Taking a break from my ‘classes up close’ blog series to let you know about one of the aspects of A Work in Progress that I love the most: our interns!! You might not know that I began directing and choreographing at my high school drama department when I was only 15. It’s because of that experience that I make it a priority to encourage our upperclassmen to take the lead whenever I can.
Those of you familiar with us have gotten accustomed to seeing interns in almost every class – assisting the teacher, encouraging the students, and working on various projects in side rooms. They are backstage, helping with the bake sale, and sewing costumes. They have been seen painting sets, making props, and playing games with students. We have even had interns who have directed entire junior productions from start to finish, and interns who have helped us become nonprofit (giving presentations to our Board of Directors and meeting with our lawyer!). We are willing to create internships for those of you who are really passionate about something, too!
Internships provide valuable educational experiences, as they facilitate student learning outside of the classroom. Interns have the opportunity to appreciate more fully the connections between theory and practice, to adapt to a culture outside the traditional environment, and to gain exposure to potential career choices. Interns also help by serving the company in areas of need.
Internship opportunities within A Work in Progress can be found in the following areas:
- Costume & Make Up Design
- Sound & Lighting Design
- Other Tech Crew Positions (video, special effects)
- Assistant Directing & Choreographing
- Program Design for Productions
- Other Administrative Areas
Interns can receive ‘community service’ credit on their transcript, as well as credit towards future classes at AWIP.
Internships are now available for our 2016-2017 year!
We are in need of the following:
- Assistant Directors and Acting Coaches for the Junior Production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
- Assistant Director of the MainStage Production of “Mary Poppins”
- Assistant Director of the Staged Reading of “Little Women”
- Class assistants for Maestro Classics, Shakespeare, Creative/Classical Ballet
- Administrative assistance for all of A Work in Progress
- Media Interns
- Website Intern (must be familiar with WordPress)
- Social Media Interns (must be familiar with social media)
- Non Profit Interns (for assistance with our fundraising and grants)
- Backstage Manager: This person will be in charge of all things backstage. They should be comfortable leading a crew of people and be able to make quick decisions. Experience as a crew member is preferred, but training is possible for those who are interested. This person is required to attend all rehearsals once blocking begins.
- Assistant Stage Manager: This person will work alongside the stage manager, making sure the production runs smoothly The ASM is required to attend all rehearsals and take notes, as appropriate. During production, the ASM will have several important responsibilities, and will report directly to the Stage Manager. Experience with theatre performances is preferred, but training can be provided for the proper candidate.
If you are interested, click here to access the application. Internships are typically granted to students ages 15-18; however, younger students are still encouraged to apply, as assistant positions may be available.