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Internships

WOOLLY IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
FOR ALL 2013/14 SEASON-LONG INTERNSHIPS.

Please Note: Woolly no longer offers summer internships.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is looking for the next generation of creative, dedicated, and highly innovative theatre artists and administrators, poised to jump-start their careers.

Spend a year in Washington, DC at one of the country’s premier regional theatres dedicated to the development, production, and promotion of new plays.

Woolly’s season-long internships are designed for recent college graduates and early-career professionals seeking greater understanding and deeper knowledge of artistic, production, or administrative areas of a professional theatre company. These positions typically run July/August to June/July of the following year.

As an intern at Woolly Mammoth, you will …

  • Work intimately with Woolly’s leadership, senior staff, and members of your department or area.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with your departmental colleagues on short- and long-term projects.
  • Interact with Woolly staff, board and visiting artists, as well as members of the dynamic theatre community in the DC-metropolitan area.
  • Have your own email address, phone line and work station.
  • Attend Intern seminars to learn about the various roles of Woolly staff, board, and company members.
  • Attend company meetings.
  • Receive free tickets to all Woolly Mammoth productions.
  • Attend special events at Woolly Mammoth including opening and closing night parties as well as the annual benefit.
  • Have the opportunity to attend rehearsals of Woolly productions.

Season-Long Interns receive a $200/month travel stipend. Housing is not provided.

Questions?  Email internships@woolllymamoth.net.



Application

All application materials must be submitted electronically and according to the specifications listed below and in the application. Woolly is not responsible for formatting errors or incomplete applications. Applications received in hardcopy via mail or fax will not be accepted (but will be recycled).

All application materials must be submitted together in one single email. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified once a complete application is received (please allow for approximately one week).

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 25, 2013
Application Packet

1. Application:   Microsoft Word      AdobePDF 
APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE IN PDF FORMAT AND TITLED “LAST NAME FIRST NAME APPLICATION DEPARTMENT” (e.g. Faragher Kevin Application Production).

2. Cover letter indicating your desired internship, describing your interest in Woolly, summarizing your prior experience and/or qualifications, and explaining why you are the ideal candidate for your desired internship. COVER LETTERS SHOULD BE IN PDF FORMAT AND NAMED “LAST NAME FIRST NAME COVER LETTER” (e.g. Faragher Kevin Cover Letter).

3. A professional work résumé that lists: education & training, work history, theatre/arts experience, and computer skills. RESUMES SHOULD BE IN PDF FORMAT AND NAMED “LAST NAME FIRST NAME RESUME” (e.g. Faragher Kevin Resume).

4. If applying for one of the following internships, please include an analytical writing sample: Artistic Director, Managing Director, Literary, and Development. This sample should not be a piece of creative writing. Do not submit a work of fiction or a script.

5.  If applying for the “Literary Assistant” internship, please include two letters of recommendation (employers, professors, etc). Letters of recommendation are only required for Literary Assistant candidates. Letters of recommendation must be received in electronic format.

Letters of recommendation may be submitted directly to internships@woollymammoth.net.The subject line must read “Applicant Last Name Applicant First Name Recommendation Literary” (e.g. Baker John Recommendation Literary).

Applications will not be processed until all materials have been received.

Applications accepted by email only.
Send completed applications to internships@woollymammoth.net
All application materials should arrive together.

Direct all questions to internships@woollymammoth.net. No phone calls please or direct inquiries to Woolly staff members.

Applicants will be contacted within one month of the closing deadline (March 25, 2013) if they will be receiving an interview. Once you have received confirmation your application was received in full, please do not follow up on the status of the application.



Internship Position Overviews
(alphabetized by department or area)


Assistant to the Artistic Director

Supervisor: Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director
Secondary Supervisor: Miriam Weisfeld, Director of Artistic Development

As Assistant to the Artistic Director, this intern is exposed to all areas of artistic administration including season planning, new play development, and organizing special events and workshops in addition to general administrative tasks. The intern will work closely with Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz, to help with his schedule and daily needs around the office. Attendance at board, development and design meetings is encouraged.

Communications Assistant
Supervisor: Deeksha Gaur, Director of Marketing and Communications
Secondary Supervisor: Anneliese DeDiemar, Marketing and Communications Manager

The Communications Assistant will learn all aspects of working in a Marketing and Communications Department with a specific focus on press and social media. The Assistant will learn about social media marketing, including engagement strategies for business on twitter, facebook, and Woolly’s blog; and all aspects of press, including the coordination of interviews and maintenance of press archives. They will also learn about the creation of the playbill for each show. They will provide general support to the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Marketing and Communications Manager in day-to-day tasks. The Communications Assistant will gain valuable experience learning Box Office and Front of House operations once a week, and will have access to all department and Board Marketing Committee meetings.

Connectivity Assistant
Supervisor: Jocelyn Prince, Connectivity Director

This intern works intimately with Woolly’s innovative Connectivity Department to develop and implement a sweep of activities around each production designed to engage all of Woolly’s various constituencies (staff, artists, Board, Claque, audience, etc) more deeply in the work of the theatre. Learning opportunities include special events planning, community outreach and organizing, and volunteer coordination.  Among other responsibilities, the intern assists the Connectivity Director in developing “Audience Design” for Woolly productions, building relationships with community stakeholders, and shaping the lobby environment for each show. Some day-to-day clerical and administrative tasks should be expected. 

Development Assistant
Supervisor: Sarah Dovere, Development Director

The Development Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of a Development office and the daily processes of fundraising for a not-for-profit institution. The intern will work closely with every member of the Development staff learning about donor research and database maintenance, gift acknowledgments, how to plan and execute events and benefits including Opening Night and 3 annual gala benefits, as well as how to make an “ask”. In addition, interns will help with routine clerical projects and preparations for Board and Committee meetings.

Directing Intern

Directing Interns serve as the Assistant to the Director on a Woolly production. The internship provides a unique, intimate opportunity for early-career directors to follow a professional director through the process of mounting a production at regional theatre. The duration of each internship will vary from four weeks to six months based on the needs of the director and the production calendar; however, candidates should expect to work full-time during rehearsal process (approx eight hours a day, six days a week). The scope of the position and specific responsibilities will be determined by the Director the intern is assigned to, in consultation with Woolly’s Intern Coordinator and Production Manager. Applications for this internship are accepted on an on-going basis, and interviews and placement are made as the need arrives. This position is designed for early-career directors; current undergraduates are not encouraged to apply as significant scheduling conflicts are likely to arise. There is no stipend for this internship.

Lighting Intern
Supervisor: Ann Allan, Master Electrician

Under the guidance of Woolly's award-winning Resident Lighting Designer and Master Electrician, the Lighting Assistant will be given the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of the light hang and focus in a professional setting. The intern will receive experience serving as the Designer's assistant during Tech and Previews, light board programming, and assisting the Master Electrician with lighting paperwork. The Assistant will learn the operations and procedures needed to maintain a production while serving as the light board operator for all main stage productions. In addition, the Assistant will experience touring companies while assisting the Master Electrician in the prep and execution of Presented Artist technical riders. Good communication skills and a sense of humor are essential for this position.

Literary Assistant
Supervisor: John Baker, Literary Manager
Secondary Supervisor: Miriam Weisfeld, Director of Artistic Development

The Literary Internship offers the opportunity to be immersed in the literary office of a major new play theatre. The literary assistant is exposed to the season planning, new play development, and production dramaturgy processes. The assistant helps with maintaining databases, organizing and implementing the flow of scripts through the department, reading scripts, writing reports, updating literary calendars, and participating in season planning meetings with Woolly’s script readers and artistic leadership. The intern typically works as an assistant dramaturg on one or more Woolly productions, compiling actor packets and secondary research materials, maintaining research blogs, tracking script changes, etc. As an assistant dramaturg, the intern may have the opportunity to attend developmental readings, design meetings, and rehearsals, as appropriate.

Assistant to the Managing Director
Supervisor: Jeffrey Herrmann, Managing Director

With a focus on gaining experience in theatre management, the position of the Assistant to the Managing Director offers a tremendous opportunity for those interested in theatre administration.  While staffing the Managing Director, this position provides an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experience in a variety of administrative areas, including: human resources, finances and budgeting, facilities management, board relations, fundraising and grants, corporate and foundation research, contracts, and the day-to-day activities necessary to manage a mid-sized, nonprofit theatre. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to a career in theatre management.

Marketing Assistant
Supervisor: Deeksha Gaur, Director of Marketing and Communications
Secondary Supervisor: Anneliese DeDiemar, Marketing and Communications Manager

The Marketing Assistant will learn all aspects of working in a Marketing and Communications Department with a specific focus on electronic communications and marketing. The Assistant will learn about email marketing, including the creation and deployment of mass emails, advertising, the creation of marketing collateral, budgeting, and targeting and segmentation of audiences. They will provide general support to the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Marketing Department in day-to-day tasks. The Marketing Assistant will gain valuable experience learning Box Office and Front of House operations once a week, and will have access to all department and Board Marketing Committee meetings.

Assistant to the Production Manager
Supervisor: Taryn Staples, Production Manager

Under the guidance of the Production Manager and Artist Relations Manager, the Production Assistant will be given the opportunity to learn about budgeting, scheduling, and coordinating the technical aspect of all Woolly Mammoth productions, workshops, and special events. The intern will receive experience in the casting process including the maintenance of show and casting files, along with scheduling and monitoring auditions. The Assistant will learn and assist with the travel and accommodation arrangements for visiting artist.  In addition, the production intern will be expected to attend all staff and production meetings and assist with the routine tasks of every day operations. Must be 21 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license.

Properties Assistant
Supervisor: Jennifer Sheetz, Properties Master

The Properties Intern at Woolly assists in the acquisition, build and maintenance of all props used in Woolly Mammoth’s productions. Interns will alternate working intimately with the Properties Master in the shopping or crafting of props, and serving as the props runner as part of each show’s crew under the supervision of the Stage Manager. Candidates should have prior experience in both hard- and soft-goods with basic knowledge in and skill level with hand and power tools, painting and sewing. For candidates interested in design areas, it is possible to attend production meetings with designers and directors for exposure to the artistic development process.

Technical Intern
Supervisors: Scott Little, Technical Director; Brian McVicker, Assistant Technical Director

The Technical Internship allows for a full understanding of how the production areas and technical staff come together to create a production. Throughout the season, there will be opportunities to become involved in different production departments. Interns work intimately with the Technical Director and scene shop staff on the construction, finishing, and installation of scenery. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to: wood work, scenic painting, steel work and welding, foam work, plastics. Technical Interns will also participate in electrics calls on occasion, including hang, focus, and maintenance. For candidates interested in design areas, it is possible to attend production meetings with designers and directors for exposure to the artistic development process.

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