Scenic Interns assist with the construction, load-in, and change-over for all scenery. Our interns work alongside professional carpenters, under the direction of a Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director, to create innovative and unique scenic elements. In addition to developing technical skills in carpentry, welding, and rigging, Scenic Interns have the first-hand opportunity to see how a professional design becomes fully realized in a short amount of time. Past interns have gone on to work professionally at well-known companies such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Glimmerglass Festival.
Candidates for Scenic Internships should have a basic familiarity with all standard hand and power tools, a working knowledge of reading drawings, and a drive to learn in a fast-paced hands-on setting. Previous experience in welding and rigging is always preferred, but not a requirement. Though the primary focus of this internship is construction-based, there are occasional opportunities in paints dependent upon the needs of the season.
Testimonials from former Scenic Interns:
“I worked for GRSF as a Scenic Intern during Season 11 in 2014. I would highly encourage anyone looking to work professionally in theatre to apply for this company. Whether you are just starting to get your feet wet, about to finish college, pursuing further education, or maybe still figuring it out, GRSF would be the perfect fit for you.
While working as an intern for the company, you will be treated and valued as an equal among the various theatre professionals sharing their time with you in Winona for the summer. Your coworkers, supervisors, fellow designers, and company members will value you regardless of your experience. They will encourage you to push yourself to try new things, step outside of your comfort zone, and be successful while doing it.
GRSF offers workshops in welding, resume building, as well as casting and molding, and much more. You will also get a chance to design and work on the Intern Apprentice Project near the end of the season with whichever area you choose. I served as a TD/ Paint Charge on Troilus and Cressida.
If there’s one thing that I take away from my experience at GRSF, it would be this; this is one of the most unique theatre companies out there, combining the small town charm of Winona with the professional theatre influence of the entire country. The collaborative environment makes anyone working here feel welcome as if they have been there for years. I was able become not only a better carpenter, but also a better person because of the incredible influence of Winona.
Welcome, and Good luck!”
Robert “Robby Bobby” Boinski is currently working as a Scenic Carpenter and Event Technician for a major production company. Since his time at GRSF he has also worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for 2 seasons as a Master Carpenter.
“GRSF provides an excellent introduction into the world of high end theater. GRSF is a springboard into opportunities and professional connections all around the country. I still keep in contact with many of the coworkers and friends I made those 2 summers.”
Libby Stone is about to start at the Yale Repertory Theater as one of their Master Carpenters. Since her time at GRSF, she has worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival as a Master Carpenter, as well as at other seasonal theaters such as Glimmerglass Festival.