BRB Apprentice Program

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A two-week intensive for undergraduate students looking to build their skillsets in making original work and creative collaboration. In Pennsylvania and NYC.

BRB Apprentices work as actors, makers, and thinkers for a week in rural Pennsylvania, with the intention of learning about the art of collaborative devising and performance. The BRB Apprentice program includes master classes led by FGP Creative Directors and local community artists, as well as onsite work with professional artists attending the BRB Alumni Artist Retreat. All BRB Apprentices then bring their work to NYC, where they are guided through a professional rehearsal process for one week. Apprentices attend shows, visit rehearsals, meet other New York based artists, and examine different methods of building and sustaining creative process.

Here are our 2019 Apprentices

graceGRACE TRAYNOR is ecstatic to return to her home state of Pennsylvania to participate in the BRB Retreat as an Apprentice! Based in NYC, she is a multi-hyphenate artist with training from Playwrights Horizons Theater School, but she especially enjoys creating as an actor and dramaturg. She recently returned from a semester abroad in Berlin where she deepened her passions for Brecht (pictured here) and devised work. Grace will earn her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch in the spring of 2020.

isaISABELLA BERNHARDT is entering her junior year at the University of the Arts as a a musical theatre major. She last performed as Dudard in  Rhinoceros, and last fall as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, directed by Andrew Neisler. Isabella has a deep fondness for ridiculous, physical comedy, her idol being the incredible Lucille Ball. Her lifelong dream is to become a member of SNL. She could not be more honored or grateful to be a part of this unique theatre experience
lincLINC MILLARD (they/them) is a Philadelphia based actor and avid dinosaur lover. Most recent credits include Rhinoceros, An Incomplete List, Guys and Dolls, Retrograde, American Idiot, Normativity (UArts), Cam Girl (Theatre Oblivion), and Wonder Boi (Dare Tactic). They would like to give a shout out to their dog, Neville, for always having their back.

AnnaFayeLiebermanHeadshot (1)ANNA LIEBERMAN (she/her) is a scrappy, orange, theatre artist. She is about to graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She’s got a thing for dirt, crunchy snacks, and writing bad plays. Recent credits include: Rena in Cowboy Bob, Marie in Marie In Tomorrow Land, (Polyphone Festival) Medium Alison (u/s) in Fun Home, (Arden Theatre Co.) and Colleen/Lisa (u/s) in Mr. Burns. (Wilma Theatre Co.) 

deanaDEANA TAHERI is an English actress based in New York, and is delighted to be taking part of Fresh Ground Pepper’s artist retreat! Her recent favourite credits include the role of Jackie Bowers in We Are Not Well (Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute), an original play, and Henry, Sweet Henry (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).

Screen Shot 2019-06-17 at 4.25.39 PMDANIEL HOLZMAN is a playwright, director, and essayist born and raised in San Francisco. He is currently pursuing a BFA at NYU’s Playwright’s Horizons Studio. His plays/solo pieces have been produced at Dixon Place, CounterPulse, Playwrights Horizons Downtown, the Tisch Drama All Department Festival, WNYU Radio, and the Broke People Theater Festival. He believes in big noses, greek choruses, and strange as a verb.



2015 Apprentices:
Megan Hayes
Barrett Law
Julia Louis
Jenna Rush
Caitlin Cobb-Vialet
Lindsay Wolgel

2016 Apprentices:
JB Douglas
Lia Fitzsimmons
Bella Grace Leitman Harris
Jenna Rush
Emmy Weissman

2017 Apprentices:
Guillermo Contreras
Neo Cihi
Kat Giordano
Caroline Albert
Shannon Devaughn
Sav Souza

2018 Apprentices:
Marianna Hoitt-Lange
Aaron J. Stewart
Sarah Hough
Adrian Collings
Aliria Johnson
Emma Dorfman
Michael Delaflor