Production Management Intern

The deadline for this internship has passed. Check back soon for details on Fall 2019 internships.

As an intern in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Production department, you will be joining a world-class group of artisans, craftspeople, carpenters, and technicians. Together, the Production Management, Stage Management, Scenic, Props, Costumes, Lighting, Sound and Wigs departments execute the visions of the many directors and designers who come through Chicago Shakespeare’s doors. With the opening of our new flexible performance space, The Yard in 2017, the Production department ensures unique learning experiences for our interns.

Chicago Shakespeare’s Production Management Interns are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility and have the opportunity to play an integral role in the Theater’s Production Management Department. They assist the Production Office staff with finances, research, scheduling, and a variety of other projects.

The Production Management Internship will ideally begin in late May or early June. The exact start and end dates are negotiable. Internship hours range from part to full time. All internship candidates must be available to work a minimum of 24 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks in order for this experience to be a worthwhile educational endeavor. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Minimum two years undergraduate education with successful completion of coursework related to Theatre Management/Administration

Familiarity with backstage terminology, schedules, and safety procedures

Working knowledge of office equipment

Well-versed in MS Office Suite programs

Effective verbal and written communication skills

Flexibility and ability to work within tight deadlines

Detail-oriented and organized

Willingness to learn and work as part of a team

Interest in taking on leadership roles

Self-starter, willing to take on specific projects or tasks and see them through to completion

Internship Responsibilities:

Conduct research for special projects

Assist Production Office Manager with financial records and reconciliation

Help prepare season paperwork (calendars, contact sheets, etc.)

Support with meeting and event set-up

General office assistance- shipping/receiving, mail distribution, stocking supplies, filing

Other special projects to be determined based on intern’s strengths and interests

Benefits Include:

A modest travel stipend

College credit as available through a student’s academic institution

Complimentary tickets to CST performances

A review of the intern’s resume and portfolio with CST Staff Members

Invitations to company-wide events with actors, designers and other artists

Free and reduced-price tickets to other Chicago theaters through “industry” offers

Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing.

Application Process:To be considered for a Production Management Internship with Chicago Shakespeare, please prepare the following to upload through our application form:

A cover letter stating:

Your specific interest(s) in this particular internship

Your available start and end dates

Hourly time commitment each week

How you hope this internship will support your future goals

A current CV or resume describing relevant experience

Two letters of academic and/or professional reference (Please note that if your references would like to submit their letters to Chicago Shakespeare directly, they may do so through the submission form on this page.)

If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school’s requirements.

Questions? Contact Chicago Shakespeare’s Production Department at


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