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Internships at Shakespeare & Company

The Shakespeare & Company Internship Program is designed to train the next generation of theatre professionals to become successful and well-rounded members of the theatre community. Interns receive one-on-one mentoring from within their department and experience with professional artists and staff. Throughout the internship, in a lecture series designed exclusively for interns, staff members from across the company illuminate the inner workings of a large arts organization.

Interns also have the opportunity to complete an independent capstone project within their department and will receive career guidance with performance evaluations and resume/portfolio review. Internships are available year-round, typically 15- or 16-week duration, but if one of the tracks below is not perfect for an applicant, programs of custom duration or areas of interest can be developed as well.

Internships are available in the following departments:

Shakespeare & Company is an E.O.E. and this position includes a stipend, with the possibility of shared housing for non-local applicants. To apply, please send a cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and e-mail contact for 3 references via email to JobSearch@shakespeare.org. Please include the department for which you are applying in the subject header of the email. All interns must be 18 years or older.

Arts Administration

The Arts Management Intern will work closely with the Production Manager, General Manager, and Company Manager in providing administrative support for the operations of the summer season. These departments are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities for the entire organization of over 100 staff spread over 30 acres, which include our four performance spaces, numerous residencies, and additional studio and common spaces. This is an excellent opportunity for an early-career professional interested in production management, company management, or general management. This intern will be entrusted with a great deal of responsibilities, which may include: 

  • Managing Production
  • Department material receipts and budgets
  • Liaising with outside rentals
  • Managing Production Department Google Calendar
  • Patron Services and House Management assistance
  • Special events assistance
  • Company Management assistance           

Over the course of the internship, the Arts Administration Intern will have the opportunity to build their skills in various areas of theatre management. Ideal candidates will be ambitious, self-motivated and be able to adapt in an ever-changing environment with complex circumstances and a wide range of personalities. Applicants should demonstrate experience with Excel and/or other financial database software, solid organizational skills, the ability to maintain confidentiality, and a strong sense of humor and maturity. Every member of the management team is vital to keep the office running, so an eager and positive attitude is a must. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license/clean driving record. Work hours can be flexible.

Internship dates are flexible, but preference will be given to candidates available from early-May through mid-September. Shakespeare + Company is an E.O.E. and this position includes a stipend, with the possibility of shared housing for non-local applicants. To apply, please send a cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and references via email to JobSearch@shakespeare.org. Please include the department for which you are applying in the subject header of the email. All interns must be 18 years or older.

Development & Special Events

The Development and Special Events Intern will play an instrumental role in Shakespeare & Company’s Development Office, working with the Director of Donor Relations, Director of Institutional Giving, Director of Business Sponsorships, Institutional Giving Associate, and Individual Giving Associate. The Department is responsible for securing all of the contributed income for the company, as well as producing all of the organization’s special events and donor cultivation opportunities. Responsibilities include:

  • Working with Development staff to organize, implement, and staff donor and fundraising events; Responsibilities include drafting invitations, receiving RSVP’s and responding to donor queries. 
  • Assisting Development staff with mailings, acknowledgements, and database management. 
  • Working with Development staff to create/expand e-mail distribution lists for cultivation. 
  • Assisting Institutional Giving Associate with compiling materials for grant proposals as needed, as well as filing and ticketing for events. 
  • Research and identify new foundation funding sources, including grant and individual donor prospects.

The Development and Special Events Intern’s independent project can be designed around her/his specific goals and interests. For example, if interested in institutional giving, the intern may choose to research a new grant opportunity, and learn to develop and draft a grant proposal for consideration. An intern interested in producing special events may have the opportunity to take a leadership role in producing one of the summer season’s cultivation events.

Shakespeare & Company’s Development Office is a fast-paced environment that requires flexible hours, including some nights and weekends. The successful candidate must be detail-oriented with excellent communication skills, and a good sense of humor. Candidates with strong writing skills and/or database experience are preferred.

Paid Social Media/Digital Marketing Interns (Summer)

The Social Media/Digital Marketing intern works closely with the Director of Marketing and other marketing staff and departments. The Social Media Intern will assist in the managing of the Company’s social media calendar, learn how to create targeted strategies for performances, education and training, as well as gain experience in creating content for digital marketing campaigns.

Projects include:  

  • Create and manage a summer social media calendar for performance and education
  • Create written and graphic content for post for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  •
  • Provide weekly social media/website reports
  • Some box office hours may be required 

The ideal candidate is passionate about theatre and the arts. They are ambitious and a creative thinker, able to multitask projects and meet deadlines. Applicants should have experience with social media networking tools and a desire to expand their skills. They should have strong communication and grammar skills. They also must have proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel), and Google Drive. Experience with Photoshop is a plus.  The position includes a stipend and possible housing. To apply send cover letter and examples of recent work to JobSearch@shakespeare.org.  

Paid Marketing - Photography/Videography Intern

Photography/Videography Interns will have the opportunity to learn professional skills from the Shakespeare & Company Marketing Department as well as professional freelance performing arts photographers and videographers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Observing and assisting the Freelance Photographer/Videographer on production shoots
  • Creating short videos to promote the season, including interviews, show trailers, and behind-the-scene insights.
  • Photographing performances, rehearsals, development events, education sessions, and community events.
  • Assisting in photo editing, and preliminary selection of photography
  • Additional goals and skills as discussed with supervisors

Over the course of the internship, the Photography/Video Intern will have the opportunity to build their skills in various areas of theatre marketing, culminating in the opportunity to plan and execute their own video or photo shoot. Additional internship projects will be based on the individual intern’s areas of interest. 

Ideal candidates will be well organized with excellent attention to detail, self-motivated and be able to adapt in an ever-changing environment with complex circumstances and a wide range of personalities. Applicants must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, and FinalCut. We are looking for a team player who can work independently and demonstrates a positive attitude, sense of humor, and maturity. Every member of the management team is vital to keep the office running, so an eager and positive attitude is a must. Work hours can be flexible but due to our performance and rehearsal schedules, this intern will be required to work some evenings and weekends.

Internship dates are flexible, but preference will be given to candidates available from mid-May through late-August. Shakespeare & Company is an E.O.E. and this position includes a stipend, with the possibility of shared housing for non-local applicants. To apply, please send a cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and references via email to JobSearch@shakespeare.org. Please include the department for which you are applying in the subject header of the email. All interns must be 18 years or older.

Costume Department Interns

We are currently accepting applications for two Summer Internships, start June 15 – August 16, open to one local intern who lives nearby in the Berkshires and one intern who might need housing.  We are also accepting applications for our Year Long Internship, This Internship starts in May, 2020 and ends in April, 2021 – exact start and end dates are flexible.  It is open to all over 19 years of age, and includes housing.   

Costume Department Interns assist in the Costume Shop in a hands-on way with day-to-day needs of the Costume and Wardrobe Department, gaining experience in a full time fast-paced environment. Internships are tailored to the skills and interests of the individual student- you may hey learn about the functions of a Costume Shop, from costume construction & builds, and alterations to wardrobe responsibilities and stock management.

Interns work alongside the professional costume staff with a 40 hour work schedule. Assist in the day to operation of the Costume shop, which can include machine and hand sewing, constructing garments, helping pull costumes from stock, drafting patterns, doing laundry, craft work or helping clean up at the end of the day, or all of the above. Interns are encouraged to pick an independent construction project in their field of interests using a commercial pattern – clothing, crafts, or millinery to complete during their time with us, where they can avail themselves of input and instruction from the professional staff.

Our busy Costume and Wardrobe Department supports all performances and a large Education Program. Summertime brings a good sized staff of 2 drapers, 8-10 costume staff, 2 -3 interns, 4 on wardrobe staff and Designers in and out. Our large shop has a wall of big windows, AC, 4 cutting tables, 2 fitting areas and work stations all around. We are lucky enough to be on the same floor with 42 years of stock in 4 rooms, a wardrobe/break room and our own bathroom. All shows are assembled in the shop and then loaded out to the performance venues. We do all our Costume construction, craft, millinery and mask work in our shop.

Preference will be given to those with strong sewing skills and theatre experience. We look for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a career in technical theater and costumes. Familiarity with various machines and sewing techniques is helpful. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to develop & maintain an effective work ethic in a team atmosphere. Costume interns must be 19 years old. All Costume Interns receive a modest weekly stipend. Like all interns here, Costume Interns also take part in bi-weekly classes and seminars exposing them to all aspects of professional theatre.  Interns can arrange for college credit through their school and will receive a final review with letter of recommendation from their department head at the end of their contract. 

Shakespeare & Company is an E.O.E. and this position includes a stipend, with the possibility of shared housing for non-local applicants. To apply, please send a cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and e-mail contact for 3 references via email to JobSearch@shakespeare.org. Please include the department for which you are applying in the subject header of the email. All interns must be 18 years or older.

About Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company is a 40-year-old organization with a year-round administrative staff of 28 on a 33-acre campus in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Shakespeare & Company’s summer performance season includes 8 to 10 productions on three indoor stages and two outdoor spaces, arts-in-education programs for 7-20 year-olds, and actor training and teacher training programs; its fall / winter / spring programming includes 10 fully-produced high school Shakespeare productions, a professional regional repertory tour, arts-in-education programs for elementary, middle and high schoolers, three play-reading weekends, and actor training programs.

Each year the development department is responsible for soliciting nearly $2M dollars, sponsoring an annual Gala and other donor events; the marketing department maintains records for tens of thousands of patrons, local and from around the country, and also creates images and materials for publication and posting on line; the education and training departments work with students and actors year-round in schools and on the Shakespeare & Company campus; the production department has a 60’x100’ state-of-the-art shop space, and costumes has a generous sized, naturally lit environment for construction as well – all with years of inventory available on site to support projects at hand.

Internships at Shakespeare & Company

The Shakespeare & Company Internship Program is designed to train the next generation of theatre professionals to become successful and well-rounded members of the theatre community. Interns receive one-on-one mentoring from within their department and experience with professional artists and staff. Throughout the internship, in a lecture series designed exclusively for interns, staff members from across the company illuminate the inner workings of a large arts organization. Interns also have the opportunity to complete an independent capstone project within their department and will receive career guidance with performance evaluations and resume/portfolio review.

 Internships are available year-round, typically 15- or 16-week duration, but if one of the tracks below is not perfect for an applicant, programs of custom duration or areas of interest can be developed as well. 

 

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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