Employment/Internship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Essential Theatre! Most of our employment and internship opportunities occur during the spring and summer while our festival is taking place, but there are some opportunities available year-round. If you are interested in employment or internship opportunities, email resume and letter of interest to Jennifer Kimball.


2018 Festival Set Designer – The set designer is responsible for designing the set elements for each play in the festival and collaborating with the production manager in the construction of the set(s) designed. The set designer will meet with the director for each play prior to its initial production meeting to discuss concepts and set needs. The set designer will provide models, ground plans or renderings as needed or requested by the director of each play, ideally prior to the first production meeting but minimally prior to the first rehearsal. Experience designing rep sets preferred but not required. Interviewing now – apply today!

Assistant Stage Managers – ASMs will attend rehearsals as needed throughout the rehearsal process as well as all of tech week and performances and will report directly to the stage manager. Tasks may include setting up before and cleaning up after rehearsals and performances, facilitating set changes as needed, tracking props, running lines with cast or taking line notes, and leading the run crew during tech week and performances. Interviews for these positions will take place in June.

Run Crew – Run crew will join rehearsals starting the week before each show’s opening night. Responsibilities will include tracking of props backstage during the show, assisting with scene changes and costume quick changes as needed, and possibly running lights, sound, and/or projections as deemed necessary by the stage manager. Run crew will also assist in changeover/rep responsibilities as needed. Interviews will take place in late June and early July for these positions.



We love the work we do and are excited to share our experience with you. Internships are unpaid, but class credit is available upon request.


Internships can be customized to meet the interests and needs of students and are eligible for academic credit if desired.  We currently offer internships in the following areas:

Design (lights, sound, costumes, props)
Production Management
Stage Management
Technical Internships (technical direction, set construction, set painting, stagehand/run crew)
Public Relations
Social Media
Customized Internships



Applications for literary management internships are accepted year-round. Literary management interns work with our artistic director to evaluate and review submissions to the annual Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition. We receive 50-80 submissions each year, but only one will be awarded the cash prize and be produced in next summer’s festival. Learn about all the elements that go into the play selection process while significantly contributing to the shape of the next Essential Theatre Festival!

Interns and Mr. Hardy will meet periodically throughout the semester, via phone or in person, to discuss the plays that have been reviewed. The number of plays each intern reviews will depend on the number of credit hours sought for this internship.

DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING AND ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIPS ALSO AVAILABLE – Contact jennifer@essentialtheatre.com to find out more today!