PROFESSIONAL IMMERSION PROGRAM
Training. Participation. Anticipation.
The internship program at Cal Shakes is designed to train individuals who already possess experience in their desired fields. Working closely with staff supervisors, interns gain practical experience in a supportive learning environment. Cal Shakes’ Professional Immersion Program provides interns with a strong foundation for a career in arts education, management, or production.
Interns receive on-the-job training and instruction in their department. Interns will shadow their supervisors in their day-to-day activities: assisting with projects, participating in meetings, and possibly working on independent projects. Participants in PIP are integrated into the Cal Shakes staff, allowing them to make contacts in all departments. Adjustments will be made to the structure of a specific internship based on the participant’s skill level and personal goals. Due to Cal Shakes’ seasonal schedule, we offer two sessions of internships. Roughly, in-season internships run between April and October, and off-season internships run between October and April.
The training component of our internships supplements the education an intern receives through their academic program. Interns participate in professional growth seminars, which provide them with additional resources for their careers as artists and administrators. Interns have the opportunity to engage with other departments in order to understand the process of running a non-profit regional theater.
In addition to hands-on experience and trainings, Cal Shakes' interns have access to the exciting Bay Area theater scene.
Program Benefits include:
• $100-125/week travel stipend
• Free tickets to Cal Shakes’ productions
• Free walk-in tickets to other Bay Area theaters
• Opportunities to meet actors and directors at Cal Shakes’ Meet and Greets
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
We are no longer accepting applications for 2016 In-Season Internships. We will begin to accept Off-Season Internship applications in July.
The Artistic Learning internship is designed to offer individuals experience in the field of arts education and professional theater through: assisting professional teaching artists in the classroom; serving as an active contributor to student productions; leading morning warm-ups during Summer Shakespeare Conservatory; and participating in the administrative and artistic aspects of the Artistic Learning department. This position is ideal for candidates interested in exploring the field of arts education, especially in teaching. Interns will participate in professional development workshops that will include; Diversity & Inclusion for Teaching Artists, Child Psychology & Development; Teaching Shakespeare; Classroom/ Rehearsal Management and others. Must be proactive, enthusiastic, and energetic.
This internship takes place between mid-June and mid-August and consists of 30 hours per week at campuses in Orinda and/or Oakland.
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The artistic internship is designed for individuals looking for a well-rounded experience of how artistic and production departments function. The artistic intern is directly supervised by the Casting Director/Intern Program Manager and will work closely with the Artistic Director. The artistic intern gains experience in casting, company management, and artistic administration. The artistic intern assists with company-wide projects and events and assists with Cal Shakes’ internship program, the Professional Immersion Program (PIP). Main duties include assisting with casting, PIP recruitment, and maintaining PIP social media. The artistic internship can be tailored to the individual’s strengths and interests. Positions also available in Off-season.
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This internship integrates a young designer into the rhythm and protocols of a professional shop. The design intern is introduced to the preliminary design process and participates in design meetings and fittings as well as swatching, shopping, and pulling. Participants will get hands-on experience with stitching, alterations, craft work, millinery and fabric manipulation. The intern will also get an introduction to the technical rehearsal process as well as to the functions and operations of wardrobe, quick changes, and production meetings. They support the wardrobe supervisor during Student Discovery Matinees and are expected to participate in wardrobe stock maintenance. The intern works with Artistic Learning (education) interns to pull and put costumes together, and oversees borrowing and tracking of costumes to be used throughout all the conservatories. Design experience or completed upper-division design courses required for this position. Sewing experience is preferred. Applicants must be self-motivated, responsible, and highly creative. Skills in sewing and construction preferred.
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This internship is an introduction to the workings of a professional costume shop. The costume shop intern works on all productions under the guidance of the costume director and in association with costume designers, professional drapers, and stitchers in costume craft construction. Interns are expected to participate in stock maintenance. The internship comprises two-three weeks of introduction to the administrative side of the shop; two-three weeks of working with the costuming craftsperson; two weeks of learning how to manage stock; two weeks of working with the stitchers; and two weeks of working with the cutter. Skills in sewing and construction preferred, as well as an understanding of costume history and terminology. Skills in sewing and construction preferred.
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The intern will report directly to the production manager, gaining experience overseeing LORT-scale theatrical productions. Duties include production planning, providing technical rehearsal support, attending production meetings, assisting with contracting and budget tracking, completing research projects, and other company management tasks. The intern should have strong administrative and organizational skills and excellent interpersonal skills. Positions also available in Off-season.
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The Properties intern works closely with the properties master and artisan on the build of each show and the management of the prop shop. During the rehearsal process, the properties intern is assigned to build projects involving carpentry, sewing, and metalwork, and assists in procuring rentals and shopping for shows. The intern will also assist in maintaining the prop shop and storage. The intern also designs and creates the props for the five, one-hour-long abridged presentations of Shakespeare plays produced by our Summer Shakespeare Conservatories. This internship provides a diversity of projects through the build of different shows, and establishes a basis of professional experience that will lead to a successful future in the theater. This position is also great for applicants interested in scenic design. Skills in one or more of the following areas are preferred: carpentry, paint, sewing, and metalwork.
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The intern assists the scenic artist and technical director in the translation of scenic designs into large-scale, finished set pieces suitable for outdoor use. Using a variety of tools, the intern gains hands-on practical experience in paint techniques from color mixing, layout, textures to installation and touch-ups. Paint shop maintenance and crew safety are also emphasized. Applicants with an art background are encouraged to apply. Painting experience required.
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The sound design/engineering intern works closely with the sound engineer to set up and maintain the sound system for the theater and to implement the design of each show from rehearsal through tech and performances. Additionally, the sound intern helps program and run shows, gaining familiarity with sound cueing programs and equipment. The intern also serves as the sound designer for the five, one-hour-long abridged presentations of Shakespeare plays produced by our Summer Shakespeare Conservatories. This internship is designed to train the intern in systems, design, programming, and mixing. Demonstrated experience with sound design and/or sound board operation required.
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The stage management intern works closely with the stage manager and production assistant on all aspects of managing the rehearsal process for each Main Stage production. The intern learns professional methods of all stage management tasks, including preparing rehearsal reports; running rehearsals; taking line, rehearsal, and performance notes; and communicating rehearsal needs to various production departments. In tech and performance, the intern serves as an additional member of the backstage crew, assisting the production assistant with the run and maintenance of the show. Interns also serve as production stage managers for our Summer Shakespeare Conservatories. This internship is designed to be a training springboard to the professional stage management world. Demonstrated experience in college- or community-level stage management required.
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We are no longer accepting applications for 2015-16 Off-Season internships. Please check back in July for information on how to apply for our 2016-2017 off-season internships.
Due to Cal Shakes’ seasonal schedule, we offer two sessions of internships. Roughly, off-season internships run between October and April.