Internships

 

TheatreWorks’ Professional Internship Program gives students and professionals the opportunity to learn about the art, craft, and business of live theatre as they work side by side with award-winning theatre artists, administrators, and other professionals.

Commitment

All departments listed offer summer-long internships, ranging from 2-4 months in duration. Summer interns should expect to work a minimum 25 hour week. Season-long internships are available in some departments. Season interns should be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week. During their tenure, summer and season interns are expected to take part in significant company events such as opening night receptions, the annual season announcement, and fundraisers.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Internship Program is intended for applicants of college age or older. Exceptional high school seniors entering college will be considered for certain internships. Professional internships are unpaid, though college credit can be arranged. Participants must have residence and transportation.

Benefits

TheatreWorks gives back by offering a calendar of optional enrichment activities. The Brown Bag Series is the cornerstone of the enrichment program. These round-table discussions, scheduled with members of our artistic and administrative staff, help interns gain insight into the many possible avenues of career development in professional theatre. Additional enrichment opportunities may include attendance at

  • Staff meetings and rehearsals
  • Design presentations
  • Invited dress rehearsals
  • Access to complimentary arts services such as Arts Roundtable
  • Complimentary tickets for each TheatreWorks production during residency

Application Procedures

Please email the following items below to interns@theatreworks.org

 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5PM (PST) ON FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2016.

 

Click on the internship or read down the page for further descriptions.
Artistic
Costume Construction
Costume Stock Management
Development
Dramaturgical Research*
Education: Summer Studio
Electrics*
Marketing
Props*
Stage Management*


*Indicates opportunity for season-long internship.


Internship Descriptions


ARTISTIC
 
The Artistic Intern assists with New Works, Casting, and Company Management during the annual New Works Festival each summer.  The intern will provide administrative and logistic support during the exciting and busy festival season. There will also be opportunities to sit in on rehearsals and work with nationally-known theatre artists as time allows. The internship typically starts in June and runs through the end of August. This is a great opportunity for students interested in Arts Management, Directing, or Playwriting.  

Responsibilities may include:

  • Filing, copying, and other administrative duties
  • Data entry and database management
  • Logistical and operational support during the New Works Festival
  • Personally assist visiting playwrights or actors as needed during the Festival
  •  Attend organizational meetings for the festival as needed
  • Assist in airport runs for visiting artists
  • Serve as the AudienceWorks (TheatreWorks’ audience engagement initiative) point person for the Festival
  • Coordinate video interviews with visiting writers with the Marketing Department


Experience/Background/Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, detail oriented
  • Valid driver’s license with use of a car
  • Willingness to learn about all aspects of theatre administration
  •  Basic computer and copy machine knowledge or willingness to learn
  • Experience in stage management, directing, or producing a plus


*Although we do not offer internships in Directing or Musical Direction, related opportunities are sometimes available during our New Works Festival. Please contact us for more information.

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.

 


COSTUME CONSTRUCTION

Interns work alongside professional stitchers, cutter/drapers, and craftspeople in creating and building costumes for TheatreWorks’ mainstage productions. Interns begin with simple support projects; as they exhibit mastery in quality and speed, they’re offered greater challenges. In all cases, mentors assist with support and instruction as needed. The number of costume construction internships available varies from one to four per season, depending on production needs. Recommended for students interested in costume construction careers in stage or film, or men’s/women’s fashion.

Experience/Background 

  • College or continuing education classes in theatre costume design and construction and/or fashion
  • Sewing experience of some kind—home economics, costume shop, fabric store class training on how to use a sewing machine, how to use a commercial pattern, how to construct a completely finished garment, how to do basic alterations
  • Classes in fashion/costume history, art history, theatre history is a plus
  • Work experience as a seamstress or costumer is very desirable

Skills

  • Knowledge of sewing with a domestic sewing machine; experience or willingness to learn sewing with industrial machines and sergers
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Dependable self-starter
  • Quick learner, able to work independently
  • Knowledge of industrial sewing machines, sergers, patterning a plus
  • Specialty skills like tailoring, millinery, dyeing very desirable
  • Flexible—Interns are expected to pitch in when needed on a wide variety of projects, sometimes outside the scope of their standard workload

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.


COSTUME RENTALS MANAGEMENT

TheatreWorks maintains a costume collection of approximately 28,000 costume pieces and accessories. Summer costume stock interns are expected to complete an independent design project using one of TheatreWorks' vast repetoire of productions. The Costume Rentals Management internship is recommended for students of costume design, art history, fashion history, and information management.

Responsibilities may include

  • Assisting TheatreWorks staff with maintenance and organization of stock
  • Assisting visiting costume designers and co-op members in finding, selecting, and pulling costumes
  • Hand stitching and minor repairs
  • Ascertaining measurements, style, period, and other classifying factors for identifying garments
  • Label costumes for inclusion in the collection
  • Data entry

Skills

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Physical strength and stamina—the collection is maintained in a warehouse setting, with three tiers of costumes, and the intern can expect to be up and down ladders throughout the day
  • Flexible, with a good attitude

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.


DEVELOPMENT

Development internships provide insight into the structure and management of a non-profit arts organization. TheatreWorks’ Development Department is responsible for generating approximately $3 million in contributed income annually, and works closely with the Board of Trustees. Interns are included in departmental meetings and strategy sessions. Recommended for those interested in management careers in the non-profit sector or in producing.

Responsibilities may include

  • General support for 6-person development staff through special events, donor cultivation, stewardship, and fundraising
  • Researching and writing for donor newsletter, annual report, and other related publications
  • Researching institutional and individual resources
  • Communicating with donors, volunteers, and vendors
  • Supporting mailings
  • Processing responses for special events
  • Maintaining up-to-date inventories for printed material and event supplies
  • Maintaining photo archives and scrapbooks of development events
  • Upkeep of institutional and individual donor files
  • Data management in Tessitura database

Skills

  • A creative eye
  • Excellent communication skills (writing, phone, and event presentation)
  • Personal presentation
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers
  • Computer savvy in Microsoft Office and Tessitura (not required)
  • Experience in theatre arts a major plus

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.

 

DRAMATURGICAL RESEARCH
At TheatreWorks, the rehearsal process for each production is supported by providing a research binder made available to all cast, crew, and staff working on the production. Dramaturgical research interns work closely with the company’s Resident Dramaturg in creating this binder which provides background information on all aspects of the play: history, geography, glossary of terms and definitions, and social and cultural issues of the time, as well as any show-specific information that is necessary. As the intern’s work quality and speed is evaluated through the early part of the internship, independent project assignments may be available. Recommended for students with a strong interest in research and history. This internship requires a minimum time commitment of 15-20 hours a week.

Skills

  • Excellent research skills
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Competent in Microsoft Office
  • Self-starter, pitch-in attitude, background in theatre arts a must

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.


EDUCATION: SUMMER STUDIO 
TheatreWorks is proud of its broad-ranging community engagement activities. The department boasts a dynamic TheatreWorks for Schools program which includes artist residencies in the schools, student matinees, touring assemblies, and more. Community Engagement provides support programming in local hospitals and audience enrichment events. This summer, one education intern will work in our New Works Conservatory for high school students, mentored by professional teaching artists in a workshop setting. Recommended for students interested in student and/or arts education.

A minimum of 25-30 hours a week will be required of the selected candidate, including some weekend and after hour commitments, especially in the days leading up to the final performances. Two years of college experience in theatre, education, or arts-management field a must. Candidate will work closely with professional teaching artists in areas of movement, voice, acting, comedy, dance, and playwriting to stage an original work created by high school students in the Conservatory. Required to be present for entire length of Conservatory, as well as all performance dates. Additionally, the ideal candidate would support the general TheatreWorks Education Department with administrative duties before, during, and immediately after the New Works Conservatory. These duties include data entry, phone calls, supply shipment, and other office tasks that might arise. Internship would last from mid-June to early August, with start and end dates negotiable through the Education Department.

Experience/Background/Skills

  • One year of class work in theatre arts or equivalent experience
  • Dependable and committed
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Flexible/good attitude – intern is expected to pitch in when needed on a wide variety of projects, sometimes outside the scope of their standard workload
  • Experience working with children and teenagers a plus
  • Experience in stage management and technical skills a plus

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.

 

ELECTRICS
TheatreWorks mounts eight stage productions each season and a New Works Festival. Electrics/Lighting internships are available for most projects. Electrics/Lighting interns are able to work on projects throughout the rehearsal process, but a majority of their commitments revolve around the tech rehearsals. Interns will work closely with the Master Electrician to prep a show and its related practicals. They have more direct contact with the production process than other interns. Recommended for students who are considering production careers.  Please note that design internships are not offered.

Responsibilities

  • Prep of color, cardboards, and related paperwork
  • Attending production meetings
  • Participating in hang and focus
  • General maintenance of lighting equipment
  • Attending a portion of technical rehearsals
  • Running errands in support of the tech rehearsal process

Skills

  • Ability to read a light plot
  • Hands on experience hanging and focusing
  • Experience programming a console preferred, but not necessary
  • Familiarity with LightWright preferred, but not necessary
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task under pressure

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.


MARKETING
This department is responsible for generating approximately $3.5 million in earned income annually. Marketing activities include ticket services, publications, public relations, social media, and community outreach. Interns are included in departmental meetings and strategy sessions. Recommended for those interested in sales and marketing careers in any field and in management careers in the non-profit sector.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting marketing staff in research and data management of target audiences
  • Assisting ticket services department in ticket processing and box office
  • Editing, proofing, and contributing writing to the eNewsletter, social media, and other publications
  • Collecting, entering, and analyzing data 
  • Assisting with setup of front of house for mainstage productions and New Works Festival
  • Assisting with maintenance of office facilities
  • And other duties at the discretion of the Director of Marketing and Communications

Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Friendly and professional manner when working with theatre patrons
  • Experience in theatre arts a plus

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.

 

PROPS
The Theatreworks Props Department is responsible for building, buying, and borrowing theatrical properties for eight mainstage shows per year. In addition, we provide props for the New Works Festival and Education Department productions, maintain a very large props inventory, and manage rentals to professional, community, and academic productions throughout the Bay Area. A professional props artisan is expected to know carpentry, metalworking, soft goods construction, mold making, upholstery, and painting; they need to be able to find anything, fix anything, research anything, and improvise solutions to improbable issues on the fly. The Properties Intern will participate in all of the department’s activities and is strongly encouraged to set personal goals in an area where they need the most instruction and experience. The Props Department Staff is happy to share knowledge and skills with candidates who are smart, committed, focused, flexible, and tough; willingness to learn and a good sense of humor are absolute requirements.

Responsibilities may include

  • Building hand props and furnishings.
  • Prototyping unusual props, problem solving
  • Communicating with designers, directors, actors, and stage management.
  • Pulling and shopping for props.
  • Maintenance and organization of prop stock.

Skills

  • Experience with theater production or fine arts/sculpture.
  • Building with hand and power tools, sewing, painting, computer graphics, any type of crafting.
  • Must be able to lift 25-50 pounds

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with department supervisor.


STAGE MANAGEMENT
TheatreWorks mounts eight stage productions each season and a New Works Festival. Stage management internships are available for most projects. Interns must be available full time—nights, evenings, and weekends—during the rehearsal process. Stage management interns are not generally able to avail themselves of many of the enrichment activities due to the robust rehearsal schedules, but have more direct contact with the production process than other interns. Many stage management interns will choose to work in props or administration for some weeks prior to commencement of rehearsals to gain a broader perspective of the company. Recommended for students who are seriously considering stage management careers.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with daily set up of rehearsal space, and in maintaining a clean, productive work environment
  • Communicating with artists and staff
  • Running errands in support of the rehearsal process or personnel
  • Assisting Stage Manager with costume flow charts, scene breakdown tables, etc.
  • Photocopying and distributing script and/or rehearsal updates
  • Taking and/or transcribing rehearsal notes
  • Assisting in producing daily rehearsal reports
  • Interns should consider their evening transportation plans, as their commitment may involve late evenings

Experience/Background

  • Stage management experience at the college level or equivalent
  • Exceptional organizational skills required
  • Ability to multi-task under pressure
  • Interpersonal communications skills
  • Competence with Microsoft Office a plus
  • Background in music and/or dance a plus

Dates/Hours
Hours and dates are by arrangement with the department supervisor. Including some pre-production meetings and preparations; most internships run five to six weeks in length.

For more information on specific internships, please email interns@theatreworks.org.