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.
This position is for an early career actor who has modest professional or classical experience, but would like to gain more. Acting Apprentices will be cast in several shows in the rotating repertory and will have the chance to experience an Equity rehearsal process with a company of actors that includes APT’s Core Company members. Apprentices will be assigned understudy roles and will be expected to be able to perform them. There are also regular classes led by APT’s Artistic Director and the Voice and Text Coaches, culminating with an Apprentice Project Performance in late September.
This position runs from early May through the close of the season in early October. You Must Be Available for the Entire Contract to Apply. This is a salaried position with housing provided. To submit a headshot and resume for consideration for this Apprenticeship please send them to email@example.com or mail them to:
American Players Theatre
PO Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Apprentices are cast through an appointment only audition process. Please see our Auditions page for more details on auditioning.
Paint and Prop Intern
This is an entry level position for someone with some paint and props experience who is looking to learn more in a professional environment. This position will work in both the Prop Shop and the Paint Shop. The intern will work under both the Charge Scenic Artist in the finish texture, treatments, carving, and painting of scenery and property pieces; as well as the Properties Master in the building, assembling, and finish work on properties, stage furniture and set dressing. This position runs from early May through middle August. This is a salaried position with housing provided.
This is an entry level position in our wig department. A qualified candidate will have some experience in wig construction and styling, and will be looking to learn more and practice those skills in a professional environment. This position includes: construction, refurbishing, alteration and/or preparation of wigs and hair pieces; assisting the Stylist with the maintenance of wigs and facial hair for productions in performance. This position may include some running of performances. This position runs from late June through mid-August. This is a salaried position with housing provided.
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.
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.