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  • In-Season Internships
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  • Year-Round Fellowships

Internships and Fellowships
Cal Shakes offers both internships and fellowships. Our internships are short-term (usually two to four months in duration) and allow participants to better understand how a specific department functions at a mid-size regional theater. Internships are an intensive in an individual subject. Intern graduates should emerge ready for a fellowship position or an entry-level position in that specific field. 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.

Our fellowships are longer in duration and require more experience than our internships. If you’ve participated in one of our fellowships, you should leave qualified for an entry-level arts administration position in a comparably-sized theater. Fellowships have a broader focus that allows the participants to understand how a theater company works. Fellows will have more responsibility than interns and as such will do more independent work and have less direct supervision. Our fellows become a part of the fabric of the company during their time here and are encouraged to give input and insight, and ask questions. Fellowships tend to last 8-12 months, during both the off-season and the season.

During both internships and fellowships, participants will gain practical experience in their desired field in a supportive learning environment. Interns and fellows will leave with a strong foundation for a career in the arts. Participants receive on-the-job training and instruction and will shadow their supervisors in their day-to-day activities: assisting with projects, participating in meetings, and possibly working on independent projects. Adjustments may be made based on the participant’s skill level and personal goals. Interns participate in professional growth seminars, which provide them with additional resources for their careers.


BENEFITS
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

Production
Costume Design
Costume Shop
Production Management
Properties
Scenic Painting
Sound Design/Engineering
Stage Management

Arts Management
Artistic
Artistic Learning

Please note that we do not offer acting or directing internships. If you are interested in directing, we recommend you consider an Artistic or Artistic Engagement Fellowship.

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Internship Job Descriptions – In-season


We are now accepting applications for the off-season casting internship. Please apply by September 12, 2016 for your application to be considered.

ARTS EDUCATION

ARTISTIC LEARNING
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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ARTS MANAGEMENT

ARTISTIC
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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COSTUME DESIGN
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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COSTUME SHOP
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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PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
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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PROPERTIES 
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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SCENIC PAINTING
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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SOUND DESIGN/ENGINEERING
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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STAGE MANAGEMENT
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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Internship Job Descriptions – OFF-SEASON

PIP

ARTS MANAGEMENT

Artistic
Casting Internship

PRODUCTION

Production Management





We are now accepting applications for the off-season casting internship. Please apply by September 12, 2016 for your application to be considered.

ARTS MANAGEMENT

ARTISTIC
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-season.


Casting

The Casting Internship is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about the casting process at a professional regional theater. The schedule is flexible, but requires approximately 10 hours per week plus auditions. Some weekends and nights will be required. Working directly with the Casting Director, interns oversee sign-ups and execution of General Auditions and show-by-show auditions. They assist with audition prep and follow-up, and will accompany the Casting Director to the annual Theatre Bay Area auditions. After gaining experience working under the direction of the Casting Director, the intern will take the lead in casting understudies for one or more productions in the 2017 season. Successful candidates are discreet, detail-oriented, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. The ideal Casting Intern is interested in casting, acting, and/or directing, and will be committed to working for and towards an equitable, diverse, and inclusive arts organization. People of color, people of all gender expressions, and others from marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. back to top



PRODUCTIONPIP

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
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-season.
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We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 artistic fellowship. Please apply by September 6, 2016 for your application to be considered.

Artistic
The Artistic Fellowship is aimed at individuals looking for a well-rounded experience of how an artistic department functions at a seasonal regional theater. The Artistic Fellowship starts in September 2016 and lasts 10-12 months depending on the assistant directing schedule. The ideal Artistic Fellow should be interested in artistic directing, casting, and/or directing. On average, the Fellow will work in the office 25-30 hours per week, not including auditions. This schedule is consistent through the off-season (September-April) and between assistant directing commitments. While assistant directing, the time commitment greatly increases and is dependent on the rehearsal schedule. Some weekends and nights will be required.

The Artistic Fellow is directly supervised by the Casting Director/Internship Program Manager, will assist the Artistic Director with special assignments, and will work closely with other members of the Artistic Engagement, Artistic Learning, and Production departments. The Artistic Fellow primarily will assist with casting and season planning, and will assistant direct two productions in Cal Shakes’ 2017 season. By the end of their tenure, the Artistic Fellow will have gained experience in casting; communicating with actors and directors; researching plays, designers, and directors for future Cal Shakes’ seasons; assistant directing two Main Stage productions; and artistic administration and company management projects as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to a professional career in theater. However, previous experience in the specific areas previously mentioned is not required. Previous work experience (in any field) is preferred. This position is best suited to recent grads and/or people who are not in school and are looking to kickstart their career in the arts. The ideal candidate will be committed to working for and towards an equitable, diverse, and inclusive arts organization. People of color, people of all gender expressions, and others from marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.