STC’s professional internships and fellowships are season-long, full-time commitments lasting approximately 10 months. Schedules are rigorous; administrative interns work 40 hours per week plus additional weekend and evening hours as needed, and production and artistic interns work 40 to 60 hours per week. If you are looking for a shorter-term commitment, consider an apprenticeship or summer internship.
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The company management intern assists in the daily operations of production administration through union adherence and guest artist hospitality. Major responsibilities of this hands-on internship include coordinating guest artist travel, housing and shipping; representing the general management office; and assisting with general administrative functions. Successful candidates will have some theatre experience with excellent organizational and people skills, and a flexible schedule.
The development intern works in all aspects of donor relations and fundraising. The internship focuses on research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, corporate, government and foundation donors as well as assistance in planning and execution of special events such as Opening Nights, Meet the Cast events, the Annual Gala, National Council events, and more. Interns work closely with the Chief Development Officer and other senior development staff. Responsibilities include: writing, research, meeting planning, event assistance, donor database (Tessitura) and daily office tasks. Successful candidates will have excellent writing skills and strong verbal communication ability. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
The education intern supports the implementation of school, community, training and audience enrichment programs. Duties include: scheduling and facilitating workshops, assisting both in-school and after-school classes and residencies, developing teacher and student curriculum guides, coordinating special events and assisting with the daily administrative needs of the Education Department. Successful candidates will have experience in both theatre and education. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
The graphic design intern receives hands-on training in conceptualizing, creating and preparing pieces for print. The graphic design intern supports the design team in various ways, including carrying out full projects ranging from newspaper ads to brochures to full-size posters. Knowledge of Quark XPress and Adobe CS on a Mac platform is mandatory; a portfolio and/or examples of work that demonstrate understanding of layout, typography, color and design are required.
The public relations/marketing intern supports the daily operations of the Marketing Department. The intern may assist in audience development, subscription and single ticket marketing, press, publications, research and special projects depending on the needs of the season. Special requirements include strong written and verbal communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.
Theatre management internships are ideal for persons interested in the overall workings of a theatre as management interacts with all departments including artistic, production, education, marketing, development and business. The management intern works on special projects in the areas of organizational management, strategic planning, human resources, accounting and Trustee administration. Duties include daily business functions, research/analysis, coordinating staff/Board committee meetings and special projects aligned with the candidate’s individual focus.
The costume intern assists in costume construction, shop maintenance, and running of the company’s mainstage productions and other projects. The shop consists of draping teams of three (draper, first hand and stitcher), a crafts department, and a management team. Interns work in several areas over the course of an internship. Costume work spans many eras and styles, including corsetry, tailoring, millinery and armor. Basic sewing skills are required; a portfolio or examples of work are desirable.
The electrics intern assists the Lighting Department with show preparation, hang, circuiting, focus, and equipment maintenance. The intern will work on Shakespeare Theatre Company shows, outreach events, and booked-in rental productions at the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall, as well as Academy for Classical Acting shows at the Rehearsal Hall. The ideal candidate will have experience trouble-shooting problems, programming light boards, building practicals, repairing lighting fixtures, and have a basic understanding of lighting design.
The production management intern reports to the production management department and is involved in all aspects of production management including: production planning, supporting production events, completing special research projects and assisting with contracting and financial tracking. Special requirements include strong administrative and organizational skills, experience with spreadsheets and word processing as well as the ability to work with a broad range of people and attend to numerous projects concurrently. Prior experience with technical theatre required, good writing and communication skills a must.
The sound intern works with the Sound Department staff in providing technical and creative support. Internships are designed around the interests of qualified applicants and can include systems maintenance, installation and engineering; assisting with performance runs and changeovers; assisting designers and composers; and design opportunities with education and internship projects. Previous experience with sound engineering for non-musical theatre and examples of paperwork and recordings of designs and compositions are required for all design-interested applicants.
The stage management intern works closely with Equity and non-Equity stage managers, assisting in all aspects of stage management, from pre-production preparation into rehearsal and through the run of the show as part of the running crew. Interns may have the opportunity to stage manage special events and are eligible to receive EMC points.
The stage properties intern assists the Property Shop staff in all aspects of building and procuring props for the company’s mainstage productions and outreach projects. Basic construction skills are required, and the intern must be willing to drive the company van and have a valid driver’s license. Previous experience in painting, graphics, welding, upholstering, finish carpentry or armory is preferred; a portfolio including examples of work is required.
The technical direction intern assists the TD and ATD in drafting, budgeting and planning of each main stage production, attending all meetings to see the process from all angles. Requirements should include a degree or training in technical theatre, including skills in drafting, carpentry and metal work. Exposure to rigging, automation and motion control would be a plus.
Acting and Artistic Fellowships
The Shakespeare Theatre Company provides a unique opportunity for early career actors to perform in our full season of plays. Acting Fellows compose the non-Equity ensemble for most or all of our mainstage plays, serve as understudies and receive training in text, voice, speech, Alexander Technique and stage combat. Acting fellows are selected from yearly auditions in New York and Washington, D.C. (as well as its partnership with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival). The Acting Fellowship is geared toward early-career actors with at least a bachelor's degree or similar training in theatre.
The artistic fellow assists the Associate Artistic Director, Resident Assistant Director, and Literary Associate on casting, script preparation, production research and other duties related to the smooth operation of the Artistic Department. While there is no directing involved in this fellowship, the Artistic fellow may be asked to assist in the rehearsal process as needed. The Artistic Fellowship is best suited for candidates with a strong interest in artistic management, dramaturgy, and classical theatre.
The directing fellow assists the creative teams of mainstage productions over the course of the season, which may include serving as a lead Assistant Director or as a Second Assistant. Duties include aiding the director with all aspects of the rehearsal and production process including but not limited to research, text analysis, recording blocking, rehearsing understudies and maintaining a production once it has opened. As a member of the theatre's resident artistic staff, the Directing Fellow facilitates communication between the theatre staff and the production team and may also have administrative responsibilities related to the operation of the Artistic Department. Candidates should have a degree in theatre, experience as an assistant director on professional productions, a working knowledge of Shakespeare and other classics, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.