SCS Internship Program 2015


Santa Cruz Shakespeare offers internships in three areas: Artistic, Administration, and Production.

As an intern, you will work directly with top theatre professionals, gain exposure to the latest skills and techniques in your field, add professional theatre experience to your résumé, as well as participating in summer-long "networking" to market yourself and your new experience.


March 1, 2015: Deadline for internship application
June 1, 2015 - Orientation / Shops Begin Work

June 8, 2015 - First Day of Rehearsal, Much Ado About Nothing
June 18, 2015 - First Day of Rehearsal, Macbeth and The Liar
August 30, 2015 - End of Season / Final Performances


The Acting Internship is comprised of performance as an ensemble member of one or more SCS summer season plays, an understudy assignment, performance in the Fringe Show, and a series of Master Classes taught by SCS Company members. The Fringe Show is a full-length play featuring all of the acting interns, with technical design and stage management by production interns. The Fringe Show is an integral part of SCS's season and performs on two nights on the outdoor Festival Glen stage.

Once accepted, all acting interns will receive an equal opportunity to audition for ensemble and understudy roles during the first week of rehearsals. Acting interns will each receive a $250 stipend.

The Directing and Dramaturgy Internships consist of an apprenticeship to one of the season directors or dramaturgs, as well as hands-on experience with the Company. Interns may also apply to work on the Fringe Show in August and may also participate in applicable Master Classes. Many Directing and Dramaturgy interns depart once their production is open.

Administration Internships

The Administration Internship consists of observing and assisting with the daily workings of a professional repertory theater company. The Administration Intern attends staff meetings, may observe rehearsals, and assists with marketing and development events and initiatives, as well as assisting staff members with various projects throughout the season.

Administration Interns come from a wide variety of backgrounds including Arts Management, Stage Management, Directing, Dramaturgy, and Design. In some cases, an Administration internship may be combined with an Artistic or Production Internship. Administration Interns may participate in Master Classes taught by SCS Company Members.

Production Internships 

This program is for those primarily interested in stage management, technical production, and design.

The Stage Management Internship is comprised of an assignment as a production assistant to an Equity stage manager. Interns are full members of the stage management teams. There is no class component. Stage Management Interns may also participate in applicable Master Classes. One intern will serve as ASM for the Fringe Show. Former Stage Management interns often return as Stage Managers for the Fringe Show or ASMs for other SCS shows.

Technical Internships consist of an assignment as a production or design assistant in the following areas:

  • Costume
  • Properties
  • Electrics (Lighting and/or Sound)

There is no class component. Most designers are not in residence for the duration of the build; depending on your interest, it is possible to work out an abbreviated schedule. Technical interns serve as designers or crew on the Fringe Show. Production interns are free to depart once the production that they are working on has opened.

Internship Application Guidelines

All applicants, please submit 1, 2, and 3 below.

Please submit the following typed information:

  1. Your résumé of experience and education. Actors, please also submit a headshot.
  2. A cover letter with a personal statement about your goals in theater, and why you are particularly interested in an SCS Internship.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. It is acceptable to have these emailed directly to
  4. Actors will need to audition in person or by DVD/online video link if it is not possible to attend one of the in-person auditions. Two 90-second monologues are required: at one of them should be from Shakespeare.
  5. Directing/dramaturgy applicants will have an interview with the artistic director, either in person or via phone.
  6. Administrative applicants will have an interview with the managing director, either in person or via phone.
  7. Production interns applications will be reviewed by the appropriate departments and/or designers.
  8. SUBMIT ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:  If you wish to send hard copies, you may mail them to: 
    Santa Cruz Shakespeare - Internships
    500 Chestnut St, Ste 250
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Applications should be submitted no later than March 1, 2015 and will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide housing for our interns, however, SCS's Company Manager and Intern Coordinator work together to provide leads for appropriate local housing.