Scenic Production Internship

Applications for this internship are currently closed. Fall 2018 internships will be posted in June.

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.

CST’s Scenic Production internship offers professional experience for qualified college students and recent graduates who are actively pursuing careers in technical direction and construction for the stage.  Working in conjunction with the Scenic team, interns are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility and are given challenging, hands-on work that directly furthers the build of upcoming productions. 

The Scenic Production Internship may begin as early as April 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. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization.  We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum two years undergraduate education or equivalent experience as a carpenter/stagehand/technician.
  • Basic knowledge of hand and power tools.
  • Basic knowledge of counterweight systems and spot rigging techniques.
  • Basic knowledge of CAD software and technical drafting for the theater.
  • Effective written and verbal 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 ownership of a specific project or task.

Internship Responsibilities May Include:

  • Working directly with the Scenic Supervisors ant Technical Coordinator to understand the overall scope of scenery construction including changeover, strikes, and load-ins.
  • Working closely with staff to coordinate equipment inventory, repair, and maintenance in the Courtyard Theater, Upstairs Theater, and various rehearsal spaces.
  • Assisting with notes, inspection, and daily maintenance tasks.
  • Assisting with researching, locating, building, crafting, and purchasing scenic elements and accessories.
  • Contributing to friendly, clean, and safe working practices in the shop.
  • Working closely with other technical departments and visiting theater professionals.
  • Assisting on special projects as needed.

Benefits Include:

  • A modest travel stipend
  • College credit as available through a student’s academic institution
  • A review of the intern’s resume and portfolio with CST Staff Members
  • Invitations to company-wide events with actors, designers and other artist
  • Free and reduced price tickets to other Chicago theaters through “industry” offers
  • Unfortunately we are unable to provide housing

Application Process
To be considered for a Sound 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 CST directly, they should be emailed to
  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements.


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