SEPTEMBER 21 - 24, 2017

Study and Education at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival - photo by Ride Hamilton

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:

 

  • Tennessee Williams Institute: a 5-day course for graduate students

 

TW Institute

The Tennessee Williams Institute at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

The Tennessee Williams Institute is a graduate-level immersion course (also suitable for advanced undergraduate or PhD candidates) that takes place over five days during the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts.­

The course focuses on historical and critical perspectives on Tennessee Williams, and is intended for groups of students enrolled in University study. 

In addition to seeing a wide array of performances from across the globe, TWI students participate in a series of private seminars with scholars who specialize in Tennessee Williams. This year's special guest scholar is professor Felicia Hardison Londré, who specializes in Shakespearean dramaturgy.

Seminars will relate directly to the productions that are being presented. Topics may include Williams' changing reputation, his late works and the larger arc of his career, Williams in production (with the text as a blueprint), play analysis, and more.

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.

Download the TWI brochure here, or email education@twptown.org for further information.

 

To Enroll

email:  education@twptown.org

$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

 
 

Internships

TW Festival Internship Program - Photo by Josh Andrus

Why Intern with us?

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival has premiered 9 Williams plays, and hosted theater luminaries such as Olympia Dukakis, Eli Wallach, John Guare, Betty Buckley and Lanford Wilson. We have presented theater, dance, music and performance art from dozens of companies from as far as New Zealand and as near as Boston. 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 6 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 production@twptown.org by June 1.

Internship Application Form
Click to download (pdf)

 

INTERN POSITIONS

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 professor Patricia Navarra, Williams 101 is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare. 

With brief, informative backgrounds on each playwright, the discussion will prime your pump for a weekend of theater. Peppered with Festival artists, audience members will enjoy practical insights on the thematic through-lines in the Festival lineup.

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