Saturday, January 17, 2009

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Hey folks- I'm going to try to make this list as comprehensive as possible, so if you know of a cool place currently hiring that I've left out, send it on over!

It's the time to start sending out resumes for summer work. Many of the following theatres will pay your airfare, room and board for the summer. Many also offer theatre production internships for those of you just starting out. Most are looking for everyone from props master to paint crew to lighting designer.
No guarantees as to the quality of their respective websites, but these links should all take you directly to the employment pages of the following theatres.

Arkansas:
Opera in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
California:
PCPA Theatre Fest, Santa Maria California
Santa Rosa Summer Rep, Santa Rosa California (Mostly internships)
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, San Fran, CA
California Shakespeare, Orinda California
California Musical Theater, Sacramento California
Music@Menlo, Atherton California
Colorado:
Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder Colorado
Rocky Mountain Repertory, Grand Lake Colorado
Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede Colorado
Central City Opera, Central City Colorado
Connecticut:
Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam Connecticut
Buck's Rock Camp, New Milford Connecticut
Florida:
Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Florida
Idaho:
Idaho Repertory Theatre, Moscow Idaho
Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Idaho
Illinois:
Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Normal, Illinois
Northlight Theatre (Summer Camp), Skokie Illinois
Steppenwolf, Chicago Illinois (unpaid internship only)
Northbrook Theatre, Northbrook Illinois
Iowa:
Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines, Iowa
Kansas:
Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita Kansas
Kentucky:
Jenny Wiley Theatre, Prestonsburg Kentucky
Kentucky Shakespeare, Louisville Kentucky
Maine:
Tripp Lake Camp (Summer Camp), Poland Maine
Acadia Repertory Theatre, Mt. Desert Maine
Camp Laurel (Summer Camp), Readfield Maine
Massachusetts:
New Rep, Watertown Massachusetts
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown Massachusetts
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket Massachusetts
Barrington Stage Company, Barrington Massachusetts
Mass MoCA, North Adams Massachusetts (Internship Only)
Michigan:
Interlochen Center for the Arts (Summer Camp)
The Barn Theatre, Augusta Michigan
Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Minnesota:
Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona Minnesota
Missouri:
The Muny, St. Louis Missouri
The Starlight, Kansas City Missouri
Opera Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Montana:
Missoula Children's Theatre (Touring), Missoula Montana
Nevada:
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Incline Village, Nevada
New Hampshire:
Papermill Theatre, Lincoln New Hampshire
New Jersey:
Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven New Jersey
New York:
Gateway Playhouse, Bellport New York
Depot Theatre, Westport New York
The Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, New York
Merry Go Round Playhouse, Auburn New York
Long Lake Camp, Adirondack Park New York
SPF NYC, New York New York
Lake George Opera, Saratoga New York
Adirondack Theatre Festival, Glens Falls NY
New York Stage and Film, Poughkeepsie New York
French Woods Camp, Hancock New York
Stage Door Manor (Summer Camp), Loch Sheldrake New York
Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Cold Spring NY
Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland New York
Forestburgh Playhouse, Forestburgh New York
The Theatre Barn, New Lebanon New York
Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, New York
The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham New York
Bristol Valley Theatre, Naples New York
North Carolina:
Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre, Banner Elk North Carolina
Pennsylvania:
Camp Lindenmere (Summer Camp), Henryville Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley Pennsylvania
Philly Shakespeare, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown Pennsylvania
Rhode Island:
Theatre By the Sea, Wakefield Rhode Island
South Carolina:
Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston South Carolina
Texas:
Texas Shakespeare, Kilgore Texas
Utah:
Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City, Utah
Utah Festival Opera, Logan Utah
Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Ivins Utah
Vermont:
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Weston Vermont
Virginia:
Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Williamsburg Virginia
Wolf Trap Theatre, Vienna Virginia (Internship only)
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg Virginia
Washington:
Columbia Gorge School of Theatre (Summer Camp), White Salmon Washington
West Virginia
Theatre West Virginia, Beckley West Virginia
Wisconsin:
American Players Theatre, Spring Green Wisconsin
Peninsula Players, Fish Creek Wisconsin (Internship Only)

More to come....

If you've worked at any of these theatres, please comment on this post about your experience there.

15 comments:

Nomie said...

Glimmerglass---great opportunities in opera, B'way designers quite often..MUST have a car to get anywhere. Last time I was there there was no cell phone signal for 20 miles around the site.

Lake George/Hangar/Anything upstate NY--usually pretty shady, make sure they're not signing you on at $300/wk to work 90 hours.

Sherrice Kelly said...

Your missing a great programs in California
STR in Santa Rosa is an amazing summer rep company, It takes on mostly interns. I believe you have to be a student in California.

Ryan said...

You should add Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN. Wonderful company in a town that you can easily get to the twin cities from.

KDubs said...

Thanks for the tips, folks! Keep 'em coming!

aimee said...

Steppenwolf Theatre Co in Chicago has a really fantastic internship program over the summer, completely unpaid, but worth it for the experience.

thank you so much for this post btw, its very helpful.

Jeremy said...

You've missed the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. It's the largest arts festival in the States. 8-9 week contract for the 17 day festival with multiple venues and crews all over the city. Paid apprenticeships and staff positions, plus housing (some of which is beach-side) and a travel stipend.

Definitely a "work hard, play hard" atmosphere, but tons of fun and amazing contacts. Highly recommended.

Matty said...

I worked at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca once and it was almost exactly as Nomie said. I got paid $100/wk to work 90 hours.

Anonymous said...

I worked at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for 20 years. It was the most enjoyable part of my year, every year. From undergraduate, thru grad school, into full-time employment, it was the finest time of my life.

The technicians were nearly all working professionals taking their "summer vacations" to make art in Boulder. A truly inspired, dedicated collection of people. I learned more each summer than I did each year in school; later, as a "veteran technician," I happily taught everything I knew to every new kid--some even came to work for me back in the real world.

In 2007, the CSF got a new artistic director. He fired the entire technical staff via a mass email. Then, they hired students for peanuts to work six day weeks (ala $125=60 hours). Last I heard the run crew actually walked-out, on a strike.

Now, the shop heads are students; the designers are unknowns; the directors are local. There's nothing to learn and no connections to be made. I strongly advise against working for the "new" CSF.

Anonymous said...

Lake George was sorta fun but didn't pay super well. We did get a great house, and single rooms though.

Most places, it just depends on the kind of people you're working with.

Robert said...

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is in Jackson, MI not Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is about 30 miles away. It is held at the Baughman Theatre in the Potter Center on the campus of Jackson Community College. It is not affiliated with Jackson Community College other than using it's theatre.

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Ace said...

Worked at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, ME. Great pay for staff positions, and great housing accommodations. Apprentice and intern opportunities also available in every department. One of the best jobs I've ever had.

Worked at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, PA. Pay isn't as much. Dorm-style housing, but private rooms. 2 theaters, and at least twice daily repertory changeovers.

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