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Jan. 17th, 2010 @ 10:09 pm Shakespeare Theatre Company Stage Management Interns for 10/11
Never to early to start looking for interns for next season. Although all applications need to go through the education department, please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions: mshiner@shakespearetheatre.org

Season is TBA right now.

Stage Management
Stage management interns work closely with Equity and non-Equity stage managers, assisting in all aspects of stage management, from pre-production preparation into rehearsal and through the run of the show as part of the running crew. Interns may have the opportunity to stage manage special events and are eligible to receive EMC points.

SM interns also stage manage our Rediscovery series, a stage reading with AEA Company Members.


Housing + Stipend Available

Internships start roughly July 5, 2010 and continue thru June or July, 2011

Contact Us:
516 8th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Education Hotline: 202.547.5688

Link for more information: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/education/training/internships/apply.aspx



ALL OTHER INTERNSHIPS AND NON-ACTING FELLOWSHIPS

* Candidates should submit: a current resume, three references and a cover letter that indicates the specific internship they are applying for, dates of availability and responses to the following questions:
o Why are you interested in an internship at this time? Why have you chosen the Shakespeare Theatre Company?
o What qualities, skills and interests make you the best candidate for this internship?
o What are your career goals? How does an internship at the Shakespeare Theatre Company help you to achieve them?

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED:

* Intern/fellow candidates for Theatre Management, Artistic, Development, Education, Directing and PR/Marketing should include a 3-5 page writing sample or excerpt. Writing samples can be academic in nature, formal critiques, essays, press releases, grant evaluations/proposals, original lesson plans/curriculum or director’s notes. Candidates should avoid submitting creative writing samples such as script excerpts or poetry.
* Intern candidates for Production Management, Sound, Electrics, Stage Properties, Stage Management, Technical Direction and Graphic Design should include portfolio samples (in place of a writing sample). These samples can include attachments to photos/files or links to online portfolios. Candidates should avoid submitting originals or large, hard-copy portfolio items.
* Apprenticeship candidates should make sure to indicate that the application is being submitted for consideration for an Apprenticeship and indicate the specific department (as there is no general apprenticeship). Additionally, apprenticeship candidates should note the span of time s/he is available for.
* Summer internship candidates should make sure to indicate that the application is being submitted for consideration for a Summer Education Internship.

Send completed application via email to: STCinterns@shakespearetheatre.org

Or via postal service to 2010-2011 Internships and Fellowships
Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 Eighth Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Or via fax to: 202.547.0226

Due to the high volume of applications, please do not call or email as the education department will not be able to return phone calls and emails in a timely manner. All candidates will receive email verification of receipt (please allow 1-2 weeks for processing).
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From:creativecstasy
Date:January 18th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
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Can you give a ballpark number for the stipends?
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From:creativecstasy
Date:January 18th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
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Nevermind, I found it on the website. I'd love to do something like this program, but I have a lot of student loans to repay. That simply is not going to happen on a meager $150/wk stipend.
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From:matthewshiner
Date:January 18th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)

Keep an eye out for PA positions

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that pay 10.50 an hour, but no housing.....
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From:creativecstasy
Date:January 18th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)

Re: Keep an eye out for PA positions

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I've already had internships with two large equity companies in the Bay Area (CA), and am praying to every deity I can for a "real" job upon graduation. So far, it's a tough road. Companies who have money aren't hiring, and companies who are hiring don't have the money to pay a full time salary.

I know you're on the east coast, but do you have any suggestions for a west coast gal wanting to do this professionally? I graduate college in 8 weeks, which also is a poor time to find a theatre gig. eep!
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From:matthewshiner
Date:January 18th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Keep an eye out for PA positions

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Well, I would have a lot of questions for you . . .

1) Where do you want to live? The west coast, although your home, can be a bit more expensive then other locations (especially the bay area), and not as many living wage theatres.

2) I would suggest putting together a realistic budget of what you need to survive, and then figure out at what level and what salary you need to support yourself - since are you graduating with some debt. That might help you cross out a lot of jobs. Figure out how to cut your expenses down - roommates? live with family? Pay off credit cards?

3) Look at the Wayne State Program - it's a MFA that pays you - might be an interesting first step - I only recently learned about the program as I applied to be the head of the program.

4) Realize that Stage Managing in your 20's / early career is going to be the hardest your career is going to be - it's when you have the least experience, competing with the largest amount SM's for the same jobs, and will be paid the least. Look for jobs where you can gain experience, make some money, but give you the flexibility of a day job. Since when someone hires a stage manager, yes, they are looking for the skill set, the right personality, how they work with the rest of the team - it basically comes down to the employer renting your experience - right now, your experience is limited in length just given you are just graduating from college.

5) Yes, perhaps a poor time to graduate - give the economic climate - a lot of theatres are doing away with entry level positions - but on the flip side, a lot of theaters are doing away with mid-level positions, and relying more on entry level positions. Send your resume to every theatre you can possibly think of in geographical areas you can possible see yourself living.

6) My personal advice has always been if you are going to make theatre your profession, then do nothing BUT theatre. Stage Management may not be your only strength - get a job in the box office, house management, over hire calls, crew - ANYTHING THAT PAYS. If you make the decision that you will only work in theatre, and have to do anything to make a living, you will work harder at it - it's too easy just to get a day job and let theatre slide away. (Trust me, there are 1,000's of other ways easier and more rewarding to make a living then stage managing). Then, at some point, put your foot down and say, okay if stage management is going to be my career, then I am ONLY going to stage manage - than you hustle to pay your bills just stage managing - it's amazing when you have to do it, how you start looking for opportunities in the oddest places.

The truth of the matter is that everyone who graduates and wants to be a stage manager will not have a paid job waiting for them. I know nothing about your experience, ability, personality, etc . . . no one has a right to be stage manager - you have to work at this career and work hard - just to get the job, and then you have to work harder to keep the job, to grow, learn and then get the next job.

Happy job hunting! And here's to the beginning of your adventure.
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From:matthewshiner
Date:January 18th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Keep an eye out for PA positions

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Hey - I just looked at your user info.

UCSC, I almost went there . . . a long time ago. Worked at Western Stage for three seasons (Along with SRT, my wife, at the time, worked a couple of years at PCPA - myself at the Great American Melodrama.)

Small world.
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From:matthewshiner
Date:January 18th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)

Also

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You maybe able to defer student loans when doing an internship - might want to check in with your lender.
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