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As a workforce development program, the Dorris Staples Theatrical Conservatory (DSTC) creates access to and
pathways for careers and experiences in the arts, ensuring the industry belongs to everyone.


The Dorris Staples Theatricals Conservatory (DSTC) is made possible through a generous gift from the David T. and Dorris E. Staples Foundation. The conservatory's namesake, the late Dorris Staples, cared deeply for humanity and sought opportunities to help others in need. An accomplished singer herself, Dorris was passionate about creating opportunities for children to experience and appreciate the arts who might not otherwise be able. To honor her legacy, the Dorris Staples Theatrical Conservatory boasts a mission of ensuring access to theatrical experiences and opportunities for all. 


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Our year-round apprentices work closely with artistic and administrative staff to learn hands-on the inner workings of a professional theatre company. Their keystone project is an apprentice-produced staged reading series, developed, planned, and executed under their leadership with guidance from the executive team. 


To see our available apprenticeships, click here.


DSTC also hosts per-show internships for high school and college students. Interns work on a shorter time frame, but concentrate on a single show and department. Academic credit for apprenticeships can be arranged. 


To check out our available internships, click here


Under the lens of workforce development, DSTC provides masterclasses throughout the year in various areas of theatrical production.

Here is a look at our upcoming masterclasses and the Instructors who will lead them.

There are currently no upcoming Masterclasses scheduled. We will update this page as classes resume this summer. 

Recent Masterclasses at The Dorris Staples Theatrical Conservatory:


Are you interested in becoming a teaching artist for the Department of Education & Engagement at CCAE Theatricals?

Please submit an interest form below and the Director of Education & Engagement will contact you should your skill set meet our needs. 

Please submit a form below at the following link:

     Teaching Artist Interest Form

If you have any questions, please email Tom Abruzzo at

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