SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

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 Ride Hamilton

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, Kyogen, 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 Williams 101, our entertaining introduction to the 2019 Festival's plays and themes.

Click here to purchase your Workshop Pass. Once you've purchased your pass, the Festival will contact you with your full schedule of classes and performances.

Participants may also enroll for single classes beginning June 1, when tickets to all individual Festival events go on sale.

Questions? Email


About the Instructors

Elizabeth Dowd – Noh.
Elizabeth began her study of noh in 1992 through a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. That experience led her to co-found with Richard Emmert the Noh Training Project at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, where she served as Producing Director and faculty for twenty years. Elizabeth continues training through her work with Theatre Nohgaku and with Noh performers Matsui Akira and Oshima Kinue. A Founding Member of Theatre Nohgaku, Elizabeth has toured in productions of At The Hawk’s Well, Pine Barrens, Crazy Jane, Pagoda, Sumida River, and Blue Moon Over Memphis. She is the author of Gettysburg, an American Noh which will have its world premiere at the University of Pittsburgh this September.

Natsu Onoda Power – Kami-shibai. Natsu Onoda Power is an adapter/ director/ designer. Recent credits for original work include Ursuka K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven at Spooky Action Theater; Alice in Wonderland with National Players; Wind Me Up, Maria!: A Go-Go Musical at Georgetown University. Directing credits include Vietgone at the Studio Theatre; The White Snake at Baltimore CenterStage; Charm at Mosaic Theater. She is an Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies. Onoda Power holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and is the author of God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (The University Press of Mississippi, 2009).

Mark Oshima – Kabuki. Mark Oshima is a kabuki researcher, translator and singer in the Kiyomoto style of kabuki music under the stage name of Kiyomoto Shimatayu. He was born in Colorado, educated at Harvard University and International Christian University in Tokyo, and has been a resident of Tokyo since 1987. He writes and records commentaries subtitled in English for kabuki and Bunraku puppet theater for Earphone Guide and is also a translator for “Kabuki Kool” on NHK World. Translator of “Photographic Kabuki Kaleidoscope in Japanese and English (Bairingaru de Tanoshimu Kabuki Zukan, Shogakkan 2016)” by Kimino Rinko and supervised by Ichikawa Somegoro. His published translations of plays include Mishima Yukio’s “Kuro Tokage (Black Lizard),” and kabuki translations include “Musume Dojoji (The Girl at Dojoji Temple)” and “Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan (The Ghosts of Yotsuya).”

Laurence R. Kominz - Kyogen. Professor Kominz received his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University under the supervision of Donald Keene. Kominz' writing and research specialty is Japanese drama, and he has also taken performance lessons in Japan in noh, kyôgen, kabuki, and gidayû bushi (recitation for Bunraku puppet theatre). Kominz teaches courses in Japanese language, literature, drama, and film, and he also directs fully-realized kyôgen and kabuki plays in English. Most recent among them was The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai in 2016. Dr. Kominz' most recent book is Mishima on Stage: The Black Lizard and Other Plays.


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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