McCarter provides a $75/week expense stipend. Limited housing is available for out of town interns.
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91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
The McCarter Internship program is designed provide an environment that empowers tomorrow’s theater professionals to develop in their chosen field. By incorporating our interns into the work of McCarter in a deep, vital and mutually beneficial way, we help to foster thriving, passionate colleagues in the theater community.
McCarter is committed on all levels of operations to fostering an increase in the participation of theater professionals of color within our company, including our Internship Program. We welcome and encourage applications from aspiring artists, administrators and craftspeople of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds.
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts is a nationally recognized, non-profit performing arts organization which produces 6 main stage theater productions, and presents over 100 music, dance and special events each year. McCarter's theater series was the recipient of a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, and in 2013 McCarter’s artistic director accepted the Tony Award for best New Play on behalf of Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, which was developed and premiered at McCarter. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, McCarter Theatre is centrally located 50 miles from both New York and Philadelphia and reaches an audience of approximately 200,000 throughout the tri-state area. McCarter's budget exceeds $10 million dollars per year, and the theater employs approximately 150 people at the peak of the season.
Originally constructed in 1929, McCarter Theatre resides on the Princeton University campus. While the University owns the building, McCarter Theatre independently operates the building and maintains control over the programming. The auditorium seats 1,078 people. In conjunction with the Princeton University Department of Theatre and Dance, McCarter opened the 360 seat Berlind Theatre in fall of 2003. Production shops (scenery, costumes, and props) are located within three miles of the theater.
McCarter’s internship program is one of the most prestigious and established in regional theater. Former McCarter interns have gone on to extraordinary careers as freelance artists, artistic directors, university professors, and high-level leadership positions in marketing, development, education, company management and more. The alumni network of former interns is strong and active. 1 out of every 15 full-time employees at McCarter was originally employed as a McCarter intern.
McCarter internships are post graduate, full time, season long positions. These internships are for individuals who desire a challenging practical experience in the real world, and for those who are willing to devote their full energies to the internship. Since hours and duties vary with different departmental assignments, taking on additional work outside of the internship may be difficult, and will be permitted only in cases of need. McCarter interns gain significant real world experience by assisting full time staff, participating in theater wide events and projects, and becoming core members of the McCarter Community. In addition to considerable responsibilities within their designated department, all interns can expect to perform interdepartmental tasks for the benefit of the theater, such as assisting with student matinees, fundraising events, poster runs, etc. Interns are given the opportunity to learn how each department contributes to the whole of McCarter through seminars with high-level staff, and are also invited to attend selected staff, board and committee meetings to increase their understanding of how a large regional theater operates.
All interns receive a weekly stipend of $75. A limited number of interns are eligible for shared local housing. It is possible for some interns to obtain employment within the theater for additional compensation such as working with outbound calling, leading backstage tours, or Front of House positions that do not conflict with regular intern duties. The normal duties of the internship must be completed before extra work can be taken on.
Internships typically run from late August through mid-June. In rare cases, interns may be able to join the organization for the summer directly prior or following their season-long position. Travel expense to and from McCarter is the responsibility of the intern.
Individuals who are interested in a career in professional theater and who are no longer in college, graduate school or in a formal training program are encouraged to apply to the program. In some cases, semester-long internships can be arranged. Academic credit for such programs is at the discretion of the sponsoring college or university and is arranged by the individual intern. The appropriate McCarter supervisor evaluates the intern’s performance as required by the college or university.
Business Office Internship:
Provides experience in and exposure to budgeting, contracts, payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable in an arts environment.
Company Management Internship:
Provides an overview of general management, business office procedures, and the theater production process, including coordinating artist travel, contract preparation, budgeting, facilities management, and assisting with all facets of artist hospitality.
Development and Fundraising Internship:
Provides experience in the fundamentals of fundraising, including individual, corporate, foundation, government, and capital giving, as well as provide experience in grant writing, gift processing, donor events, the annual gala, stewardship projects, and mail campaigns.
House Management Internship:
Provides experience in every facet front-of-house operations, including inventory control, budgeting, training ushers and concession staff, lobby maintenance and lobby use for special events.
Marketing/Special Events Internship:
Provides experience with all facets of branding, publicity, promotion, and direct-mail marketing essential to the ticket sales of a performing arts center. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: planning, coordination, and execution of special events and parties under the guidance of the Special Events Manager; facilitating the Donation Request and New Neighbor programs; departmental budget tracking and reconciliation; assisting with McCarter’s digital media efforts, specifically our student/young audiences campaigns; supporting the PR Director with media relations; providing general administrative support for the Marketing Department.
ARTISTIC / EDUCATION
McCarter offers two directing internships per season. Each internship splits its focus between observing and assisting in the rehearsal room and working with the McCarter artistic staff either in Producing or Engagement. Directing interns will gain experience and training in the rehearsal room, observing and assisting the rehearsal process for three of the six mainstage productions. Responsibilities will include serving as an assistant to the director on select mainstage productions, script reading and report writing, and conducting production research. Those applying for directing internships should apply for one of the two following options:
Directing/Artistic Engagement Internship:
In addition to the directing internship responsibilities described above, this internship offers experience and training in audience engagement – the practice of enhancing and deepening the impact of the arts experience for the audience and greater community. Engagement tasks may include, but are not limited to: assisting the artistic engagement manager with design and curation of events, research, correspondence, copywriting, event promotion, and public speaking.
In addition to the directing internship responsibilities described above, this internship offers experience and training in the day-to-day producing activities of a regional theater, and gives the opportunity to learn about the planning and producing of a season that includes six mainstage productions and an active program for developing new work. Producing tasks may include, but are not limited to: filling key positions for the McCarter Lab series of workshops and readings, assisting with the running of auditions, and communication with artists and agents.
Education Teaching Artist Internship:
Provides experience in all facets of educational programs, including extensive teaching opportunities in classes and workshops, assisting with in-school residencies, working with community partners to offer arts education to underserved groups, supporting and coordinating the Student Matinee Series, contributing to online curricular content for teachers, working with education and engagement staff to create new programs, and supporting the day-to-day work of the education office.
Literary Management Internship:
Provides experience in the fields of literary management, dramaturgy, and new play development. Tasks include (but are not limited to): reading and analyzing scripts, maintaining correspondence with agents and writers, assisting with play readings, writing/developing content for performance programs and website, and conducting production-specific research. Detail-oriented, organized, and creative thinkers are encouraged to apply. Please include writing samples with your application.
Provides the opportunity to observe and participate in the day-to-day producing activities of a regional theater, and to learn about the planning and producing of a season that includes six mainstage productions and an active program for developing new work. Responsibilities include serving as the primary casting coordinator for non-equity and children’s casting for mainstage productions, as well as assisting with the casting and producing of Lab Festival events and education productions. Other tasks include, but are not limited to: maintaining McCarter’s casting files, reading and analyzing scripts, corresponding with agents, artists, and actors, and coordinating readings and workshops.
Stage Management Internship:
Provides the opportunity to participate fully in the pre-production, rehearsal process, tech and running of McCarter’s Theater Series and annual production of A Christmas Carol. Responsibilities include assisting the AEA Production Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers in all components of stage management, including setting up and maintaining the rehearsal hall, maintaining an environment conducive to the artistic needs of the production, creating the paperwork necessary for running the production, and running the “deck” on all productions. As available, there will be “Operation Observation” opportunities backstage on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at touring productions at McCarter. This intern is eligible to participate in the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate program.
Stage Management/Education Internship:
This position is shared by the Stage Management Department and the Artistic/Education Department and provides the opportunity to participate fully in the pre-production, rehearsal process, tech, and running of Theater Series productions in the first half of the year, and to stage manage a variety of educational productions in the second half of the year. Responsibilities include all those listed above for the stage management internship, in addition to serving as stage manager for youth productions and supporting the producing activities of the education program in the spring. This intern is eligible to participate in the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate program.
Theater Production Internship:
Provides experience in one of several production disciplines; costumes, props, scenery, paint, lighting or sound with participation in the planning and execution of that department’s work in the shops and/or on stage.
Production Management Internship:
The Production Management Intern will work with the Director of Production and the production staff to support all events that happen on McCarter’s stages. Responsibilities will include data entry, book keeping, staff scheduling, attendance at departmental meetings, and coordination of budgets and logistics for designers and other artistic collaborators. Additionally, this intern will be heavily involved with McCarter’s series of presented events, including contract distribution, advancing of special events, and preparation of artist hospitality. In conjunction with the Company and General Management Interns, the Production Management Intern will provide artist support for produced and presented events.
The Charles Evans Fellow
Each season, one McCarter intern will be named the Charles Evans Fellow thanks to the generosity of the Charles Evans Foundation.
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