MOUNT CARROLL, ILLINOIS (June 8, 2020)  For the fourth year in a row, the Illinois Arts Council has awarded Timber Lake Playhouse a grant to create a paid apprentice program for area teens interested in pursuing careers in the theatre arts. TLP is accepting applications for the apprenticeship program through June 22.

Timber Lake Playhouse, operating in its fifty-ninth season, hires performers, directors, and designers from around the country each year. The apprentice program is designed to immerse pre-college teens from Northwest Illinois in all aspects of professional theatre production. Rather than volunteering time, the grant provides an hourly pay rate comparable to other summer work.

“With this summer’s closures, we have focused a lot of our efforts to online offerings and social media,” said Dan Danielowski, TLP Executive Director. “Teens with computer skills will be especially needed for this summer’s work at TLP.” The teens will be chosen based on an artistic statement, letter of recommendation, and interview. Priority will be given to this year’s high-school juniors and graduates, those already accepted to university programs, and those who’ve demonstrated a clear commitment to pursuing a career in theatre. The program lasts ten weeks and provides experience in all aspects of running a theatre.”

“It is important for TLP to offer programming to area teens,” said TLP Education Director Robert McFletcher-Jones.  “We expect some very talented high school students to apply for these positions.”

Interested youth should send a letter of application with an artistic statement and a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with their work to

Watch Timber Lake Playhouse’s website for information on upcoming concerts and productions.  TLP’s new Virtual Education Department recently announced their summer offerings.  For more information, tickets, and to register for classes, visit You may also call the box office at 815-244-2035 Monday through Friday, 10AM-5PM. All performance dates and times are available online.

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