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Lighting Internship

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is no longer accepting Lighting Intern applications for Fall 2017.  Applications for Winter-Spring 2018 internships will be accepted beginning September 1.

As an intern in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Production department, you will be joining a world-class group of artisans, craftspeople, carpenters, and technicians. Together, the Production Management, Stage Management, Scenic, Props, Costumes, Lighting, Sound and Wigs departments execute the visions of the many directors and designers who come through Chicago Shakespeare’s doors. With the opening of The Yard in 2017, the Production department looks forward to further innovation in our new flexible performance space.

Chicago Shakespeare’s Lighting Internship offers professional experience for qualified college students who are pursuing careers in theatrical lighting.  Interns are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility and have the opportunity to play an integral role in the Theater’s Lighting Department over the course of load-in, hang, focus and tech. In addition, Chicago Shakespeare Interns receive a small travel stipend and complimentary tickets to Chicago Shakespeare performances. Other benefits include the opportunity to build professional relationships, receive one-on-one mentoring from the Lighting Supervisor and work with renowned Lighting Designers, build experience with professional equipment, participate in an intern seminar series that illuminates the workings of a large arts organization and receive a resume and portfolio review with Chicago Shakespeare Staff. 

While Chicago Shakespeare Theater insists on a minimum time commitment of 10 weeks between January and June 2018, the program is also flexible enough to meet the scheduling needs of the intern. Chicago Shakespeare Theater is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of artists, staff and students. People of color and individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Minimum one year undergraduate education with successful completion of coursework in one or more of the following: Technical Drawing, Lighting Design, Lighting Technology
  • Basic understanding of electricity and wiring
  • Working knowledge of modern lighting equipment
  • Basic design skills and experience with one or more types of lighting software
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work within tight deadlines
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
  • Self-starter, willing to take on specific projects or tasks and see them through to completion

Internship Responsibilities

  • Assist Lighting Supervisor in equipment inventory, repair, and maintenance of lighting and special effects equipment for the Courtyard Theater, Upstairs Theater, Rehearsal Hall, and off-site venues
  • Work alongside local theater electricians on hang and focus calls
  • Work with other technical departments on special lighting projects, including wiring props and scenery
  • Help create and maintain show paperwork throughout load-in, tech, and previews
  • Work closely with local and visiting theater professionals

Application Process

To be considered for a Lighting Internship with Chicago Shakespeare, please prepare the following to upload through our portal below:

  • A cover letter stating: 1) your specific interest/s in this particular internship, 2) your available start and end dates, 3) hourly time commitment each week, 4) how you hope this internship will support your future goals
  • A current CV or resume describing relevant experience
  • Two letters of academic and/or professional reference (Please note that if your references would like to submit their letters to Chicago Shakespeare directly, they should be emailed to productionintern@chicagoshakes.com.)
  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements.

Questions? Contact Chicago Shakespeare’s Production Department at  productionintern@chicagoshakes.com. Applications sent to this email address will not be accepted.

Applications accepted beginning September 1

 

   
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