NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 SUMMER INTERNS
Berkshire Playwrights Lab interns gain experience in both Arts Administration and Theater Production. Arts Administration is the business end of an arts organization responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operation of the organization. Theater Production has to do with the mounting of the show, which in the case of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, means a highly staged reading or workshop of a new play. This internship combines a thorough experience in both areas providing on-the-job training in the management office, rehearsal rooms, backstage, and front of house. Interns are a very important part of our summer season and are involved in the real work of the theater.
In the Business Office, the intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Managing Director with the day-to-day operations. Interns interested in developing their business and management abilities will learn skills in marketing and promotion, box office management, database management, research, special projects and events.
During production, the intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Stage Manager and Production Manager in all areas of mounting the production. Interns interested in developing their production abilities will learn skills in assisting with guest artist management, serving the needs of the director, coordinating rehearsal details, back stage management, and will be able to gain an understanding of how a new play is developed. Interns will have the opportunity to learn from our pool of directors and playwrights through observation and questions during rehearsals.
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts are alive with theater and culture, especially in the summer months. Interns will have the opportunity to see shows, often for reduced or free admission, depending on availability. In addition, they will have the chance to explore the natural beauty of this enchanting location.
- Theater experience will be a great asset in this internship, but it is not a requirement. If you are smart, enthusiastic and want to learn, we’d love to hear from you.
- Interns MUST have a car and are responsible for finding their own housing (BPL can offer very limited help).
To Apply, please send a resume and a cover letter via email (PDFs preferred, Word docs OK) or via snail mail. In your cover letter, please be sure to include:
- how you heard about the internship (e.g. Career Service, website, friend)
- why you think you’d be a good fit for the internship and BPL
- what you hope to get out of the internship
Applicants may be asked to supply two recommendations.
Compensation: $1,000 / season