Four Production Interns work with the Production Staff, learning and gaining experience through Festival set-up, company load-ins, and show-operating positions on our outdoor stage and studios, and for site-specific performances.
During the first three weeks of the internship, Production Interns open and clean the studios, install sound systems, lay multiple dance floors, and receive training in the backstage positions they will run throughout the festival. During this pre-season period, the Production Department is instrumental in preparing the Festival grounds for public access. Production Interns and Staff participate in a variety of campus-wide projects and tasks to create the atmosphere for which Jacob’s Pillow is so well-known. During company load-ins, general jobs include laying dance floors, assembling scenery, maintaining wardrobe, and the loading and unloading of trucks alongside visiting companies.
Every show at Jacob’s Pillow is operated by the Production Interns, who rotate through backstage positions. Typical show call duties include moving scenery and props, assisting and maintaining wardrobe, and assisting in planning for upcoming performances. Interns will receive training with light and sound boards, and will have the opportunity to gain professional insight into show call duties like running lighting and sound consoles and operating rigging systems. Interns are required to attend workshops in all aspects of production instructed by either Jacob’s Pillow Staff or visiting company artists and designers.
Candidates must demonstrate a genuine interest in technical theatre production/stage management. They should be detail-oriented, organized, and efficient at multitasking. They must be able to work long hours through frequent interruptions, lift up to 50 pounds, work regularly at heights up to 30 feet, tackle projects both independently and collaboratively, and have excellent customer service skills. A successful candidate must be able to do all of this while maintaining a positive attitude.
Intern applications are open for the 2021 season!
Applications are due Monday, March 15, 2021.