Apprenticeships and Internships

Apprenticeships

Studio Theatre’s apprenticeships provide on-the-job training for early-career artists and administrators at one of the country’s most exciting and well-respected midsized theatres. An opportunity for both hands-on training and professional development, this 50-week program introduces motivated and qualified young professionals to the rigors and rewards of working at a fast-paced theatre in Washington, DC’s rich and extensive theatre community.

Internships

Studio Theatre offers internships to qualified college students, graduates, and young professionals in multiple areas across the organization, providing dynamic, first-hand training on the inner workings of a regional theatre. Studio offers full-time and part-time internships during the fall and the spring (12-40 hours a week), and full-time internships in the summer. 

Studio's internship program offers educational seminars, outside activities, and the opportunity for interns to immerse themselves in a variety of roles during Studio’s season.

All Studio Theatre internships are unpaid.

Please note that Studio is not offering internships for the 2020-2021 season at this time.

Internship Position Descriptions

Administration

AUDIENCE SERVICES

The Audience Services interns will join a team comprised of Box Office Associates, House Managers, and Concessionaires. They will assist in all facets of the patron experiences. This includes daily operations in the Box Office, with sales and customer service experience on the computerized ticket system Tessitura. They will be exposed to the basics of House Management, including usher training to one-on-one patron customer service and problem resolution. This position will also learn about concessions management, food and beverage sales and operations, for a mid-sized regional theatre.a

CASTING

The casting intern will assist in all areas of casting. Responsibilities will include preparing for and staffing Studio Theatre auditions, which entails developing call lists, calling in talent, organizing audition days, greeting talent, collecting headshots and resumes, managing the waiting room, and occasionally auditing auditions. On days when auditions are not taking place, the intern may help with drafting casting goals and schedules, reviewing submissions, organizing headshot and resume files, and notifying actors of upcoming callbacks. Additionally, interns may accompany Studio staff to showcases and outside auditions and provide general administrative help to the production department.

DEVELOPMENT - FUNDRAISING

The development/fundraising intern obtains experience in the inner workings of fundraising and event management for a non-profit theatre. Responsibilities include conducting donor research, preparing and updating donor and invitation lists, planning and participating in opening nights and other events, and assisting in meeting planning and coordination. The ideal intern has good computer and research skills and is organized, personable, self-motivated, and able to multi-task. Some evening and weekend hours required.

PARTNERSHIPS AND EVENTS

The special events intern will report to the manager of partnerships and events and assist a busy development department with various organizational in-house events as well as external events in Studio Theatre’s space. The special events intern will assist in all aspects of planning and executing Studio's internal fundraising events; conduct market research for neighborhood partnerships, corporate sponsors, and venue advertising; track information in Tessitura—helping to manage and track fulfillment of these relationships; as well as other duties as assigned. Some evening and weekend hours required. This is an ideal opportunity for a student or early career arts professional with a demonstrated interest in events management and excellent interpersonal skills.

LITERARY

Studio’s Literary Internship offers first-hand experience in the rigors and rewards of preparing for a busy season at one of the country’s most respected midsized theatres. The literary Intern will evaluate scripts for upcoming seasons; write and edit articles for Studio’s website and annual Performance Guide; compile research on shows for the current and upcoming seasons; and assist with other administrative needs of the Literary Department. The intern must have excellent writing and research skills, possess a keen attention to detail, and be personable. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and critical writing sample of no more than five pages analyzing a play or performance.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Studio Theatre’s Marketing and Communications Intern is an important member of Studio’s marketing department. The marketing intern will have the opportunity to learn about marketing campaigns for a leading contemporary theatre company, from initial strategy development to multi-channel campaign execution to analyzing efforts after completion. This position will focus on grassroots marketing efforts, as well as research, media planning, copy editing, reporting, and digital marketing. Ideal candidate will be able to commit to 16-20 hours per week.

Production

CARPENTRY

The carpentry internship affords professional set construction experience through working on 3-5 productions alongside seasoned professionals. The intern reports to the technical director and works and trains with the two staff carpenters, and contracted employees. Work opportunities include wood construction, metalwork, rigging, and automation. Applicants must have carpentry experience, be organized, detail oriented, and able to successfully complete projects independently. MIG (metal inert gas) welding knowledge and experience is preferred. Ability to build from designer and shop drawings, lift 75 lbs., and valid driver’s license required.

LIGHTING

Through the lighting internship, the intern works backstage with theatre professionals during the Theatre’s 9-show season. Responsibilities for this position include support of the master electrician during light hang, focus, and strike of all productions; and performing general equipment maintenance. Potential opportunities to hone programming skills are available. Applicant should be detail-oriented and personable, with the ability to work effectively with many different personalities. Electrics experience required, as well as comfort with heights on ladders and catwalks. Familiarity programming light boards, Clearcom, and QLab a plus.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION

Through the production internship, the intern serves as an integral part of the production management team. Production management duties include assisting with all Production Kickoffs, First Rehearsal Events, Design Runs, Tech Week, and closing night events. The Company Management and Production intern provides administrative support to the production department and will also work with various shops during the rehearsal and tech process. This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, personable candidate who loves working in a fast-paced theatre environment. Applicants should have a high degree of personal organization, self-motivation, and strong interest in company and production management. This position requires experience with Microsoft Excel, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to drive a seven-passenger van.

SOUND AND PROJECTIONS

The sound and projections internship allows the intern to work on a variety of projects and assignments during the Theatre’s 9-show season. Responsibilities for this position include participating in all sound system and projection setups, installation, and strikes; and performing general maintenance of sound and projection equipment. The intern may also participate in lighting work calls as needed with the electrics department and master electrician. Intern should be detail-oriented and personable with the ability to work effectively with many different personalities. Familiarity with Qlab, projectors, Isadora, and sound mixing experience a plus, as well as comfort with heights on ladders and catwalks.

STAGE MANAGEMENT

The Stage Management internship provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of the work of Actors Equity Association (AEA) stage managers. This position reports to the Resident Stage Manager, and works closely with the Technical Director, Properties Master, Costume Shop Manager, and other production staff. The Intern will receive professional rehearsal and performance experience and training. Responsibilities include preparation of rehearsal paperwork, coordinating rehearsal properties and costumes, tracking line notes, being on book, and other duties as needed. The intern acts as an Assistant Stage Manager during performances and is responsible for part of the backstage show operations. The Intern participates in professional development seminars and is eligible to receive EMC points through the program. Candidates must have some Stage Management experience, be extremely organized, eager to learn on the job, and possess the discretion and flexibility to thrive in a busy theatre environment.

Studio Theatre is not offering internships at this time.