While APT has no specific internship program, several intern opportunities exist at APT. Each is detailed below, as well as how to apply for each.
Please note if the internship has specific dates, as you must be available for the entire length of the contract. Because of APT’s rural location and lack of any public transportation, interns must have their vehicle.
If you're interested in any of the following internships, please check the employment page to see if the position is available.
We are currently accepting submissions for our 2017 Apprentice Company. Apprentices are full members of the Acting Company and as such are salaried and housed. Apprentice Actors play small roles and understudy larger ones, do no tech work, and attend classes taught by our Voice and Text staff which focus on dense poetic text and help to ease the transition to our sizeable outdoor stage. At the end of the season they self-produce a project on our mainstage. Our season runs from May 9th through October 8th, as we play in rotating rep we are not able to consider any actors who aren’t available for the entirety of the contract. Applicants should have a great love and enthusiasm for language and poetry, particularly Shakespeare. Additionally, we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in our Acting Company and strongly encourage actors of color to apply. We ask for your understanding that due to the amount of interest we are not able to respond to every request, we will be in touch with you if we have an invitation to audition. Please send your headshot and resume accompanied by a brief cover letter for consideration to the following address:
American Players Theatre
PO Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
APT does not have a production internship program. Due to the nature of our repertory season and the speed at which we work we are unable to support interns in the way they should be. If you are available for our entire season, which runs from early May to mid-October, you may be interested in our Production Assistant position in the future. All 2017 Production Assistant positions are currently filled.
This is an entry level position on our deck (backstage) crew, working with our Sound Engineer. The primary responsibilities of this position are scenery changeovers, assorted maintenance, running crew, miscellaneous lifting and moving. Intern will also assist the Sound Engineer in all aspects of sound and will run sound for one of eight shows in rep. Ideal candidate must be able to work outdoors in all weather, and handle regular heavy lifting. Some experience in sound needed with a desire to learn more. This position runs from May to mid-October. This is a salaried position with housing provided.
This is an entry level position for hard-working individuals with technical theatre background. Primary responsibilities: scenery changeovers, assorted maintenance, running crew, miscellaneous lifting and moving. Other duties include electrics, sound, carpentry, painting, and props. Some opportunities to serve as extras for candidates with interest. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather, and handle regular heavy lifting. This position runs from May to mid-October. This is a salaried position with housing provided.
Marketing Assistant: American Players Theatre is seeking an organized, outgoing and self-motivated person to work with APT’s marketing staff. The Marketing Assistant is a full-time, seasonal internship. The contract runs from late May through early September (though length of contract may be somewhat negotiable). A weekly stipend is available and housing is provided.
- Coordinating and running approximately 25 marketing events throughout the season, including a pre-show discussion series, several audience receptions, dining events, and various other audience enrichment events.
- Spearhead APT’s social media presence during the season
- Assist marketing staff in public relations efforts, including writing and distributing press releases, preparing photos for distribution, coordinating press hospitality
- Support the marketing staff in all aspects of implementing the marketing plan.
This internship is an excellent opportunity for a student or recent graduate in arts administration or marketing/communications to gain valuable hands-on experience. A successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, be able to work independently, have experience in event management, basic design skills (InDesign and Photoshop), and a working knowledge of Social Media platforms. Video editing and/or photography skills a plus. Must be able to work nights and weekends.
High School Internship
American Players Theatre offers a unique opportunity for a high school student to experience the inner workings of the technical side of theatre. Everyone gets to see what the actors do onstage, but very few get to see and experience the work that goes into creating the world of the play. This internship gives a local student the opportunity to work and learn from APT’s talented technical theatre artisans.
Applicants will apply for the position and will be chosen on the basis of their application. Applicants should have an interest in theatre, a curiosity about what goes on behind the scenes and an ability to complete projects independently. Specific skills needed in various shops, such as sewing or using power tools, are helpful but not necessary. The intern should be eager to learn new skills.
The intern will spend a week in each different department working and learning along side the technicians, primarily department heads. They will spend time learning about specific topics, such as how to make a wig and how lights are hung and focused, as well as assist on projects that are part of the shop’s workload for the season.
This internship is approximately 20 hours a week (exact hours to be determined) for five weeks, Tuesday through Saturday for most weeks. The intern begins in late June. This is an unpaid internship and housing is not provided.
APT will begin accepting applications in the Spring, starting with the River Valley High School. Please check back for more information then.