Front of House/Administrative Intern
Playhouse on the Square, a regional professional theatre company in Memphis, TN, is looking for a self-motivated individual for a year-round internship. Duties include managing front of house, event managing, organizing volunteers, and assisting with various public relations events. Other responsibilities may include marketing, postering, database management, mailings, and advertising. Organizational skills coupled with effective communication skills are essential. A car is preferred. $125/week plus housing. Please submit resume and references to: Michael Detroit, Associate Producer, Michael@playhouseonthesquare.org.
Box Office Associate
Playhouse on the Square (POTS) is accepting applications for friendly, outgoing individuals for a part-time Box Office Associate position. The Box Office Associate assists in the daily operations of the box office and is responsible for delivering excellent customer service, single tickets sales and subscription processing. Responsible for processing cash and credit card sales with a high degree of accuracy.
Hours will vary depending on event schedule. The successful candidate must be extremely flexible to work various hours and days on a week to week basis. The candidate can expect to work 14-20 hours per week, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
• Sells tickets on the computerized box office system to customers in person and by telephone
• Provides information to customers regarding all aspects of the theatre programming
• Maintains the box office database, ensuring all information is recorded accurately
• Must have excellent telephone etiquette and customer service skills.
• Must have an energetic personality with excellent interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to perform detailed data entry accurately and with adequate speed, normally requiring a speed of 20 wpm
• Ability to use a computer and specialized software applications, TheatreManager, including familiarity with Word
• Ability to work flexible hours including nights and weekends.
Qualifications: High School graduate and two years of customer service experience that included using computerized data systems and the processing of sales receipts.
To Apply: To apply, please come by the box office at 66 S Cooper to complete an application or submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “BOX OFFICE ASSOCIATE” in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls. Playhouse on the Square is an equal opportunity employer.
Teaching Artists for the After School Acting Program (ASAP)
ASAP is a program for young people in grades 2-8 that takes place in partnership with local schools and community centers in the Memphis area. Students study a specific style of theatre each semester. In order to ensure the same quality and content of experience for all young people involved in ASAP, teaching artists are provided with the full 12-week curriculum. The teaching artist also works with students to create a 10-12 minute play based on the style studied to perform at Playhouse on the Square at the end of the semester.
LOCATION: At Schools and Community Centers around the city including Midtown, East Memphis, Cordova, Bartlett, and Arlington
DATES: September 7th-December 9th
TIME COMMITMENT: Twice a week (90 minutes per day) for twelve weeks after school between the hours of 3 and 6PM. Days and specific times vary on location. Must attend one Saturday morning at the end of the semester to facilitate your students’ performance for our Showcase Festival (December 9th).
THIS IS A PAID POSITION.
– Sophomore standing or higher in undergraduate school; theatre or education major preferred.
– Experience and passion about working with young people.
– Classroom Management skills.
– Transportation REQUIRED.
To apply: email Claire Rutkauskas at email@example.com with a letter of interest and a resume.
Types of Internships
Individuals are selected from an audition process and are also determined by the casting needs for the upcoming season. All performance interns will serve in a technical capacity when not in rehearsal or performance. These areas may be in administration, costumes, or scenery. The performance interns will generally be in a rehearsal or performance situation and will have the opportunity to audition for roles in many of the shows. A one year contract will provide the intern an opportunity to appear in 5-6 productions.
Costume Shop Management Intern & General Costume Shop Technician
The Shop Manager intern works directly under the Resident Costumers on all the season’s productions and is in charge of keeping order in the shop when the supervisors are not there. The General Technician is primarily in charge of costume builds and may be a first hand or cutter/draper depending on the show and their skill level.
Both positions require good sewing skills and to work wardrobe when called for. You will be working regularly with 2 performance interns and a rotation of volunteers and over-hire stitchers. We can offer between 2-5 design credits depending on experience and the season. A college degree and previous experience is preferred. A car is not required but is preferred.
The Lighting Design Associate Company Member reports to the Resident Lighting Designer. This person will be responsible for designing the lighting for up to 9 productions at the Circuit Playhouse (second stage). At Circuit, this person will also be responsible for master electrician duties during their productions. This includes the install, focus and programming of the shows they design. For each production designed, the intern must supply the proper paper work. This includes light plots, instrument schedules, cue lists and research all of which will be reviewed by the Resident LD. The intern will participate in all light hangs and focus calls for all productions and will act as lead electrician during installs and focus calls for Playhouse on the Square (mainstage) shows. When not in tech, he or she will help provide maintenance and expand the infrastructure of the lighting systems at Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse. During the show runs the lighting design intern will often be called to run follow spot, light board or operate a programmed sound console for some musicals.
This position gathers props for main stage or second stage space as well as oversees and maintains the prop storage area. A car is essential for this position as well as a creative eye, and a pleasant disposition in dealing with the public. The properties intern is responsible to the stage manager. Some stage management opportunities may be available.
Scenic Design Intern
This position as Scenic Designer requires the ability to draft, paint, and adhere to a rigid time schedule. Duties include scenery construction, painting, load-ins and load-outs, stagehand work, show organization, and general clean up. This position will receive 4 to 6 scenic design assignments for the second stage, The Circuit Playhouse. A valid drivers license and good working knowledge of all shop tools is preferred. A positive working attitude is a must, and a concern for safety in the shop is essential.
Stage Management Intern
This position serves as the resident stage manager for the second stage, The Circuit Playhouse. They will be responsible to the individuals show director and The Circuit Playhouse Manager. Actors in the production may be members of the resident company, the intern company, or individuals from the community. All the normal stage management responsibilities fall to this position in addition to gathering props for the production. A person in this position needs to be responsible, organized, punctual, and self-motivated. A car is essential for this position.
Administrative/Front of House Intern
This self-motivated individual should possess experienced skills in dealing with public. Typical duties include managing front of house, event managing, organizing volunteers, and assisting with various public relations events. Other responsibilities may include marketing, postering, database management, mailings, and advertising. Organizational skills coupled with effective communication skills are essential. A car is preferred.
Highlights of the Playhouse on the Square Internship Program
- Housing, local phone, washer and dryer are provided.
- $125.00 a week stipend is provided.
- You will not have to look for work or relocate frequently as all contracts are for one year.
- For Performance Interns: Your resume will include 4 to 6 new performance credits after a year from a respected 44 year old not-for-profit regional theatre.
- Design Interns will acquire 4 to 6 production design credits.
- Those with large monthly financial obligations are not encouraged to participate in the program.
- Cost of living in Memphis is very affordable.
- Health care benefits are available for a minimal fee.
- For Performance Interns, technical or administrative work is required when not in a rehearsal or performance situation.
- Work hours are generally from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, six days a week, except for load-in weeks at Playhouse on the Square. Days off are generally Sunday mornings and all of Monday, but this could vary depending on performance schedules.
- We are looking for those who live and perform well in a communal situation and are willing to commit for the long term.
If you are interested in an Performance Internship
- Send a cover letter along with: headshot, resume, audition video/dvd
- If you are unable to send a video, you can make arrangements to audition with us in person by contacting Dave Landis at (901) 725-0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in a Production Internship
- Submit a resume, references and any portfolio information available to Dave Landis, (901) 725-0776; email@example.com