Internship Opportunities at Orlando Shakes

Are you creative, driven, passionate about the arts, and looking for a bridge between university and the world of professional theater? Orlando Shakes offers training programs geared toward future theater professionals including Acting/Education internships, Summer Education InternshipsProduction Apprentice Training, and Administrative internships.

Interns and apprentices gain real-world experience, professional theater credits, contacts, and career guidance from our resident staff, guest designers, and directors. If you are willing to work hard and play harder, we invite you to join our theater family!


Acting and Education Internship

Orlando Shakes is currently holding auditions for male actors.
 
Color conscious casting: Orlando Shakespeare Theater encourages color conscious casting.  Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are STRONGLY encouraged to attend our auditions.
 
Interns are given the opportunity to perform on our mainstage in at least two productions and may perform in staged readings for PlayFest, our new play festival. They work side-by-side in rehearsals with Equity actors and stage managers, and may have the opportunity to work with or audition for visiting directors. In addition, they have the opportunity to earn Equity Membership Candidate Points, and receive instruction on performing Shakespeare. Courses are taught by our resident master teachers, as well as Artistic Director Jim Helsinger.
 
As Actor/Educators, interns receive teacher training, preparing them to teach our K-12 school workshops, which introduce students to Shakespeare and the basic elements of theater. Interns also assist in teaching our Saturday classes for local youth, and serve as both administration and production support throughout the year.
 
Our Intern Training Program is sponsored in part through the generosity of the Florida Theatrical Association and features:
  • Monthly Stipend
  • Nine month contract
  • Location near Theme Parks and Florida beaches

We estimate that ITP spend their time as follows:

  • 40% in rehearsal/performance
  • 40% in education
  • 10% in administrative support
  • 10% in production support
Auditions for the 2017-2018 season will be held Saturday, March 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando. To schedule an appointment and for additional information, call our Education Department at (407) 447-1700 ext. 208 or email Anne Hering at anneh@orlandoshakes.org.
 
Please prepare two contrasting monologues, one of which must be Shakespeare, and a musical theatre song, to be sung a cappella.
 
Video submissions accepted until April 1, 2017.
 

We are looking for hard-working, creative, dedicated individuals, who can work well with a variety of supervisors in a fast-paced environment. We especially appreciate challenge-seeking self-starters with positive attitudes and time-management skills. Our internships are adjustable to all levels of training, from beginner to recent undergraduate student to MFA graduate.

Interns may use their internship to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree. Our Director of Education, Anne Hering, is available to assist you in completing any paperwork required by your college or university.

Interns work hard. We want to make that clear. The average work week, not including lunch and dinner breaks, is between 50-75 hours a week. The workload varies with the responsibilities to which the intern is assigned. An intern that is rehearsing a show while performing in another show will be considerably more taxed than an intern who is only doing teaching, administration or technical work.

Interns are contractually guaranteed one day off a week. The Director of Education determines that day by what duties the intern will be assigned to that week. If you are rehearsing or performing an Equity production, your day off will most likely be on Monday. If you are not in rehearsal and are teaching in our in-school residencies, your day off would fall on Sunday. You will have at least a week’s notice as to what your day off will be.


YES! Kids already understand Shakespeare on an emotional level because they are less closed off (or in control) of their emotions than adults. Teachers do not start the session with a pre-conceived play in mind, rather they choose the material based upon the skills and interests of their particular class.

No. With a schedule of 50-75 hours a week, it would be almost impossible and we discourage trying. Also, an intern’s day off changes depending on their current project.

Yes. Interns need to have a reliable way to get to and from work. For example, Interns often must drive to teach in a school up to 25 miles away from the Theater.

We would like to see two contrasting monologues, one of which must be Shakespeare. We also would like to hear you sing 16 bars a cappella or 30 seconds of spoken word. If you are attending a local audition, there may be sides available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Education.

That’s okay! If you have never performed Shakespeare before, you will not be immediately disqualified. Our directors are looking for, above all, talent and a willingness to work hard. However, if you are planning to audition for us, I would suggest preparing a Shakespeare monologue despite your fears. Remember there is no right or wrong in theater!

Don’t worry. You probably have taught before and don’t realize it! Teaching a nephew how to swim or play a video game takes the same patience as teaching Shakespeare. But rest assured, we train our interns thoroughly about our in-school curriculum before they see a classroom. Also, we never send a teacher out alone. Interns will always teach with either a master teacher or another intern.

No. It is not a requirement of the internship program. We have a thriving partnership with UCF and many BFA candidates fulfill their internship requirements with us, but we have also had many interns from all over the nation.

As one of the facets of our thriving partnership with the University of Central Florida, we offer their 3rd year MFA students a nine-month apprenticeship that runs concurrently with our ITP program. Like all the ITP participants, MFA Apprentices will audition for all OST shows and are guaranteed two roles throughout the season. They will generally spend the remainder of their time in the administration offices whereas the ITP participants’ time will be split as described above. More about UCF


Summer Education Internship

Our Summer Education Internship offers early career teaching artists the opportunity to gain experience in the Education Department of a professional theater. Interns assist in teaching summer camps, supervising lunch breaks, planning curriculum, and writing Curriculum Guides for our season. Interns receive training workshops in curriculum and career planning. This is a volunteer position, with no stipend. Summer Education Interns are needed from June through the beginning of August. Positions are available for the entire nine weeks or for portions of the summer.

Summer Education Interns:

  • Must have their own housing
  • Must have their own car
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

We estimate that the Summer Education Interns spend their time as follows:

  • 40% assisting teaching
  • 40% supervising lunch break activities
  • 20% writing curriculum guides or providing administrative support

All positions for summer 2017 have been filled.



We are looking for hard-working, creative, dedicated individuals, who can work well in a fast-paced environment. We especially appreciate self starters with a passion for youth and theatre.


Interns may use their internship to support an undergraduate or graduate degree. Our Director of Education, Anne Hering, is available to assist you in completing any paperwork required by your college or university.


The average work week is between 20-40 hours a week. The workload varies with the responsibilities to which the intern is assigned. Interns work Monday through Friday during business hours, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Interns are contractually guaranteed one day off a week. The Director of Education determines that day by what duties the intern will be assigned to that week. If you are rehearsing or performing an Equity production, your day off will most likely be on Monday. If you are not in rehearsal and are teaching in our in-school residencies, your day off would fall on Sunday. You will have at least a week’s notice as to what your day off will be.


YES! Kids already understand Shakespeare on an emotional level because they are less closed off (or in control) of their emotions than adults. Teachers do not start the session with a preconceived play in mind, rather they choose the material based upon the skills and interests of their particular class.


Perhaps. With a schedule of 20-40 hours a week, you could have a part-time job.


Yes. Interns need to have a reliable way to get to and from work.


We will be asking about your experience in the classroom, leading youth, and acting or directing for the stage. A fluency in Spanish is very helpful, but not required. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Education Department at (407) 447-1700 ext. 254.


That’s okay! If you have never performed Shakespeare before, you will not be immediately disqualified. Our directors are looking for, above all, talent and a willingness to work hard. However, if you are planning to audition for us, I would suggest preparing a Shakespeare monologue despite your fears. Remember there is no right or wrong in theater!


While teaching experience is preferred, it is not mandatory. All Summer Education Interns will be supervised and mentored by professional Artist Educators.


No. It is not a requirement of the internship program. We have a thriving partnership with UCF and many students fulfill their internship requirements with us, but we have also had many interns from all over the nation.


Administrative Internships

Our Administrative interns are bright, curious, and self-motivated individuals with basic training and experience in theater who are committed to strengthening their skills and talents.

Interns undertake responsibilities as members of the staff, contribute ideas, participate in department and staff meetings, and complete projects under the guidance of their supervisors. Interns also participate in professional workshops and seminars, which provide contact with theater staff, guest artists, and members of the Central Florida arts community.

Part Time (20 hours) and Full Time (40 hours) internships available for qualified applicants in Development, Marketing and Communications, and Finance. Administrative internships are unpaid.

To apply, please submit the following to jobs@orlandoshakes.org with Jobs: Internship Application in the subject line.

  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent/Cover Letter
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

ucfAs one of the facets of our thriving partnership with the University of Central Florida, MFA in Acting candidates have private auditions and (assuming acceptance) spend their third year in a nine-month residency at Orlando Shakes, running concurrently with our season.UCF MFA in Acting students spend the first two years of education receiving excellent training, performing in Theatre UCF productions, taking classes and teaching on the UCF campus, which prepares them for their residency at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

For more information on Theatre UCF and the Acting MFA, visit the UCF Theatre website.

Responsibilities

Acting
MFA Actors are members of the acting company and audition for roles in the season. All MFA students are guaranteed a minimum of at least 2 roles in Orlando Shakespeare Theater productions and have performed in as many as 5 mainstage roles in the season. MFA Actors also serve as understudies and gain AEA membership candidacy points during their two semesters at Orlando Shakes.

Administration Work
MFA Actors spend part of their time learning the administration of a professional theater, serving as assistants in departments such as Marketing, Development, Administration, Company Management, New Play Development, Education/Teaching, and Guest Services. During their residency MFA’s will see all facets of running a professional theater.

Production
MFA Actors also spend time backstage participating in load-ins and strikes and working as run crew for one show.

UCF Classes
In addition to their work at the theater, MFA Actors take a 3 credit hour UCF class each semester they are in residence at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The Spring Semester’s “Theatre Careers” course concentrates on auditions, pictures, resumes, cover letters, business cards, using the internet, finding auditions, agents, casting directors and the “business” of theater.