Trinity Repertory Company volunteer internship program offers recent college graduates intensive professional training at a Tony Award-winning regional theater. Interns are an integral part of our theater company and serve alongside our staff in artistic, administrative, and production departments.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2017-18 Season are currently closed. The 2018-19 Season application process will be open from mid-December 2017 through April 1, 2018.
To be considered for the full-season internship, you must complete the online application (available in December). You will be prompted to upload the following documents:
Applications without these attachments will not be considered.
Depending on the department, references or a writing sample may be requested.
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Details and Benefits
Housing and Accommodations
- Furnished housing with utilities provided
- Parking provided
- $50 weekly stipend to off-set living expenses
Due to the extensive nature of the internship, it is unlikely that an intern would be able to get a second job. However, there may be opportunities for part time employment in the Patron Services Department, depending on your schedule.
- Complimentary tickets to all productions
- Invitation to opening night performances and receptions
- Monthly professional development and seminar series
- Opportunity to take free acting classes
- Strong community of staff and former interns
Where are they now?
Former interns have gone on to work at Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Huntington Theatre Company, MCC Theater, McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Trinity Repertory Company and many more!
- Maintain new play correspondence and relationships between the department and literary agents, organizing new play readings/workshops, and reading unsolicited script submissions
- Teach and assist with classes in the education department
- Manage and assist with post-show and related programming
- Conduct dramaturgical research for Trinity Rep mainstage productions and MFA shows as necessary
- Assist with research on engagement activities and potential partners
- Various administrative tasks
The artistic management intern assists the associate artistic director, education director, and community engagement coordinator in a variety of ways.
- Assist in classes for Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Studio after-school program (student age ranges from 5-18)
- Acts as lead teacher for 4th – 6th grade acting classes
- Teach and direct off-site residency programs at local schools
- Assist with Project Discovery student matinees (over 30 student matinees a year, average attendance for each approx. 500), including recruiting and supervising volunteer ushers
- Research, construct, and co-author teacher study guides for all shows, as well as research plays in development for future production
- Moderate and help to administer post-show discussions
- Assist with education outreach efforts, including Write Here! Write Now! Student Play Festival.
- Support artistic staff as required on such tasks as casting calls, new play readings, dramaturgy, backstage tours, special events and other functions as needed
- Participate in education staff meetings to shape and plan future activities
- Moderate and assist with adult studio classes as needed
- Support Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network (TRAIN), a drama program for children and adults with special needs
The education intern serves as the fourth member of the education department with various duties.
- Create press releases related to the educational programming and Brown/Trinity Rep MFA performances
- Support the implementation of TV, radio and online media and PR campaigns
- Assist with opening night coordination (7 per season) and special events for the season, including opening night reservations
- Maintain social media presence
- Perform marketing research as needed
- Assist with maintenance of website
- Plan, film and edit promotional videos (prior video experience not required)
- Provide general administrative support for the marketing and PR department
- The candidate must have excellent communication skills (both oral and written) and have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Facebook Pages & Twitter. Familiarity with Photoshop, video editing a plus.
The marketing intern works with the director of marketing & PR and marketing manager, as well as the graphic designer and their intern.
- Responsible for the graphic design, illustration and layout of promotional materials for Brown/Trinity Rep MFA productions
- Graphic design and layout of flyers, brochures, advertising, e-cards and other promotional materials as needed
- Assist with special events as needed
- Provide general administrative support for the marketing and PR department
- The candidate must have excellent communication skills (both oral and written) and have good working knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Microsoft Office.
- Provide general administrative support for the department
- Coordinate and manage all communications related to Trinity Rep’s Open Access Theater outreach program, which provides free tickets to constituents served by area nonprofits
- Support outreach, donor cultivation, and other special events by creating and sending invitations, collecting RSVPs, and providing staff assistance at all events, and overall support with logistical details
- Research prospects, both individual and institutional (corporations/foundations), as needed
- Monitor front-of-house reports to facilitate communication with donors and prospects
- Help with gift processing and acknowledgment, and updating donor records in fundraising database as needed
- Assist with grants writing and assembling report materials for funders and sponsors
- Write occasional development-related articles for the theater’s programs
- Applicants should be detail-oriented and well-organized with strong communication skills (writing and interpersonal) and a demonstrated interest in the arts and/or nonprofit administration. Customer service experience preferred. Microsoft Word and basic Microsoft Excel required.
Production internships at Trinity Rep are a hands-on experience. We want interns to leave with practical working knowledge of their field of internship as well as confidence to move ahead to a job in that field. Production interns work as part of their department alongside professionals who have been in their field for years. We believe that the best way to learn how to do something is to do it and that’s what our internships focus on. Throughout the year you will get a chance to interact with people from other departments, as well as out-of-town designers and artists from around the country. Trinity Rep production interns are given opportunities to make great contacts, and to learn about other fields of interest. We are looking for individuals who are hungry to learn, and to ask questions. Our production departments have to function as a team so we need individuals that are willing to work like that. Please read specific intern descriptions for more information.
The electrics intern is the fifth member of the electrics department. This intern assists in the preparation and maintenance of equipment and is involved in all hang and focus calls in both theater spaces. This intern may be asked to run the light board for some productions. Opportunities to learn various skills including soldering, wiring practices, and basic Vectorworks and Lightwright. In hopes for furthering experience level, interns may be asked to take on special events. This internship requires a team player, someone eager to learn, and who has a great attitude. Must be able to work at heights and on extension and A-frame ladders, and able to lift 50lbs. Recent college graduates with experience in electrics and lighting design are preferred.
The sound intern will join the three other members of the sound department and work to install sound systems for all shows. The Intern will also be responsible for operating the audio console for multiple shows. Opportunities to learn about live mixing are available if interested. In hopes for furthering experience level, interns may be asked to take on special events. A positive ‘team player’ attitude as well as an aptitude and desire to learn are essential to this position. Applicant should be comfortable working at heights and on ladders and possess the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Recent college graduates experienced in running shows and installing systems with an interest in sound design and/or engineering are preferred.
The stage management intern is a vital member of the stage management team ranging from 3-5 people on any given show. This intern will be in all rehearsals assisting the stage manager with paperwork, props tracking, being on book, and whatever else the Stage Manager needs done. This person will also become part of the run crew with the show goes into performances. This intern gets to work alongside and learn from AEA Stage Managers from around the country and builds many contacts. In hopes for furthering experience level, interns may be asked to take on special events. This internship requires a person who possesses strong organizational skills, who is not afraid to take initiative while still being a team player, who is hungry to learn, and who has a great sense of humor. Recent college graduates with experience in stage management are preferred.
The costume intern is a valuable member of the six person costume staff at Trinity Rep. This intern is responsible for helping to build costumes for all main stage shows as well as serving as wardrobe/dresser for the run of some productions. This intern has the opportunity to build a piece from muslin all the way to a finished garment, as well as learning more about alterations, finishing work, wig maintenance, and crafts. In hopes for furthering experience level, interns may be asked to take on special events. This internship requires someone who is willing to work well with others as part of a team, who has a great attitude, and someone who can keep his or herself on task at all times. Must have strong organizational skills, be able to work at heights, and lift 50 lbs. Recent college graduates with costuming, wardrobe, and sewing experience preferred.
Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs
- Assist the Pell Chafee technical supervisor with load-ins, electrics, work notes, tech rehearsals, operating the board, wardrobe (sewing a plus), strikes, some carpentry, and maintaining and cleaning the Pell Chafee Performance Center (PCPC) between show runs
- Serve as production assistant by working as run crew and wardrobe crew for several major PCPC productions throughout the year
- Support the production coordinator by maintaining classroom spaces, proofreading the weekly schedule for classes and rehearsals, welcoming VIP guests, posting the weekly schedule for classes and rehearsals and/or filing documents during the application and audition process in the winter
- Attend pre-production meetings and take minutes
- Give students and stage managers access to props and costume stock as needed for rehearsals and smaller projects and maintain information on lending from the stock
- Support numerous productions in Brown/Trinity Rep’s MFA Program Studios, including one-act plays, solo work, recitals, and special events
- There may be opportunities to serve as stage manager or assistant director on MFA productions as extra work beyond the typical schedule and requirements of the internship
- Be an active part of the daily life of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs, plus chances to work with other departments of Trinity Rep
The Brown/Trinity MFA Program intern will work under the supervision of the MFA program production manager, Pell Chafee technical supervisor, and the production coordinator to provide production support and assistance for graduate school productions performed in the PCPC and in the Trinity Rep studios. The desired applicant should have experience and interest in all areas of production, including electrics, costumes, stage management, and carpentry. Organizational and administrative skills are a plus. The intern will interact with the Brown/Trinity Rep production staff, artistic and administrative staff, designers, faculty, and graduate students. The specific projects and tasks of the internship will vary based on the program schedule, the intern’s interests and abilities, and the needs of the productions.