre Arts award at Fairfield University. In her free time she loves reading, singing, doing yoga and seeing as much theatre as she can! 

Andy GermugaAndy Germuga – Morningstar Education Apprentice

Andy Germuga is a New York State certified teacher with a B.S. in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt. For the past year, he served as the Education Administration Apprentice at Olney Theatre Center in Maryland, where, among other projects, he expanded the theatre’s Arts Integration Collaborative Playwriting Program with area elementary schools, created in-depth Teacher Tool Kits for the National Players touring company’s 66th tour, its largest in recent history, and helped support an increase in Student Matinee programming. Andy has also served as a long-term drama substitute for the Rochester City School District’s School for the Arts and appeared onstage in New York in such shows as Transylvania Beach, Kentucky and Alice: The Looking Glass Girl

Cassandra SpadoryCassandra Spadory – Morningstar Education Apprentice

Cassandra Spadory is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received a B.A. in Theater and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education.  Cassandra’s theater credits include, but are not limited to, Casanova, Machinal, Urinetown, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors and The Burial at Thebes. Cassandra also found a love for education while studying at UMass. Her teaching experience includes student teaching at Deerfield Elementary (5th grade) and Northampton Elementary (2nd grade), as well as working with intellectually disabled adults for the North Haven Transition Partnership and working as a performance intern for The Foote School summer theater program. 

Sean ByrneSean Byrne – Marketing Apprentice

Sean Byrne is a recent graduate of James Madison University with Bachelor degrees in Theatre and Dance as well as Media Arts and Design. He strives to bring theatre to communities through directing, writing and audience engagement. His work has been seen at JMU, Capital Fringe Festival, Valley Theatre and the Schultz Theatre. Professionally, Sean has served as Webmaster and marketing chair of numerous non-profit organizations as well as writer for various newspapers and magazines. He hails from Maryland where he volunteers with his Boy Scout troop and captures images with his camera.

Lindsey SchraderLyndsey Schrader – Production/Company Management Apprentice

Lyndsey Schrader is from Minnesota and a recent graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, where she studied theatre. She spent her summer in Glens Falls interning with the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

Joe DottsJoe Dotts – Properties Apprentice

Joe Dotts is a Props Artisan originally hailing from West Virginia. He graduated with a BFA in Design and Technical Theatre from West Virginia University earlier this year. Joe has worked as a properties artisan and intern at several theatres around the country, including New York Stage and Film, PCPA, and Cortland Repertory Theatre.

Chelsey ErskinChelsey Erskin –Scenic Arts Apprentice

Chelsey graduated last spring from Wichita State University with a BFA in Theatre Technology and Design. During her time at Wichita State, she designed three plays and one musical. She worked in the scene shop where she became relatively proficient in carpentry and learned some welding. Most of her time in the scene shop was spent painting and acting as charge artist. Professionally, Chelsey has done some odd jobs around Wichita but mostly worked at Music Theatre Wichita the last three summers as a scenic artist.