Peninsula Players, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, is now seeking applicants for its 2011 internship program.
College-age students majoring in theater are encouraged to apply for the 76th season, which runs June 14 to Oct. 16, 2011. Peninsula Players hires eight production interns and two administrative interns for its summer season, which runs through Labor Day, and some are hired to stay on into the fall season. Pre-season company report date is May 23.
“Theater is one of the few professions where apprentices can learn from those who practice their art,” says Audra Baakari Boyle, the Peninsula Players Business Manager. “The internship program at Peninsula Players is part of a tradition, which runs as deep as the roots of the theater itself. Since the Players launched its first season in 1935, interns – then called apprentices – had the opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals, learning the craft by observing and participating in it.”
Interns at Peninsula Players work with professional actors, managers, and technicians for 15 weeks in all aspects of theater, making it unique among internship programs. Interns also participate in workshops with company members.
“The program’s diversity and atmosphere attracts interns yearly from across the country,” Baakari Boyle says. “Mixing work and responsibilities, interns are offered a chance to build up résumés, try different areas in theatre production, and make contacts with working professional actors, designers, directors and managers.”
The production interns rotate on a show-by-show basis into areas which may include the scene shop, box office, lighting, properties, costumes, house management, stage management, concessions and acting. Administrative interns work directly with the managing director, business manager and development director, house management, concessions management, box office, publicity and other administrative duties.
“Working in theater necessitates being well-rounded, and having experience in a professional setting helps one to communicate with one’s co-workers,” says Baakari Boyle. “Our internship program is a wonderful opportunity to find out if theater is a career you would like to pursue.”
For more information or an application click: “How do I apply for an internship?” or phone Baakari Boyle at 920.868.3287 for an application.