Are you an aspiring playwright, director, dramaturg, theater arts administrator, or theater artist of any discipline? Get hands-on experience in the process of new play development and theatre arts management through the Playwrights’ Center’s internship program.
Membership and artistic internship:
Our program is offered to recent graduates, advanced undergraduates, and graduate-level students of playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, stage management, and other theater programs. Internships at the Playwrights’ Center offer the opportunity to work at the heart of a thriving arts organization while learning multiple aspects of the day-to-day of a non-profit. Because our interns work with playwrights, directors, and actors on a local and national level, some theater experience is preferred. The internships include a modest stipend.
Note: Interns typically work weekdays between the hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm. Current students taking daytime classes should look at our summer internship opportunities.
As a Playwrights’ Center intern, you will have the opportunity to work with AEA performers in a workshop setting, run rehearsals, help create weekly AEA reports, and serve as the primary liaison between the Center and workshop artists. As one of the Center’s primary stage managers, you will deepen your résumé with several new play workshops, and network with nationally renowned playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs, as well as a wide variety of the Twin Cities’ top actors. You will also work side by side with the Center’s staff in our administrative offices. Some of these administrative duties include (but are not limited to) assisting staff with contracts, researching playwright opportunities, curating and posting website content, assisting with public events, and other special projects as assigned.
What past interns say about the program
In addition to learning about the day-to-day operations of running a non-profit, interning at the Playwrights’ Center allows you to be part of a larger artistic conversation. You’re watching the creation of work at the ground level with some of the most generous and insightful artists in the field. And the entire staff rocks.
— Robert Frost, 2013
I entered my internship at the Playwrights’ Center with a vague desire to work with theatre texts and left knowing my future career. It was at the Center where I realized “this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.” The greatest part of my time there was meeting the amazing artists and staff, creating connections that I still maintain. My time at the Center opened new doors in my career and my community.
— Abbie Butterfield, Summer 2013
What playwrights say about the program
We were assigned an intern.…when the workshop ended, we asked her to join the production team for our performance at the Fitzgerald. So, a further relationship has evolved. I’ve always believed that the Playwrights Center’s most vital role was two-fold: to provide writers the material resources we need; and to introduce us to collaborators whose talents increase our own.
— Jeffrey Hatcher, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer
Application due dates
- Summer internships (late May – August): Application due MARCH 13
- 9-month internships (Sept - May): Application due MAY 1
To apply for an internship, you will need to provide the following:
- Internship application form—download below
- Current résumé
- Cover letter explaining your short-term and long-term career goals, what skills you will bring to the Playwrights’ Center, and why you are interested in an internship at the Playwrights’ Center.
All application materials can either be e-mailed to Hannah Joyce-Hoven at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed directly to:
The Playwrights’ Center
c/o Hannah Joyce-Hoven
2301 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN 55406