Interns NW is a unique six-month intensive certificate program in theater arts. Selected students gain hands-on experience in a variety of theatrical disciplines while working with NWCT professional staff and guest artists. Internships combine experience both onstage and backstage with advanced instruction allowing young people to explore a range of theater arts in a focused, professional atmosphere.
Fifteen to nineteen (younger applicants may be admitted by program director).
Interns are selected by audition, written application (pdf here), recommendation and interview. Students may participate in a First, Second and Third year internship. There is no program fee for Interns NW.
Advanced Training Requirement
All First Year Interns participate in advanced training focusing predominantly on performance related skills. While some classes are mandatory, interns select the majority of classes from a calendar of options based on their skills, interests and availability. All interns must participate in a minimum of 20 hours of Advanced Training per term.
All First Year Interns are assigned to work backstage on one Mainstage production as a stagehand, wardrobe/dresser or booth technician. NWCT Mainstage productions include weekday performances. First year Interns are required to be excused from up to four days of school in order to complete their technical requirement, as well as some late rehearsal nights and a long weekend commitment prior to opening.
Front of House Requirement
All First Year Interns are assigned to work as Assistant House Manager for two weekends per season on a Mainstage or Second Stage show.
Company Events & Galas
First year Interns will be asked to assist with NWCT galas and fundraising events. Many Interns have been able to apply these hours towards credit for community service requirements at school.
Intern Showcase Production
During NWCT’s Spring term, Interns will mount a showcase/workshop production. Interns will head up all areas of production (except directing) and the details of the production will depend largely on the strengths of the students. Participation in this project is not mandatory.
All first year Interns are required to attend one non-NWCT, non-High School production per term and respond to the production in writing.
Interns NW is a tuition-free program.
Program Director Sarah Jane Hardy
503-222-2190, ext 14
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