Louisville, KY- University of Oklahoma alumnus and Norman native Josh Bonzie, who co-stars in the hot indie superhero movie “The Posthuman Project,” has been selected for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 43rd Apprentice/Intern Company.
He will receive practical and experiential training at one of the nation’s leading regional theatres.
Each year, Actors Theatre of Louisville invites the most talented and highly motivated early-career theatre professionals in the nation to undertake a nine-month long training program that combines hands-on practical experience with educational seminars and professional mentorship in their chosen area of interest, according to a news release. As one of the oldest pre-professional training programs in the nation, it is a prestigious launching pad transitioning numerous alumni into prominent positions in professional theatre.
“As we prepare to launch another inspiring season at Actors Theatre, we are thrilled to welcome this incredible group of young professionals,” says Jennifer Bielstein, the theatre’s managing director, in the release. “The program is designed to bridge the gap between undergraduate study and a professional career and provides real-world experience that gives our alumni a competitive advantage when entering a crowded marketplace. I look forward to an industrious year and the many contributions these individuals will make, over time, to our organization and American theatre at large.”
Selected from more than 2,000 applicants from across the nation the 2014-2015 A/I Company consists of 37 college graduates—20 acting apprentices and 17 interns—each of whom is extremely talented in his or her chosen field. The company will produce a number of productions, some of which feature new work by playwrights nationwide, and some of which are creations developed from the ground up by the members of the company themselves. These include three Solo Mios, solo performances written and performed by a member of the Apprentice Company; The Tens, a series of 10-minute plays selected from Actors Theatre’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest; a production during the 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays; and the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, the foremost community outreach education program in the region, featuring productions by new, young playwrights.
The Apprentice/Intern Company has launched the careers of many burgeoning leaders in theatre, both at Actors Theatre and elsewhere nationwide. Notable alumni include: Timothy Busfield (“Thirtysomething,” “The West Wing”), Jenny Robertson (“Bull Durham,” “Role Models”), Jason Butler Harner (“Changeling”), Josh Hopkins (“Cougar Town,” “Tan Lines”), Alex Hernandez (“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” “Peter and the Starcatcher”), Zoe Sophia Garcia (“Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra,” “La Ruta”), Lisa McNulty (Artistic Line Producer at Manhattan Theatre Club), Anna Kull (Director of Community Relationships at Lark Play Development Center), Neil Pepe (Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company) and Actors Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough. The A/I Company provides an avenue for future theatre leaders to network with other apprentices and interns nationally.
As previously reported, Bonzie co-stars in the Oklahoma-made independent superhero epic “The Posthuman Project,” which has been selected to screen Saturday at the 2014 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego, Calif. He plays Adam Hall, a star high school athlete who goes on a rock climbing trip with a band of friends in honor of graduation. Through a serious of strange events, the pals acquire superpowers.
Bonzie’s stage credits include “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” (Oklahoma City Theatre Company); “Julius Caesar,” “Miss Evers’ Boys,” “The Zoo Story” (The University of Oklahoma); and “Macbeth” (Reduxion Theatre).