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Kean Stage
Kean University

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Premiere Stages, the professional Equity Theatre Program at Kean University, offers a professional intern program for applicants who have an interest in pursuing a career in theatre arts. The program provides intense on-the-job training, weekly seminars, field trips to New York City, understudy opportunities and membership in the Equity Membership Candidacy Program (when applicable). The intern pool is comprised of primarily college students and second career oriented individuals; part-time internships are also available to high school students. Premiere offers multiple summer internships as well as literary internships during the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Premiere offers a variety of internships over the course of our summer season

General Summer Intern Duties:

  • Work strikes and tech rehearsals.
  • Attend production and staff meetings.
  • Assist in other departments as needed.
  • Attend weekly summer seminars.
  • Seminars are taught each Saturday morning by seasoned theatre professionals.
  • Attend field trips in New York in conjunction with the National Academy of Television
    Arts & Science

Summer Interns Receive:

  • $175 per week stipend or college credit (number of college credits are determined by student's institution of study).
  • Housing in the campus dorms is provided at no charge
  • Certificate of completion
  • Free seminars
  • Professional field trips
  • Equity Membership Candidacy Points (when applicable)
  • Valuable contacts and networking opportunities

Internships are available in the following concentrations:
Stage Management
Interns assist Equity stage management staff and the director with the set up and running of rehearsals. During performances, interns work backstage assisting the production stage manager as needed. Stage Management interns are eligible to earn points in the Equity Membership Candidacy Program.

Interns work in all production areas including carpentry, electrics, props, costumes, and sound. Interns serve as production assistants on run-crew for all performances. Interns should have experience in production but are not required to have experience in all production areas. Duties include:

  • Assisting the technical director and set designer in the scene shop
  • Assisting the master electrician and lighting designer with the maintenance and implementation of electrics
  • Assisting the prop master with the rental, purchase, building, and maintenance of all props
  • Assisting the costume designer and shop manager with costume construction, purchase/rental, and maintenance

Interns are selected to sharpen their skills in preparation for a job as an artistic director. Interns assist the producing artistic director and guest directors in rehearsals, assist the resident dramaturg with contextual research for program notes and lobby displays, and help coordinate staff and production meetings. Additional duties include assisting with budgeting, paperwork, personnel, public relations, special event coordination, and audience services.

Education/Producing Assistant
Interns assist the Producing Associate with the implementation of the Premiere Stages Education program, which includes the following components: Camp Premiere, Premiere School Time Residencies and the Musical Fun Series. Interns help devise curriculum, coordinate schedules, assist with workshops, coordinate child participation, interact with student participants, and assist with study guides and outreach projects for the main stage season.

Marketing/Box Office
Interns assist the Audience Services Coordinator and the Box Office Manager in developing and implementing marketing strategies. These include print, radio and online advertising, social networking initiatives, mailing list maintenance and online patron outreach. Computer / internet skills are essential. Other responsibilities include selling program ads, distributing printed marketing materials (posters / brochures) to the immediate community and communication with local media partners. Interns also assist the Box Office Manager by tracking complimentary tickets for cast and crew and working with box office staff to confirm and track ticket sales before performances.

Literary Management/Arts Administration (Fall/Spring)
During the academic year Premiere offers a literary internship in the Fall and Spring semesters. Interns assist with all aspects of the Premiere Stages Play Festival, including organizing and evaluating submissions, scheduling and assisting with the Play Festival Spring Readings and Student Readings and related rehearsals, interfacing with the Panel, assisting with casting, and corresponding with playwrights. Interns also get a foundation in arts administration assisting with grant writing, in-school residencies, and the administrative process of running a small regional theatre.

Semester Interns Receive:

  • College credit (number of college credits are determined by student's institution
    of study)
  • Certificate of completion

Program Dates
Summer Internships: Mid June — Early August
(some interns may stay through the NJ Premiere in early September)
Semester Internships: Fall and Spring Semesters

All materials must be received by March 1, 2015 for consideration for the Summer Internship Positions.

Send cover letter, resume and application to:
Premiere Stages
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

To download an application form please click here.