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Artistic Casting

The Artistic Casting Internship provides an opportunity to be part of the day-to-day life of a regional theatre artistic staff. You will participate in season planning, script reading and organization, administrative work, and assisting playwrights and directors in the rehearsal process. Casting Director Kaytlin McIntyre is the supervisor for the Artistic Casting Intern, who focuses on the casting process and communication with the Seattle artistic community. Her advice for future Artistic Interns: "This internship is a great opportunity for emerging directors. It provides a valuable link between the academic and professional worlds."

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Artistic Literary

OVERVIEW

The Artistic Literary Internship provides an opportunity to be part of the day-to-day life of a regional theatre artistic staff. The Literary Intern participates in: season planning (script reading, solicitation, and organization); dramaturgical research; administrative work; facilitation of public programs (i.e., discourse with the audience and community on Seattle Rep’s work); assisting playwrights and directors in the rehearsal process; collaborating with the Seattle Rep Writers Group and The Other Season artists. Literary Director Kristin Leahey is the supervisor for the Artistic Literary Intern, who focuses on literary management and dramaturgy. Kristin’s advice for future Literary Interns: "This internship is a great opportunity for emerging dramaturgs and playwrights, as well as those interested in academia."

REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent writing and analysis skills
  • Enthusiastic and collaborative
  • Strong public speaker
  • Organized and superlative attention to detail
  • Investment in historical development, cultural, and feminist theoretical contexts, and artistic significance of theatre and community engagement
  • Broad cultural competency
  • One work sample

WORK SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please download Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman
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  • Please write a one-page, single-spaced script report for Rebecca Gilman’s play Luna Gale that includes the following:
    • AUTHOR INFO: 130 words on the playwright’s work
    • SUMMARY: Summarize the play in 200 to 250 words
    • EVALUATION: Consider the strengths and weaknesses of the play in 250 to 300 words

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At the end of this internship, participants will have a deep understanding of:

  • The inner workings of a literary office (e.g., how to find projects, log, and respond)
  • Producing and participating in the development processes of new work from the perspective of both the playwright and director
  • How to be a dramaturg in the room and for a production
  • Organizing and facilitating public programs while engaging with the community

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Company Management

The Company Management Internship provides an opportunity to be part of the day-to-day life of a regional theatre and to have a unique experience learning about the inner workings of the production, the artistic and administrative staff. Interns participate in Seattle Rep’s ongoing efforts, with an emphasis on artist relations. Projects include housing, travel, logistics, union relations, contracting and assisting artists through the rehearsal and performance process. Director of Artist Relations, Christy Bain, is the supervisor for the Company Management Intern who offers this advice for future Company Management Interns: “be prepared to meet artists and for anything and everything to happen.”

Costumes

OVERVIEW
Whether you're prepping for a theatre graduate degree or building a career in design, crafts, millinery, wigs, painting and dying, draping, shop management, or any combination of these, our shop is a great place to gain knowledge of what it takes to get a professional regional theatre production from its renderings to the stage. Our highly skilled staff is comprised of artisans, technicians, and managers with many years of experience. The Costume Intern will have the opportunity to participate with hands-on projects and extensive observation of the process both in the shop and organization-wide. The supervisor for this internship position is Costume Department Director Denise Damico, who says to future Costume Interns: “Costumes help tell the story, not only of the character, but the entire play.”

REQUIREMENTS

  • College degree:  B.A. or B.F.A. in Theatre, preferably with experience in a costume shop
  • Computer skills:  Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Publisher, and Photoshop
  • Some knowledge of fashion/costume history
  • Basic sewing skills, both hand and machine stitching using industrial and home machines
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Ability and desire to work long hours

Samples of work:
Please choose two photo samples of your best work. These could include:

  • Photos of costumes and/or costume props you worked on with a description of what you did
  • Photos of dye/paint projects
  • Photos of any project you think would support the Costume Internship requirements

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At the end of this internship, participants will have a deep understanding of:

  • The inner workings of a professional costume department
  • Producing and participating in the facilitation of the costume design for a full season of work
  • Interfacing and communicating with designers, artisans, and other staff in a large, professional theatre organization
  • Preparation for entry-level positions in a professional costume shop
  • How to be a professional costume design assistant

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Marketing and Communications

OVERVIEW
Seattle Rep’s Marketing and Communications Internship provides hands-on experience of how we brand, market, and promote our artistic programming at the Rep to the community. Our marketing efforts include advertising, communications, public relations, social media, and digital and grass-roots marketing. It also involves developing relationships and coordinating promotions with other arts organizations and community associations that can further our reach into the market and attract new audiences.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills
  • Computer proficiency and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, and forward thinking
  • Creative and innovative
  • Flexible team player
  • Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple projects
  • Deadline-meeting and multi-tasking capabilities

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of this internship, the Marketing and Communications Intern will:

  • Have developed comprehensive Marketing and Communications skills, including (but not limited to) grassroots promotions, digital communications, copy-writing, and proofing processes
  • Have hands-on experience in inter-departmental collaboration in a regional theatre
  • Gained exposure to big-picture marketing strategies in a regional theatre setting

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Development

Seattle Repertory Theatre designed the Development Internship to provide an immersion into the full array of development activities. The intern will work as a vital member of the team and gain a working knowledge of major giving, annual giving, board engagement, corporate and foundation giving, and special events. Ongoing opportunities include cultivation and stewardship of donors, prospect research, database management, donor correspondence and grant writing, and special events support. This intern will have a high-level of interaction with trustees, donors, and staff leadership. The supervisor for this internship position is Director of Development, Jamie Herlich, who says to future Development Interns: “Development is an essential part of any nonprofit’s business. Learning the ins and outs of relationship development and management is key.”

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Education

OVERVIEW
The Education Intern is directly involved in the facilitation of the August Wilson Monologue Competition and our student matinee program. Tasks include: communicating with schools to encourage participation in our student matinee performances; writing articles for our show-specific Play Guides and connecting the Guides with common core academic standards; designing curriculum; assisting and leading in-classroom workshops; scheduling teaching artists; writing contracts; attending inter-departmental meetings; and other administrative tasks. This internship offers well-rounded experience in both the administrative and direct-contact areas of theatre education.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be fully comfortable around middle- and high-school students
  • Experience working with students
  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, and Outlook) with the ability and enthusiasm to learn
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • A strong sense of social justice and racial equity analysis, as well as strong cultural competency

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of this internship, participants will have a deep understanding of:

  • Lesson planning and assessment
  • Best classroom management techniques when working with large groups
  • Incorporating state standards for theatre education in their practice
  • Generating content that links a production to current events and academic standards in our Play Guides
  • Logistics associated with running theatre programs
  • August Wilson’s Century Cycle

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Lighting Design

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW
As part of our commitment to developing emerging theatre artists, we offer a specialized Lighting Design Internship for applicants who have academic experience or extensive small theatre experience in lighting design and are looking to expand their knowledge to the workings of a large, regional theatre. The internship focuses on two main areas: developing practical skills in the area of Assistant Lighting Design (ranging from drafting and paperwork, to communicating and working with a union crew), and developing the intern's design skillset through a series of theoretical design projects (research methods, drawing, storyboarding, model building, etc.). The supervisors for this internship position are Resident Designer L.B. Morse and Lighting Associate Robert J. Aguilar, who offer this advice for future Lighting Design Interns: "The hours are long, the work is hard, and you'll be exposed to some of the best design in the country."

REQUIREMENTS

  • Prior knowledge of how to read and generate a lighting plot and basic lighting paperwork
  • Basic understanding of standard stage lighting equipment
  • Aptitude for creative problem solving
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to maintain patience and composure under pressure
  • Work Sample


Acceptable work samples:

  • One hand or computer-drafted lighting plot
  • Either Four photographs of your design work OR a link to a digital portfolio or website that includes photographs of your design work


PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNTIES
Throughout the course of the season, the intern will:

  • Serve as the primary Assistant Lighting Designer on at least one production
  • Be exposed to and build relationships with some of the top designers in the country
  • Culminate the internship in one portfolio-worthy lighting design project, including a final light plot and lighting section, research images, and storyboards

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Production Management

OVERVIEW
In assisting the Producing Director and Associate Producing Director, as well as the Director of Artist Relations, this internship provides hands-on experience in contracting artists, maintaining schedules, making artists feel welcome in our theatre, and producing the work that goes on our stage. The intern will experience the inner workings of all areas of production, and will learn the ins and outs of the various theatrical union contracts.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of personalities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to see the bigger picture
  • Stage management experience is preferred, but not required
  • Candidates must have experience working in Microsoft Excel

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of this internship, candidates will:

  • Have developed enhanced management skills across a variety of theatrical disciplines
  • Participated in production meetings with professional directors and designers from across the country
  • Utilize skills learned over the course of the season by being the primary producer for the August Wilson Monologue Competition
  • Have built a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally

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Properties

OVERVIEW
The Properties Internship is a training ground—the place between the educational and the professional theatre world. The Properties Intern will also be able to pursue a personal project relating to the properties field. (Past projects creations include: a grandfather clock, a bow, a writing desk, a library ladder, and a globe bar.)

REQUIREMENTS
For the Properties Internship, we look for:

  • Previous experience working on props for a production
  • Good attitude
  • Strong work ethic
  • A sense of humor
  • Enthusiasm
  • Willingness to learn
  • Two work samples

Acceptable work samples:

  • Pictures of individual props the applicant has worked on
  • Pictures of full productions with an explanation of the props that the applicant has worked on

Application tip: It would be useful to have a list of tools the applicant has used: such as sewing machine, staplers, woodworking tools, computer programs, etc. 

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
During the season, this intern will have an opportunity to learn about:

  • Furniture construction, refinishing, and fixing
  • Welding and metal work
  • Upholstery
  • Painting and distressing

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Scenic Art (Paint)

OVERVIEW
In addition to assisting on all productions and the maintenance of the paint shop, the Scenic Arts (Paint) internship includes intensive instruction on painting techniques such as texturing, sculpturing, and color mixing.  Seattle Repertory Theatre customizes this internship to enhance skills in perspective, color theory, and faux finishes, as well as emphasize fundamental concepts of scenic design. Interns will also increase their knowledge of the various types of materials and tools employed in a paint shop. The supervisor for this internship position is Charge Scenic Artist Maureen Wilhelm, who offers this advice for future Paint Interns: "You have to be honest with yourself about how much you want to be a scenic artist. It is a commitment, a struggle. It can be painful and joyous at the same time."

REQUIREMENTS

  • Painting or visual art experience
  • Solid drawing foundation and strong color mixing skills
  • A team player and with a great willingness to learn
  • Experience painting on at least three productions is preferred 

WORK SAMPLES
Submit 2-10 samples of work, or a website, that demonstrates drawing skills, color mixing, production process shots, master copy skills, and/or any design.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of the internship, participants will have:

  • A firm grasp on tools and techniques needed for scenic painting
  • Filled the gaps they may have from their formal education
  • Confidence in a wide range of techniques, styles, and materials
  • An understanding of the intricacies of working in a union shop

Opportunities for the Scenic Arts Intern include:

  • Working in a union shop
  • Completion of at least five projects to high standards
  • Leading the intern paint seminar
  • Contributing to the production process
  • Connections to the scenic art community

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Stage Management

OVERVIEW
The intern will serve as a member of the stage management team on at least three productions throughout the season. The scope of the internship will include assisting the Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager in all aspects of the show process, from prep work for rehearsals, to technical rehearsals onstage, to the running of performances. When appropriate, there will be opportunities to learn and call a performance as well as assist with new play workshops and readings.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Previous stage management experience
  • Experience in other aspects of production
  • A proven ability to multi-task
  • A strong desire to be a part of a series of teams

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Upon completion of the SRT Stage Management Internship program, individuals will:

  • Be well versed in how to run a professional rehearsal room and onstage performances
  • Have a working knowledge of various union rules including AEA and IATSE
  • Have further developed skills to organize and communicate large amounts of information efficiently
  • Have begun to practice managing and working with many different types of directors, stage managers, actors, designers, crew, and theatre staff members

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Technical Direction

OVERVIEW
The Seattle Rep Technical Direction Internship is an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of creating great scenery for a regional theatre. As we embrace putting great art on stage to reinvigorate our audiences and reinforce our place in the artistic community, we must create productions that transport audiences to the locations of our shows and heighten the emotion of the stories while staying within our limited resources. We work with amazing artisans and theatrical technology, both traditional and cutting-edge, to bring the visions of our top-tier design teams to the stage. In this internship, you will build relationships with some of the top artists in the field and get a chance to see and participate in the creation of great art on stage.

REQUIREMENTS

  • College degree:  B.A. or B.F.A. in Theatre, preferably with experience in scenic construction or supervision
  • Computer skills:  AutoCAD, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • General knowledge of scenic construction techniques including basic wood and metal work
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Ability and desire to work long hours
  • Two work samples

Acceptable work samples:

  • Photos and/or drawings of sets or projects you worked on and a description of what you did
  • Photos of any project you think would support the Technical Direction Internship requirements

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At the end of this internship, participants will:

  • Have developed skills in scenic engineering, project management, control systems for scenic automation, and engineering
  • Have an understanding of the reasoning behind different techniques used in scenic construction in a professional shop
  • Have an understanding of the budgeting processes in a professional theatre

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