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INTERNSHIPS

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Internship Program offers college and graduate-level students who are interested in the artistic, production, and administrative aspects of professional theater the opportunity to learn valuable skills that complement and extend their fields of study and interest. The ultimate goal is to provide the most educational experience for the intern while balancing the needs of the theater. Interns are expected to participate to their full potential and to communicate with their supervisors throughout the internship experience.

Pittsburgh Public Theater is now accepting applicants for internships. Internships are offered on a show-by-show, semester, and/or seasonal basis. Hours range from 20 to 40 hours per week. All internships are unpaid, though academic credit is available at the discretion of the intern's enrolled institution.

ADMINISTRATION

Education & Community Engagement

The education & community engagement intern will become an integral member of the Education Department as the intern works closely with the Education Director. Depending on time of year in which intern is engaged, primary duties may include reading scripts, researching and drafting the Student Matinee Series' Resource Guides, assisting with scheduling, organizing, and facilitating the annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest as well as Creative Dramatics, interacting with parents and teachers, aiding with implementation of theater’s accessibility options, among other responsibilities. Applicants should possess a passion for arts education, inclusion, and accessibility. Excellent communication skills. A willingness to engage in conversation. Punctuality is a must as well as exceptional verbal and written communication skills. This internship is offered on a semester or seasonal basis; schedule and hours are flexible. Some nights and weekends.

Administration & Finance

The administration and finance intern will assist the Accounting Department with the administrative and financial affairs of The Public, working closely with the Director of Finance and Administration in preparing grant applications, financial forecasts, and business plans. Additional administrative work on budgets, audits, taxation, investments, purchasing, and personnel will be assigned. Applicants should have a strong interest in finance and administration of non-profit arts institutions, excellent administration skills, and attention for detail. Must be a positive team player with good work ethic. Must commit to 15-20 hours per week. Some flexibility with scheduling is possible.

Marketing

This position offers an opportunity to work on the development of marketing campaigns, create new sales opportunities, and develop "added-value" programming. Major responsibilities will focus on audience development and publicity efforts. These efforts may include assisting in identifying target audiences, offering incentives/discounts to increase ticket sales, developing partnerships with third party vendors, designing pre and/or post show programming, and distribution of marketing materials.

PRODUCTION

Technical Administration

The technical administration intern will work closely with the technical director during the theater's build and technical rehearsal process. This position offers exposure to a professional scene shop. The intern will assist the technical director with drafting, help to prepare initial cost estimates of show construction, maintain shop inventory, and track and report on budget expenses. He/she will provide general administrative support in the technical office. This internship is offered on a semester or show by show basis (September - June).  

Costume Design and Construction

The costume design and construction intern will assist drapers and first hands with fabric cutting, fittings, stitching, and finishing costumes, as well as general assistance to the costume shop. The intern will also assist costume designers during shopping trips, technical rehearsals, and production meetings. Applicants should possess basic sewing skills, good organizational skills, a valid driver's license, and most importantly, a willingness to learn. Interested persons must be able to commit 20 hours per week.  This internship is offered on a semester or show by show basis. 

Sound Design

The sound design interns will work closely with Pittsburgh Public Theater's resident sound designer. Interns will become a part of the design process as they gain an inside view of a professional theater's technical rehearsal period. Responsibilities of the intern are to aid in sound engineering; take notes during designer run-throughs, technical rehearsals and production meetings; and to provide general assistance to the sound designer. Applicants should be theater majors with a sound design emphasis or interest and have a basic knowledge of and vocabulary for professional audio equipment. Sound design interns work on a show-by-show basis.

Lighting Design

The lighting design interns will have the opportunity to work with internationally known lighting designers. This interaction enables interns to experience the lighting design process, as well as an inside view of a professional theater's technical rehearsals. Lighting interns will participate in focus, provide general assistance at the tech table to the lighting designer, and interact with the master electrician -- this includes updating paperwork and taking notes during technical rehearsals, designer conferences, and production meetings. Applicants should be familiar with Lightwrite 3. Interns work on a show-by-show basis.

Scenic Art

The scenic art intern will work closely with the Scenic Charge at The Public's scene shop in Point Breeze. The intern will assist the Scenic Charge and Scenic Artists with paint stock inventory, priming and base-coating scenery, back painting, and sealing of scenery, as well as providing overall general assistance to the paint shop. Applicant should be an undergraduate in fine arts or a related field and possess good organizational skills and a willingness to learn. This internship is offered on a semester basis, but is managed on a show-by-show basis. Interested persons need to commit a minimum of 16 hours a week between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To Apply

Interested persons should send a letter of interest indicating which internship position you are applying for, a current resume with contact information, and three references to:

Seth Laidlaw Director of Education
Pittsburgh Public Theater
621 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
slaidlaw@ppt.org