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Lighting Internship

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is currently accepting Lighting Intern applications for Summer 2017. Applications must be received by March 1, 2017.

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 CST’s doors. With the opening of The Yard in 2017, the Production department looks forward to further innovation in our new flexible performance space.

CST’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 CST 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 CST Staff. 

The Lighting Internship will ideally begin in May and run through August. The exact start and end dates of the internship are negotiable. Though the intern’s hours can be fairly flexible ranging from part to full time, all internship candidates must be available to work a minimum of 24 hours per week for 6 weeks in order for this experience to be a worthwhile educational endeavor. The Lighting Intern must be available to work some specific long days/evenings for focus and techs. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

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 Lighting Internship with CST, please upload the following (ideally as a single PDF):
  • 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 CST directly, instructions to do so will be emailed once you’ve submitted your application.)
  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements.

Questions? Contact CST’s Production Department at  productionintern@chicagoshakes.com

   
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