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STAGES' PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM builds a bridge for emerging artists between school and a career in the arts. Through our internship programs, Stages fosters and invests in new talent in the areas of design, administration, education and production. Each internship is custom-built around a student’s skills and goals, making our internships deeply rewarding and educational.
Stages offers several internships: important theatre educational opportunities developed through partnerships whose participant education backgrounds include Sam Houston State University in Texas, University of Houston, Lorain County Community College in Ohio, the Texas Non-profit Theatre association, Rice University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Brown University, University of Evansville, Trinity University and University of the Incarnate Word. Over the past six years, internship participants have gone on to positions of national prominence, including graduate work at Yale School of Drama, appearances off-Broadway, stage managing for respected regional theatres, and co-founding an Ohio children’s theatre.
Each season, eligible interns can apply for an award through the Sofia V. Mendez Scholarship for Life.
If you would like to network with acclaimed artists, gain employable skills, and grow as a theatre artist, read on to find out which internship is right for you. If you have an idea for an internship, share it with us and let’s see how we can work together.
For more information or to apply, please contact:
Director of Education
Stages Repertory Theatre
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77019
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS (June 1 – August 3, yearly)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2013
Students who apply for the summer season are selected to work in the education, production or administration departments. Once selected, each student Intern works with a staff mentor to establish and measure goals. The application process includes 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement, an opportunity to showcase skills and communicate goals.
EDUCATION Students work closely with the director of education each summer in the intensive Young Actors Conservatory. Duties include preparing for classes and rehearsals, maintaining a stage management prompt book, organizing a schedule and assistant directing the theatre pieces. Education interns need to be self-motivated, punctual, organized and friendly. A weekly stipend is provided.
BEST FOR PEOPLE: with great communication skills, who might want to be teachers or directors
PRODUCTION Students work closely with the production manager or other design departments to build and maintain productions in the summer season. Based on the student’s skills, she can assist designers or ghost design productions, build and install scenic, lighting and other technical elements, sew and maintain costuming, or assist stage management.
BEST FOR PEOPLE: who are interested in design and want experience with technical theatre
ADMINISTRATION Students work closely with the administrative departments in marketing, public relations, sales and fundraising, learning how a professional theatre operates.
BEST FOR PEOPLE: who are majoring in marketing, media, communications and graphic design, who are interested in running their own theatre some day
APPLICATION DEADLINE: ONGOING
Sam Houston State University – Stages partners with the SHSU department of theatre & dance to bring student interns on to the professional stage during their college careers. Each year, talented SHSU students are featured in our productions, where they work side-by-side with professional actors and directors. SHSU students who are eligible audition for productions, and a stipend is provided. Former SHSU interns have gone on to earn their AEA memberships through Stages and network with other Houston-area theatres.
Lorain County Community College- Since 2001, Stages has partnered with Lorain County Community College in Ohio to bring talented theatre students to work and live in Houston, TX. Students work in all aspects of theatre production throughout the season, getting the opportunity to work side-by-side with some of the most respected theatre artists in the country. Students have direct access to staff mentors, and work 40 hours per week in: scenic design and construction; lighting, sound and multimedia design; costume design, sewing and wardrobe crew; properties; stage management; box office and sales; and education and administration. Each year, up to 3 students are selected from LCCC based on their potential to work professionally in the theatre. The student intern works with a staff mentor to establish and measure goals and to fulfill college credit hours. Housing and a weekly stipend are provided.