Professional Arts Training Program

Are you creative, driven, passionate about the arts, and looking for a bridge between university and the world of professional theatre?

Seattle Rep's renowned Professional Arts Training Program has been preparing theatre artists and administrators for 20 years. Our interns are bright, self-motivated individuals with basic training and experience in theatre who are committed to strengthening their skills and talents. They are effective communicators with an enthusiasm for community building and self-discovery. And they go on to work at the country's top organizations (including right here at the Rep).

Interns undertake responsibilities as members of the staff, contribute ideas, participate in department and staff meetings, and complete projects under the guidance of their supervisors. Interns also participate in professional workshops and seminars, which provide contact with theatre staff, guest artists, and members of the Seattle arts community. Staff members guide the work of each intern to help prepare them for a career in professional theatre.

Applicants should regard the Professional Arts Training Program as a full-time commitment of at least 40 hours per week throughout our full season (September through May). However, we recognize that not all qualified candidates are available for full-time work, so we also offer the possibility of part-time positions in Development, Education, Lighting Design, Marketing and Communications, and Technical Direction. Full-time interns receive a stipend of $200/week. Part-time interns will receive a stipend commensurate with the position. Please only apply for a part-time position if a full-time internship is financially impossible for you.

Want to know what the average day of an intern looks like? Hear from current and past interns on our blog. blog.seattlerep.org

Why Seattle Rep?

  1. As a Seattle Repertory Theatre intern, you intimately are involved in the process of creating art at a first class regional theatre.

  2. You get to participate in Professional Workshops (a.k.a. Intern Seminars).

    With this unique learning opportunity, interns learn about the many different departments at the Rep and discover more about the industry as a whole. The Rep's staff is full of successful professionals who are thrilled to share their experiences with interns. Many, in fact, were once interns themselves. Networking at intern seminars is a vital part of locating post-internship job opportunities in Seattle and elsewhere.

  3. Interns are not grunt labor at Seattle Rep. Interns are here to learn what a career in non-profit theatre is all about. The entire Rep staff is committed to this mission. Interns are more likely to find themselves teaching as part of a school residency or assisting a designer than getting someone a cup of coffee.

  4. PATP internships have been around for 20 years, so we've had plenty of time to develop a well-structured internship experience.

  5. You'll be one of at least a dozen interns. It's not exactly the college social scene, but it does mean you aren't the only one around who's just starting a professional career.

  6. Working at a place like the Rep, interns have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the hottest artists in today's theatre—you will too. To do a little name dropping—Mary Zimmerman, Wendy Wasserstein, Rebecca Gilman, Christopher Ashley, Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon), Kimber Lee, R. Hamilton Wright, Christopher Bayes, Lisa Peterson, Tim Bond, Robert Schenkkan, Bill Rauch, Anna Ziegler, Wilson Milam, Justin Huertas, Keiko Green, Carey Wong, Quinn Franzen, Chuck Leggett, L.B. Morse, Paul Budraitis, Allison Narver, Michael Winters, Matt Smucker, and more...

  7. Seattle Repertory Theatre is one of the country's premier regional theatres. Check out About Seattle Rep for details.

  8. Smart, successful people who love theatre are all around you—including the Rep staff and the Board of Trustees.

  9. Between all of the available comp tickets and Pay-What-You-Can nights, you can see a lot of theatre around town without putting a dent in your intern stipend.

  10. You can brag to all your friends that you were one of the few who got the "Johnny Mc tour."