Taproot Theatre Company offers internships throughout the season in almost every aspect of the organization’s operations. Internships are generally held by undergraduate and graduate students, or recent college graduates. TTC offers teaching, directing, design, technical and administrative internships. Selection is based on the applicant’s career goals, professionalism, experience and availability.

Internships are volunteer, unpaid and housing is not provided. Summer interns have the additional opportunity to perform in the Summer Intern Showcase. We encourage all interns to pursue the opportunity to sit down with Taproot staff, guest artists and other theatre professionals during their time with us. We offer tickets to all of Taproot Theatre’s Jewell Mainstage performances to interns.

Housing is not provided, but resources in helping you find housing will be suggested.

There is no payment stipend for the internship provided, however due to a generous grant from an anonymous donor, Taproot is able to provide up to $650 in travel reimbursement for interns participating in 2017. Interns may submit to be reimbursed for up to $650 for documented airfare, mileage, and any other travel-related costs – including housing and/or board charges. Appropriate forms will be made available at intern orientation and checks will be distributed upon completion of the internship.

WHY INTERN?

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Taproot Theatre Company is under a Special Appearance Agreement with the Actors Equity Association and is recognized regionally for excellence, high production values and quality theater. Taproot interns have gone on to work at such theatres as Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater and ACT. Interns have come from New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas and Florida to work with Taproot’s staff and on productions.

Summer Showcase Performance
Summer interns are invited to participate in the Intern Showcase Performance on one of Taproot’s stages! This optional project is a great opportunity to showcase your skills, in acting or tech. In addition to your intern hours, please plan to spend 8 evening hours per week for 4 weeks, and 15-20 hours for the final week, culminating with a live performance on one of TTC’s stage, which will be attended by one of Taproot’s Artistic Staff. (approx. 52 total hours) The showcase was created and produced by former Taproot intern and Director of Education and Outreach Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey.

Valuable Hands on Experience
While some of our internships are primarily observerships, the majority of internships provide opportunities for hands on learning and experience. Teaching interns work with students, lighting interns write cues, stage management interns tech and call Acting Studio shows. The majority of the time, interns learn by doing rather than watching, receiving opportunities to stretch their skills under the guidance of theatre professionals.

Access to Acting Classes and Workshops
Taproot Theatre Company hosts an Acting Studio for adults and children. During your internship, you will have the opportunity to participate in one class free of charge.

Complimentary Tickets to Plays
During your internship, you will receive four complimentary tickets for every Taproot Jewell Mainstage show. In addition, other theatres in town frequently give out complimentary tickets to their shows. Their offers are hung in the main office copy room. Keep an eye out for these notices and take advantage of seeing quality theatre for free!

Continued Involvement with Taproot
Taproot Theatre Company values people as a great resource and often employs former interns in positions appropriate to their talents, training and availability. While there is never a guarantee of employment following an internship, Taproot’s interns have had a reputation of staying involved with the company long after their internship has finished. See intern success.


MENTORS


Scott Nolte
Producing Artistic Director


Karen Lund
Associate Artistic Director


Mark Lund
Production Designer, Scenic & Sound Designer


Sarah Burch Gordon
Costume Designer & Shop Manager


Shelby Parsons
Interim Director of Education & Outreach


Sam Vance
Interim Associate Director of Education & Outreach / Touring Director


Abigail Pishaw
Production Stage Manager


2017 SEASONAL INTERNSHIPS

The following internships have rolling application deadlines.

Teaching Internship

This internship is for individuals with theatre experience and/or professional training, and a desire to pursue educational theatre or directing. Interns will have the opportunity to assist teachers in our Acting Studio with warm-ups, acting technique and rehearsals. These classes range from scene study to showcase performance classes. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to work closely with the Director of Education and Outreach in the daily running of an educational program including student registration and correspondence. Interns may be asked to assist with direction, choreography, music coaching, stage management as well as administrative duties.

Advisor: Shelby Parsons, Interim Director of Education and Outreach

Current Teaching Internship openings:
Christmas Showcase Class: Tuesday Nights, October 18 – December 5, 2017; Dress Rehearsal: Monday, December 12, 2017; Performance Wednesday, December 14, 2017


Directing Internship

Directing interns will work as an assistant to the director for Mainstage and touring productions. They will attend rehearsals and observe the director and the stage manager during the rehearsal process. Directing Interns may also work as Literary Assistants and Dramaturgs for TTC productions, reading and researching plays. The Intern is expected to work 15 –20 hours a week and this is primarily a professional observership. If additional hours are needed, a directing project can be developed under the mentorship of the internship advisor. There are up to six directing internships available, corresponding to the six Jewell Mainstage productions; additional internships are available for touring and Isaac Studio productions.

Time Commitment: The Intern is expected to work 15 – 20 hours a week.
Advisor: Sam Vance, Interim Associate Director of Education & Outreach / Touring Director

Current Directing Internship openings:
Busman’s Honeymoon – First rehearsal: Monday, April 17, 2017, Opening night: Friday, May 19, 2017
Persuasion – First rehearsal: Monday, June 6, 2017 Opening night: Friday, July 14, 2017
Relativity – First rehearsal: Monday, August 21, 2017,  Opening night: Friday, September 22, 2017
Christmas Show TBD – First rehearsal: Monday, October 16, 2017, Opening night: Friday, November 24, 2017


Stage Management Internship

The Stage Management internship is for individuals seeking practical stage management experience. A stage management intern will be assigned to a production and will assist the stage manager during the rehearsal process (essentially acting as ASM). The Stage Management Intern will learn to recognize and communicate all administrative details associated with a production including creating paperwork, taking blocking notes and running a show backstage.

Time commitment: The Intern is expected to work up to 30 hours a week.
Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

Current Stage Management Internship openings:
Busman’s Honeymoon – First rehearsal: Monday, April 17, 2017, Opening night: Friday, May 19, 2017
Persuasion – First rehearsal: Monday, June 6, 2017 Opening night: Friday, July 14, 2017
Relativity – First rehearsal: Monday, August 21, 2017,  Opening night: Friday, September 22, 2017
Christmas Show TBD – First rehearsal: Monday, October 16, 2017, Opening night: Friday, November 24, 2017


Costume Design Internship

The Costume Design internship is for individuals seeking costume design, construction, wardrobe, and shop management experience. It is an intensive, individually designed internship for those who desire to be professional costumers. The internship can include: assisting guest and resident designers with construction on Mainstage and touring productions, production day work, millinery, crafts, patterning, wig maintenance, organizing stock, learning the business side of running the costume shop, running wardrobe for Mainstage productions. Individuals will learn not only from the shop manager, but also from the professional cutters, drapers and stitchers working in the costume shop. Individuals applying must have completed coursework in costume design or costume history, and have stitching experience. Two years experience in an educational or professional costume shop is required.

Time commitment: The intern is expected to work an average of 20 hours a week, duration and scope of the internship to be determined by the intern and advisor.
Advisor: Sarah Burch Gordon, Costume Shop Manager & Resident Designer


The following internships have deadlines on an as needed basis. Please inquire as to availability of internship before submitting application.

Development Internship

This internship is for individuals seeking hands-on, supervised experience in the intricacies of non-profit theatre development and fundraising. Duties will include assisting with fundraising events, researching foundations, correspondence with donors and writing and revising proposals to companies and foundations. The position calls for excellent writing skills and familiarity with standard software applications, as well as an interest in non-profit management. We prefer a university student with a junior year standing or above.

Time commitment: The Intern is expected to work 10 – 15 hours a week.
Advisor: Bonita Hagbom, Development Director

PR/Marketing Internship

Marketing Interns will assist in all aspects of Public Relations and Marketing communicating to the media, Taproot audiences and the general public about Jewell Mainstage productions, touring programs and the Acting Studio. The position calls for excellent writing and research skills and competency in MS Office software applications. Desktop publishing and graphic design experience a plus. Applicants should be junior year college student or above and be majoring in Communications, Marketing or Business Administration. Theatre majors with an interest in arts organization administration and relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.

Time commitment: The Intern is expected to work 10 – 20 hours a week.
Advisor: Nikki Visel, Director of Marketing

Front of House Internship

This internship is for individuals seeking practical experience in house management and concessions management. Candidates must be comfortable working with the public and be detail oriented. Previous theatre experience is a plus. The position calls for excellent customer service skills and familiarity with standard software applications, such as Word.

Time commitment: The Intern is expected to work 10 – 15 hours a week.
Advisor: Jenny Cross, Patron Services Manager


2017 SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

INTERNSHIP POSITIONS WITH THE ACTING STUDIO: TEACHING, MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHING, ARTS ADMINISTRATION, STAGE MANAGEMENT, COSTUMES, SOUND, LIGHTING & PROPS

Teaching Internship (7 positions)

This internship is for individuals with theatre experience and/or professional training, and a desire to pursue education, theatre or directing. This internship takes place during the months of June, July and August, when teaching interns are teamed up with the instructors of our Acting Studio Summer Camp Program. Interns will assist teachers with teaching daily warm-ups, technique and rehearsals of the showcase pieces. These pieces range from a collection of scenes to a full-scale musical, and everything in between. Interns may be asked to assist with direction, choreography, music coaching, stage management, administrative duties and program creation. There is the possibility of a general teaching internship, or focused internship in areas such as Comedy, Shakespeare and Early Childhood. Assignment to each camp is determined by need, experience and the interest of each intern.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Shelby Parsons, Interim Director of Education and Outreach

 

Musical Theatre Teaching Internship (1 position) 

This internship is for individuals with specific musical theatre and/or dance experience, and a desire to pursue education, theatre or directing. The musical theatre intern will assist Jenny Cross, Resident Teaching Artist, in the four musical theatre camps offered throughout the summer. Depending on skill, this intern will serve as assistant director or assistant choreographer in some of the productions. Contingent on availability, the Musical Theatre Teaching Intern will have the opportunity to observe Jenny teach theatre classes at Fairfax Psychiatric Hospital.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Jenny Cross, Resident Teaching Artist

 

Arts Administration Internship (1 position) 

This internship is for individuals with theatre and/or education experience who are interested in the administration of educational arts programs. The admin intern will assist the Director of Education and Outreach with the functioning of the summer camp program. A successful intern will exhibit strong organizational and leadership skills. Past Acting Studio interns who want grow in administrative leadership are encouraged to apply.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (office and intern project rehearsal)

Advisor: Shelby Parsons, Interim Director of Education and Outreach

 

Stage Management Internship (2 positions) 

The Stage Management internship is for individuals seeking practical stage management experience. Stage Management interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and gain practical application as both a stage manager and assistant stage manager for up to 6 showcase productions. The intern is expected to take notes during rehearsal, track props and costumes, help keep the students focused, and during tech and performances either run backstage or call the show depending on assignment. This will give them practical backstage experience and the opportunity to work with professional stage managers. In addition, the intern may be asked to assist the Production Stage Manager as needed.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

 

Costume Internship (2 positions)

This internship is for people interested in costume design and costume shop management and have prior knowledge and experience working with costumes. Costume interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as costume designer for all showcase productions. Interns will be given the opportunity to design for the Supercamps, pull and alter existing pieces for the smaller showcases, and act as dresser for showcases when needed. In addition, the intern will assist the costume shop manager with shopping, stitching, cutting/draping and fittings for upcoming Jewell Mainstage productions. This intern is required to attend production meetings.

Time commitment: 40 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Sarah Burch Gordon, Costume Shop Manager & Resident Designer

 

Sound Internship (2 positions)

This internship requires some experience in basic sound operations and/or design. Sound interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as sound designer for showcase productions. The Sound intern will work with the lead teachers and intern production team to create sound designs for each showcase performance. The intern will learn to use sound software such as SFX and Adobe Audition to build sound designs. In addition, the Sound Intern will operate the sound board for showcase performances and may have the opportunity to observe Jewell Mainstage performances.

Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

 

Lighting Internship (2 positions) 

The lighting design internship requires some previous experience in stage electrics. Lighting interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as lighting designer for showcase productions. The intern will work with the lead teachers and intern production team to create lighting designs for each showcase performance. The intern will build cues in the ETC Element light board within the existing light plot gaining experience in designing, cueing and teching a production.

Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager

 

Prop Internship (2 positions) 

This is for individuals seeking practical experience in prop design. Prop interns will be assigned to the Acting Studio Summer Camp Program and act as prop master and set dresser for showcase productions. The intern will work with the lead teachers and intern production team to create prop designs for each showcase performance. This will include: shopping for props and prop materials, pulling and altering existing props, construction of new props, maintaining the workspace and returning used props to storage. Prop interns will assist as needed during the performances for each camp.

 Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp and Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager


INTERNSHIP POSITIONS WITH THE JEWELL MAINSTAGE: DIRECTING & PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGEMENT

Summer Directing Internship (1 position) 

The summer Directing Intern will assist the director of the Jewell Mainstage show, Persuasion, assist the director of the Road Company touring shows and act as the personal assistant to the Touring Director. They will be asked to attend rehearsals and work with the director and the stage manager during the rehearsal process. Directing Interns may also work as Literary Assistants and Dramaturgs for TTC productions, reading and researching plays. Additionally, the summer Directing Intern will direct a piece in the Taproot Internship Showcase during the summer, under the mentorship of the Touring Director.

Time commitment: 25 hours per week, available from June through the first week of September.

Advisor: Sam Vance, Interim Associate Director of Education & Outreach / Touring Director

 

Production Stage Management (1 position)

The Production Stage Management internship is for individuals seeking practical stage management experience. The Production Stage Management intern will be assigned to the Summer Mainstage Musical, Persuasion, and the Intern Project. For the summer musical, the intern will work closely with the Production Stage Manager and assist as needed, taking line and rehearsal notes and helping to track props and costumes. Specific expectations will be assigned and communicated by the Production Stage Manager. Once the show opens, the intern will then be assigned to Stage Manage the Intern Project. The intern will attend all rehearsals, send out rehearsal reports, communicate design needs to designers, run tech rehearsals and call the show during tech and performances. If desired, the intern can also have the opportunity to work on Acting Studio camps after the Intern Project is completed.

Time commitment: 30 hours per week (camp, Jewell Mainstage & Intern Project rehearsal)

Advisor: Abigail Pishaw, Production Stage Manager


INTERN SUCCESS

Shelby Parsons – Interim Director of Education & Outreach, Taproot Theatre Company
Isaiah Custer, ’13 & ’14 – Communications & Group Sales Manager, Taproot Theatre Company
Claire Schuttler, ’13 – Road Company Actor, Taproot Theatre Company
Michael Tumblin, ’13 – Road Company Actor, Taproot Theatre Company
Emily Davis, ’14 – Actor, Des Moines, IA
Rowan Sullivan, ’14 – Sound Designer / Sound Board Operator, Taproot Theatre Company
Emily Paul, ’14 – Box Office Representative, ACT Theatre
Alanna Gordon, ’13 – Ticket Representative, Brown Paper Tickets / Actor, Seattle, WA
Ginny Holladay, ’13 – Arts Administration MFA student, Seattle University
Daniel Cole, ’12 – Lead Lighting Engineer, AV Factory
Annelih G.H. Hamilton – Actor, Seattle, WA / Social Media Manager, Theatre Battery
Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey – Former Director of Education & Outreach, Taproot Theatre Company
Laura Bannister, ’06 & ’07 – Former Road Company Actor, Taproot Theatre Company
Sarah Stolnack, ’13 – Lighting Designer
Brittain Monroe, ’13 – Actor
Acacia Danielson, ’13 – Acting MFA student, The George Washinton University
Eric Wu, ’13 – Actor, Seattle, WA
Katherine Wilkins, ’14 – Director, New York City, NY