SEPTEMBER 24 - 27, 2020

Festival Artists and lifelong learners at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Photo by Ride Hamilton

Education Programs

We believe attending the theater is inherently educational. It is where we learn to become better human beings: a lifelong pursuit.

But here at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, we offer several ways to investigate Tennessee Williams in scholastically-based forums for learners of all ages:


TW Institute

Brian Dennehy teaches a master class at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Photo by Ride Hamilton

Tennessee Williams Institute

Think you know Tennessee Williams? Think again.

The Tennessee Williams Institute is a graduate-level immersion course (also suitable for advanced undergraduate or PhD candidates) offered annually in conjunction with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

The course offers a new and expansive approach to the plays of Tennessee Williams for those who will shape his reputation in the future: up-and-coming directors, teachers, critics, scholars, designers, dramaturgs, producers, playwrights, and actors.

TWI students participate in a series of private seminars with scholars who specialize in Tennessee Williams. Seminars will relate directly to live performance -- participants analyze and discuss Williams plays and then experience them in Festival productions, discovering where meaning unfolds in moments of action and stagecraft.

Emphasis is placed on the overtly theatrical elements found consistently in Williams’ plays from the 1930s to the 1980s; the unique theatrical aesthetic of Williams late work in content and performance; and the ongoing evolution of Williams’ reputation in the critical and popular imagination.

The Festival offers an unmatched range of performance and scholarship all in one place, a unique opportunity for academic study in an artistic context.

A full curriculum, schedule, and reading list is available upon request. Email for further information.


To Enroll

Download the TWI Application Form here

Email your completed form to

$450 per student includes*

  • Tickets to all Festival shows
  • Over 12 hours of classroom study with scholars
  • Welcome Reception
  • Opening & Closing Parties
  • Q&A with Festival Artists

Sample schedules, housing/travel information and customized ticket packages are available.

* Travel and housing not included


Workshop Experience

Photo by Josh Andrus

2019 Festival Workshop Experience 

The Festival Workshop Experience
is a weekend of hands-on workshops designed to share Japanese performance techniques employed by Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima in their plays.

From Friday September 27 at noon through Sunday afternoon September 29, four workshops will be offered to attendees, led by renowned masters.

Workshops will relate directly to the Festival-presented productions, exploring Noh, Kabuki, Kyôgen, and Kami-shibai storytelling.

The Festival's new Workshop Pass allows patrons, artists, and students to attend all four workshops as well as a curated set of four Festival performances, plus admission to the Kathleen Turner Master Class on Saturday morning.

All events in the Workshop Pass are on a fixed track (see schedule below), which ends by 4:30pm on Festival Sunday.

When you arrive in Provincetown, pick up your pass and tickets at our Box Office starting Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019.

Click here to purchase your Workshop Pass. Email questions to

To reserve tickets to individual workshops, browse the listings on the Events & Parties page.


Festival staff and interns at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Photo by Josh Andrus


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.

Internship Overview

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


Interns are:

  • 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


To Apply:

FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FORM and return it to by June 1.

Internship Application Form
Click to download (pdf)



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.

Williams 101

Illustration of Tennessee Williams by David Chick for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater FestivalHosted by visiting scholars and special guests, Williams 101 is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your Tennessee Williams. This annual series of entertaining lessons on the life and work of Tennessee Williams, as well as discussions of this year's plays and themes, provides handy insights about our lineup of performances.

With brief, informative backgrounds, Williams 101 is designed to prepare and excite you for a weekend of theater. Audience members will collect insights into the thematic through-lines in the Festival lineup during these discussions, peppered with cameos from Festival artists.

The Williams 101 discussion is held several times during Festival week, so pick the time that works for you!

Williams 101 is a ticketed event, and becomes available to book online and by phone in early June each year, when single tickets to all Festival shows go on sale.   


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