Internships

The Public Theater’s internship program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience in one of the country’s premiere not-for-profit theaters. Internships are offered in a variety of departments, from the creative to the administrative, and interns are encouraged to explore beyond their department to learn more about how the theater functions as a whole. 

The internship program aims to provide individuals with valuable mentorship and expert training, bridging the gap between academic education and practice. Interns play an integral part in the inner workings of the Public. Supporting the Public in its daily activities, interns will gain insight, knowledge, and hands-on experience in all aspects of the theater. 

We offer tickets to all Public Theater main stage productions, and weekly seminars with Public Theater staff. A stipend is available for all internships unless otherwise specified. 

Ideal intern candidates should be enthusiastic, dedicated workers with an interest in pursuing a career in theater. We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, independent, and able to multi-task. Office experience is a plus as many of the positions require light clerical work. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the appropriate contacts listed below under the description for the desired department. In the subject line, please use the following format: “Intern Application for [season applying for- ex: Fall 2016]”

You may apply for multiple internships, but please tailor your cover letters to fit each position. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

 

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Company Management Internship

The Company Management department is seeking an intern for the Fall of 2016. Company Management oversees Artist contracting and care for all productions at The Public Theater and Shakespeare in The Park.

The Company Management intern will be responsible for assisting the Company Managers and Assistant Company Manager in day to day tasks including filling house seats, preparing new hire packets, assisting with meet and greets, filing and tracking contracts, running departmental errands and general office duties.  Candidates should have an interest in company or general management,  be organized and enthusiastic, experience with Microsoft Excel, Mail Merge and Tessitura is helpful (but not required).

Hours: Full-time, Monday-Friday, with some evenings and weekends. Only candidates available for a full time internship will be considered.

Please send resumes to Rebecca Sherman at rsherman@publictheater.org

Special Artistic Projects Internship

The Special Artistic Projects Department is looking for two Spring 2017 interns to support the Director of Special Artistic Projects and the SAP team. The Special Artistic Projects Department oversees The Mobile Unit (which tours performances to prisons, shelters, and other unserved communities) and Public Forum (audience engagement activities and one-night-only events). Both interns will have the opportunity to work on both programs, but candidates are encouraged to express a particular interest in Mobile or Forum.

These internship positions are largely to provide administrative and logistical support but will also see opportunities for research, idea generation, and hands-on producorial training. Ideal candidates are capable of handling a high volume of work and have a diverse set of interests both within and outside the theater world.

Time Commitment: January 3 -- May/June 2017 (end date negotiable). Monday through Friday 10-6.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to mobileshakes@publictheater.org.

Stage Management Internships

The Public Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festival, the nation’s foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, is seeking full-time stage management interns all year-round for our Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons!

Interns will gain valuable firsthand experience by observing and assisting in the mounting of one Public Theater production. The level of responsibility entrusted to Public Theater interns requires that they be mature, self-reliant, good communicators, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment. Flexibility, a sense of humor and interest in a career in stage management are a must. We are dedicated to making each internship an educational experience in a highly professional environment.

Stage management interns support stage management staff during pre-production and all rehearsals, previews, and performances. Long hours including evenings and weekends are required.

We offer a stipend of $25/day and interns are responsible for their own housing. 

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to:stagemanagementjobs@publictheater.org. In the subject line, please include “Stage Management Internship” and any specific shows you are interested in and available for. Please visit www.publictheater.org for information about upcoming shows.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.

Summer Production Internships

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival is seeking full-time summer production interns with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Internships are available in Scenery, Audio, Lighting, Props, Costumes, Production Management, and General Production. The level of responsibility entrusted to Public Theater interns requires that they be mature, self-reliant, good communicators, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment.

 

The summer season provides interns with valuable firsthand experience assisting and observing top professionals in mounting the 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park at one of the nation’s premiere not-for-profit theaters at our Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The internship can involve long hours outdoors so flexibility and a sense of humor are a must.

 

For more details on each type of internship, please see below.

 

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Internship start and end dates can be flexible depending on the department, starting as early as the beginning of April and ending as late as the middle of September. Interns must be available for the majority of the Shakespeare in the Park programming. When possible, consideration for school schedules, international travel needs, availability and any other variable will be taken into account. Late nights, early mornings and weekends should be anticipated. We offer a stipend of $25/day. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and housing.

 

For all internships, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to: prodinterns@publictheater.org. In the subject line, please include “Summer Production Intern” and the internship type you are applying for (Scenery, Audio, Lighting, Props, Costumes, Production Management or General Production). Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.

 

Submissions will be accepted Wednesday, November 22nd through Monday, February 12th.

 

Audio

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival’s Audio Department is seeking full-time summer interns. Interns will gain valuable firsthand experience by observing and assisting in the load-in, maintenance, and changeover of the audio system for the 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park. Each candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside the staff of the Public Theater’s Audio Department as well as some of the industry’s foremost theatrical sound designers. The summer season involves long hours mounting immense outdoor productions. Interns will spend time learning about audio gear and theory, while running cable, hanging speakers, loading in bands with microphones & related gear, installing com & video gear, as well as all other aspects of audio. Flexibility and a sense of humor are a must. Applicants must be willing to work in a fun and fast paced environment. Full-time positions available from April through September. Late nights, early mornings and weekends should be anticipated.

 

Costumes

Costume internships at the Public Theater provide opportunities to work in all areas of the Costume Department. Interns will have a chance to work with Costume Designers and their design teams, the wardrobe crew, and the costume shop, and will also perform administrative duties.

Interns will develop skills in costume research, swatching, shopping/returns, crafting/dyeing, costume construction, and managing a production and financial budget. Ideal interns are those who have experience in and who are passionate about costume design, wardrobe, or costume construction. Internships are available from April to September.

 

General Production

General Production interns work with Production Management to support all production departments and to develop and maintain resources at the Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Interns will gain hands-on experience in mounting large scale productions outdoors. We welcome applicants with experiences in all fields of theater; whether technicians, stage managers, or performers looking to develop their technical skills. Positions available from early April through September.

 

Lighting

Lighting interns work with the Lighting Department to support all lighting aspects of productions at the Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Interns will gain hands-on experience loading in and focusing large scale productions outdoors. They will work together with the Public Theater lighting staff to install and maintain moving, practical, and conventional lighting fixtures, as well as atmospherics. We welcome applicants of various levels of experience interested in developing their technical skills. Positions available from early April through early September.

 

Props

A summer internship with the Props department offers a well-rounded exploration of all that it takes to prop a show from research, paperwork and production meetings, to construction, installation, and tech. The ideal candidate is curious, hardworking, and has a fundamental skill set and knowledge base that can be built upon. Applicants should have experience or interest in carpentry, upholstery, soft goods (sewing), shopping, paper props, and paint. Internships are available May through September.

 

Production Management

The Production Management Intern will assist the production management team in supporting productions and readings/developments at our Astor Place location as well as outdoors at the Delacorte Theater. Applicants should expect to do a combination of office tasks and hands-on experience mounting large-scale productions, working at times with the General Production Interns. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented with strong verbal and written communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is a plus. Positions available from early April through September.

 

Scenic Artistry

Scenic Artist Interns are involved in creating the scenic elements for the summer season of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in scenic artistry and will be working with professional scenic artists, guided by the Charge Artist and the Scenery Office Staff. Interns will gain knowledge in scenic tools, textures, carving, faux finishes, and the unique experience of painting for the outdoors. One year of college experience or previous scenic artist work experience is preferred. Applicants should have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and be willing to work in a fun and fast paced environment. Positions available from March through September.

 

Scenic Carpentry

Scenic Carpenter Interns are involved in the construction and load in of all scenic elements for the Summer Season of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. These individuals work with the Scenery Department and will get hands-on experience in all aspects of scenic construction including carpentry, welding, and rigging. Applicants must be comfortable working with power tools, lifting up to 50 lbs., and working outdoors. Applicants should have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and be willing to work in a fun and fast paced environment. Positions available from March through September.