Stage Management Internship

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is currently accepting Stage Management Intern applications for Summer 2017. Applications must be received by July 15, 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 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 Stage Management Internship offers a unique, hands-on, professional experience. Chicago Shakespeare productions are often technically complicated and require all of the organizational and technical skills required of even the most experienced stage manager. Casts range from seasoned Equity actors to college students. Interns work directly with seasoned Equity Stage Managers and are considered to be an integral part of the Stage Management Team. These internships offer valuable experience working at a leading regional theater and provide the chance to work directly with experienced Directors, Designers, Choreographers and Performers. 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 and work with renowned artists, receive one-on-one mentoring from the Stage Management team, 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. 

Stage Management Interns must be available for all rehearsals for assigned show.  Intern is expected to be present for pre-production, all rehearsals, techs, and preview performances. This is typically a 6 day/week commitment with rehearsal hours that typically span from 10am-6pm prior to tech rehearsals.  We are looking to fill several Stage Management Intern positions over the course of the summer, all with varying dates.

Internship Responsibilities 

  • Assist the stage managers during the rehearsal and performance process of a production
  • Setting up rehearsal spaces and maintaining the rehearsal environment
  • Work closely with administrative and technical departments
  • Opportunity to work with Scenic, Lighting, Sound, and Costume departments
  • Help maintain databases, calendars, and production records
  • Assist on any special projects on an as-needed basis
  • Assisting with floor management during the run of the show

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Stage Management experience
  • Minimum 1 year of undergraduate education
  • Effective and clear communication skills
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people
  • Some technical theater experience
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Computer proficiency, especially in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team

Application Process

To be considered for a Stage Management 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, 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.comApplications sent to this email address will not be accepted. Please use the portal below.



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