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"We are not teaching you how to ACT but how to WORK!"

"…being with this wonderful group of people has taught me more than I could have hoped, not just about the  fundamentals of being the best actor I can, but who I am as a person."  B. Starkin


A year-long professional training and performance program with our 26 year-old, award-winning theatre company: Auditions now being scheduled for the Fall '17 Term.

"I am forever grateful to NPTC for all of their help and would recommend the apprentice program to any actor.” S. Lynn

To schedule an audition, send your headshot and resume to newper37@gmail.comand give us 3 dates/times that work for you between July 8th and July 29th. Each slot is 20-30 minutes.

Just some of the benefits available to our Apprentices:

  • All apprentice alums are eligible to audition for NPTC Youth & Community productions and Women's Work public readings
  • Multiple opportunities for work with notable Guest Artists in specialized areas of performance and audition techniques (i.e. Commedia, autobiographical writing, vocal work)
  • Weekly classes in the fall and spring for regular exercise of the actor’s craft, new skills development, and the opportunity to experience an ensemble environment
  • All apprentices perform in a Spring Showcase for Industry Professionals
  • EXTREME AFFORDABILITYTuition is only $2000 for the full year which includes 72 hours of workshop time plus a month of rehearsal with professional directors for a fully realized scene showcase. Multiple payment options available.

"There is such a positive energy pulsing through this company, and they really make you feel like a valued individual." M. Poynton

  • What NPTC Expects

    • Serious commitment to the program and consistent attendance at all classes and workshops.
    • Visible support for the broader mission and programs of NPTC including:
      • Serving as “good-will ambassadors” for the Company
      • Providing assistance with production and administrative tasks when possible

12 Weekly Workshops in Fall & Spring (Saturdays 10am to 1pm)

Fall Term: September 16– December 17, 2017 (Focus: Shakespeare First Folio Text and Physical Work)

Spring Term: January 20- April 18, 2018 (Focus: Contemporary Scene Work & The Business of Acting)

Showcase Rehearsal and Industry Performances late April through May

see what past apprentices and industry showcase guests have to say about the program!


MELODY BROOKS is an award-winning producer and director who founded NPTC in 1991 and serves as Artistic Director and CEO. The company's mission and goals are a result of her long experience working in Off- and Off-Off Broadway. Brooks leads NPTC's Women’s Work Project, which develops short and full-length plays by 12-16 members per year, and produces ON HER SHOULDERS, staged readings of plays by women from the past that include scholarly playbills putting the "Play in Context". Through these and other programs Melody has developed and directed numerous original and classic plays. She created the NPTC Apprentice Program in 2006 to better prepare actors for a working life in the Theatre. She was an Assistant Professor at LIU/Brooklyn in the Communications Studies, Performance Studies and Theatre Program for 10 years, and also is a private coach. Melody currently serves on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

MARI LYN HENRY spent twenty years as a casting director and then started a career coaching business. She is the co-author of five editions of How To Be A Working Actor ( which, for  30years has been considered the ‘Bible of the biz’ by industry professionals, educators and celebrities. The foreword is by Tony- winning actor Joe Mantegna who has called it “one of the most comprehensive books on show business I’ve ever read and I highly recommend it as an addition to any actor’s library.” Her workshops on on-camera techniques, script analysis, auditioning and impression management have been very successful in cities and universities across the country as well as in Toronto, London, Oxford and Sydney. Currently she is the Dean of Students at the Tom Todoroff Conservatory based in New York City. She believes with Mark Twain that “training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Also a Theatre historian, Mari Lyn is the founder of The Society For The Preservation of Theatrical History. She received a master’s degree in theatre history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her published thesis concerned the development and significance of the dramatic sketch and playlet in American vaudeville, 1893-1925. She is the Co-chair of the Heritage Committee for the League of Professional Theatre Women and serves on its board.

RAY A. RODRIGUEZ is a long-time NPTC Companie member, having appeared in dozens of performances from the World Voices and Shakespeare Made Simple Programs, as well as in several mainstage productions of classical and new plays. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and is Resident Fight Director with NPTC and the Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Ray is currently on the faculties of Adelphi University and New York Film Academy. Other New York companies with whom he has worked as an actor and fight director include Pulse Theatre Ensemble, Rattlestick Productions, Resonance Ensemble, and Vampire Cowboys, among others