Internship Areas

Production Internships:

  • Carpentry/Painting/Technical Direction
  • Costumes/Wardrobe
  • Electrics/Sound

Production interns work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, assisting with all aspects of construction, maintenance, and run crew. In general we have one intern in each of the departments but there may be two.  Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Production interns may also assist designers on a production, depending on interest, ability, and availability. All interns spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of technical theater. Historically: Electrics/Sound will have six run crew assignments, Costumes/Wardrobe will have five run crew assignments, and Carpentry will have two run crew assignments; please note that this is not set in stone but it rarely varies.

Stage Management Internships:

Each Stage Management Intern works directly with Equity Stage Managers as an integral part of the stage management team. In general we have two stage management interns each season.  Typically each stage management intern is specifically assigned to one Equity Stage Manager for the season and alternates between productions. Interns assist with all aspects of rehearsal and serve as deck supervisors from the tech process through the run of the shows. When not in rehearsal, time will be spent in other departments outside of Stage Management. Portland Stage does not offer the Equity Membership Candidacy program at this time.

Directing/Dramaturgy Internships:

Each Directing/Dramaturgy Intern assists directors during rehearsals of Mainstage productions (typically two productions per season) and work with the artistic staff on daily administrative activities in the Literary and Education Departments. In general there are three Directing/Dramaturgy interns each season. Interns assist with Portland Stage’s annual play festivals, From Away and Little Festival of the Unexpected. Dramaturgical duties include researching, writing, editing, and laying-out resource guides, reading and evaluating scripts, and assisting with post-play discussions. All interns will be on two, if not more, run crew assignments and will spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of theater.

 

Marketing Internship:

Marketing Interns work directly with the Marketing Director and the Social Media and Marketing Associate to market the overall theatrical institution. This internship is not offered every season.  As a thriving hub of activity, Portland Stage markets its Mainstage, but also all of its Education Programs, Festivals, events, readings and more. Interns will be involved with marketing tasks, but will also gain hands-on experience assisting with marketing campaigns, writing press releases, graphic design, as well as social media and audience development events. All interns will be on two, if not more, run crew assignments and will spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of theater.

Education Internships:

Education Interns assist the artistic and education staff with planning and running Portland Stage’s Education Programs for students ages 4-18. In general there are two Education Interns each season.  Responsibilities include research, organizing material, leading warm-ups, and assisting workshops for Play Me a Story readings; coordinating school performances and workshops; assist in developing and teaching Theater Camps with professional artists; and serve as Ensemble Coordinators for the holiday show. Interns will also take part in the ongoing administration of education & outreach programs, including student matinees, classroom workshops, and researching & writing for PlayNotes educational resource guides. All interns will be on two, if not more, run crew assignments and will spend time in other departments to expand their knowledge in all areas of theater.

Education Summer Internships:

Summer Education Interns assist the artistic and education staff with planning and running Portland Stage’s theater camps for students ages 4-18. In general there are two to three Education Interns each summer.  Responsibilities include assisting and co-teaching with professional teaching artists, organizing and producing camp materials, leading warm-ups, planning and executing camp ‘Intern Hours’ of lead teaching (1-2 instructional hours daily). This internship generally runs from June through mid-August; sometimes Education Interns from the preceding season will be invited to stay for the summer.


APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Stage Management Interns – March 1
All other Internships – March 15
Education Summer Internship – February 15

*Please note that applications become available Mid-December for the next round of applications.

Before you apply, we highly recommend that the Frequently Asked Questions page is reviewed in full. Ready to apply?