Interested in making your living in the entertainment field? It’s an exciting, animated industry offering a wide range of opportunities from backstage to center stage, and enough flexibility to stretch a talented person like you to the maximum.
Getting started, however, takes some work, but it isn’t impossible.
Unless you have famous parents, chances are you’ll have to do what everyone else does–get in on the ground floor. One of the best ways to beat out rivals is to take advantage of internships offered by various theater groups, television and radio stations, casting and other entertainment-related agencies and production companies. These slots aren’t easy to find, but thanks to our annual listing of internships, anyone intent on breaking into the business can get a heads up on the competition. You may not get paid a dime, but you’ll earn a fortune in hands-on experience and useful contacts. So, get busy and break a leg!
Alley Theatre Attn: Bettye Fitzpatrick Director of Internships 615 Texas Ave. Houston, TX: 77002 713-228-9341, ext. 319
Positions in arts administration, costing, company management, general management, development, dramaturgy, marketing, public relations, costuming, technical direction, props, sound, lighting and stage management. Flexible schedule; winter (January-March), spring (March-May) and fall (September-December) internships available. About 20-30 interns accepted each year. Pay: Nonpaying; college credit can be arranged. Eligibility: Some college experience. Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation Inc. Attn: Internship Program 211 West 61st St., 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10023 212-767-0590 Year-round positions ore available in development, marketing and production. Two-month minimum commitment. Pay: Nonpaying. Eligibility: High school diploma required, some college preferred. Deadline: February 1 For spring/summer; September 15 for fall/winter.
American Conservatory Theater Attn: Susan West 30 Grant Ave., 6th Fl. San Francisco, CA 94108 415-439-2337 www. act-sfbay.org
Full-time production openings from September to May. Positions are available in stage management, scenic design, costuming, lighting design and props. Call or write for on application, or download on application from ACT’s Web site. Pay: Production interns receive $165 per week. (Nonpaying artistic internships ore also offered throughout the year, subject to availability.) Eligibility: College students with on interest in theater. Deadline: April 15 for production internships.
Crossroads Theatre Co. Attn: Internship Department 7 Livingston Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-249-5581
This African American theater company offers internships in stage management, lighting, costume design, marketing, production management, props and sound. The lighting position runs August-May. The remaining positions run September-June. Pay: Interns receive a weekly stipend of $200. Eligibility: College students and graduates. Deadline: June 30.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Attn: Darrell Ayers Education Department The Kennedy Center Washington, DC 20566 202-416-8807
Positions ore available in a range of areas including advertising, arts education, development, National Symphony Orchestra, press office, programming, American College Theater Festival and production. Pay: Monthly stipend of $650. Eligibility: Upper level undergraduate students and graduates who hove been out of school two years or less. Deadline: November 1 for winter/spring; March 1 for summer; June 1 for fall.
Lincoln Center for the Performing