About the Program

Join us for an immersive experience designed to train and inspire YOU – the individual artist – and deepen your understanding of physical, ensemble-driven theater.

Immerse with OYL Theater Company and an array of working theater professionals from around the world in the remote mountains of Greece to hone your craft, engage with the art of collaboration and connect to the ancient roots of theater.

You will...

  • Perform in village squares in the Epirus region of Greece
  • Create devised works
  • Take acting Masterclasses
  • Train with OYL’s acting ensemble
  • Sit in on and observe OYL’s workshops and rehearsals
  • Learn and perform in basic Greek
  • Visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum
  • See a show at the ancient Dodoni Amphitheater
  • Visit the ancient site of Delphi and its museum
  • Experience a day on the Ionian coast
  • Hike, live and work in the breath-taking Vikos-Aoos National UNESCO geopark
  • Participate in local village festivals

Work with Guest Artists such as…

Over 155 past students from…

Over 155 students have taken the Apprentice challenge from Adelphi, Atlantic Acting School, Arizona State, Bard, BU, CalArts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Columbia, Connecticut College, Emory, Fredonia State, Harvard, Ithaca, Marymount, Mcgill, Muhlenberg, Northwestern, NYU, Oberlin, Otterbein, Pace, Princeton, Purdue, Reed, Rice, Southern Methodist University, SUNY Purchase, Temple, Tisch, University of the Arts, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, USC, Universidad de Chile, Vassar, and Wesleyan.

What participants & collaborators have said…

"I’ve never worked with a group so lovingly, rigorously, thoughtfully led. I’ve never EVER known a group to work as hard, never EVER felt such complete commitment to make something work as magnificently in so short a time."

– Bryony Lavery, Tony-Nominated Playwright

"One of the most transformative and magical experiences of my life."

– Liliana Talwatte, Apprentice 2016

"To be a part of the OYL Apprenticeship Program has been an extraordinary privilege. I have grown as an educator and artist because OYL has allowed me to explore and experiment with strategies of performance, work in the landscape within the incredible ecology of a 12th century village to raise 21st century questions about form, space, and the meaning of performance.”

– Gabrielle Cody, Professor of Drama and Chair of Drama at Vassar College

“Even if one day most of my memories of Papingo are depleted, I can still clench the undeniable feeling of growth directly attributed to my time there…I could not have asked for better mentors or peers.”

– Shay Webster, Apprentice 2013

"Papingo offers the opportunity to plug into the deep primal reasons why we make theatre. To connect to the umbilical bloodstream of our most ancient art. The earth itself talks to you, and whispers practical advice."

– Leon Ingulsrud, Co-Artistic Director at SITI Company

"I'm fed beyond full. I'm nourished. And today it will all end for me, and I must seek another part of the village, knowing how rare and special this care has been, and wondering, dreaming, about when I might be able to return."

–Kevin Armento, Playwright

“This month will challenge you physically and mentally…but, most of all, it will give you a sense of self, a more distinct identity as an artist.”

– Meropi Papastergiou, Apprentice 2012

“Go to the mountain. You will be changed forever.”

– Kim Weild, Drama Director and Educator

Applications are now open

Please note applications are accepted on a ROLLING BASIS, spots are strictly limited and highly competitive. 
Applicants are encouraged to apply early.


  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis beginning DEC 1, 2021. Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • 2022 Program Dates are approximately: July 15 – August 15, 2022 (Subject to change)
  • Spots are strictly limited and highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to apply early
  • The program is designed for college-level actors and theater artists.
  • Places are limited to 25 students and participation is highly competitive.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to apply early and to take time and care in their written responses.
  • Professors & Teachers: Prospective Apprentices are asked to provide references on their application for us to contact.
  • Recommendation letters may be sent to: info@oneyearlease.org. (we no longer accept hard copies).
  • Each application is carefully reviewed by a panel of the OYL Artistic Staff. Selection and participation is wholly based on the quality of the written and material submissions.
  • The program is designed for all areas of specialization for theater artists – actors, directors, designers. All participants undertake the same program, which includes theatrical training and performance.