Woodward Internship 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. Westport Country 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.
We will soon begin accepting applications for the 2015 Intern class. Please be sure to check this page for updates.
Westport Country Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse company.
Click here to watch a brief video created by our 2014 Woodward Intern class:
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.
Assist with actor, director and other artist contracts and travel arrangements. 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.
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.
Draw and control paint while bringing scenic elements to life with texture, shade and tone. Prior experience or background in studio art required. This position will also rotate between the Props department.
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.
Complete a Westport Country Playhouse Internship Application form.
PDF Internship Application Form
In addition to the completed form, applicants must submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, a headshot, and a one-page personal statement.
Application materials must be submitted electronically to:
Recommendations are accepted either in scanned format, included in your other application materials; or as an email to the above address directly from your recommending professor or colleague.
For more information, contact David Dreyfoos at (203) 227-5137 x131 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE PROVIDES:
- $125 weekly stipend
- Off-site housing included (own transportation may be required to and from the Playhouse campus)
- College credit and EMC candidate points when applicable