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Directing/Casting

OVERVIEW

The Directing/Casting Internship provides an opportunity to assist leading directors in the field and be part of the day-to-day life of regional theatre artistic staff. As an assistant, you will work on 3-4 shows, with duties that can range from taking notes, script supervision, research, observation, and more. This Internship is unique in that you get to spend roughly half the time in rehearsal and half the time in the Seattle Rep admin offices as part of the Casting team. As the Directing/Casting Intern, you will help organize and run auditions for our mainstage season, and attend showcases, general auditions, and readings throughout the year. In addition, you will participate in season planning, artistic staff meetings, and additional artistic work as assigned. Casting Director and Associate Producer of The Other Season and Special Projects Kaytlin McIntyre is the supervisor for the Directing/Casting Intern (and a former Casting Intern herself). Her advice for future Directing/Casting Interns: "This internship is a great opportunity for emerging directors. It provides a valuable link between the academic and professional worlds."

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

  • Learn about the art of directing through assisting, discussions, and optional guided projects
  • Be exposed to and build relationships with some of the top directors in the country
  • Gain valuable credits as an Assistant Director in a professional regional theatre
  • Participate in the casting process from start to finish and understand every factor that contributes to a successful casting session
  • Have a working knowledge of AEA guidelines
  • Participate in season planning and understand how an artistic staff operates
  • Build a network of theatrical professionals in Seattle and nationally

REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in Directing and experience as an assistant director (Directing experience is preferred, but not required)
  • Strong people skills—comfortable communicating with a broad range of personalities over phone, email, and in person; displays sensitivity and emotional intelligence
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and interested in all elements of the theatre
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor

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Directing/Literary

OVERVIEW

The Directing/Literary Internship provides an opportunity to assist leading directors in the field and be part of the day-to-day life of a regional theatre artistic staff. The internship time is split half and half between the rehearsal room and administrative experiences, making it a unique and holistic opportunity for young directors interested in artistic administration as well. As an assistant director, the Directing/Literary Intern works on 3-4 shows, with duties that can range from taking notes, script supervision, research, observation, and more. As a member of the artistic and literary team, the Intern participates in season planning (script reading, solicitation, and organization), dramaturgical research, artistic administrative work, and assisting the producing team and artists in the room for The Other Season , Seattle Rep’s new works program. This Internship is supervised by Assistant to the Artistic Director & Artistic Associate Hattie Claire Andres.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

  • The art of directing through assisting, discussions, and optional guided projects, with opportunities to build relationships with some of the top directors in the country
  • The inner workings of a literary office (e.g., how to find projects, read, and respond)
  • Producing and participating in the development processes of new work from the perspective of both the playwright and director
  • AEA, IATSE and LORT guidelines
  • The season planning process and how an artistic staff operates
  • Building a network of theatrical professionals locally and nationally

REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in Directing and experience as an assistant director (Directing experience is preferred, but not required)
  • Demonstrated interest in literary, dramaturgical and/or new work development
  • Excellent writing and analysis skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, collaborative, and a good sense of humor

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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

>Meet the Marketing and Communications Supervisor

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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.

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

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be fully comfortable around middle-school 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

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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.)

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

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.

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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."

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

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

ACCEPTABLE 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.

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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

Meet the Technical Direction Internship Supervisor:

E-mail Internship Coordinator (click here) for more information.