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 three 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. Stage Management Interns may apply to the Equity Membership Candidacy program during their time at Portland Stage.
The Company Management Intern is a relatively new internship that can be adjusted slightly depending on the skills and interests of the applicant. They will work with Company Management on company meals, housing, and contracts and will float to other departments for special projects, including time with General Management and working with/on the Maine Theater Collective. 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.
Each Directing/Dramaturgy Intern typically assists directors during rehearsals of two Mainstage productions and work with the artistic staff on daily administrative activities in the Literary and Education Departments. There are usually 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 (PlayNotes), 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.
Education Interns assist the artistic and education staff with planning and running Portland Stage’s Education Programs for students aged 4-18. In general, there are two Education Interns each season. Education Interns will have the opportunity to assist and co-teach alongside experienced professional theater artists. Responsibilities include leading warm-ups, assisting and co-teaching In-Theater and In-School programs, collaborating with teaching artists on lesson planning, and serving as Ensemble Coordinators for the holiday show. Interns will also take part in the ongoing administration of education & outreach programs. Administrative duties include organizing & prepping materials, coordinating & communicating with education artists & schools, and researching & writing for PlayNotes and other 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.
Summer Education 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 three Education Interns each summer. Responsibilities include assisting and co-teaching with professional teaching artists, organizing and producing camp materials, leading warm-ups, and planning and executing camp ‘Intern Hours’ of lead teaching (1-2 instructional hours daily). This internship generally runs from June through mid-August; Education Interns from the preceding season are often asked to apply to stay for the summer.
Summer Education Internship – February 15
Stage Management Interns – March 1
All other Internships – March 15
*Please note that applications become available Mid-December for the next round of applications.