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Internship Descriptions

Taproot Theatre Company offers internships throughout the season in almost every aspect of the organization’s operations. Internships are generally held by undergraduate and graduate students, or recent college graduates.

We offer tickets to all of Taproot Theatre’s Mainstage performances to interns. Internships are volunteer, unpaid, and housing is not provided. Summer interns have the additional opportunity to perform in the Summer Intern Showcase. We encourage all interns to pursue the opportunity to sit down with Taproot staff, guest artists and other theatre professionals during their time with us.

There is no payment stipend for the internship provided, however due to a generous grant from an anonymous donor, Taproot is able to provide up to $500 in travel reimbursement for interns participating in 2015.

Interns may submit to be reimbursed for up to $500 for documented airfare, mileage, and any other travel-related costs – including housing and/or board charges. Appropriate forms will be made available at intern orientation and checks will be distributed upon completion of the internship.


Summer 2015 Internships 

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Teaching Internship (6 positions)
This internship is for individuals with theatre experience and/or professional training, and a desire to pursue education, theatre or directing. This internship takes place during the months of June, July, and August, when teaching interns are teamed up with the instructors of our Acting Studio Summer Camp Program. Interns will assist teachers with teaching daily warm-ups, technique, and rehearsals of the showcase pieces. These pieces range from a collection of scenes to a full-scale musical, and everything in between. Interns may be asked to assist with direction, choreography, music coaching, stage management, administrative duties and program creation. Assignment to each camp is determined by need, experience, and the interest of each intern. Interns will also rotate having one administrative week in the Taproot office where they will assist as needed and have the opportunity to spend time with other Taproot artists and employees.
Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Nathan Jeffrey, Director of Education and Outreach


Musical Theatre Teaching Internship (1 position)

This internship is for individuals with specific musical theatre and/or dance experience, and a desire to pursue education, theatre or directing. The musical theatre intern will assist Jenny Cross, Resident Teaching Artist, in the four musical theatre camps offered throughout the summer. Depending on skill, this intern will serve as assistant director or assistant choreographer in some of the productions. In weeks where musical theatre camps are not offered, the Musical Theatre Teaching Intern will accompany Jenny to Fairfax Hospital and assist in teaching drama therapy classes. Interns will also rotate having one administrative week in the Taproot office where they will assist as needed and have the opportunity to spend time with other Taproot artists and employees. **Applicants not selected for the musical theatre internship may still be considered for teaching internships.**
Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Nathan Jeffrey, Director of Education and Outreach

 

Stage Management Internship (3 positions)
The Stage Management internship is for individuals seeking practical stage management experience. Stage Management interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as assistant stage manager for up to 6 showcase productions. The intern is expected to take notes during rehearsal, track props and costumes, run backstage during tech and performances, and assist the Stage Manager as needed. This will give them practical backstage experience and the opportunity to work with professional stage managers. In addition, the intern may be asked to assist the Production Stage Manager as needed.
Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Micah Trapp, Production Stage Manager

 

Production Stage Management (1 Position)
The Production Stage Management internship is for individuals seeking practical stage management experience. The Production Stage Management intern will be assigned to the Summer Mainstage Musical and the Intern Project.  For the summer musical the intern will work closely with the Stage Manager and assist as needed, taking line and rehearsal notes and tracking props and costumes. Specific expectations will be assigned and communicated by the stage manager. Once the show opens the intern will then be assigned to Stage Manage the Intern Project.  The intern will attend all rehearsals, send out rehearsal reports, communicate design needs to designers, run tech rehearsals, and call the show during tech and performances.  If desired, the intern can also have the opportunity to work on Acting Studio camps after the intern project is complete.
Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp, mainstage and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Micah Trapp, Production Stage Manager

 

Costume Internship (2 positions)
This internship is for people interested in costume design and costume shop management and have prior knowledge and experience working with costumes. Costume interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as costume designer for all showcase productions. Interns will be given the opportunity to design for the Supercamps, pull and alter existing pieces for the smaller showcases, and act as dresser for showcases when needed. In addition, the intern will assist the costume shop manager with shopping, stitching, cutting/draping, and fittings for the upcoming Mainstage production. This intern is required to attend production meetings.
Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Sarah Gordon, Costume Shop Manager & Resident Designer

 

Sound Internship  (2 position)
This internship requires some experience in basic sound operations and/or design. Sound interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as sound designer for showcase productions. The Sound intern will work with the lead teachers and intern production team to create sound designs for each showcase performance. The intern will learn to use sound software such as SFX and Adobe Audition to build sound designs. In addition, the Sound Intern will operate the sound board for showcase performances and may have the opportunity to observe Mainstage performances.
Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Micah Trapp, Production Stage Manager

 

Lighting Internship (2 position)
The lighting design internship requires some previous experience in stage electrics. Lighting interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as lighting designer for showcase productions. The intern will work with the lead teachers and intern production team to create lighting designs for each showcase performance. The intern will build cues in the ETC Insight II light board within the existing light plot gaining experience in designing, cueing and teching a production.
Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Micah Trapp, Production Stage Manager

 

Prop Internship (2 positions)
This is for individuals seeking practical experience in prop design. Props interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as prop designer for showcase productions. The intern will work with the lead teachers and intern production team to create prop designs for each showcase performance. This will include: shopping for props and prop materials, pulling and altering existing props, construction of new props, maintaining the workspace and returning used props to storage. Prop interns will assist as needed during the performances for each camp.
Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp and intern project rehearsal)
Advisor: Micah Trapp, Production Stage Manager


Summer Directing Internship (1 position)
The summer Directing Intern will assist the director of the mainstage show, assist the director of the Road Company touring shows, and act as the personal assistant to the Director of Education and Outreach. They will be asked to attend rehearsals and work with the director and the stage manager during the rehearsal process. Directing Interns may also work as Literary Assistants and Dramaturgs for TTC productions, reading and researching plays. Additionally, the summer Directing Intern will direct a piece in the Taproot Internship Showcase during the summer, under the mentorship of the Director of Education and Outreach.
Time commitment: 25 hours per week, available from June through the first week of September.
Advisor: Nathan Jeffrey, Director of Education and Outreach


Additional Information

Interview Process

  • Upon receiving your application, the Associate Director of Education and Outreach will email you to set up a preliminary phone interview.
  • Second interviews for all tech internships will be scheduled by the Production Stage Manager with decisions made about placement by April 10, 2015.
  • Second interviews for all teaching internships will be scheduled by the Associate Director of Education and Outreach with decisions made about placement by April 10, 2015.
  • Second interviews for directing internship will be scheduled by the Director of Education and Outreach with a decision made by April 30, 2015.


Teaching, Musical Theatre, Stage Management, and Costume Internships

  • Training week June 16-19, 2015
  • First week of camp June 22-26, 2015; final week of camp August 24-28, 2015
  • Approximately 33 hours/wk will be spent in camp 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday
  • Approximately 7 hours/wk will be spent in rehearsal for the intern project


Production Stage Management Internship

  • Training on June 1, 2015
  • Training week with other interns June 16-19, 2015
  • First Rehearsal for Godspell is June 1, Opening Night is July 10.  Rehearsals are Monday-Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • Approximately 10 hours per week will be spent in rehearsal for the intern project.
  • Last day of work will be August 5, 2015, with the option to extend through the end of August


Props, Lights, and Sound Internships

  • Training week June 16-19, 2015
  • First week of camp June 22-26, 2015; final week of camp August 24-28, 2015
  • Approximately 23 hours/wk will be spent in camp 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (schedule dependent on Production Stage Manager and/or intern mentor)
  • Approximately 7 hours/wk will be spent in rehearsal for the intern project


Directing Internship

  • Available June 1, 2015 – September 5, 2015.
  • Specific schedule TBD by Director of Education and Outreach
  • Training on June 1, 2015
  • Training week with other interns June 16-19, 2015
  • First Rehearsal for Godspell is June 1, Opening Night is July 10.  Rehearsals are Monday-Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.


Housing
is not provided, but resources in helping you find housing will be suggested.

There is no payment stipend for the internship provided, however due to a generous grant from an anonymous donor, Taproot is able to provide up to $500 in travel reimbursement for interns participating in 2015.

Interns may submit to be reimbursed for up to $500 for documented airfare, mileage, and any other travel-related costs – including housing and/or board charges. Appropriate forms will be made available at intern orientation and checks will be distributed upon completion of the internship.

2015 Season Internships

The following internships have rolling application deadlines.

Teaching Internship
This internship is for individuals with theatre experience and/or professional training, and a desire to pursue educational theatre or directing. Interns will have the opportunity to assist teachers in our Acting Studio with daily warm-ups, acting technique and rehearsals. These classes range from scene study to showcase performance classes. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to work closely with the Director of Education and Outreach in the daily running of an educational program including student registration and correspondence. Interns may be asked to assist with direction, choreography, music coaching, stage management as well as administrative duties.
Time commitment:This internship requires 35 hours per week.
Advisor: Nathan Jeffrey, Director of Education and Outreach


Directing Internship
Directing interns will be asked to work as an assistant to the director for Mainstage and touring productions. They will be asked to attend rehearsals and work with the director and the stage manager during the rehearsal process. Directing Interns may also work as Literary Assistants and Dramaturgs for TTC productions, reading and researching plays. The Intern is expected to work 15 –20 hours a week and this is primarily a professional observorship. If additional hours are needed, a directing project can be developed under the mentorship of the internship advisor. There are up to six directing internships available, corresponding to the six season productions.
Advisor: Nathan Jeffrey, Director of Education and Outreach

Current Directing Internship openings:

The Explorers ClubFirst rehearsal: Monday, December 29, 2014, Opening night: Friday, January 30, 2015

Best of EnemiesFirst rehearsal: Monday, February 23, 2015, Opening night: Friday, March 27, 2015

Jeeves Intervenes – First rehearsal: Monday, April 13, 2015, Opening night: Friday, May 15, 2015

GodspellFirst rehearsal: Monday, June 1, 2015, Opening night: Friday, July 10, 2015

DraculaFirst rehearsal: Monday, August 24, 2014, Opening night: Friday, September 25, 2015


Stage Management Internship
The Stage Management internship is for individuals seeking practical stage management experience. A stage management intern will be assigned to a production and will assist the stage manager during the rehearsal process (essentially acting as ASM). The Stage Management Intern will learn to recognize and communicate all administrative details associated with a production including creating paperwork, taking blocking notes and running a show backstage.
Time commitment:The Intern is expected to work up to 30 hours a week.
Advisor: Micah Trapp, Production Stage Manager

Current Stage Management Internship openings:

The Explorers ClubFirst rehearsal: Monday, December 29, 2014, Opening night: Friday, January 30, 2015

Best of EnemiesFirst rehearsal: Monday, February 23, 2015, Opening night: Friday, March 27, 2015

Jeeves Intervenes – First rehearsal: Monday, April 13, 2015, Opening night: Friday, May 15, 2015

GodspellFirst rehearsal: Monday, June 1, 2015, Opening night: Friday, July 10, 2015

DraculaFirst rehearsal: Monday, August 24, 2014, Opening night: Friday, September 25, 2015

Costume Design Internship
The Costume Design internship is for individuals seeking costume design, construction, wardrobe, and shop management experience. It is an intensive, individually designed internship for those who desire to be professional costumers. The internship can include: assisting guest and resident designers with construction on Mainstage and touring productions, production day work, millinery, crafts, patterning, wig maintenance, organizing stock, learning the business side of running the costume shop, running wardrobe for Mainstage productions. Individuals will learn not only from the shop manager, but also from the professional cutters, drapers and stitchers working in the costume shop. Individuals applying must have completed coursework in costume design or costume history, and have stitching experience. Two years experience in an educational or professional costume shop is required.
Time commitment: The intern is expected to work an average of 20 hours a week, duration and scope of the internship to be determined by the intern and advisor.
Advisor: Sarah Gordon, Costume Shop Manager and Resident Designer


The following internships have deadlines on an as needed basis. Please inquire as to availability of internship before submitting application.


Development Internship
This internship is for individuals seeking hands-on, supervised experience in the intricacies of non-profit theatre development and fundraising. Duties will include assisting with fundraising events, researching foundations, correspondence with donors and writing and revising proposals to companies and foundations. The position calls for excellent writing skills and familiarity with standard software applications, as well as an interest in non-profit management. We prefer a university student with a junior year standing or above.
Time commitment: The Intern is expected to work 10-15 hours a week.


PR/Marketing Internship
Marketing Interns will assist in all aspects of Public Relations and Marketing communicating to the media, Taproot audiences, and the general public about Main Stage productions, touring programs, and Acting Studio. The position calls for excellent writing and research skills and competency in MS Office software applications. Desktop publishing and graphic design experience a plus. Applicants should be junior year college student or above and be majoring in Communications, Marketing or Business Administration. Theatre majors with an interest in arts organization administration and relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.
Time commitment: The Intern is expected to work 10 to 20 hours a week.
Advisor:
Nikki Visel, Director of Marketing


Front of House Internship
This internship is for individuals seeking practical experience in house management and concessions management. Candidates must be comfortable working with the public and be detail oriented. Previous theatre experience is a plus. The position calls for excellent customer service skills and familiarity with standard software applications, such as Word.
Time commitment: The Intern is expected to work 10 – 15 hours a week.
Advisor: Jenny Cross, Patron Services Manager

 

 

 

 

 

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