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Seasonal Internships

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 Jewell 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 $650 in travel reimbursement for interns participating in 2017.

Interns may submit to be reimbursed for up to $650 for documented airfare, mileage, and any other travel-related costs – including housing and/or board charges. Appropriate forms will be made available at start or internship and checks will be distributed upon completion of the internship.


2017 Seasonal 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 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.

Advisor: Shelby Parsons, Interim Director of Education and Outreach

Current Teaching Internship openings:

Winter Showcase Classes: Monday Nights, January 30 – April 3, 2017; Performance Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Christmas Showcase Class: Tuesday Nights, October 18 – December 5, 2017; Dress Rehearsal: Monday, December 12, 2017; Performance Wednesday, December 14, 2017

See Summer Internships page for summer teaching internship opportunities.

Directing Internship

Directing interns will work as an assistant to the director for Mainstage and touring productions. They will attend rehearsals and observe 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 observership. 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 Jewell Mainstage productions; additional internships are available for touring and Isaac Studio productions.

Time Commitment: The Intern is expected to work 15 – 20 hours a week.
Advisor: Sam Vance, Interim Education & Outreach Associate / Touring Director

Current Directing Internship openings:

Room Service – First rehearsal: Monday, January 2, 2017, Opening night: Friday, February 3, 2017 (Strike through as these have already passed)
Evidence of Things Unseen – First rehearsal: Monday, February 27, 2017, Opening night: Friday, March 31, 2017
Busman’s Honeymoon – First rehearsal: Monday, April 17, 2017, Opening night: Friday, May 19, 2017
Persuasion – First rehearsal: Monday, June 6, 2017 Opening night: Friday, July 14, 2017
Relativity – First rehearsal: Monday, August 21, 2017,  Opening night: Friday, September 22, 2017
Christmas Show TBD – First rehearsal: Monday, October 16, 2017, Opening night: Friday, November 24, 2017

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: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

Current Stage Management Internship openings:

Room Service – First rehearsal: Monday, January 2, 2017, Opening night: Friday, February 3, 2017 (Strike through as these have already passed)
Evidence of Things Unseen – First rehearsal: Monday, February 27, 2017, Opening night: Friday, March 31, 2017
Busman’s Honeymoon – First rehearsal: Monday, April 17, 2017, Opening night: Friday, May 19, 2017
Persuasion – First rehearsal: Monday, June 6, 2017 Opening night: Friday, July 14, 2017
Relativity – First rehearsal: Monday, August 21, 2017,  Opening night: Friday, September 22, 2017
Christmas Show TBD – First rehearsal: Monday, October 16, 2017, Opening night: Friday, November 24, 2017

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 Burch Gordon, Costume Shop Manager & 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.
Advisor: Bonita HagbomDevelopment Director

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 – 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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