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Olney Theatre Center is committed to supporting and inspiring the next generation of theatre makers. As part of this mission, the theatre provides an Apprenticeship Program every year. The Apprenticeship Program is an invaluable training opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds and offers emerging theater artists a bridge to the profession. Meet one of 13 apprentices for our 23-24 season, Grace Duggan!


Grace Duggan, Carpentry Apprentice

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Education/Training: B.A. from Drew University

Favorite Show you've been a part of: The Angry Brigade by James Graham


Tell us a little bit about yourself. Which apprenticeship are you part of at Olney Theatre Center and what does that position involve?

I am a Cancer Slytherin with an iced coffee addiction. I am one of the Carpentry apprentices. I help build and install the sets for all of the shows.

Carpentry is some grit work, what interests you about pursuing this area in theatre?

I have always liked working with my hands and creating things. I like being able to take an idea that somebody has and turn it into an actual, tangible thing. 

What inspired you to get into theatre?

I have always loved musicals and my parents put me in a musical theatre camp starting in elementary school. I auditioned for my first musical in middle school, Annie Jr., and I started on the tech track in college.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

An organized chaos gremlin.

What are your interests outside of theatre?

I'm a big reader but I also enjoy crocheting and baking.

What is your favorite part of this apprenticeship so far?

Getting to see shows at all of the different theatres in DC and getting to know the people I work with in the scene shop and the other apprentices.


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