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About the Program

Westport Country Playhouse is home to one of the nation’s preeminent theater internship programs. The training of emerging professionals in the theater has formed a vital part of our mission since 1946.

While on campus, interns work directly with senior staff and gain crucial on-the-job experience in a vibrant and innovative theater.  The Playhouse offers internships in both production and theater administration.  Applicants must have completed at least two years of a baccalaureate program and be able to demonstrate a commitment to their chosen fields. 

The Woodward Internship Program is a summer program.  Each year, the Playhouse begins recruiting in January and accepts applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled, usually by mid-March.  For the best consideration, please submit your application materials early.

Westport Country Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse company.

Watch the video of 2014's Woodward Interns!


Stage Management (two positions)
Assist Stage Managers in all aspects of their work, including attendance at production meetings, rehearsals and technical rehearsals. Rehearsals may be held in both New York City and Westport. Experience in Stage Management required.

Company Management
Assist the Company Manager with actor, director and other artist travel arrangements; opening night party preparation; and  manage Playhouse archive records.  Strong problem-solving and communication skills, along with a good sense of humor and warm personality are crucial to attend to the needs and requirements of our artists.  Additionally, the company management intern must have excellent driving skills.

General Production (three positions)
Rotate between several production departments, including, but not limited to the following:

Wardrobe -- assist the Wardrobe Supervisor with costume maintenance and alterations; work as Dresser for mainstage productions.
Properties -- assist the Prop Master in finding, building and modifying practical elements on stage with work in carpentry, sculpting, metalwork, sewing and upholstery.
Scene Shop -- assist in building, painting, load-in, and strike. Will be expected to use hand and power tools.
Electrics -- assist head electrician with lighting hang, focus and strike.
Run Crew – assigned as needed.

Prior significant, hands-on experience in multiple production areas required. 

Scenic Painting
Assist the scenic artist with all paint elements related to the productions.  The scenic painting intern may be called up to assist the props department if necessary.

Assist with the planning and implementation of seasonal marketing materials, budgeting, press releases, opening night events, and audience cultivation events. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, are required. Event planning, customer service, and video editing experience preferred.

Assist in the planning and implementation of donor cultivation events and other fundraising activities, research individual and institutional donor prospects, and assist with administrative functions and maintaining fundraising data for the organization. Strong writing and interpersonal skills, an understanding of relational databases, and proficiency with Microsoft Office required.

How To Apply

Submit the following to intern@westportplayhouse.org:

  • Intern Application Form
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (will be accepted in scanned format and included with the application materials or as a separate email to the address above directly from your recommending professor or colleague.)
  • Headshot/photograph
  • One-page personal statement
Application deadline is March 4, 2016


Westport Country Playhouse provides:

  • $125 weekly stipend
  • Off-site housing included (own transportation will be required to and from the Playhouse campus)
  • College credit and EMC candidate points when applicable

If you are looking for information regarding the Directing Fellowship, please click here.


Header Photo: Jake Robards & Jennifer Van Dyke (The Dining Room). Photo by Carol Rosegg.