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. TTC offers teaching, directing, design, technical and administrative internships. Selection is based on the applicant’s career goals, professionalism, experience and availability.

Internships are volunteer, unpaid positions. Summer interns have the additional opportunity to perform in the Summer Intern Showcase. We encourage all interns to pursue the opportunity to talk with Taproot staff, guest artists and other theatre professionals during their time with us. We offer tickets to all of Taproot Theatre’s Jewell Mainstage performances to interns.

Housing is not provided.

Summer Internships Only: Due to a generous grant, there will be an internship stipend for full participation in the internship. If interns work for only part of the summer, there will be a pro-rated stipend amount. Appropriate forms will be made available at intern orientation and checks will be distributed upon completion of the internship. Stipend amount will be announced in late winter or early spring when Taproot announces if the program will be in-person or virtual.

Applicants who start school in August are encouraged to apply!

Questions about applications can be emailed to studio@taproottheatre.org.

WHY INTERN?

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Resume Credit
Taproot Theatre Company is under a Special Appearance Agreement with the Actors Equity Association and is recognized regionally for excellence, high production values and quality theater. Taproot interns have gone on to work at such theatres as Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre and ACT. Interns have come from New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas and Florida to work with Taproot’s staff and on productions.

Summer Showcase Performance
Summer interns are invited to participate in the Intern Showcase Performance on one of Taproot’s stages! This optional project is a great opportunity to showcase your skills, in acting or tech. In addition to your intern hours, please plan to spend 8 evening hours per week for 4 weeks, and 15-20 hours for the final week, culminating with a live performance on one of TTC’s stage, which will be attended by one of Taproot’s Artistic Staff. (approx. 52 total hours) The showcase was created and produced by former Taproot intern Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, who is now the Artistic Director of San Juan Community Theatre.

Valuable Hands-on Experience
While some of our internships are primarily observerships, the majority of internships provide opportunities for hands-on learning and experience. Teaching interns work with students, lighting interns write cues, stage management interns tech and call Acting Studio shows. The majority of the time, interns learn by doing rather than watching, receiving opportunities to stretch their skills under the guidance of theatre professionals.

Access to Acting Classes and Workshops
Taproot Theatre Company hosts an Acting Studio for adults and children. During your internship, you will have the opportunity to participate in one class free of charge.

Complimentary Tickets to Plays
During your internship, you will receive four complimentary tickets for every Taproot Jewell Mainstage show. In addition, other theatres in town frequently give out complimentary tickets to their shows. Their offers are hung in the main office copy room. Keep an eye out for these notices and take advantage of seeing quality theatre for free!

Continued Involvement with Taproot
Taproot Theatre Company values people as a great resource and often employs former interns in positions appropriate to their talents, training and availability. While there is never a guarantee of employment following an internship, Taproot’s interns have had a reputation of staying involved with the company long after their internship has finished. See intern success.


MENTORS

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Scott Nolte
Producing Artistic Director


Karen Lund
Associate Artistic Director


Mark Lund
Production Designer, Scenic & Sound Designer

Lindsey Long
Director of Education & Outreach

Michelle Rodriguez
Production Manager


Jenny Cross
Resident Teaching Artist

Get to know our teaching artists →


2021 SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCESS:

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We will begin reviewing internship applications on February 15, 2021. 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.

IF PROGRAM IS VIRTUAL:

IF PROGRAM IS IN-PERSON:

Acting Studio Interns:

Production Stage Management Intern:

Directing Intern:

TEACHING INTERNSHIP

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, helping to create and innovate in the world of educational theatre. 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, and administrative duties. Depending on needs, they may also be in charge of running the tech side of the Zoom classroom. Assignment to each camp is determined by need, experience and the interest of each intern.

Time commitment: 20-30 hours per week (virtual) or 30-40 hours per week (in-person)
Advisor: Lindsey Long, Director of Education and Outreach

MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHING INTERNSHIP

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 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. The Musical Theatre intern will serve as a general teaching intern on weeks without a musical theatre camp. See Teaching Internship for more information about what a Teaching intern does.

Time commitment: 20-30 hours per week (virtual) or 30-40 hours per week (in-person)
Advisor: Lindsey Long, Director of Education and Outreach

ARTS ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP (1 position available – only if program is in-person)

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 Education and Outreach Department with the functioning of the summer camp program. A successful intern will exhibit strong organizational and leadership skills. Arts Administration interns will assist other departments as needing, including Marketing and Development. Past Acting Studio interns who want to grow in administrative leadership are encouraged to apply.

Time commitment: 30 – 40 hours per week (in-person)
Advisor:
Lindsey Long, Director of Education and Outreach

STUDIO STAGE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (1-2 positions available)

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. If virtual, they will learn what it takes to stage manage an online production. The intern is expected to take notes during camp rehearsal, track props and costumes, help keep the students focused, attend production meetings, and during tech/performances either run backstage or call the show, or run the tech side of the Zoom classroom. This will give them practical backstage experience and the opportunity to work with professional stage managers. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to stage manage the intern project.

Time commitment: 20-30 hours per week (virtual) or 30-40 hours per week (in-person)
Advisor: Michelle Rodriguez, Production Manager and Lindsey Long, Director of Education and Outreach

STUDIO COSTUME INTERNSHIP (1-2 positions available)

This internship is for individuals 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, pull and alter existing pieces, and act as dresser for showcases when needed. If applicable, the intern will assist the costume shop manager with shopping, stitching, cutting/draping and fittings for upcoming Jewell Mainstage productions. If virtual, interns will be given the opportunity to design for our showcase camps and come up with creative ways for students to find their own costumes at home without having to purchase anything. The intern will have the opportunity to present designs to students, giving them a well-rounded experience of what being on stage looks like. This intern is required to attend production meetings.

Time commitment: 15-25 hours per week (virtual) or 30-40 hours per week (in-person)
Advisor: Michelle Rodriguez, Production Manager

STUDIO SOUND & VIDEO INTERNSHIP (1-2 positions available)

This internship requires some experience in basic sound operations and/or video production. Sound interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio summer camp program and act as sound designer for any applicable showcase productions. The 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 QLab to build sound designs. In addition, the intern will operate the sound board for showcase performances and may have the opportunity to observe Jewell Mainstage rehearsals and performances. If virtual, the intern will assist editing and compiling our final performances (some video production skills needed) to be enjoyed by our students and families. This intern is required to attend production meetings.

Time commitment: 20 – 30 hours per week (virtual or in-person)
Advisor: Michelle Rodriguez, Production Manager and Lindsey Long, Director of Education and Outreach

STUDIO LIGHTING INTERNSHIP (1-2 positions available - only if program is in-person)

 

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. The lighting intern will operate the light board for showcase performances and may have the opportunity to observe Jewell Mainstage rehearsals and performances. This intern is required to attend studio production meetings.

Time commitment: 20-30 hours per week (in-person)
Advisor: Michelle Rodriguez, Production Manager

PROP/SCENIC DESIGN INTERNSHIP (1 position available)

 

This is for individuals seeking experience in prop design. Prop interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio summer camp program and act as prop and scenic 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. If virtual, interns will be given the opportunity to design for our showcase camps and come up with creative ways for students to find their own props at home without having to purchase anything. The intern will have the opportunity to present designs to students, giving them a well-rounded experience of what being on stage looks like. This intern is required to attend production meetings.

Time commitment: 15-25 hours per week (virtual) or 20-30 hours per week (in-person)
Advisor: Michelle Rodriguez, Production Manager

INTERNSHIP POSITIONS WITH THE JEWELL MAINSTAGE:

Check back for more updates as we learn more about what Taproot can offer on our mainstage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Housing is not provided. There will be an internship stipend for full participation in the internship. If interns work for only part of the summer, there will be a pro-rated stipend amount. Appropriate forms will be made available at intern orientation and checks will be distributed upon completion of the internship. Stipend amount will be announced in late winter or early spring when Taproot announces if the program will be in-person or virtual.


INTERN SUCCESS

Sonja Lowe, ‘97  Resident Dramaturg & Grant Writer, Taproot Theatre Company

Rob Martin, ‘03 – Director of Improv, Taproot Theatre Company

Laura Bannister, ’06 & ’07 – Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, ’07 & ’09 – Artistic Director, San Juan Community Theatre

Shane Unger ’07 – Stage Manager, Seattle, WA

Annelih G.H. Hamilton, ’09 – Actor, Seattle, WA / Social Media Manager, Theatre Battery

Jenny Estill, ’11 – Middle School Drama Teacher, Lakeside School

Melanie Hampton, ’11 – Acting Studio Teacher / Playwright /  Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

Shelby Parsons, ’11 – Former Director of Education & Outreach, Taproot Theatre Company

Baylie Heims,11 – Stage Manager / Dramaturg, Taproot Theatre Company

Sarah Diener, ’12 – Acting Studio Teacher / Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

Daniel Cole, ’12 – Lead Lighting Engineer, AV Factory

Grant Scott, ’12 – Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

Isaiah Custer, ’13 & ’14 – Marketing Associate, Village Theatre

Claire Schuttler, ’13 – Touring Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

J. Michael Tumblin, ’13 – Director (Road Company, Christmas Touring), Taproot Theatre Company

Alanna Piek, ’13 – Acting Studio Teacher, Taproot Theatre Company

Rowan Sullivan, ’14 – Sound Designer / Sound Board Operator, Taproot Theatre Company

Emily Paul, ’15 – Acting Studio Teacher, Taproot Theatre Company

Anna Lund, ’15 – Road Company Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

Tiffany Bailey, ’16 – Box Office Lead, Taproot Theatre Company

Lindsey Long, ’16 – Director of Education & Outreach, Taproot Theatre Company

Zeapoe Matalda, ’17 – Dramaturg, Taproot Theatre Company

Byron Walker, ’17 – Road Company Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

Anne Tobin, ’17 – Tech Support, 5th Avenue Theatre

Rose Hope, ’17 – Costumer / Stitcher, Taproot Theatre Company

Rachel DeBoer, ’18 – House Manager, Taproot Theatre Company

Glen Hodges, ’18 – Road Company Actor, Taproot Theatre Company

Rebecca  Reeder, ’18 – Props Designer, Taproot Theatre Company

James Faley, ’19 – Touring Actor, Taproot Theatre Company