MSMT offers internships to qualified college students, graduates, and young professionals alongside professional technicians, artists, and administrators at one of the country’s most well-respected regional theatres.
MSMT’s internship program is a full-time commitment, including educational seminars, outside activities, and the opportunity for interns to immerse themselves in a variety of roles during the season. In order to encourage more well-rounded artists, all interns are required to work in areas other than that of their expertise during show changeover in order to gain awareness and appreciation of all the elements of a production.
Performance interns act in three main stage shows, the Monday Performance Series, and Theater for Young Audiences productions. Technical interns work side-by-side with professional designers and technicians on all MSMT productions.
Some past educational seminar topics have included: Audition Techniques, Song Interpretation, Resume Preparation, Contract Negotiation, Costumes, Lighting, and Set Design.
MSMT 2020 Internships:
Company Management: works with the Company Manager in a wide-variety of tasks. Duties include, but are not limited too: housing and travel arrangements, transportation, craft services, shipping and receiving, mail processing, and box office customer service. Preferred skills include: basic office/computer skills and arts management.
Theatre Administration: works with the Director of Marketing, the Director of Development, and other annual administrative staff to assist with all aspects of managing the theater, including but not limited to: assisting with the preparation and distribution of season promotions, the creation of show programs, coordinating special events, tracking donors, gift acknowledgment, and sponsorship relations. Some work with company management and the Box Office. Preferred skills include: basic office skills (Microsoft word, Excel); experience with CRM (or willingness to learn); familiarity with graphic design (Photoshop and InDesign); basic photography skills; and social media experience (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
Performance: Performers are guaranteed to be cast in at least two of the four main stage shows, one or two Monday Performance Series productions, and an intern-produced Theater for Young Audiences production. Performance interns must be able to dance as well as sing.
Costumes: works with the entire collaborative team in the costume shop, and reports directly to the Costume Shop Manager and the Assistant Costume Shop Manager. Duties include, but are not limited to, alteration of costumes, basic stitching, crafts projects and shop organization. The ideal candidate should be in the early years of school with an interest in costumes. They should have some experienced stitching and a basic knowledge of both domestic and industrial sewing machines.
Electrics: with basic knowledge of working in theatrical lighting, the intern contributes to a fast-paced work environment while honing their electrical skills. The intern works in the electrics department assisting in hanging and focus, equipment maintenance, running spotlights or light board for all shows. The intern will work with outside designers to program a mainstage show. Additionally, the intern has the opportunity to design lights for an intern-produced show. Preferred skills include: basic wiring knowledge, ability to read a light plot, and familiarity with ETC Ion Console.
Paints-Scenic: works in the paints department on the painting and finishing of all scenic elements and backdrops for each production in the season. Scenic Art Interns will also have the chance to design scenery for Theatre for Young Audience and Monday Performance Series productions throughout the season. Must be able to work independently or on a team, follow directions, and learn new skills quickly. Candidates may or may not have some experience in the following areas: stagecraft, drawing, drafting, color mixing, and scenic art. Please include a PDF showcasing your drawing skills and scene painting experience.
Production: works directly with the Production Manager. This position will work with any and all technical departments. Will also assist with the load-in and strike for each show. Preferred skills include: basic knowledge in carpentry, electrics, running a deck, and props. This position requires driving MSMT company vehicles.
Props: works in a collaborative team of properties artisans and reports directly to the Props Master and Assistant Props Master. Interns participate in the construction and acquisition of props for each production, installation of props and set dressing, striking of props, and general shop up keep and maintenance. Preferred candidate will have basic knowledge of and skill with hand and power tools, industry standard theatrical construction techniques, hand sewing, basic scenic painting techniques, crafting materials, and crafting techniques. The ideal candidate would be in the early years of school with an interest in props. Must have the ability to work independently or as part of a team, to read and understand designer/construction drawings, follow verbal instruction, learn new skills quickly while asking appropriate questions, and have a strong follow through. Intern will also be in charge of acquiring, constructing, and installing props for the intern-produced show. Intern will work with Props Master to coordinate the purchase and construction of props.
Scene Shop: works in a collaborative team of carpenters, reporting directly to the Technical Director and Asst. TD. Interns participate in the build, install, maintenance and strike of scenery for each production, as well as standard shop up-keep. Preferred candidate will have basic knowledge of hand and power tools; industry-standard theatrical construction techniques; and of theatrical rigging techniques. Experience with single-purchase counterweight systems a bonus. Must have the ability to work independently or on a team; to read/understand build drawings and follow verbal instruction; and learn new skills quickly, while asking appropriate questions, with strong follow-through.
Sound: works in all aspects of the Sound Department. In addition to working as a deck sound technician for all four main stage series performances, the Sound Apprentice will assist in shop prep, load-in and load-out, orchestra setup, all changeovers, and will work on several of the Monday Performance Series shows, Theatre for Young Audiences shows, and MSMT-produced offsite-performances (at least one as the mixer). Required skills and experience for the Sound Intern include: an understanding of the basic signal flow of a modern theatrical sound system, ability to independently lift 25 lbs, and a desire to expand their skillset within the discipline of theatrical sound.
Stage Management: works with the stage management department assisting with the prep and running of all rehearsals and performances for all productions. The ideal candidate should be in school and looking for an intensive professional experience (could be the first foray into professional theatre). Preferred skills include: quick learner and listener; basic knowledge of reading a groundplan; has called a show before; has a little knowledge (or more) of stage craft and show running; good personal skills; skilled knowledge of Word, Excel, and making paperwork and script typing. Must take copious notes and be able to communicate them to the team; lift 30 pounds or more; and possess a basic understanding of stage management.
Stage Operations/Deck Crew: works with the stage operations/deck crew with the install of all scenery for each production. Work on run crew- moving scenery and working the rail. Also works with the scene shop. Assists with load-in and strike of all shows. Preferred skills: carpentry, basic stage procedures. The intern should have a basic understanding of stagecraft and show running. Most importantly, this person should have a positive attitude and be open to learning new things on a daily basis. Any carpentry experience is a plus. Most time will be spent in the theatre loading out, running/maintaining, and loading out shows. Will also be asked to build scenery alongside the carpentry department and may have the opportunity to fly scenery during show runs.
Wardrobe: works with the Wardrobe department on the wardrobe run-crew for each show. Will act as the Wardrobe Supervisor for the Intern-run show. Assists in the maintenance and laundering of all production costumes. Will work in the costume shop on 1-show days. Assists with load-in and strike of show costumes. Preferred skills include stitching and great organization skills.
|Internship Dates:||May 18 – August 23 (Performance Interns: May 14 – August 23)|
|Meal Per Diem:||$30/day; $210.00 weekly|
|Housing:||Provided, with shared bedrooms; up to four roommates|
|College Credit:||Check with individual schools|
|Age Requirement:||Must be 18 by May 14, 2020|
|Deadline to Apply:||On a rolling basis until filled.|
APPLYING FOR MSMT INTERNSHIP
- Administration & Technical Interns: Email resume, cover letter with the position you are applying for, copy of driver’s license and driving record, and 3 professional references with their name, title, where they work, and email address.
- Performance Interns: To be considered for a performance internship candidates must audition. AUDITIONS: CLICK HERE for auditions.
Send all materials to:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Employment Department, Maine State Music Theatre, 22 Elm Street, Brunswick, ME 04011