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Artistic Department

The Artistic Department Internship provides an opportunity to be part of the day-to-day life of a regional theatre artistic staff. Interns participate in Seattle Rep's ongoing artistic efforts, with an emphasis on dramaturgy, literary management, and casting. Projects include reading and evaluating new plays, organizing auditions, dramaturgical research, administrative work, and assisting playwrights and directors in the rehearsal process. Associate Artistic Director Braden Abraham is the supervisor for the Artistic Literary Intern, and Casting Director Erin Kraft is the supervisor for the Artistic Casting Intern. Their advice for future Artistic Interns: "This internship is a great opportunity for emerging dramaturges, playwrights, and directors. It provides a valuable link between the academic and professional worlds."

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Arts Management

Seattle Repertory Theatre designed the Arts Management Internship to provide an in-depth look at the broad range of management issues of a large, not-for-profit theatre, primarily from an administrative perspective. The intern will learn about board development, trustee relations, fundraising, and organizational development, and will also gain knowledge of the theatre's day-to-day operations from the viewpoint of general management. Ongoing activities include special research projects for the managing director and the external relations team, as well as taking on projects in other departments as needed. The supervisor for this internship position is Managing Director Ben Moore, who offers this advice for future Arts Management Interns: "Be prepared for anything and everything."

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Seattle Rep’s Marketing Internship provides opportunities to dive into all the ways we reach art into the community – be it through communications, supplemental public programming, or co-branding initiatives through traditional print, social media, and video. The internship includes opportunities to learn about event planning, audience development, and marketing efforts.

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If fabrics make you swoon, if Julie Christy's hair in Dr. Zhivago makes you cringe, and if making something with your own hands gives you a reason for living, then you may have a home in the Costume Shop. Whether you're building a career in shop management, draping, design, crafts, millinery, wigs, painting and dying, or any combination of these, our shop is a great place to gain experience and take your skills to the next level. Our highly-skilled staff is comprised of artisans with many years of experience. The supervisor for this internship position is Costume Department Director Denise Damico, who says to future Costume Interns: "The inside of a garment should be as beautiful as the outside."


Seattle Repertory Theatre designed the Development Internship to provide an immersion into the full array of development activities. The intern will work as a vital member of the team and gain a working knowledge of major giving, annual giving, board engagement, corporate and foundation giving, and special events. Ongoing opportunities include cultivation and stewardship of donors, prospect research, donor correspondence and grant writing, and special events management. This intern will have a high-level of interaction with trustees, donors, and staff leadership. The supervisor for this internship position is Major Gifts Associate Heidi Pardo, who says to future Development Interns: “Meeting donors and building relationships is what it’s all about.”

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Graphic Design

As a part of the External Relations team, the Graphic Design Intern assists our in-house designer with a variety of creative projects for print, web, and social media. An ideal candidate will have a knowledge of Adobe CS4 (specifically InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator); great people skills, the ability work on a tight deadline, take direction, and collaborate in a team; and a love for multi-tasking. The supervisor for this internship position is Marketing Coordinator Megan Lindell, who offers this advice for future Graphic Design Interns: "This is a great opportunity for an arts-loving graphic designer to develop skills in a fast-paced, highly-creative environment."

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The Education Intern is directly involved in a variety of middle and high school residencies, and also leads student matinees at the Rep. This intern will serve as director on a variety of residencies, in which high school students create and produce original performance pieces. Other experiences include community advocacy, working with teachers to connect programs to academic standards, and coordinating more than 70 residencies and 30 teaching artists. School Programs Manager Scott Koh is the direct supervisor for this internship position, but the Education Intern will work closely with all members of the education staff. Advice from the Director of Education: "You've got to really like being around teenagers, mainly high school and middle school students. Young people can tell if you want to be in the classroom or not, and it makes a real difference in how they respond to and learn from you. We're looking for a good sense of humor coupled with intelligence and a sincere desire to make a difference — in your own life as well as the lives of students."

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Lighting Design

As part of our commitment to developing emerging theatre artists, we offer a specialized Lighting Design Internship for applicants who have advanced academic experience or extensive small theatre experience in lighting design and are looking to expand their knowledge to the workings of a large, regional theatre. The internship focuses on two main areas: developing practical skills in the area of Assistant Lighting Design (ranging from drafting and paperwork to communicating and working with a union crew), and developing the intern's design skill set through a series of theoretical design projects (research methods, drawing, storyboarding, model building, etc.). The intern will serve as a Design Assistant on at least one production. The supervisor for this internship position is Associate Designer L.B. Morse, who offers this advice for future Lighting Design Interns: "The hours are long, the work is hard, and you'll be exposed to some of the best design in the country."

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Production Management

In assisting the Producing Director and Associate Production Manager, as well as the Director of Artist Relations and Company Manager, this internship provides hands-on experience in contracting artists, maintaining schedules, archiving, and making the artists feel welcome in our theatres. The intern will experience the inner-workings of all areas of production covered under various theatrical union contracts. The intern will be the Production Manager for the annual Playwrighting Project, which allows the intern to put into practice what he or she has learned and observed. The supervisor for this internship position is Associate Production Manager Matt Giles, who offers this advice to future Production Management Interns: "Anything can be done with just a little planning ahead!"

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At Seattle Repertory Theatre, we pay special attention to detail, and properties are where many of those design details become a reality. The intern will learn from skilled artisans about props construction, refinishing furniture, fine wood-working, metal working, upholstery, and researching, and he or she will assist in the creation of props for all productions. The supervisor for this internship position is Jolene Obertin, Properties Director, whose motto is: "Props bring a show to life."

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Scenic Art (Paint)

In addition to assisting on all productions and the maintenance of the paint shop, the Scenic Arts (Paint) internship includes intensive instruction on painting techniques such as texturing, sculpturing, and color mixing. Designed for individuals with painting or visual art experience, Seattle Repertory Theatre customizes this internship to enhance skills in perspective, color theory, and faux finishes, as well as emphasize fundamental concepts of scenic design. Interns will also increase their knowledge of the various types of materials and tools employed in a paint shop. The supervisor for this internship position is Charge Scenic Artist Maureen Wilhelm, who offers this advice for future Paint Interns: "You have to be honest with yourself about how much you want to be a scenic artist. It is a commitment, a struggle. It can be painful and joyous at the same time."

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Special Events

The Special Events Intern is directly involved in the planning and execution of all events for the Marketing, Development and Education departments of Seattle Rep Theatre. This Intern will learn from and assist with the preparation and production of events, ranging from small donor stewardship receptions to larger patron-based events as well as larger fundraising events. As a vital member of the External Relations team, the Intern will gain a wealth of knowledge not only in event planning and execution, but in the role events play as both fundraising tools as well as serving as an important part of the SRT community and patron-building experience. This internship has a high level of interaction with trustees, donors, staff leadership, SRT staff and artists, community leaders, patrons, corporate sponsors and vendors. Advice from the Special Events Manager: “You’ve got to have strong communication skills, enjoy interacting with people, be detail-oriented as well as a consummate problem-solver. It also helps to have an eye for design and the vision for fun and inspiring events! Lastly, a sense of humor and an ample supply of patience would be great assets in this position.”

We will not be accepting applications for a Special Events intern for the 2015-2016 Season.

Stage Management

(there are often two stage management interns or more per season)

The intern will serve as a member of the stage management team on at least three productions throughout the season. Duties will include assisting the Stage Manager in the rehearsal and tech process, running shows from backstage, and, when appropriate, calling a performance and assisting in new play workshops. The supervisor for this internship position is Producing Director Elisabeth Farwell-Moreland, who says to future Stage Management Interns: "Stage Managers are the glue that brings all departments together to allow artists to collaborate in a safe and creative environment."

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Technical Direction

The Seattle Repertory Theatre gears this program toward preparing the intern for a career or graduate school program in Technical Direction. The intern will become well acquainted with the steps involved in taking a production from a drawing to a physical reality on stage, and with all of the duties and responsibilities of the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director. The intern will develop skills to help solve staging problems and gain experience with various automation techniques, as well as learn about budgeting, scheduling, and ordering materials. The supervisor for this internship position is Technical Director Brian Fauska, who says to future Technical Production Interns that the position is about learning “the art of creating mountains and plains, deserts and lakes, factories and houses, empty stages, and everything in between and then filling it with all the natural and unnatural events and forces that come with it.”

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