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.
Artistic and Administrative internship:
Our program is offered to emerging theater artists with an interest in playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, stage management, arts administration, and other theater disciplines. 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 ($4000 for the 9-month internship; $500 for the summer internship).
Interns will have the opportunity to work with AEA performers and other professional theater artists in a workshop setting, manage rehearsals, create daily rehearsal reports, and serve as the primary liaison between the Center staff and workshop artists. As one of the Center’s primary stage managers, they will deepen their résumé with several new play development workshops, and network with nationally renowned playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs, as well as a wide variety of the Twin Cities’ top actors.
Interns will also work side by side with the Center’s staff in our administrative offices. Administrative tasks include creating and editing web content, researching submission opportunities for playwrights, helping with fundraising events, marketing, and public relations.
Note: Each of our three interns typically work 10 to 15 hours a week, weekdays between the hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm, although there are occasional evening and weekend events as well. The schedule allows for interns to have additional part-time employment. At this time we have no housing to offer interns. Current students taking daytime classes should not apply for our 9-month internship but instead look at our summer internship opportunities.
What past interns say about the program
"The Playwrights' Center has perfected the art of fostering new artists, new plays, and new relationships. In this position, I have been given the unique opportunity to observe the creation of new plays in their earliest stages and to create new professional relationships throughout the process.".
— Brid Henry, 2016-17
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 when 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