Why intern with us?
The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has premiered 11 Williams plays, and hosted theater luminaries such as Olympia Dukakis, Eli Wallach, John Guare, Betty Buckley, Lanford Wilson, Brian Dennehy, and more. We have presented theater, dance, music and performance art from dozens of companies from as far as New Zealand and South Africa, and as near as Boston and Cape Cod. They come to the tip of Cape Cod for an unforgettable four-day celebration of America’s Great playwright: Tennessee Williams.
Our Festival team comes from 7 states or more. The artistic camaraderie of the Festival staff, interns, visiting artists, technicians and volunteers is the foundation of our success. We make history right here on the tip of the Cape. Theater professionals come to Provincetown from across the globe each September for the love of a great playwright, and the chance to perform in a setting like nowhere else.
Interning with us will truly be one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors in your theater life.
We rely on interns to keep our organization running. Since all interns are given significant, real-time responsibilities, we look for motivated, organized, responsible people who are pursuing theater or non-profit arts management as a profession.
Interns serve in two main capacities:
Pre-festival organization: 10-15 hours per week, from wherever the intern resides
On-site Residency: 40-80 hours during September in Provincetown, MA
Both students and non-students
Unpaid (check with your school to see if living stipend may be available)
Eligible for college credit (check with your school)
Supervised by a theater professional who serves as a mentor
Expected to undertake many projects, based on their skills
Encouraged to see as many Festival productions as possible
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: This is a great opportunity for those interested in general production management. Responsibilities may include organizing all aspects of the festival: production and special events; Equity correspondence; processing contracts; making travel arrangements for artists; assisting in data inflow; office and production maintenance/organization; assisting on managing the office calendar; correspondence; research; fundraising support; artistic program support; special projects as they arise; and general support for the Festival internship program.
DEVELOPMENT: How does a not-for-profit organization raise the funds needed to operate its programs and support its artists? This internship provides an opportunity to learn hands-on how to research foundations, corporations and individual donors, process contributions, work with a donor database, assist in preparing grant proposals and participate in individual donor cultivation.
MARKETING/AUDIENCE SERVICES: Learn how a professional theater festival initiates the marketing strategies from the ground up; from creating e-blasts, press releases, website; to researching and communicating with outreach organizations and potential audiences. Interns may assist with the creation/maintenance of all marketing materials, newsletters, Facebook/Twitter pages, box office, pass-holder lounge, audience services, house management, ushering, etc.
TECHNICAL: Serving as a technical intern for the festival puts you on the front lines of the productions, working with festival’s Technical Director and Venue Managers, as well as designers. You will be assigned to productions from around the world, and help them come to life in the odd and exciting theatrical spaces Provincetown has to offer. You’ll learn the basics of stage lighting, props, sound engineering and set construction in a fast-paced environment. This is a great way to get a lot of experience in a short period of time while working with innovative theatrical companies.
GUEST SERVICES: This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in how a theater company treats its out-of-town guests. Each year, over 90 artists, technicians and staff arrive in Provincetown to put on the Festival. Guest services staff arrange travel, housing, and hospitality programs In addition, interns may assist in the successful coordination of all on site non-performance Special Events such as parties, mixers and donor events. An energetic attitude and excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills are required as this intern works closely not only with staff, volunteers, and guests, but also with many business establishments as one of the important faces of the festival.
VOLUNTEERS: If you are ready to meet all kinds of people - each with their own interests and schedules - and believe in your heart that each one is a little nugget of gold, you are on the right track to be a volunteer intern. Interns will assist in coordinating volunteers for all productions, special events, and other aspects of festival organization which might include jumping in themselves at a moment’s notice. The volunteer intern will have a unique opportunity to gain a broad perspective in what it takes to create a critically acclaimed arts festival in a beautiful area of the country.