Production Internships

Become an artistic intern at the Great River Shakespeare Festival!

As a production intern at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, you will have the opportunity to:

  • gain experience in your chosen area of production
  • learn and make connections with theatre professionals from all across the United States
  • build your resume and portfolio
  • apply to work in a wide variety of design/technical positions for the Apprentice/Intern project, which is usually a play by Shakespeare

The scenic intern works in the scene shop with the scenic designer, technical director, and master carpenter helping with the building of the sets for the three shows of the GRSF season. Likely tasks include welding, carpentry, and possible work with pneumatics. Scenic interns are also members of the deck crew for the three mainstage productions.

In addition to working in the scene shop, the buyer intern will also be responsible for picking up purchased merchandise from stores and supplies in Winona and the surrounding areas.

Costume interns assist the shop manager, design teams, and stitching/draping technicians in all elements of costume construction during the build period of the season, and serve as the wardrobe crew for the mainstage productions. Likely tasks include stitching (by hand and by machine), grommeting, distressing, and costume crafts.

The electrics intern assists the Master Electrician as well as the lighting designer in preparatory work at the beginning of the season, as well as working in the scene shop when necessary. The electrics intern also serves as a board operator and/or spotlight operator during the run of the mainstage shows.

The sound intern begins the season working in the scene shop, then shifts to assisting the sound designer when he or she arrives in Winona. This position runs the sound board for the mainstage productions. Other likely duties include trouble-shooting sound problems during technical rehearsals, assisting with set-up of the sound system, and running sound for small external events.

The properties intern assists the properties director and artisan in the procurement and building of properties for all mainstage productions. Likely projects include building with hand tools, online shopping for products, sewing, painting, and woodworking.

Stage Management
Stage management interns work closely with Equity stage managers, serving as the assistant stage manager for one of the mainstage productions. Duties include pre-rehearsal preparatory work, tracking props and costume pieces, creating running paperwork, and being responsible for the backstage running of the shows.

Production interns may be called upon to perform a variety of technical tasks such as run crew, followspot operation, and lending an extra hand in shops outside of one’s primary emphasis.

Ready to apply? To fill out an on-line application for an internship, please click here for the application form (this will open a new tab or window).

For more information about our Apprentice Actor Training Program, click here.

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