Access & Inclusion Apprentice Alumna:

Kelsey Brown


Which Apprentice Class were you a part of?



What is your current job?

Grad student


What drew you to the Imagination Stage Apprentice Program?

IStage’s access programming is unparalleled. Because inclusion is such a deep-rooted part of the theatre’s mission, everyone plays a role in making the space as welcoming, inclusive, and accessible as possible. As access and inclusion apprentice, I knew I would witness the full extent of that work, from education to marketing, front of house, and more.


What was your favorite aspect of being an apprentice?

I benefitted so much from a close apprentice class. Though converging on IStage for different reasons from different backgrounds, we really came together to support each other, depend on each other, and lift each other up. Years later, I know I could call any of them up and receive help (using their wide variety of gifts and talents) in the blink of an eye.


What was the most exciting project you worked on as an apprentice?

I loved being part of IStage’s classes! Throughout my time as an apprentice, I served as an inclusion facilitator, teaching assistant, and lead teacher on a variety of in-house classes and camps, school residencies, and special workshops for all ages. IStage has an amazing teaching staff and they taught me so much about using creative solutions to set up all our students for success!


What was the most important lesson you learned as an apprentice?

I learned so much from being forced out of my comfort zone! The apprenticeship is designed to gain a well-rounded theatre experience, so I ended up doing a lot of things I’d never done before like working in the box office, producing video projects, and being deck captain for the main stage. While I came to IStage for the access and inclusion apprenticeship, I left with so many more skills.


What have you been up to since your apprenticeship ended?

I went straight from IStage to start my Speech-Language Pathology graduate studies at Emerson College, which I will finish in May 2020. During school, I also wrote and published a children’s book partially inspired by my time at IStage called Come On, Calm! Along the way, I continued flexing my cultural access muscles by serving as the Associate Producer for the Access Champions podcast – a contact I originally made from IStage connections.


How did the apprenticeship help you get to where you are now?

I believe my time at IStage has made a real difference in my ability to collaborate with other professionals, build rapport with families, problem solve creative solutions to remove learning barriers, and advocate for my students. The soft skills I developed there have translated to every position I’ve held since.


Any advice to those applying?

IStage doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to finding the next apprentice class. They’re looking for individuals who are eager to learn, are able to work with people different than themselves, and are passionate about their field. Don’t discount your experiences because they’re not like someone else’s.



Join us for Imagination Stage’s 2020-2021 Professional Apprenticeship Program!
Application materials are due March 1, 2020.

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