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Summer Internships

Summer 2017 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.

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 $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 intern orientation and checks will be distributed upon completion of the internship.


APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCESS

Submit Applications to:

Shelby@taproottheatre.org

Or

Attn: Internship Coordinator
Taproot Theatre Company
P.O. Box 30946
Seattle, WA 98113

       Internships with the Acting Studio

       Internships with the Jewell Mainstage

We will begin reviewing internship applications on February 27. Applications received after this date will still be considered, although we recommend submitting your application early, as positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

  • Upon receiving your application, the Internship Coordinator 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, 2017.
  • Second interviews for all teaching internships will be scheduled by the Resident Teaching Artist with decisions made about placement by April 10, 2017.
  • Second interviews for directing internship will be scheduled by the Touring Director with a decision made by April 10, 2017.

Application materials can be found on our website at http://taproottheatre.org/internships/


INTERNSHIP POSITIONS WITH ACTING STUDIO

Teaching Internship (7 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. There is the possibility of a general teaching internship, or focused internship in areas such as Comedy, Shakespeare and Early Childhood. Assignment to each camp is determined by need, experience and the interest of each intern.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Shelby Parsons, Interim Director of Education and Outreach

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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. Contingent on availability, the Musical Theatre Teaching Intern will have the opportunity to observe Jenny teach theatre classes at Fairfax Psychiatric Hospital.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Jenny Cross, Resident Teaching Artist

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Arts Administration Internship (1 position) 

This internship is for individuals with theatre and/or education experience who are interested in the administration of educational arts programs. The admin intern will assist the Director of Education and Outreach with the functioning of the summer camp program. A successful intern will exhibit strong organizational and leadership skills. Past Acting Studio interns who want grow in administrative leadership are encouraged to apply.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (office and intern project rehearsal)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Shelby Parsons, Interim Director of Education and Outreach

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Stage Management Internship (2 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 gain practical application as both a stage manager and assistant stage manager for up to 6 showcase productions. The intern is expected to take notes during rehearsal, track props and costumes, help keep the students focused, and during tech and performances either run backstage or call the show depending on assignment. 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)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

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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 upcoming Jewell Mainstage productions. This intern is required to attend production meetings.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Sarah Burch Gordon, Costume Shop Manager & Resident Designer

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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 Jewell Mainstage performances.

Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

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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 Element 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)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

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Prop Internship (2 positions) 

This is for individuals seeking practical experience in prop design. Prop interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as prop master and set dresser 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)

  • Training week June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First week of camp June 27 – July 1, 2017; final week of camp August 28 – September 1, 2017
  • 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

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

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INTERNSHIP POSITIONS WITH THE JEWELL MAINSTAGE

Summer Directing Internship (1 position) 

The summer Directing Intern will assist the director of the Jewell Mainstage show, Persuasion, assist the director of the Road Company touring shows and act as the personal assistant to the Touring Director. 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 Touring Director.

Time commitment: 25 hours per week, available from June through the first week of September.

  • Training on June 5, 2017
  • Training week with other interns June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First Rehearsal for Persuasion is June 5, Opening Night is July 14. Rehearsals are Monday-Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • Specific schedule TBD by Touring Director

Advisor: Sam Vance, Interim Associate Director of Education and Outreach & Touring Director

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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, Persuasion, and the Intern Project. For the summer musical, the intern will work closely with the Production Stage Manager and assist as needed, taking line and rehearsal notes and helping to track props and costumes. Specific expectations will be assigned and communicated by the Production 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 completed.

Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp, Jewell Mainstage and Intern Project rehearsal)

  • Training on June 5, 2017
  • Training week with other interns June 19 – 23, 2017
  • First Rehearsal for Persuasion is June 5, Opening Night is July 14. Rehearsals are Monday-Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • Approximately 10 hours per week will be spent in rehearsal for the intern project.

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

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