Internships

The Hangar Internship Program 

How to apply...

All applicants looking to apply for any internship or apprenticeship must complete and submit the Internship Application. Please e-mail your Hangar Theatre Application Form as well as a letter of interest and your resume to:

**When submitting your materials, please put the internship position title that you are applying for in the subject heading of your e-mail**

The Hangar Internship Program offers you the opportunity to work alongside professional artists and managers at the forefront of an award-winning regional not-for-profit theatre in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

Internships at the Hangar Theatre are designed to give creative and ambitious individuals who are interested in theatre the opportunity to work directly with professional theatre artists and administrators, and the opportunity for students to bridge the gap between collegiate work and professional life. The goals of our Internship Program are to offer students and aspiring theatre professionals experiential learning and insight into a career path, facilitate opportunities to make professional contacts, and equip individuals with marketable skills for jobs and graduate programs in theatre and not-for-profit management. 

The Hangar Theatre offers various internships in Production, Artistic and Administration. Interns work directly with individual department heads & staff to receive practical training in administrative management or technical theatre. Intern applicants must be 18 years of age. Many Hangar alumni have gone on to work professionally at nationally and internationally renowned theatre institutions including Alliance Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, CENTERSTAGE, Children’s Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Hartford Stage, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Signature Theatre, Syracuse Stage Company, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre among others. Internship opportunities are most often offered over the summer, but some positions are available during the fall and spring. Internships may qualify for college credit and/or federal work-study programs during the academic year.  

Why intern at Hangar Theatre?

  • Take advantage of the opportunity to gain practical experience and build your professional resume. Build your professional network and make lifelong friends as you work with some of the best in the business in a creative and supportive atmosphere.
  • Participate in intern forums with Hangar staff and senior management, guest artists and other members of the community to broaden your knowledge base and expand your understanding of professional regional theatre. 
  • Spend valuable time in the city of Ithaca and find out why all the bumper stickers say ‘Ithaca is Gorges’. Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Ithaca's natural beauty is unmatched, highlighted by rolling hills, Cayuga Lake, breathtaking gorges, and over 100 cascading waterfalls. With a community of artists, writers, performers, along with some of the world's leading scientists and researchers, Ithaca is an environment that values creativity, intellect, and innovation. Theater and the arts abound in the region, and the quality and variety of our local restaurants, more per capita than in NYC, prompted the The New York Times in 2008 to call Ithaca a "gastronomic oasis." Ithaca is an amazing place to visit, live, work and learn, and you'll be glad that you did!

Hangar Interns receive:

  • Complimentary tickets to all Hangar productions during the season you are with us, and the chance to take advantage of free or discounted tickets to other Ithaca theaters through industry courtesy exchanges.
  • Tickets to all Hangar opening night performances—including the post-show receptions.
  • College credit, as arranged with your individual college or university.
Hangar Internships are for individuals who desire a challenging practical experience in the real world, and for those who are willing to devote their full energies to the internship. Hours and duties vary with different departmental assignments. After an initial orientation period, all Hangar interns can expect that they will assume essential and meaningful responsibilities under the direct supervision of a Department Head. Interns can also expect to perform basic, everyday tasks for the benefit of the theater, such as answering phones, staffing the concession stand, assisting the marketing and development departments with poster runs, etc. These tasks are not the primary focus of the internship, but are necessary for the smooth operation of the theater.  Interns are given the opportunity to learn how each department contributes to the whole of Hangar through seminars with department heads.  Interns are also invited to attend selected staff, board and committee meetings to increase their understanding of how a large regional theater operates.

 

COMMITMENT

We expect a willingness to work hard and high standards of performance. In return, interns are treated as members of our professional staff and receive intensive hands-on experience. We ask that all interns be reliable, conscientious and energetic. Most summer season internships require a commitment of at least 10 weeks but in some cases a shorter time commitment can be agreed upon with the specific department head.

What you need to know...

  • Designed for college students, recent graduates and emerging professionals. Must be 18 years of age to apply.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • For college students, hours are flexible during the Fall, Winter and Spring to accommodate class schedules. Summer hours depend on the specifics of the position
  • A modest stipend and/or housing is available for some positions, although most intern positions are unpaid. Stipend and housing benefits for internship positions are determined for each position within each department, and will be addressed during the interview process.

Artistic Department Internships:

Artistic Internship

Candidate should be interested in working in a fast-paced environment where initiative and creativity are highly valued.  Good organizational skills and computer proficiency are required. This position is unpaid and would require a commitment of 20 hours per week. Intern will report to the Artistic Director. 


Duties may include:

  • Attending staff meetings and giving reports
  • Attending art staff meetings and taking minutes
  • Attending Artistic Advisory Committee meetings and taking minutes
  • Assisting the Artistic Director and the Associate Artistic Director in the producing of the    Mainstage and KIDDSTUFF productions
  • Providing research, material and management for promotional ventures in conjunction with the Marketing Department
  • Facilitating communication between departments

Education Internship

Candidates should be interested in working with children on theater-based projects and assisting in the creation and management of those projects. Good organizational skills and computer proficiency are required. This position is unpaid and would require a commitment of 20 hours per week. Intern will report to Associate Artistic Director/Head of Education. 

Duties may include:

  • Attending staff meetings and giving reports
  • Attending Education Committee meetings and taking minutes
  • Assisting in the registration for the Next Generation School of Theatre
  • Assisting in the management of the Next Generation School of Theatre
  • Assisting in the creation of curriculum for both school-based and theater training programs
  • Communicating with parents and other stake holders in the theater’s education programs
  • Assisting with other educational programming around the Mainstage productions (pre- and post- show talkbacks, etc)
  • Assisting in the creation of supplementary educational materials (study guides and family guides)

Literary Internship

Candidates should be interested in the creation, development, and management of new plays & musicals.  Strong communication needed for work with playwrights, literary agents, and volunteer readers. Good organizational skills and computer proficiency are required. This position is unpaid and would require a commitment of 20 hours per week. This position will also require a commitment to read and present coverage of two new plays per week.  Intern will report to the Artistic Associate. 

Duties may include:

  • Attending weekly artistic staff meetings
  • Assisting the Literary Associate in the logging and filing of submitted plays-Reading and providing written coverage for submitted plays
  • Communication with Board and Staff Members who are also reading submission
  • Communicating with playwrights who have submitted materials for consideration
  • Working in conjunction with the theatre’s development department to secure National funding for new play development
  • Assisting in the facilitation of the monthly Hangar Pilot Reading Series over the summer and into the fall


Administration Department Internships:

Marketing and Communications Internship

Hangar Theatre is seeking marketing and communications interns for Summer 2014. Build your resume and come get hands on experience marketing and promoting a professional regional theatre! Interns work directly with the Manager of Marketing and Communications.

General responsibilities:

Assisting the Marketing Manager in implementing and/or developing a marketing and publicity plan which may include research, events postings, material distribution and production, social media management, writing and proofing, outreach, archiving, and more. 

Excellent writing and communication skills and computer proficiency are required. Graphic design experience preferred.

Group Sales/Subscriber Services Internship

This position is mentored by both the Hangar Theatre Marketing Manager and the Audience Services Manager and is primarily a spring/summer position. Candidate should possess professional written and verbal communication skills, customer service skills, excellent research and organization skills and a strong interest in Arts Administration and Marketing. Some graphic design experience is a plus. This position requires proficiency in Excel, Word, and basic office software.  

General responsibilities: 

  • Assist Audience Services Manager and Marketing Manager in design and distribution of marketing materials and e-blasts for group sales and subscription sales
  • Subscriber communications, including phone, in person, e-mail and postal mailings. Facilitate subscriber seating requests and ticket exchanges
  • Facilitate internal VIP ticket reservations
  • Data collection, organization and entry for group sales and subscriber services
  • Welcome large groups and facilitate their arrival to the theatre

Development Internship

Candidates should have excellent communication skills, excellent attention to detail and high level organizational skills. This position will report to our Development Associate.

General responsibilities: 
  • Assist Development Department in fund-raising and stewardship activities 
  • Track donor and prospect data in Total Info Easy-Ware donor and ticketing software (training provided) 
  • Donor correspondence
  • Preparation of financial reports
  • Special event planning and support
  • Raffle or other short-term fund-raising program management
  • Prospect and foundation research
  • Writing and proofreading of proposals, correspondence, reports

Front of House Internship

Successful candidates will be articulate, detail-oriented individuals with initiative and strong customer service skills. This seasonal summer position reports to the Audience Services Manager and assists the House Manager and Concession Manager with patron services prior to and during Mainstage and KIDDSTUFF performances. Duties include monitoring lobby and restroom cleanliness, assisting with concession sales and opening Night receptions, staffing Will Call and Box Office, supervising ushers.

General responsibilities:

Assists House Manager with all aspects of the show relating to the audience including but not limited to:
  • Training of ushers
  • Assisting patrons with special needs
  • Maintaining supply of programs at the theatre
  • Seating issues
  • Assisting Box Office personnel with Will Call
  • Counting ticket stubs and issuing daily house reports
  • Set up, break down and staffing of opening night receptions.

The Front of House Intern assists with all Mainstage and KIDDSTUFF performances throughout the season, and will be provided the opportunity to serve as House Manager for select KIDDSTUFF performances throughout the season. 

Company Management Internship

Applicants should have the ability to work effectively with many personality types. The ideal candidates will also possess excellent time management skills and will be highly organized. Most importantly, all candidates should have creative problem solving skills, the ability to multi-task under pressure, and an interest in hospitality and customer service. This position reports to the Company Manager.

General responsibilities:

  • Assist the Company Manager & Assistant Company Manager in arranging and providing hospitality to the acting company and guest artistic staff. 
  • Arranging travel and housing 
  • Coordinate refreshments for Meet & Greets
  • Organize and maintain housing kits and prepare residences for company members
  • Coordinate daily shuttle schedules
  • Assisting in the special needs of the company and working to welcome artists to Ithaca and the Hangar Theatre

Executive Management Internship

This position will expose early career managers to cultural management, executive leadership and mission-based decision making in the professional theatre, Successful candidates will receive a broad overview of the Hangar Theatre and how it functions as a whole. This position reports to the Managing Director.

General responsibilities: 

  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Become familiar with the theatre’s daily operations expense and revenue concerns, and   mission-based goals and priorities
  • Participate in fund-raising events and represent the Hangar to the public, possibly through participating in curtain speeches, board meetings, and other events
  • Attend leadership meetings, department head meetings, and board meetings
  • Complete independent projects as assigned

Requirements:

  • Extensive knowledge of theatrical production and management
  • Refined standards of organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent administration and communication skills Basic knowledge of accounting principles and practices
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including PowerPoint, Word, Outlook and Excel 
  • Ability to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment

Preference will be given to applicants with an undergraduate degree in business, communications or the arts. Interested applicants will need to submit references and one writing sample (no longer than two pages) in addition to the Intern Application, letter of interest and resume.

 

Production Department Internships and Apprenticeships:

Production Internships offer current advanced college students and recent graduates a chance to expand on their academic studies and gain practical experience in a professional environment. From the first day through the end of the season, production interns gain valuable experience working on a variety of shows and will get the opportunity to serve in a supervisory capacity for a KIDDSTUFF and/or a Wedge Production. Production interns will also receive periodic reviews. Most production internships run the entire summer (early June – mid August) and provide a weekly stipend and housing. All production interns will report to the Production Manager.

The Technical Apprentice Program is an immersive, introduction to the world of professional theatre designed for current college students or recent high school graduates with limited experience.  The program challenges you to look at theatre in new and meaningful ways. Students in the apprentice program will spend the summer living, breathing, and creating theatre while working alongside production interns and professional staff on the Hangar’s shows.  In addition to the hands-on training, apprentices will receive feedback about their work and Master classes throughout the summer from members of the professional staff as well as other guests. Apprentices have returned in subsequent summers as interns and/or technical staff members. Apprenticeships run early June through early/mid August.  

Apprenticeships are tuition free but apprentices are responsible for their own daily living expenses and will be charged a fee for housing.  

Costume Shop/Wardrobe Internship

General responsibilities:

  • Assists with the building, altering, painting/dyeing of costumes for each Mainstage, KIDDSTUFF and Wedge production
  • Actor fittings
  • Restocking of costumes
  • Shopping
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all costume, wardrobe, and dressing room areas
  • Assists with the running of costumes on assigned shows for technical rehearsals and performances
  • Dressing actors and presetting costumes
  • Executing quick changes
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization of dressing rooms and wardrobe areas
  • The intern will get the opportunity to serve as a Wardrobe Supervisor on a KIDDSTUFF production.

Costume Shop Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns costume construction techniques by assisting with the building, altering, painting/dyeing of costumes for all Mainstage, KIDDStuff and Wedge productions.

General responsibilities:
  • Actor fittings
  • Restocking of costumes
  • Shopping
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization of all costume and wardrobe areas.  

The Apprentice may assist in the running of Mainstage, KIDDStuff or Wedge productions as needed. 

Design Fellows

Four design interns will spend the summer designing 8 shows (KIDDSTUFF and Wedge productions), assisting on Mainstage shows, and mentoring the design apprentices. They will work with the four Drama League Directors who are chosen to spend the summer at the Hangar leading the Hangar Lab Company. This intense summer will help prepare young designers for the rigors of the real world.  This summer design training program was created to provide emerging designers the time, space, and resources to practice as a designer.  Fellows will also assist in the training of the design apprentices, who will serve as assistant designers.

Design Apprenticeship

Four apprentices will learn design techniques by assisting the Design Fellows with the designs for the KIDDStuff and Wedge productions.  There will be one apprentice in each of the four major design areas (costumes, lights, sound, and scenery).  Apprentices will also assist in the load-in/hang/focus as appropriate for their particular area for the Mainstage, KIDDStuff, and Wedge productions.  Apprentices will also attend production meetings as well as design meetings.

Electrics Internship

General responsibilities:
  • Assist with the hanging and focusing of each Mainstage, KIDDSTUFF and Wedge production
  • Dimmer checks before performances
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Repairing and maintaining equipment as needed
  • Constructing and wiring of any practicals 
  • Prep work for changeovers
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all electrics areas.

Electrics Interns also program and run the lighting console, alternating between Mainstage and KIDDSTUFF technical rehearsals and performances.  Each intern will get the opportunity to serve as Assistant Master Electrician on a KIDDSTUFF or Wedge Production.

Electrics Apprenticeship

Three apprentices learn theatre electrics techniques by assisting with the hanging and focusing of each Mainstage, KIDDStuff and Wedge production.

General responsibilities:
  • Dimmer checks before performances
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Repairing and maintaining equipment as needed
  • Constructing and wiring of practicals
  • Prep work for changeovers
  • Maintaining cleanliness in all electrics areas
  • Running the lighting console for Wedge Productions
  • Running followspots for Mainstage and/or KIDDStuff Productions, or running Mainstage or KIDDStuff productions in a different department as needed

Paint Internship

General responsibilities:
  • Assists with the painting of the Mainstage and KIDDSTUFF productions, including the mixing of colors and determination of techniques
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all paint areas.  
Paint interns will get the opportunity to serve as Scenic Artist on a KIDDSTUFF or Wedge Production.

Paint Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns scenic painting techniques by assisting with the painting of the Mainstage productions.

General responsibilities:
  • Mixing of colors and determination of techniques
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all paint areas

Production Management Internship

General responsibilities:

  • Assists with maintaining production calendar and schedules, budget tracking, future season planning
  • Attends production/design meetings and helps facilitate production work
Production Management Intern will get the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Production Manager for the Wedge shows.

Production Management Apprenticeship

The apprentice will learn production management techniques including budgeting (tracking and reconciliation) and scheduling by working closely with the Production Management team. Apprentices will also attend production meetings as well as design meetings as available.

Props Internship

General responsibilities:
  • Assists with researching, constructing, purchasing, painting and borrowing of props for all Mainstage, KIDDSTUFF and Wedge productions
  • Repairing and maintaining shop tools
  • Preparing and executing strikes and load-ins
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all prop areas.
Props interns will get the opportunity to serve as Assistant Prop Master on a KIDDSTUFF or Wedge Production.

Props Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns stage prop techniques by assisting with the research, construction, purchasing, painting and borrowing of props for all Mainstage, KIDDStuff and Wedge productions.

General responsibilities:
  • Preparing and executing strikes and load-ins
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all props areas
  • Running Mainstage or KIDDStuff productions as needed.  

Scene Shop Internship

General responsibilities:
  • Assists with the building of the scenery for each Mainstage, KIDDSTUFF and Wedge production
  • Repairing and maintaining the scene shop and tools
  • Preparing for and executing strikes and load-ins
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all scenery areas.
The intern will get the opportunity to serve as Master Carpenter on a KIDDSTUFF or Wedge Production. 

Scene Shop Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns scenery construction techniques by assisting with the building, striking, and loading-in of scenery for each Mainstage, KIDDStuff and Wedge production.

General responsibilities:
  • Maintaining cleanliness in all scenery areas
  • Running of Mainstage or KIDDStuff productions as needed. 

Sound Internship

General responsibilities:
  • Assist with the hanging and patching of equipment for each Mainstage, KIDDStuff and Wedge production
  • Sound checks before performances
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Repairing and maintaining equipment as needed
  • Prep work for changeovers
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization in all sound areas.  
  • Mix sound for all productions (both playback and wireless mic mixing), alternating between Mainstage and KIDDSTUFF technical rehearsals and performances.  
  • Function backstage as Mic Technicians during musicals.  
  • Assist with Mainstage Electrics changeovers
Each intern will get the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Sound Engineer on a KIDDSTUFF or Wedge Production.

Sound Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns theatre sound techniques by assisting with the hanging and patching of equipment for all Mainstage, KIDDStuff and Wedge productions.

General responsibilities:
  • Sound checks before performances
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Repairing and maintaining equipment as needed
  • Prep work for changeovers
  • Maintaining cleanliness in all sound areas
  • Mixing sound playback for Wedge productions
  • Functioning backstage as Mic Technicians during Mainstage or KIDDStuff musicals
  • Running Mainstage or KIDDStuff productions as needed.  

Sound Apprentices also assist with Mainstage Electrics changeovers.

Stage Management Internship

General responsibilities:

Four interns work on a rotation, established by the Production Manager, to:

  • Stage Manage Wedge Season
  • Assistant Stage Manage KIDDSTUFF productions
  • Production assist on Mainstage shows where EMC credit can be earned.

While each intern will work on the Mainstage, due to scheduling not all interns will work within all the other season programs. 

Stage Management Apprenticeship

Three apprentices will learn stage management techniques by serving as assistant stage managers for Wedge productions, Production Assistants for KIDDStuff productions, and Run Crew for Mainstage productions.  Apprentices will also attend production meetings as well as design meetings as available.

Technical Direction Internship 

Knowledge of basic scenic construction techniques and AutoCad (preferred) or Vectorworks is necessary.  

General responsibilities:
  • Work closely with the Technical Director and assist in the drafting of shop drawings for all productions
  • Assist in load-ins and strikes

The intern will get the opportunity to serve as the Technical Director on KIDDSTUFF and Wedge Productions.

Technical Direction Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns scenery construction and planning techniques by assisting the Technical Director with the building, striking, and loading-in of scenery for each Mainstage, KIDDStuff and Wedge production

General responsibilities:

  • Maintaining cleanliness in all scenery areas
  • Budgeting
  • Researching and identifying materials and items required for the productions
  • Running of Mainstage or KIDDStuff productions as needed.  

Apprentice will attend production meetings and design meetings as available.

Wardrobe Apprenticeship

The apprentice learns wardrobe techniques by assisting with the running of costumes for Mainstage, KIDDStuff, and Wedge productions as needed.  

General responsibilities:
  • Dressing of actors
  • Presetting costumes
  • Executing quick changes
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization of dressing rooms and wardrobe areas
The apprentice will also work in the costume shop when not running shows.

 

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