The Katherine Vaughns Internship Program
The Katherine Vaughns Internship Program gives recent graduates an opportunity to spend a season working in a professional theater setting. The program was recently named for long-time trustee Katherine Vaughns, a supporter and lover of the arts.
For more than 25 years, Center Stage has helped cultivate the next generation of theater makers through its highly competitive program, which helps bridge the gap between university and professional theater by providing early-career artists and administrators with hands-on experience and guidance. Center Stage welcomes a new class of roughly 20 different administrative, artistic, and production interns each season.
- Free Housing Each intern is provided with a furnished efficiency apartment in a historic row home just two blocks from Center Stage.
- Pay Thanks to funding from generous donors, Center Stage is able to pay interns a small weekly stipend. Interns often have the chance to make additional income by working in the box office, house managing, and bartending.
- Great Location Center Stage is located in Baltimore's vibrant Mount Vernon Cultural District, convenient to the Inner Harbor, restaurants, and urban nightlife. Baltimore is also a short ride away from the dynamic scenes of New York and Washington, DC.
- Academic Credit In some instances, students can receive academic credit for an internship. Center Stage will work with the intern to meet his or her school’s credit requirements. However, the intern is ultimately responsible for those arrangements.
- Professional Development Interns are offered the following opportunities to help further develop their professional careers:
- Intern Seminars These regular meetings are an opportunity for interns to learn from and network with theater professionals, including guest designers, area artists, and Center Stage staff.
- Portfolio Reviews Interns are encouraged to keep their portfolios updated throughout the season for portfolio reviews with Center Stage staff and guest designers.
- Evaluations Interns are evaluated within 90 days of arrival and again at the end of the internship. Evaluations provide a formal framework within which to discuss progress, identify goals, and articulate mutual expectations.
- Applicants must commit full time to one entire season at Center Stage from mid-August to early June. (If you are currently enrolled in school and are not able to work with us full time, learn about our Part-Time/Summer Internships.)
- Most interns have received undergraduate degrees. Applicants without undergraduate degrees should have equivalent professional experience.
- Computer literacy is a must for anyone applying to an administrative position.
- Because of the time-consuming nature of securing visas for foreign students, we are unable to accept applications for non-US citizens.
- Applications will be accepted via our website beginning in January, 2017. The selection process begins in early March. Given the generally high volume of applications, candidates to the 17/18 Internships are advised to submit materials to Center Stage as soon as possible once the form is available, with a recommended deadline of March 1.
- Completed Application
- Portfolio/Work Samples Certain internships, such as the Graphic Design Internship, require that a portfolio or work samples be submitted with your application. Please refer to the available internship descriptions for portfolio and work sample guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Professional Resume Please include two references (no letters of recommendation are needed).
- Cover Letter (1-2 pages) Please use this cover letter as an opportunity to show us your personality, including information not found elsewhere in your application. Within body of your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
-How have your experiences in theater and the performing arts brought you to where you are today?
-How will these experiences support your work at Center Stage?
-Where would you like to see yourself in the future?
Applications for the 2017/18 Season are now open. Apply now!
Diversity and inclusion are values central to the Center Stage mission. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.
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Meet our 2016/17 Interns.
About Katherine Vaughns
A true theater enthusiast, Katherine Vaughns believed deeply in the power of the arts to transform lives. Katherine joined the Center Stage Board of Trustees in 2001. She served on the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Task Force, 50th Anniversary Committee, and the Artistic Director Search Committee. She also served as Board Secretary and as Chair of the Community Engagement Task Force.
Artistic Director's Intern
The Artistic Director Intern position was developed in 2012 as the signature initiative of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. The ideal candidate will observe the craft and business of running a large theater institution at the LORT level. Its mission is to identify high potential undergraduates, graduates, and early career theater leaders from groups traditionally underrepresented in the high arts. The internship prepares these individuals for top levels of artistic leadership through shadowing the Artistic Department and Artistic Director. Observation will be focused on season programming, Artistic meetings, audience/community engagement, budgeting, directing, and exploring interactive technologies. Individuals will also be expected to research varying new-play development methodologies and techniques to help Center Stage become more impactful as artistic leaders in playwright development.
Artistic and Dramaturgy Intern
The Artistic and Dramaturgy Intern works with the artistic staff in support of literary management, new play development, season planning, production dramaturgy, a range of outreach and promotional efforts, and the overall near- and long-term artistic course of the theater. Other responsibilities typically include writing for programs and other materials; collaborating in educational, community programming, marketing, or development efforts; additional dramaturgy for selected projects; contributing to the artistic and institutional online/social media presence; and helping devise, support, or coordinate select artistic or other projects. Candidates should have excellent writing and communication skills, a high degree of initiative, and a strong background in dramatic literature and practical theater; some graduate study or prior experience of professional production is a plus.
The Audio Intern works with the Audio Department to help with system setup for all Center Stage productions, general equipment maintenance and repair, and supporting rentals and events. The Audio Intern will also work with the Sound Designers while acting as the board operator for the majority of the season. College and/or relative professional experience along with a basic understanding of audio systems is required. Experience with Mac and PC platforms, QLab, Yamaha digital consoles, and wireless systems is preferred.
The Carpentry Intern works in the scene shop on construction of scenery for the seven seasonal productions. Experience with wood construction and the use of standard shop tools is required. Welding and rigging experience is also a plus. Ability to solve problems and work independently is essential.
Company Management Intern
The Company Management Intern assists the Company Manager with all aspects of company and facilities management, including actor, director, and other theater consultants' contracts; travel and accommodations; occasionally auditions; management of all theater-owned housing units; and attending to the needs of visiting artists. Candidates need a warm personality, good communication skills, strong organizational skills, basic computer and office skills, a valid driver’s license, and a sense of humor. Additional tasks may include assisting the Production Management office as needed throughout the season.
The Costumes Intern assists in the shop with construction, shopping for shows, and maintenance of stock, as well as assisting with running crew and daily wardrobe maintenance as needed. Opportunities to learn more about crafts or wig maintenance are also available. Fast, accurate sewing skills and a working knowledge of costume construction are required. A digital portfolio in PDF format or website is required.
The Lighting Intern is an integral part of the four-person lighting staff. Duties include hanging, focusing, equipment maintenance, special projects, and the programming/running of shows. Lighting Design and Assistant Lighting Design opportunities available based on experience. College and/or professional experience is required as well as knowledge of computer light boards. Examples of a candidate's work and/or portfolio is required.
The Multimedia Intern assists the Multimedia Coordinator with projection programming, load-in, and set-up on all Center Stage productions that utilize the medium, in addition to assisting with engineering, load-in, set-up, and maintenance of multimedia installations and CCTV and IP video systems throughout the Center Stage building. College and/or professional experience, plus knowledge of Mac playback solutions, audio/video troubleshooting, and networking are required.
Production/Stage Management Intern
Working closely with the Production Manager, the Production/Stage Management Intern is involved in all aspects of production management, including aiding production planning, supporting rentals and events, completing production-specific research projects, and assisting with contracting and financial tracking. In addition, this intern will have the opportunity to assist the Stage Management team in the rehearsal hall and/or as part of the running crew for some Center Stage productions. Administrative and organizational skills, experience with spreadsheets and word processing, as well as the ability to work with a broad range of people and attend to numerous projects concurrently are all skills vital to excelling in this position.
The Properties Intern assists in all aspects of procuring and creating props for each production. This includes carpentry, sculpting, metalwork, sewing, upholstery, painting, drawing, and research. A portfolio demonstrating some of these skills is required.
Scenic Art Intern
The Scenic Art Intern assists the Charge Scenic Artist in the execution of all scenic treatments for the season’s productions, as well as overseeing general maintenance of the paint shop and its equipment. Prior experience in scenic art or a background in fine art is suggested, as well as a portfolio demonstrating an ability to draw and control paint. The portfolio should also showcase the process taken to achieve the final product.
Stage Management Intern
The Stage Management Intern works in all aspects of stage management, with primary duties in the rehearsal hall and as part of the running crew. Preference is given to candidates with experience outside academic theater.
Audience Relations Intern
The Audience Relations Intern assists in all aspects of the Front of House and Box Office operations. Front of House responsibilities include house managing, management of the volunteer corps, recruitment of new volunteers, and participation in Volunteer Events. Box Office responsibilities include general ticket sales, managing phone lines, participating in marketing meetings and assisting in group sales with the Marketing Associate. Candidates need excellent interpersonal communication and management skills as they will be working with a wide variety of people, as well as the ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment. Computer experience is required.
Community Programs & Education Intern
The Community Programs & Education Intern assists the education and community programs staff in administering and facilitating theater workshops, discussions, and trainings; organizing in-school residencies and visits; and maintaining department databases and archives. Applicants must show promise as a promoter, fundraiser, and advocate for Center Stage and theater education. Candidates need experience as both a theater and teaching artist; must work well and confidently with the public; and have excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills.
The Development Intern participates fully in the activities of a busy fundraising office including but not limited to assisting with corporate sponsorship benefits, helping plan and staff special events, grant writing support, researching funding opportunities, and general office support. Candidates need excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills, and computer proficiency.
Digital Media Intern
The Digital Media Intern will be directly involved in the planning, shooting, and editing of video. Additional tasks may include still photography, the use of display content management system for scheduling in-house display systems, the development of story boards, and the creation of videos and other digital content for use online. Applicants should have experience using a mid-level HD video camera and a DSLR camera for both video and still photography; an understanding of basic sound and light equipment; a moderate proficiency with FinalCut Pro X on the Mac OS, Adobe Photoshop and other Adobe Creative Suite products, and an aptitude for learning new software and content management systems; solid people skills and comfort conducting interviews; an ability to juggle multiple priorities; experience uploading, tagging, and providing descriptions for videos on Center Stage’s YouTube and Vimeo channels; a proficiency in digital marketing and social media with an ability to comprehend YouTube and Google Analytics and how it affects future videos. Proficient web/HTML skills will be useful but are not required. Applicants are encouraged to provide links to samples of video work available online.
Graphic Design Intern
The Graphic Design Intern will see a wide range of projects as part of the marketing and communications team that supports the entire theater. Responsibilities can range from simple in-house print production to creating promotional materials from concept to commercial print production to assisting with the design and maintenance of digital media. Significant other tasks will include photography, digital asset management, and event support. The intern will work directly with the Art Director and will collaborate with many other staff members. The candidate should have solid experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; understand basic design and typography concepts; be comfortable using a digital DSLR in an event setting; know their way around the Mac platform. Experience with HTML would be useful; efficiency, diligence, proofreading, and people skills are essential. A portfolio of design and photography work must be provided.
Marketing & Communications Intern
The Marketing & Communications Intern assists in the day-to-day activities of the department, and reports directly to the theater’s Director of Marketing & Communications. The Intern works on a variety of special and ongoing projects, such as drafting copy, conducting market research, tracking departmental budgets, organizing meetings for the Marketing Committee of Board of Trustees, planning departmental initiatives, and managing the Center Stage College Ambassador Program. The intern also assists with the organization of internal meetings and materials distribution, and serves as support for both the Marketing Manager and the Public Relations Manager as needed. Event work includes Opening Nights and the theater’s Night Out events. Applicants should possess excellent writing and editing skills, strong organizational and time management skills, have some experience in marketing and/or communications, and a strong interest in marketing for the performing arts.
Meet Antonio Eubanks the 2016/17 Season Administration Fellow.
||It has been such a thrill working as the Administration Fellow in the 2016/17 cohort of the Katherine Vaughns Internship Program at Center Stage.
You may be asking, “What exactly does a theater Administration Department do?” The answer isn’t so black and white because of how wide the scope of work is that we do, but this is how I like to sum it up: We are the problem solvers of the theater. We are tasked with making sure that everything runs smoothly through lots of proactive and reactive strategies. From Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities and everything in between, the administration team is always in the mix. The responsibilities of the intern in the administration department vary year by year based on the circumstances of the season.
As the Administration Intern last season, I assisted our Associate Managing Director with the task of orchestrating the demolition and rebuilding of our theater along with coordinating the relocation of all of our staff to several temporary off-site locations. As you may have heard, Center Stage is wrapping up a $28 million renovation of our historic home in Mt. Vernon and the management of this project falls under our purview. In this process, I learned some invaluable skills like creating and working with budgets, staff management, and how to properly pack a moving box!
This season, I was brought back as the Administration Fellow to continue supporting the project. Not unlike last year, a large part of my work is coordinating and organizing a move—this time back into the building! I am the main point-of-contact for all things relocation related. Although I was initially intimidated, I am anxious to tackle this responsibility with all that knowledge and experience from the first move.
I have been fortunate enough to track this project from a very unique perspective. I was granted “insider’s access” to the workings of a multi-million dollar project and I’m soaking up every ounce of knowledge. Being one of two interns who will have worked in our theater both pre and post project, I am very excited to experience how the space has transformed.
Just a couple of weeks out from the big move, the Administration team is in full gear and we’re charging towards the end of the month. Tasks range from cleaning out kitchen drawers to understanding the logistics of transferring an entire network to a completely different building. No day is quite the same as the last, and every day brings a new set of challenges. To me, that’s one of the greatest parts of my internship. The caliber and range of experiences I’ve had and continue to have at Center Stage couldn’t have been possible anywhere else.
For nearly 30 years, The Katherine Vaughns Internship Program has provided hands-on experiences that help bridge the gap between the university setting and a career in theater.
This would not be possible without the support of generous donors.
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