Stage Management Internship

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 Stage Management Internship offers a unique, hands-on, professional experience. Interns work directly with seasoned Equity Stage Managers and are an integral part of the Stage Management Team. Interns gain valuable experience working at a leading regional theater with experienced Directors, Designers, Choreographers and Performers. 

The Stage Management Internship will ideally begin in late May or early June. The exact start and end dates are negotiable. The Stage Management Intern is expected to be present for pre-production, all rehearsals, techs, and preview performances. This is typically a 6 day/week commitment with rehearsal hours that typically span from 10am-6pm prior to tech rehearsals. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Internship Responsibilities

Assist the stage managers during the prep and rehearsal process of a production

Set up rehearsal spaces and maintaining the rehearsal environment

Work closely with administrative and technical departments

Help maintain databases, calendars, and production records

Desired Skills and Experience:

Stage Management experience

Minimum 1 year of undergraduate education

Effective and clear communication skills

Ability to work well with a diverse group of people

Some technical theater experience

Detail-oriented and organized

Computer proficiency, especially in Microsoft Office Suite

Willingness to learn and work as part of a team

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 Stage Management Internship with CST, 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 CST’s Production Department at


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