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 1941. Each year, production and theater administration interns are given the opportunity to work directly with senior staff and gain crucial on-the-job experience in a vibrant and innovative theater.
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate program and be able to demonstrate a commitment to their chosen field. Applicants must live, or have access to housing, in the greater New York City area and be able to commute either by car or Metro North train.
Westport Country Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse company.
2019 Production Internships
9 weeks (March 22 – May 18)
Assist Stage Managers for the Playhouse production of In the Heights. The Stage Management intern will assist in all aspects of work, including attendance at production meetings, rehearsals (in New York City), technical rehearsals (in Westport, CT), and the production run. Experience in Stage Management required. EMC candidate points when applicable.
Stage Management Job Description
14 weeks (April 19 – June 22, October 8 – November 23, applicants can apply for one or both weeks)
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.
Company Management Job Description
Assistant Technical Director
43 weeks (January 28 - November 25)
The Assistant Technical Director (ATD) is responsible for assisting the TD with budgeting each production, processing receipts, communicating with designers, creating technical build drawings, working in the shop with the IATSE Head Carpenter, and Assistant Carpenter, Load-in and Load-outs onstage, run crew positions, as well as, assisting the TD with maintaining expense budgets, communicating closely with designers and design assistants. The ATD will help with all carpentry/scenic related functions to ensure that productions come in on-time and on-budget. This position requires regular evening and weekend work in conjunction with WCP’s performance calendar. This position is excellent for an up and coming Technical Director who is interested in gaining quality experience in an AEA / IATSE professional theatrical environment.
ATD Job Description
All production interns will be asked to work run crew as needed. Prior significant, hands-on experience in multiple production areas required.
2019 Administrative Internships:
34 weeks (March 26 – November 12)
Assist with the planning and implementation of seasonal marketing materials, including digital projects, print/digital communications, events, and promotional campaigns. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, are required. Event planning, customer service, and video editing experience preferred.
Marketing Internship Job Description
34 weeks (March 26 – November 12)
The Development Intern serves as assistant to the development department, which encompasses special events and working with major donors. The Development Intern assists all aspects of the development department, including planning and implementation of donor cultivation events and other fundraising activities, research individual and institutional donor prospects, gift entry and database administration, and assists with administrative functions and maintaining fundraising data for the organization. Strong writing and interpersonal skills, an understanding of relational databases, and proficiency in Microsoft Office are required. This position includes regular weekend and evening work.
Development Internship Job Description
How To Apply:
Submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
· Intern Application Form (Please save a copy of the PDF to your computer, re-open and fill it out, and then save it again before sending. This will ensure that your information is saved and that we do not receive a blank PDF.)
· Cover letter
· Two letters of recommendation (They will be accepted in scanned format and included with the application materials or as a separate email to the address above.)
The Playhouse Provides:
· $250 weekly stipend
· Transportation reimbursement available