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THEATER NOW INTERNSHIPS: Please schedule an interview..

Theater NOW has established a new internship program that offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience in a new theater company formed in 2012. Theater NOW is a Minnesota not-for-profit theater founded by Robert Marcus to produce both new, emerging and classic plays to the Twin Cities community. Theater NOW has developed a mission which explores family and generations, and has developed several programs to reach the Twin Cities community to develop and produce classic and contemporary pieces, specially commissioned new works, staged readings and workshops. Internships are offered in a variety of disciplines, from the creative to the administrative; and interns are encouraged to explore all aspects of Theater NOW to learn more about how a small emerging theater functions as a whole to plan, organize, develop and grow.

The internship program aims to provide individuals with valuable mentorship and training, bridging the gap between academic and practical experiences. Interns will gain insight, knowledge and hands-on experience in all aspects of the theater production, development and organizational process. The interns will work closely with the artistic director, the managing director and several operational coordinators.

We offer tickets to all Theater NOW main stage productions, and weekly reading/workshops, fundraisers and community outreach events in the Twin Cities.

We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, independent and able to multi-task. The most important assets you can bring are enthusiasm, optimism and the ability to cooperate with others.

A small stipend will be provided based on funding efforts. As a small and emerging theater company, Theater NOW is in the midst of applying for both grants, private donations, crowd funding opportunities and a host of fundraising events and opportunities. I want to emphasize that Theater NOW has an “all hands on deck” approach when it comes to funding and sourcing our operation and production costs. It’s how we survive; financially and creatively.

We welcome all internship opportunities. See below and please let us know in your cover letter the specific program or discipline you think you would be likely to make a positive impact for Theater NOW and yourself.

To inquire and apply, please send a cover letter and short resume to
robert@theaternow.org

All positions are part time, approximately 5-10 hours per week, with most work being done remotely unless specific to casting, rehearsal or production needs.

Please see the internship details below to learn more information on the specific internship opportunity.

Please note that many of these internship positions are NOT solely for careers in acting. They are specific to Theater NOW operations, development and production.

We encourage actors/directors and creative people to join our company and be part of our reading/workshop series (to develop new and emerging plays) and develop professionally in our theater. We encourage actors/director and creative people to learn more about the opportunities Theater NOW offers on a continual basis. Please send your information and we’ll tell you more about our these opportunities.

Internship descriptions

Special Projects
The Special Projects intern is responsible for producing Theater NOW special events, all readings and workshops, and numerous special projects (which includes “The End of Life Festival” and “New Writer Workshop”)

This is a very hands on internship and the ideal candidate should be extremely detail oriented, have a great deal of initiative, and be able to multi-task. Sense of humor and ability to be an independent worker is a must. Applicants should be interested in general producing in all aspects of mounting a special project.

Assistant Producer

The Assistant Producer is responsible for assisting the producers  and directors, (both creative, development, line) in communicating and promoting our season of work.

Duties include but are not limited to facilitating telephone, email and other correspondence, scheduling meetings and keeping the producer’s calendar. Opportunities are available to attend production meetings and watch tech rehearsals, budgeting, reconciling receipts, organize specific events, and attend production related activities.

Candidates should possess exceptional written communication skills, be highly organized and detail oriented, and appreciate the fast-pace of a professional theater environment. Proficiency in Google Apps, (mail, calendar, docs (sharing and security), spreadsheets etc., simple bookkeeping, social networking and personal communications. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in theater producing.

Casting and Rehearsal assistant producer

Theater NOW casting intern handles casting for all full and special productions, workshops and most reading/workshop series.

Responsibilities: The intern will become intimately acquainted with the intricacies of the casting and rehearsal process. Duties include scheduling auditions, maintaining database and filing systems, and talking with actors, designers, managers, and general production staff  on an ogoing basis. The intern is an integral part of the ongoing operations of the casting and rehearsal process. The ideal candidate is anyone who would like to enter the casting field. The internship is also an invaluable experience for those interested in producing or directing. However, it is NOT suitable for those pursuing an acting career.

Development Associate

Become a part of the planning of opening night parties and upcoming special events, appeal processes, donor cultivation and stewardship, and foundation, private and government grant research. As we indicated,  all people involved in Theater NOW are responsible for some form of fundraising effort for Theater NOW.

This particular internship will be devoted to working with individual donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporate sponsors.

Duties vary but can include general office management, research of potential donors and grant-makers, conducting mailings, working with donors, and assisting at events. Excellent knowledge of Google Apps, social networking, personal and general communications, crowd funding and lite bookkeeping.

Business Development

This includes working with discovering, enhancing and communicating with community, media and artistic organizations to schedule, promote and cooperate in related or cooperating events that relate to Theater NOW’s mission and community outreach development.

This opportunity will provide research, outreach and communication wtih Theater NOW leadership. The intern will work in tandem with several support organizations and keep communication and cooperation between community partners such as senior orgs, ethnic and cultural organizations. Maintain a database, contact lists and a calendar of events that are important to both Theater NOW and the community partners.

This is a multi-factor position and will require more time in discovery and outreach than administration. Workload will vary depending on experience and capability.

The ideal candidate is interested in a career in fundraising, and general management or theatrical administration.

General Management

The intern will be a liaison between all members at Theater NOW events and productions. GM handles organization needs, audience interaction, and day to day administration of each production as well as a myriad of other organizational tasks.

The intern provides general administrative support for this busy company. The main responsibility will be to assist in sales, marketing, communications, audience participation. Maintaining files, contacts, organizing documents, develop good organizational ideas that will help everyone work efficiently. This is NOT general office skills, but a person that can organize the disorganized. As with many creative people, we focus on developing great programming. We need a great organizer and detail oriented person with those skills. Must be positive, patient and able to work with many personalities.

Literary

The Literary intern assists in scouting plays and playwrights, evaluating the hundreds of scripts that Theater NOW receive each year, and working with writers to develop new work.

Responsibilities: Reading scripts, covering readings, evaluating inquiries, logging scripts into computerized tracking system, possible dramaturgical research, filing, and various general administrative duties. Be on the ground floor as new work is submitted to The Public. The ideal candidate is interested in Literary Management, Dramaturgy or Playwriting.

Marketing

Working on marketing and sales campaigns, including print/radio/web/tv advertising and promotions, direct mail, and web/e-marketing. Responsible for working with audience development initiatives, working with the box office to coordinate ticket sales and correspond with audiences. Other duties include handling group sales, distribution of sales reports, web design/maintenance, patron correspondence and social networking.

Responsibilities: Interns will support the Marketing Department in its many needs including running sales reports, distributing of marketing materials, coordinating mailings, conducting marketing research, updating social networking accounts, and general clerical/organizational support.

The ideal candidate is interested in theater or arts administration and is a self-starter with a strong ability to multi-task. Experience with social media, digital photography and/or video production is a plus.

Press

Primary responsibilities is collecting, recording and distributing all media coverage pertaining to Theater NOW. In addition, the press intern aids the our Communications committee with scheduling press seats for all Theater NOW shows, management and maintenance of the media archives of past productions, and coordinating opening night events, including photographer registration, pre and post-show VIP arrivals, and onsite interviews and photo opportunities with key party attendees. Additional duties include assistance with logistics and scheduling of interviews with actors/creative team, editing and organizing bios for show Playbills. The ideal candidate is interested in Press or Marketing for theater.

Production

The production team consists of Lighting, Sound, Scenery, Props, Costumes and Production Management.  Individual works closely with designers, directors and stage management in implementing the designs of each production.

We are looking for mature, self-reliant, articulate individuals, able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment. Flexibility and a sense of humor are a must. Further responsibilities are dictated through the applicant’s specified area of interest may it be lighting, sound, scenery, props, costumes, stage management or general production. An intern’s responsibilities may change depending on the needs of each production, however we are dedicated to making each internship experience professional, educational and fun.

New Writers Workshop and special projects

This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of the festival process, experimental and international theater, or those interested in pursuing a career in producing theater. Those interested should be creative, detail-oriented, extremely resourceful, have a sense of humor and able to work in a fast paced environment. Duties may include, but are not limited to: assist with planning, liaising with artists, event planning, maintaining web presence, administrative duties, show coverage, etc. Good writing skills a must.