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PREMIERE INTERN PROGRAM
Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, offers a professional intern program for applicants who have an interest in pursuing a career in theatre arts. The program provides intense on-the-job training, weekly educational seminars, and field trips to New York City. The intern pool is comprised of current college students and recent college graduates; part-time internships are also available to high school students. Former Premiere Stages interns have gone on to graduate programs and professional theatre careers, including many whom have returned to work at Premiere.
Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of emerging artists; people of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.
Premiere Stages summer internships are full-time, seasonal positions. These internships are for individuals who desire practical experience in the real world, and for those who are willing to fully commit their time and energy to the internship.
Candidates must be 18 or older and have completed at least one year of college-level training. Interns are strongly encouraged to bring their vehicles with them when possible.
Internships are offered in two sessions. Interns may work either or both of the sessions depending on availability. Session 1: June 5, 2017-August 4, 2017. Session 2: August 15, 2017-September 24, 2017.
All interns receive a weekly stipend of $175. A limited number of interns are eligible for shared on-campus housing. Travel expense to and from Premiere is the responsibility of the intern. Academic credit for participating in the internship program may be arranged at the discretion of the sponsoring college or university and is arranged by the individual intern. Interns may participate in the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC), when applicable.
Internships are available in the following concentrations:
Artistic/Producing (this position has been filled)
Provides the opportunity to observe and contribute to the day-to-day producing activities of a professional theatre, and learn about the planning and producing of a theatrical season. Interns assist the producing artistic director and guest directors in rehearsals, assist with program notes, lobby displays and pre-show talks, and help coordinate staff and production meetings. Additional duties include assisting with budgeting, Equity paperwork, public relations, special event coordination, and audience services. All administrative interns also serve as front of house staff for productions, work production strikes, and assist with general office duties including filing, data entry, and poster runs.
Education/Community Outreach (this position has been filled)
Provides experience in all facets of educational initiatives, including teaching assistant opportunities in Camp Premiere, assisting with Play Factory Performances, and working with community partners to offer arts education and theatre access to underserved groups. Interns assist with the implementation of Camp Premiere, coordinating the registration process, helping devise the curriculum, and serving as a teaching assistant for both sessions. Interns also assist with program notes, lobby displays and pre-show talks, and research and engage community partners for mainstage productions. All administrative interns also serve as front of house staff for productions, work production strikes, and assist with general office duties including filing, data entry, and poster runs.
Marketing/Box Office (this position has been filled)
Provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Director of Audience Services and Box Office Manager to develop and implement marketing strategies for a professional theatre. Interns assist with advertising, group sales, social networking initiatives, mailing list maintenance, and patron services and outreach. Other responsibilities include selling program ads, distributing printed marketing materials to the immediate community, and communication with local media partners. Previous experience with Photoshop and/or InDesign, as well as experience with Vendini or other box office/marketing systems is a plus. All administrative interns also serve as front of house staff for productions, work production strikes, and assist with general office duties including filing, data entry, and poster runs.
TECHNICAL THEATRE INTERNSHIPS
Provides experience in several production disciplines including costumes/wardrobe, electrics and lighting, paint, props, scenery, and sound with participation in the preparation and execution of that department's work in the shops and on stage. Interns have a specific area of focus, but also gain experience in all areas of production. Interns assist with production construction and load-in, serve as run-crew for all performances, and participate in strike. Interns should have experience in production but are not required to have experience in all production areas.
Stage Management (this position has been filled)
Provides the opportunity to participate in the pre-production, rehearsal process, tech and running of summer workshops and mainstage productions, and Camp Premiere showcases. Interns assist Equity stage manager and the director with the set up and running of rehearsals. During performances, interns work backstage assisting the production stage manager as needed. Stage Management interns are eligible to earn points in the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC).
Provides the unique opportunity to gain experience in both company management and several production disciplines. Specific responsibilities will include coordination of housing and transportation for artists; gathering information on local resources to provide to artists and staff; and assisting with coordination of company meals and events. Interns may have the opportunity to assist with production construction and set up and running of rehearsals. During performances, interns may work backstage assisting the production stage manager or front of house assisting the house manager. A valid driver's license and car are required for this internship.
FALL & SPRING INTERNSHIPS
Literary Management/Arts Administration
During the academic year Premiere offers a literary internship in the Fall and Spring semesters. Interns assist with all aspects of the Premiere Stages Play Festival, including organizing and evaluating submissions, interfacing with the selection panel, assisting with casting, and supporting the Play Festival Spring Readings and Student Readings and related rehearsals. Interns also get a foundation in arts administration assisting with educational residencies, grant writing, and the administrative process of running a regional theatre.
Weekly stipend or academic credit. Academic credit for participating in the internship program may be arranged at the discretion of the sponsoring college or university and is arranged by the individual intern.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for the Premiere Stages internship program, please fill out our online application here. Once you submit an online application form, send your cover letter and resume (as a PDF) via email with the subject line "Your Last Name - Internship Application" to Courtney Little at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resumes should include theatre and/or related experience. Cover Letters should be no longer than one page and include which position you are applying for, why the role is right for you, and what you hope to gain from the internship program.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting December 1, 2016 and continuing until all positions are filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early in the process before March 1, 2017. Applications for the Fall and Spring Semester Internships are accepted on a rolling basis.