An internship in production management would provide the opportunity to observe alongside the production manager as they oversee all production departments in facilitating the realization of the director and designers’ vision for each production. Learn about the day-to-day running of the production office, observe technical rehearsals and attend production meetings.
Hours in the department are flexible depending on the time of season the intern is available. In order for the intern to have the optimum experience, the suggested time commitment is 40 hours a week for at least 2 months.
Stage Management (seasonal)
The stage management intern experience at Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is set up to give the intern an internal view of the rehearsal process of a professional regional theatre.
The stage management intern will observe the daily duties of CTC’s stage management team: the set up of the rehearsal hall, both the overall and the daily production paperwork, the running of the rehearsals themselves and the outside communication and collaboration with the designers and production staff. The intern also has a unique opportunity to look at how a director puts a show together – from the rehearsal process to production/design meetings to technical rehearsals to previews to opening night.
Intern candidates must have substantial previous stage management experience with a college, community, or professional theatre.
Since the production schedule is intense and very strenuous, a strong commitment to a career in theater is necessary. The stage management schedule is based on a six-day work week. Rehearsals can run from 11am to 9pm with a dinner break – times may vary depending on the cast and artistic team. Interns may work hours on either end of this schedule to do preparatory work. The internship takes place during the rehearsal period only and completes on opening night. Interns may be invited to stay and participate in understudy rehearsals post-opening. EMC points can be available for this internship.
We are currently seeking stage management interns for the following shows in the 2013-14 season:
January 6 - 19 and March 17 - April 24, 2014
The Scarecrow and His Servant
January 31 - March 21, 2014
Shrek: The Musical
March 14 - May 2, 2014
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
April 29 – May 30, 2014
Any questions regarding these internships can be directed to Jenny Friend, Production Stage Manager at
or at 612.872.5197. Thank you!
Education Production Internships (summer only)
During the summer, we offer unique opportunities in a variety of production areas. We stage two Theatre Arts Training shows in our flexible, 300-seat space with young performers and our professional teaching/production staff. These interns have an intensive, hands-on experience and learn their craft by practicing side by side with our staff of directors, designers, choreographers, production personnel and union crew. We are looking for:
- Two stage management teams
- Costume coordinator
- Assistant lighting designer
- Sound technician
- Assistant director
- Assistant choreographer
An internship in music would provide the opportunity to observe alongside the resident Music Director/Composer in rehearsals for the various productions at the Children's Theatre Company.
Duties may include accompanying rehearsals on piano and helping to teach songs to actors. Useful skills would be music copying work on Finale or Sibelius. Intern should have at least a bachelor's degree in music and a sincere desire to spend countless hours in the rehearsal room. There is also opportunity to assist in recording sessions. Knowledge of ProTools is a plus. This music internship could take place anytime between August and June (inclusive). In order for the intern to have the optimum experience, the suggested time commitment is a minimum six weeks/one full rehearsal period.
Sound (summer only)
This intern would observe alongside our professional sound engineers during our maintenance period. Learning projects would include the inspection and repair of sound equipment; the prep, load in and tech of the first show of our season. Skill set: Basic knowledge of audio signal path. This is a summer internship opportunity. It would start in July and continue through the fall load in.
Lighting Design (seasonal)
This intern would observe the work of the Lighting Supervisor and the production lighting designer. Through being at the tech table with the lighting designer during the tech process, learn about plot and paperwork updates during load in and tech, tracking moving lights and followspot cueing. Other learning projects would include focus charts during focus. Skill set: working knowledge of Vectorworks, Excel and Lightwright 4. Lighting design or assistant lighting design experience preferred. This internship is potentially available on all of our productions ñ the specific dates would be tied to each production's schedule. It would start about a week prior to tech and go through opening.
Electrics (summer only)
This intern would observe our professional electricians during our maintenance period. Learning projects would include: Cleaning, tuning and repairing lighting fixtures (conventional and automated), dimmers and consoles; the inspection and maintenance of truss and chain motors; the prep, load in and focus of the first show of our season. Skill set: basic knowledge of safe electrical practices. This is a summer internship opportunity. It would start in July and continue through the fall load in. With the current calendar, there would be no break between maintenance and load in. If the calendar changes, there may time off in between. It is possible for us to consider this internship during the year with no maintenance aspect - just show prep and load in.
An internship in the Children's Theatre Company Costume Shop is for the person seriously considering a career in costume design. For the Costume Design internship, you need to be a graduate Costume Design student or higher.
The goal of this internship is to give young designers a sense of what it takes to get from the page to the stage. Learning projects include: Organizing design bibles; swatches; assisting with shopping, ordering and tracking; keeping up with fittings notes and needs; helping to set up and take down fittings; attending dress rehearsals. Portfolio review required. In order for the intern to have the optimum experience, the suggested time commitment is 40 hours a week plus attendance at dress rehearsals outside of regular shop hours. A stay for a whole season or a semester will allow the intern to be exposed to different designer approaches and resultant varying construction techniques. Shorter stays are also negotiable. The Costume Shop work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:30am -5:00pm.
The goal of an internship in the Scene Shop is to observe alongside professional staff carpenters, under the guidance of the Technical Director, to learn theatrical scenery building skills using a variety of materials during a typical build, load in and strike of a show. A stay for a semester or a whole season will allow the intern to be exposed to different scenic designs and resultant varying construction techniques.
Basic scenery construction skills and prior experience in a theatrical environment are prerequisites to acceptance into the internship program. The applicant must be comfortable with basic woodworking and pneumatic tools. Welding skills are a plus but not required. Your work at the Children's Theatre Company will help to develop these skills to the high quality level required in the professional theater. We are seeking those who are upper level undergraduates (junior or senior) or those who have already attained their undergraduate degree to apply.
Internships are potentially available at any time during our regular season, from early July through the end of April. In order for the intern to have the optimum experience, the suggested time commitment is between 20 and 40 hours. The Scene Shop work schedule is Monday through Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm.
The goal of an internship in Paint is to observe alongside the Charge Artist and learn advanced techniques using a variety of materials. We have two paint shops, one with a 28' by 43' paint frame and the other with a 50' by 40' paint deck. Interns will have experience on both depending on the show requirements.
There is a single internship available per show build period starting early July through April. In order for the intern to have the optimum experience, the suggested minimum commitment is 6 weeks at 32 hours a week during normal shop hours (Monday through Friday/7:30am - 4:00pm). This internship can also be longer if the intern is interested.
The intern must have prior experience in a theatre environment (i.e. college or community theatre) and an art background. Prior experience on drops is a plus but not necessary. Must have taken drawing classes and scenic art classes, or must have extensive experience to make up for the lack of introductory training.
Positions will only be offered upon portfolio review and an interview with the Charge Artist.
A directing internship is a professional learning experience for early career applicants with pertinent training and skills. In addition to the internship application and recommendations, an interview may be required (an in-person interview is preferred but a telephone interview may suffice). We are seeking those who are upper level undergraduates (junior or senior) or those who have already attained their undergraduate degree to apply.
It is important to note that the experience of a directing intern is entirely dependent upon the process of the production's director; therefore, the nature of each internship may vary widely. Directing interns begin their assignment on (or before) the first rehearsal date of the production and the suggested commitment then continues through the opening performance or understudy rehearsal (scheduled shortly after the official opening).
The period of time may vary from about four weeks to two months, depending upon the production schedule. The rehearsal day is typically 8 to 10 hours a day, six days a week. Some days span a twelve hour time period. Mondays are the customary day off.
Assignments are made on an on-going basis.
The Dramaturgy/Literary internship at CTC offers the opportunity to observe the field of new play development, literary management and dramaturgical research, script analysis and production support. It also provides an opportunity to participate in myriad activities associated with the functioning of a dramaturgy/literary department of a professional theatre.
The duties of each intern vary, but a general list of potential learning projects includes: reading and evaluating new scripts; corresponding with playwrights, agents and literary managers, conducting library and archival research; dramatic text analysis, editing and compiling different editions of a script; and observing new play development workshops and rehearsals. The ideal candidate should have strong writing and communication skills, a strong background in literature (especially drama), and experience in research. Candidates should also have a special interest in the process of transforming a written play into theatrical productions.
Word processing skills and basic computer competence are helpful. We are seeking those who are upper level undergraduates (junior or senior) or those who have already attained their undergraduate degree to apply.
Marketing & Communications
This position will involve observing all aspects of the theatre's marketing and public relations efforts. Learning projects will include: planning and implementation of marketing materials - both digital media and print - budgeting, event planning and execution, copy editing, press releases and audience cultivation events.
The intern should have strong computer skills, the ability to multi-task, and strong communication, organizational and writing skills. Adaptability, ability to problem-solve and a need to achieve are a plus. Enthusiasm for the arts is necessary to understand the relationship between the theater and the community. Seeking those who are upper level undergraduates (junior or senior) or those who have already attained their degree to apply. All interns will be expected to help support promotional events.
Hour expectations will be roughly 15-25 hrs/week depending on department need and intern availability.
Please rank your top two interests and include reasoning in personal statement:
- Social Media/Digital content
- PR Research & Editing
- Events Assistance & Planning
- Internal Communication, Promotions, Material Distribution
How to Apply:
To apply for an internship, please complete the internship application and provide the following:
- Three references (names/contact information) from people who know your work well such as employers, professors, supervisors or mentors.
- A resume with relevant training.
- A personal statement of 500 words or less that roughly answers the following questions:
- Why are you interested in an internship with Childrens Theatre Company?
- What strengths do you bring to this internship?
- What are your career goals and how would a CTC internship assist you in attaining those goals?
- Please reference your enthusiasm/experience for top two ranked interests
- Relevant writing sample (if an excerpt, no more than two typed pages, please)
Please include personal statement, writing sample, resume and references with the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
This internship is unpaid but benefits include a flexible work schedule, tickets to productions and networking opportunities.
Thank you! We look forward to receiving your application.
Play Licensing: Plays for Young Audiences
Plays for Young Audiences (PYA) is a partnership venture between the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis (CTC) and Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT), the two leading theatres for young people in the nation. This intern will learn about the management and licensing of literary properties. The ideal applicant would have a proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as Adobe Acrobat. Knowledge of design software (such as Adobe Illustrator) and QuickBooks a plus but not required.
Interns will learn about providing a high level of customer service and response time to script licensing requests, royalty quotes, perusal script orders, and other customer questions/concerns. Other learning projects include developing marketing materials and customer research. In order for the intern to have the optimum experience, the suggested time commitment is 8-10 hours per week for 10-12 weeks.
The Theatre Arts Training Education Internship is designed for individuals interested in the field of theatre education. The ideal candidate for the internship will have a background in the arts; have worked with children, have exceptional organization, communication and interpersonal skills.
In this position, interns will take a collaborative role in the classroom with our teaching staff. TAT operates on a 4 term system including winter, spring, summer and fall. Internships are available for all terms. Learning projects for the interns will include: Implementing assessment and feedback tools for use in evaluation of individual student work and the overall success of classroom experience.
The ideal candidate will have a commitment to theatre and a sincere interest in sharing this experience with students. Strong communication skills and the ability to function as a member of a team are essential. General knowledge of the theatre and the educational process are preferred. Adaptability and creative problem-solving skills are essential; knowledge of general office procedure is helpful. We are seeking those who are upper level undergraduates (junior or senior), graduate students or those who have already attained their undergraduate degree to apply.
Neighborhood Bridges (academic year only)
Neighborhood Bridges Internship:
As part of the Center for Innovation in Theatre Education, the Neighborhood Bridges program internships are designed for students who are interested in how storytelling, theatre and creative writing are used to empower students to become animators of their own lives.
Learning projects/events may include: monthly meetings with teaching artists and bi-annual meetings with classroom teachers, Bridges Day, scenic artist sessions, the Crossing Bridges Festival, Bridges conference and assessments and evaluation projects with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota. For further information regarding the program, please click here.
Interns will observe and assist the Community Engagement team (Neighborhood Bridges Program Director, Director of Community Engagement, Community Engagement Manager, and East Metro/Early Bridges Manager) as well as the Bridges teaching artist staff.
Bachelor's degree or current enrollment in theatre, education, or arts degree program; enthusiastic and self motivated individual with strong ability to build relationships with diverse communities; working knowledge of theatre education and public schools are plus; excellent organizational skills, time management and attention to detail; strong oral and written communications; able to work collaboratively on project teams. Neighborhood Bridge Interns must be able to travel to off-site meetings and programs.
Internship applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Development Department Internship
The Development Internship is designed for individuals interested in learning more about the field of resource development, with a concentration in research, donor relations and event planning. The ideal candidate for the internship will have strong research skills, the ability to organize and present data, and experience with events. He or she will also have exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Institutional Funder Prospect Research
Use research skills and prospect research databases to develop lists of possible new donors.
- Sustaining Membership Research
Research nonprofits' sustainer programs and assist Donor Engagement Officer in the coordination of CTC's 1st monthly giving program.
- Donor Loyalty Program Research
Research nonprofits' loyalty programs and assist Donor Engagement Officer in the revision of benefits for long time donors.
- Learning outcomes: internet research, organizing data, reporting, communication skills, problem-solving, attention to detail, time management, working across departments, fundraising strategies/implementation
Research and implement new social media campaigns
- Learning Outcomes: social media, marketing, using new outlets to campaign, writing, creativity
Work with development staff to support and implement methods of connecting with donors when they attend plays and of connecting with people who come to shows who are not donors.
- Learning outcomes: communication skills, problem solving, fundraising strategies/implementation
- Tracking Corporate Giving Trends
Research local and national corporations and their giving trends, including their focus in the arts, levels of support, and the frequency of their giving.
- Learning outcomes: internet research, deepening knowledge of philanthropic corporations
Assist with the coordination and implementation of special events within the development department, specifically the Curtain Call Ball on September 6, 2014.
- Learning outcomes: event planning, vendor relations, communication skills, team work, problem-solving, attention to detail, and time management.
- Overall Development Support
Data entry, database clean-up, filing and creation of reports for department; general research and writing.
- Learning outcomes: database management, department organization and analysis of data.
To ensure an optimal experience for the intern, the following is expected of the intern:
- A regular work schedule of 10-15 hours per week for a minimum of 16 weeks
- Ability to conduct on-line research and accurately report findings
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Strong organizational skills
- Good interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Experience in a development office preferred
- Experience planning events preferred
Please send CTC internship application, cover letter and resume to Rachel Schuehle at:
Development/Special Events Internship
Children's Theatre Company
The Development Internship is designed for individuals interested in learning more about the field of resource development, with a concentration on special events. The ideal candidate for the internship will have exceptional organization, communication and interpersonal skills.
- Assist with the coordination and implementation of the Curtain Call Ball, which will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Children's Theatre Company.
- Learning outcomes: event planning, communication skills, team work, problem-solving, attention to detail, and time management.
- Research and secure vendors to provide services and supplies.
- Learning outcomes: research and vendor relations.
- Solicitation and acceptance of silent/live/online auction donations. This could include assistance with research, solicitation mailings, entering donations into Auction Harmony (software that tracks our items), and assisting the auction committees in the collection & presentation of the items.
- Learning outcomes: fundraising strategies/implementation, communication skills, database management, organization, and interpersonal relations.
- Input data, database clean-up and creation of reports for department.
- Learning outcomes: database management and analysis of data.
- Assist with marketing efforts to both attract new people to the event and excite those who have already purchased tickets.
- Learning outcomes: communication and writing skills, organization, and marketing experience.
- Other duties as assigned.
To ensure an optimal experience for the intern, the following is required of the intern:
- A regular work schedule of 35-40 hours per week. The start date is negotiable for the month of May and will run through the middle/end of September. Must be able to attend the Curtain Call Ball on September 6th. Limited time off will be granted if arranged prior to the start of the internship.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Good interpersonal communications skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Willingness to learn.
- Prior event experience preferred.
Travel and Expense Allowance
To assist the intern with the costs associated with travel and other internship related expenses (e.g. appropriate event attire, as the event is black-tie/cocktail attire), CTC will provide a $1,000 stipend for 16 weeks of service. If internship time is extended past the original 16 weeks, the stipend amount will be raised appropriately.
Deadline is March 21, 2014. Please send cover letter and resume to:
Director of Development