Connect. Learn. Engage.

At the Great River Shakespeare Festival, interns learn from nationally known, professional theater artists. The people you work with every day can be the beginning of your professional network and important connections to graduate programs and further training.

Available Internships

All internships for the 2021 Season have been filled.

Scenic Interns

Assist with the construction, load-in, and change-over for all scenery, work alongside professional carpenters and welders to creat innovative and unique scenic elements.

Lighting Interns

Work alongside a professional master electrician and a professional designer, develop technical skills, and assist with hang, focus, and change-over for all lighting.

Props Interns

Work with a professional props director and a props artisan to create props for the professional company productions. Learn and use wide range of skills from sewing, welding and carpentry.

Costume Interns

Work directly with professional costume designers, drapers, stitchers and a craft artisan to assist in all areas of costume construction and work on the wardrobe crew.

Sound Interns

The sound intern works closely with the professional sound designer to install the sound system for the production season. The intern becomes the playback operator for the season.

Video Interns

Assist on all aspects of video production at GRSF which extend far beyond the archival and documentary recording done at all theaters. Work under the guidance of experienced professionals,

Social Media & Marketing Interns

Assist with content creation, sales campaigns, and materials distribution throughout the GRSF season.

Stage Management Interns

Stage management interns work as assistant stage managers alongside professional Equity and non-Equity stage managers on the professional company productions.

Directing Interns

Assist in the rehearsal hall as needed by the director for each production. Develop and present Pre-show Conversations to audience members to provide in-depth information about each play.

Artistic Leadership Interns

Assist the Managing & Artistic directors throughout the season. They may also work in the rehearsal hall as needed on productions, event management, and grant research.

Dramaturgy & Text Coach Interns

Work alongside professional text coaches, directors and actors, and dig deep into the rich text of our Shakespearean producations.

Education & Community Engagement Interns

The education intern will be a member of the programmatic design team comprised of equity and non-equity actors and arts educators.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an intern do?

Interns support the festival through their hands-on work in various roles, including carpenters, stitchers, electricians, videographers, assistant stage managers, etc. This includes work in the shops as well as supporting the productions as run and changeover crews in performance. Interns also have the opportunity to design and build the Apprentice/Intern Production.

Through this experience working alongside professionals in each area, our interns gain valuable skills and insight into the professional world.

What is the time committment?

Interns are expected to start on May 8th or 9th (dependent upon area). Most contracts finish two days after the completion of strike; please contact us if you have specific questions. If conflicts during the summer arise, we are usually able to accommodate for short absences; if conflicts are known about in advance, please do bring it up in your application or in an interview, as we will often be able to accommodate in advance.

Internships are a full time commitment with regular days off during the employment period.

What is the pay?

Interns receive a $175/week allowance for expenses. Housing is provided – each intern will have a single bedroom in a 4-person suite, in which they share a living room/kitchen (between 4 people) and a bathroom (between 2 people). Internet and cable are provided – you must provide your own computer/TV/cables/etc. All other standard items such as linens, pots and pans, dishes, etc., are also provided. Travel is arranged and paid for by the intern.

Some internships do NOT receive an allowance/stipend. Those internships are: directing, dramaturgy, and one of the video internships.

What qualifications do I need?

Generally interns are expected to have a basic level of skill/knowledge in their area prior to starting at GRSF. This might include, for example, a basic knowledge of materials and an ability to use standard tools (table saw, miter saw) for Scenic Interns, or a basic ability to sew both by hand and with machine for Costume Interns.

In general, interns will be working at a college or graduate level in their area and have the intention of becoming a professional theater artist.

Are there other learning opportunities available?

Interns also have the opportunity at various times throughout the summer to participate in workshops led by professionals within the company. Workshop topics are determined at the beginning of the season, dependent upon the interests of the interns. Past workshops have included Resume Evaluations, Portfolio Reviews, Molding and Casting, Rigging, Welding, and Paint Techniques. Workshops are open to all interns, regardless of department.

In addition, interns work as designers and/or lead construction crew in all technical areas for the Intern/Apprentice Production. This production runs alongside the professional company productions for the last week and a half of the season.

What is a typical day like?

For production interns, the summer is generally comprised of 3 parts: build period (5 weeks), tech (3 weeks), and the rep period (all of July) followed by strike.

Production interns begin work in early May for a five-week build period. During this time the scenic/lighting/sound/props shop works 6 days per week, 8 hours per day (with standard breaks and lunch hour); hours may adjust slightly depending on needs, but will not extend past the set number per week.

Mid-June we enter a three-week period of technical rehearsals, during which a typical day may be 10-14 hours, six days per week. 

During the rep period (all of July) that the interns are also spending their free-time working on the Intern/Apprentice Production (optional), which opens the 3rd week of July. The season concludes with three days of strike during the first week of August.