Meet Performing Apprentice Elise Benson

CTC supports young artists and promotes careers in theatre with our premiere apprenticeship program and other educational and professional development initiatives. This season, we are thrilled to welcome Elise Benson as the 2016-2017 Performing Apprentice (PA).

“Being accepted into this program has reaffirmed that I can do theatre for a living, and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Elise remarked. A native of Minnetonka, Elise graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2015 with a BA in Music and a BFA in Musical Theatre. Though the coursework for her two majors was stressful, Elise is glad she persevered because the various disciplines allowed her to cultivate a diverse set of musical and performance skills.

After graduation, Elise directed shows, participated in acting workshops, produced several cabarets, and even followed her dreams of being on stage all the way to New York City before returning to Minnesota to join CTC as a PA.

Throughout her year at CTC, Elise will have the chance to be the understudy for several roles in CTC productions, to work with student actors, and to learn from CTC’s creative professionals and resident Acting Company Members. “I’m really excited to get back to the stage, to have a stage family, and to have time to devote to learning,” Elise said.

You can support CTC’s PA program and the development of young artists and theatre professionals by making a gift to the Art Matters fund.