Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2018 Internships

The Fall/Winter 2017 Internship Program is now open for the positions below:

  • Graphic Design: SCS is looking for a highly creative and motivated individual who can work on a team level to add input and assist in designing creative campaigns and a wide variety of collateral materials for SCS appeals and programs. Candidates will gain knowledge in creative marketing, advertising, and technological platforms. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with a professional staff in an enthusiastic, community-based non-profit organization.
    • Qualifications:
      Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
      Knowledge of flickr and social media platforms
      Having a computer and access to graphic design and layout software is required
      Proficient command of English grammar and spelling
    • Skills:
      Strong communication and organizational skills
      Ability to work with various departments to finish necessary projects
      Able to think creatively to solve problems
  • Administrative: 1 enthusiastic arts administrative intern will be accepted for Fall/Winter 2017. The admin intern will have hands on experience with the ins and outs of running a theatre company. The admin intern will help in Marketing, Development, Education, and general theatre administrative tasks.

Summer Internship Program:
Applications open Nov. 6, 2017 & close Feb. 23, 2018

  • Acting: 6 – 8 acting interns are accepted each season. Our program provides acting interns the experience to work closely with professional artists and artisans to allow networking possibilities and to strengthen their craft with opportunities to perform in a repertory company. Acting interns are auditioned then cast in mainstage productions. Interns also rehearse and perform in the annual Fringe Show, a production dedicated to intern performance and design. Acting interns also participate in Master Classes taught by the season’s acting professionals on topics ranging from clowning to scene work, the business of acting to Shakespeare’s verse. PLEASE NOTE for the 2018 Season our last performance is on September 7, 2018 for our extended matinee week. If attending a college starting in early September, you are allowed to leave no earlier than September 3, 2018 and you will be cast in only one mainstage production versus two. 
  • Stage Management: 3 – 4 interns will be accepted to work on the Mainstage and Fringe Show productions. Stage Management interns work directly with our Professional AEA Stage Managers and non-Equity ASMs. Each intern works on one specified production. Their duties will include, but are not limited to:
    • Setting up rehearsal spaces and maintaining the rehearsal environment
    • Assisting with normal stage management duties
    • Taking line notes, and being on book for rehearsals
    • Assisting during understudy rehearsals
    • Assisting with floor management during the run of the show
    • Assisting Stage Management with paperwork – prop lists, contact sheets, calendars, etc
    • Serving as a member of the run crew (if needed)
    • Assist on any special projects on an as-needed basis
  • Production: Based on designer and shop needs, SCS accepts costume design, costume shop, wardrobe, lighting, prop, and production management interns. As a production intern you will work directly under the Costume Shop Manager, Master Electrician, Props Master, or Production Manager based on your interest.
    • Costume Design: 2-3 interns are selected to support season costume designers on one summer production each. Responsibilities vary with each designer and can include the following: assist in finalization of the costume designs for season, including rendering/sourcing/researching; pull rehearsal costumes; shop for costumes, fabric, notions, etc. online or in reality; attend production meetings; organize costume plot, ditty bags, inventory sheets; attend run-throughs and dress rehearsals to support costume designer. Potential for designing the costumes for the intern Fringe Show.
    • Costume Shop: Preparation and execution of costumes for the summer productions. Skills in sewing, stitching, and construction preferred.
    • Wardrobe: Assists in preparation of wardrobe facilities and tracks for summer season. Maintains costumes by cleaning, steaming, and ironing. Fitting costumes onto actors and assists in dressing actors before and during performances.
    • Lighting: Participates in load-in and focus for season productions. Shadows Master Electrician and lighting designer during technical rehearsals. Potential for paid position running the light board or spot light during performances. Potential for designing the intern Fringe Show.
    • Sound: Participates in load-in. Shadows the Sound Engineers and Sound Designer. Potential for paid position running the sound board. Potential for sound designing the intern Fringe Show.
    • Props: Participates in the build of properties for each show. Assists in maintaining the prop shop and storage. Skills in carpentry, paint, and sewing. Potential to help design props for the intern Fringe Show.
    • Production Management: Assists with production planning, technical rehearsal support, attending production meetings, budget tracking, completing research projects, and other management tasks. Skills in administration, technical theater, organization, and communication.
  • Directing and Dramaturgy: Based on production needs, directing and dramaturgy interns will be accepted to support professional directors and dramaturgs working on the productions. Directing internships are largely observation-based, but responsibilities vary depending on the director and production needs. Dramaturgs will be assigned projects and research based on the scope of work outlined by the dramaturgy staff.
  • Administrative: 1 enthusiastic arts administrative intern will be accepted for the season. The admin intern will have hands on experience with the ins and outs of running a theatre company. The admin intern will help in Marketing, Development, Education, and general theatre administrative tasks.

Key Summer Dates:

  • Shops Begin Work: June 2018
  • Rehearsals Begin: June 2018
  • Shops Close: Mid-August 2018
  • Fringe Show Opens: August 22, 2018
  • Season Closes: September 7, 2018
    • Flexible internship start and end dates

We will be notifying applicants by April 2018 if you are selected for an internship for the 2018 Summer Season.

Application Information

All applicants must apply via the online application which includes contact information, the upload of a 500 word or less personal statement, and resume. All applicants also must provide the names and contact information for three references, along with a brief description of their relationship with the referrer.

The personal statement should be 500 words or less and may include the following: your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them, your experience and/or education in theatre, and the qualities you possess that recommend you as a candidate for an internship. Your personal statement should reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your resume or references.

Additional Materials

Costume Design Internship Applicants should submit an electronic portfolio of work either with the online application, by providing a website address, or by emailing a file.

Acting Internship Applicants will need to audition. Auditions consist of 2 contrasting monologues, at least one of which should be from Shakespeare’s canon. Monologues should be under 2 minutes each, and under 4 minutes together. Applicants who sing or play instruments should also include a snippet of a song or playing of instrument of no more than 30 seconds. The audition can be handled in one of two ways: in person on the West Coast, or via video submission. Information about auditioning in person visit our audition’s page here. To submit a video audition, please email your video to intern@santacruzshakespeare.org.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Alexandra Schroeder, Intern Coordinator.

2018 Internship Application

  • Please select the internship category you are applying for.
  • References

    All applicants must provide the name, email, and phone number for three references, along with a brief description of their relationship with the referrer.
  • Personal Statement and Resume

    This statement should be 500 words or less and may include the following: your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them, your experience and/or education in theatre, and the qualities you possess that recommend you as a candidate for an internship. Your personal statement should reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your resume or references. Please also upload a current resume (required of all applicants).
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf.
  • required for all applicants
  • Additional Materials

    Design Internship Applicants must submit an electronic portfolio of work, either submitting a website address below, uploading a portfolio (file size no larger than 5MB total), or emailing your portfolio to intern@santacruzshakespeare.org. Acting Interns must audition. Refer to the guidelines stated on the internship information page on our website.
  • (optional)
  • Drop files here or