PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

“BSC is such a special company and I’ve learned so much here, I’ve done so much here. I’ve made a lot of friends and connections and I can feel myself closer to my dream career.”

Paige Stefanski, Marketing Intern, 2017

2020 internship applications are now open!

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Who are we:

  • The fastest-growing arts venue in the Berkshires attracting 58,500 patrons per year
  • Nationally recognized for superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming

Who are our interns:

  • Undergraduate- and graduate-level students interested in pursuing careers in theatre showing a strong interest in furthering their professional development
  • Committed to working as part of a team in a top-notch Equity theatre setting

What we offer:

  • Opportunity to work with award-winning theatre professionals
  • Spend the summer in the cultural capital of the Berkshires
  • Housing along with a weekly stipend of $100
  • Tickets to all productions
  • Professional development seminars
  • Gym membership

Internship dates will vary by department, running from mid-May or early June through Labor Day. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from the program (airport shuttle provided), as well as during the duration of the program. Housing is shared and typically located within a ten-minute drive of the theatre. Candidates must be 18 or older and have completed at least one year of college-level training. College credit may be available: check with your school for further details. The priority deadline for applications is January 10. All applications are due January 31. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on an as needed basis.

The following positions are available for administrative internships:

Artistic/Producing

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist Artistic Producer and Line Producer on all Mainstage and Second Stage shows; which includes attending meetings, show coverage, communicating with design teams, arranging production needs
  • Assist Line Producer and eventually lead the producing of the Cabaret series, which includes arranging needs and schedule for talent and coordinating with production departments
  • Scout for and read play submissions
  • Research articles and videos to share with patrons in preparation to attend productions
  • Attend rehearsals and performances with the Artistic Team
  • Maintain literary database
  • Line Produce the Youth Theatre Production, MTC Performances and other presentations as discussed
  • Act as Host/ess and talent liaison for all Cabaret performances

Qualifications

  • The Artistic/Literary intern is an advanced internship position and we ask that candidates be at least 20 years old, in their final year of undergrad, already graduated, or currently in grad school
  • Experience in script analysis required

Reports to the Artistic Producer

Archives

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the archivist with ongoing digitization initiative and ongoing acquisition of BSC records
  • Processing acquisitions and writing/updating finding aids
  • Assisting visitors to BSC’s interactive lobby display and track lobby usage
  • May also be asked to respond to internal reference requests and develop ready reference tools

Qualifications:

  • Must be detail-oriented, organized, comfortable working independently
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft and Google suites
  • The ideal candidate will have completed an introductory course in archives or have some experience in a library or archives setting

Reports to the Archivist

Special Events & Development

Join our team and obtain valuable skills and experience in party planning, fundraising and donor/volunteer services in both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes capacities in support of Barrington Stage Company’s fundraising goals.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with all aspects of party and event management (for events from 8 to 350 guests) including invitation design, RSVP tracking, party set-up, engaging guests, clean-up and follow-up
  • Hosting and engaging board members and major donors in our private patron lounge as well as setting up and cleaning up the lounge during performances
  • Assisting VIP patrons with parking and other special needs
  • Assisting with grant writing and obtaining valuable feedback 
  • Researching donors/patrons 
  • Aiding with Volunteer services: including scheduling and training
  • Assisting with donation entry in BSC’s database and acknowledgment letters
  • Updating records and maintaining the integrity of BSC’s database

Ideal qualifications:

  • Positive! Upbeat! Personable! Able to professionally engage BSC’s patrons 
  • A positive, self-starter in a fast-paced, busy and demanding environment
  • A team player with strong communication skills and the ability to problem solve
  • Organized, detail-oriented and held to high personal standards of excellence 
  • Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications, particularly Word and Excel
  • Able to lift 40 pounds to set up and strike for events
  • Interested in fundraising and/or theatre is a strong plus

Reports to the Director of Development

Marketing 

The marketing intern supports all activities within the marketing department.  The intern serves as an ambassador for BSC awareness and sales for BSC shows.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with development and execution of promotional marketing activities and events
  • Photographing events, including meet and greets, cabarets, opening nights and others as assigned
  • Assisting with the execution of opening night performances and receptions
  • Maintaining our postering presence in Berkshire County and surrounding areas

Ideal qualifications:

  • Basic skills with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Videography and/or video editing experience would be a plus
  • Team player with initiative and drive to get the job done; outgoing, comfortable with donors and customers; sharp attention to detail
  • Understanding of flexible schedule; some evening and weekend work expected
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Familiarity with social media tools (Constant Contact, Instagram, Facebook)

Reports to Director of Marketing and Communications

Education

The Education interns serve as teaching assistants for KidsAct!, BSC’s theatre summer camp for kids ages 7-14.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Providing administrative support to the Education Department
  • Participating in community outreach programming as assigned
  • Communicating with parents
  • Leading games and activities with campers
  • Responsible for safety and well-being of campers

Ideal candidate will have experience facilitating musical theatre programming with youth and a strong interest in educational theatre.

Reports to the Director of Education

Company Management

The company management interns will assist in welcoming artists and staff to BSC.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining and flipping company housing for actors, staff and interns throughout the season, including laundry and cleaning
  • Transporting artists to and from train stations, airports and bus terminals
  • Assisting in answering artist questions through rotations on show shifts and the emergency phone
  • Coordinating special events such as opening night parties and other festivities
  • Weeks are six days with rotating shifts, including evenings and weekends

Ideal qualifications:

  • Must have valid driver’s license, preferably own vehicle
  • Empathetic, outgoing personality: able to listen to complaints and enjoy solving problems of all kinds for people; comfortable engaging with artists from intern to Broadway-level
  • Will-do attitude: get the job done, whether it’s fixing a leaky toilet, running to the drugstore or offering a tissue and an ear

Reports to the Company Manager

Box Office 

The box office interns will assist with all facets of ticket sales and pre-show activity.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Selling single tickets via phone and walk-up sales
  • Processing in-house comp requests for interns, staff and artists
  • Managing patrons’ requests and providing outstanding customer service
  • Running daily reports and conducting cash reconciliations

Ideal qualifications:

  • Previous customer service experience preferred
  • Comfortable on the phone with a variety of people
  • Knowledge of theatre helpful, but not required

Reports to the Box Office Manager

House Management

The house management intern assists with the management of BSC’s 521-seat Mainstage or the 136-seat St. Germain Stage.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervising the volunteer ushers and interns on front-of-house shifts
  • Monitoring inventory of concessions
  • Ensuring prompt curtain times and maintaining the condition of the theatre
  • Shifts in the box office as scheduled

Ideal qualifications:

  • Personable, quick problem-solver who enjoys interacting with patrons
  • Familiarity with ticketing software or databases a plus
  • May be required to go up and down stairs and lift 30 pounds
  • Working a production schedule including evenings and weekends

Reports to the House Manager

Production/Business

The Production/Business Intern assists the Associate Production Manager and Management Associate with all aspects of the production process focusing on finance and record-keeping.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Associate Production Manager and Controller in budget management and tracking expenses
  • Collecting receipts from production departments and organizing into expense reports
  • Representing Production Management in the administrative office
  • Communicating with local and nationwide suppliers, and tracking the associated business accounts
  • Managing production records and filing
  • Taking minutes at production meetings and emailing copies to appropriate staff and creative team
  • Assisting production departments as needed for special events and during the load-in, run and strike of shows

Ideal qualifications:

  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience and/or strong interest in bookkeeping for production required
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Excel and Google Docs
  • Previous arts administration experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interface with staff, interns and artists
  • Valid Driver’s License

The following technical internships are available for an 8-show season spanning three venues and the Cabaret. Positive attitude is a must. Must be comfortable working at heights, spending extended time standing and/or moving and must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs. Unless noted, a vehicle is highly recommended (although not required).

Production/Operations

The Production/Operations Intern assists the Director of Production and Associate Production Manager with all aspects of bringing productions from design to completion.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with facilities maintenance as needed
  • Assisting with the day-to-day planning and execution of the season and special events
  • Acting as Assistant Production Manager for the Youth Theatre
  • Ordering Production supplies online and picking up local supplies
  • Arranging truck rentals, equipment rentals, piano rentals and tunings
  • Assisting production departments as needed during the build, load-in, run and strike of shows

Ideal qualifications:

  • Background in all areas of technical theatre
  • Understanding of production and design process vital
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interface with staff, interns and artists
  • Valid Driver’s License

Production/Business

The Production/Business Intern assists the Associate Production Manager and Management Associate with all aspects of the production process focusing on finance and record-keeping.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Associate Production Manager and Controller in budget management and tracking expenses
  • Collecting receipts from production departments and organizing into expense reports
  • Representing Production Management in the administrative office
  • Communicating with local and nationwide suppliers, and tracking the associated business accounts
  • Managing production records and filing
  • Taking minutes at production meetings and emailing copies to appropriate staff and creative team
  • Assisting production departments as needed for special events and during the load-in, run and strike of shows

Ideal qualifications:

  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience and/or strong interest in bookkeeping for production required
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Excel and Google Docs
  • Previous arts administration experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interface with staff, interns and artists
  • Valid Driver’s License

Technical Direction

Assist the Technical Direction team with operations and management of the scene shop.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Drafting for shows
  • Basic receipt organization for scenic purchases across shows
  • Problem-solving for challenging scenic elements
  • Assisting the TD and carpenters as needed during the build, load-in and strike of shows
  • Advancing scenic elements in the shop as assigned

Ideal qualifications:

  • Experience creating technical/construction drawings for theatre using AutoCAD
  • A strong understanding of theatrical construction methods (wood and steel)
  • A basic understanding of theatrical rigging

Reports to the Technical Director

Scenic Carpentry

The carpentry interns assist with the construction of scenic elements for 9 shows over the course of the summer.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Constructing scenic elements within the shop
  • Assisting with the moving, installation and strike of set pieces across three venues
  • Maintaining scenic elements as needed

Ideal qualifications:

  • Able to accurately create and execute a cut list from construction drawings
  • Comfortable using a chop saw and table saw
  • Able to lift 70lbs frequently, with assistance if needed
  • Comfortable learning new tools and construction methods

Report to the Technical Director

Properties

The props intern assists the team in the construction of all properties elements for the season.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Constructing, purchasing and maintaining properties for all productions
  • Ensuring that all receipts for any purchases, exchanges and returns are processed
  • Assisting with the moving, installation and strike of props from rehearsal halls and across three venues
  • Learning new techniques from supervisors as available

Ideal qualifications:

  • Experience in properties construction and furniture upholstery
  • Comfortable handling projects independently as assigned
  • Valid Driver’s License

Reports to the Properties Master

Electrics

The electrics interns assist with mounting all aspects of lighting during the season and have the opportunity to work with and assist top-caliber designers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Hanging and cabling lighting equipment
  • Focusing lighting instruments during technical process
  • Operating spotlights for Mainstage productions
  • Running light boards for cabarets and special events
  • Assisting lighting designers during technical rehearsals as assigned
  • Performing instrument maintenance as needed

Ideal qualifications:

  • Prior experience in electrics work
  • Basic understanding of circuitry and wiring
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds frequently
  • Comfortable working a production schedule that includes evenings and weekends

Reports to the Lighting Supervisor

Audio

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serving as A2 on Mainstage musicals
  • Running sound for cabaret and special events
  • Assisting with installation and problem-solving during tech periods for all productions

Ideal qualifications:

  • Experience with QLab
  • Understanding of basic signal flow and clear com wired systems
  • Previous experience with live mixing preferred
  • Comfortable working a production schedule that includes evenings and weekends

Reports to the Audio Supervisor

Wardrobe

The Wardrobe Interns assist with maintaining costumes and wigs and helping actors get into costumes.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with pre- and post-show responsibilities including washing, ironing and steaming costumes
  • Assisting as dresser for quick changes and backstage changes
  • Maintaining and repairing costumes and wigs throughout the run of a show

Ideal qualifications:

  • Prior sewing/repair experience
  • Positive attitude and interest in learning new skills
  • Must be a team player
  • Must be able to move quickly and quietly backstage
  • Must be comfortable spending extended times standing and/or waiting
  • Comfortable working a production schedule that includes evenings and weekends

Reports to the Wardrobe Supervisor

General Production

The general production interns work in all production departments to assist with shows.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting as run crew on productions
  • Helping construct scenery and props in the scene shop
  • Serving all departments during load-in, tech periods and strike
  • Assignments will vary based on production needs and intern’s skill set

Ideal qualifications:

  • Prior production and backstage experience
  • Interest in assisting with any and all aspects of production
  • Must be comfortable standing for extended periods of time
  • Comfortable working a production schedule that includes evenings and weekends
  • Comfortable learning new tools and construction methods as assigned

Reports to the Associate Production Manager & Crew Chief

Scenic Artist

The Scenic Artist Intern assists with painting and texturing of scenery and props.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in scenic painting of all elements for productions
  • Assisting with cleaning brushes, paint buckets and other shop maintenance
  • Learning new techniques from supervisors as available

Ideal qualifications:

  • Previous scenic painting experience
  • Desire to learn advanced scenic painting techniques
  • Ability to work overnight paint calls

Reports to the Charge Scenic Artist

Stage Management

The stage management interns have the opportunity to assist Equity stage managers and earn EMC points working on professional productions.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Tracking props and changes during the rehearsal process
  • Creating paperwork necessary for backstage tracking
  • Being on deck for productions

Ideal qualifications:

  • Significant stage management experience: ideally junior, senior or graduate
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interface with staff, interns and artists
  • Should know Microsoft Word, Excel and basic paperwork skills
  • Passion for theatre and willingness to work hard
  • Must be comfortable standing for extended periods of time
  • Comfortable working a production schedule that includes evenings and weekends

Reports to the Production Stage Manager and Associate Production Manager

Costume Construction

The costume construction interns assist with building costumes for 8 shows over the course of the summer.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting professional staff and designers with building, shopping, altering and maintenance of costumes for all productions
  • Learning sewing and crafting techniques in a fast-paced, professional environment
  • Assist with costume shop maintenance as needed

Ideal qualifications:

  • Experience sewing and following patterns
  • Previous experience with costume crafts preferred
  • Comfortable learning new techniques and construction methods as assigned

Reports to the Costume Shop Manager

Costume Shop Management

The Costume Shop Management Intern assists the Costume Shop Manager and Assistant Costume Shop Manager with running the Costume Shop.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with rental costumes, perform online and in-store shopping and returns
  • Assisting professional costume designers when they are in residence
  • Assisting with paperwork, budgeting and other computer-related projects
  • Working with stage management to coordinate rehearsal needs

Ideal qualifications:

  • Experience tracking receipts and budgets preferred
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Excel and Google Docs
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interface with designers and artists

Reports to the Costume Shop Manager

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