Victory Gardens is now accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2018. Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 30, 2017.
The Victory Gardens Theater internship program offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to gain hands on experience working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators and technicians.
Interns will be actively involved with all areas of theater on many different levels. Department heads will give interns tasks and challenges that will provide direct support to our day-to-day activities. Victory Gardens staff members will serve as mentors to each intern to ensure they have every chance for professional growth. Our goal is to give interns a comprehensive experience in theater production and theater management to provide the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field.
Victory Gardens Theater is pleased to offer year-round general internships in the following areas:
- Arts Education
- Audience Development and Group Sales
- Graphic Design
- Literary Management & Civic Dramaturgy
- Marketing & Communications
- Producing and Casting
- Production Management
Items of note: Exact schedules will be set by the department head. Exact dates are flexible and arranged to correspond with intern’s college schedules. Housing is not provided. College credit may be available through the intern’s university or college. Interns receive complimentary tickets and are strongly encouraged to attend VG mainstage shows. Otherwise, these internships are unpaid. Victory Gardens Theater also accepts intern applications on an open basis throughout the year.
Please email a VG internship application, resume, writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter describing why you think this internship is right for you to:
Victory Gardens Theater is committed to giving community schools the opportunity to become involved with Chicago Theater. By giving special performances for the high school students, VG ensures the availability of theater to each student and creation of enthusiasm for the performance arts. In class residencies allow teaching artists to work in partnerships with teachers and students to develop writing and performance skills. In workshops throughout the year students are encouraged to explore their creativity through writing and performance. Interns will work exclusively with VG’s Arts Education Director, Robert Cornelius, and Artistic Associate Ben Fisher. Applicants should have a background in arts education, experience with children and young adults, and have a strong interest in theater. Duties include some administrative tasks, assisting with creation of study guides and potentially taking on some classroom duties depending on skill level. Also, applicants should have strong verbal and written communication skills for creating and distributing written materials for all age levels.
Audience Development & Group Sales
The Audience Development Intern works closely with the Audience Development Manager to engage new diverse audiences through outreach, event programming, and group sales. The Audience Development Internship is available immediately.
- Assist in programming events.
- Research organizations, school groups, and social clubs whose mission aligns with season performances.
- Attend audience development public programs events.
- Report on patron engagement and group sales.
- Initiate and maintain relationships with neighborhood businesses.
- Solicit in-kind donations from local businesses.
- Record meeting minutes and coordinate communication with Council of Community Leaders.
- A passion for diversity and inclusion in theater.
- Comfort making phone calls and meeting with community partners.
- Excellent verbal and written skills including proofreading and editing.
- Ability to prioritize projects.
- A passion for live theater and the arts.
Development Interns will work extensively with all members of the Development team. Interns will learn about an established, mid-sized arts organization’s diverse streams of contributed income and methods for achieving contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the government. Duties will include researching individual, foundation, and corporate donors; assisting in the development of written materials including letters, reports, proposals, and invitations; organizing and implementing plans for fundraising events; data entry and other general office tasks; and other duties as assigned. Candidates must have strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel skills a must); excellent writing skills; the ability to multi-task and work within a team environment; and the focus to take on independent projects. Work with Adobe InDesign and interest in graphic design a plus.
Graphic Design Intern will assist with designing and updating a variety of collateral materials including: posters, direct mail, e-blasts, and web ads, and will be responsible for weekly e-newsletters. The Graphic Design Internship is available immediately. The internship requires a self-starter who can quickly convert concepts into attractive, illustrative graphics with minimal to no supervision. The ability to maximize creativity while maintaining schedule and clear communication of the desired message is highly desired. Knowledge of typography and layout is essential. Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Acrobat) and basic knowledge of HTML and Flash preferred. Experience in photography and photo editing is a plus, and a personal laptop with these programs installed is helpful. Must be able to submit design samples (class work is acceptable).
Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy
Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy interns contribute to and provide support for a wide range of artistic programs including production dramaturgy for our mainstage season, audience engagement/community development, literary management and new play submissions, new play development research and support, and other functions managed by the artistic department at Victory Gardens. The Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy interns will report directly to the Director of New Play Development.
More specific job descriptions include:
- Research and connect with Chicago-based community and cultural organizations in planning for future Public Programs events
- Read, discuss and write script reports for solicited plays in consideration for season programming and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays
- Produce assigned Public Programs and special events on an as-needed basis (most events occur in the evenings and weekends)
- Conduct dramaturgical research for plays in production, and support the dramaturg during the rehearsal process
- Co-author program articles and dramaturgy packets
- Provide administrative support to literary functions including correspondence, database management, volunteer recruitment, organization of play readings and workshops and other tasks associated with the literary department
- Participate in artistic staff meetings to shape and plan future activities, including season planning and the IGNITION Festival of New Plays
Marketing & Communications
Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work with all members of the Marketing Team. Responsibilities will include audience development, group sales, promotions, and e-marketing. Prospective interns must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and should be knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, Excel, and preferably Total Info. Experience in marketing, theater graphic design is a plus.
Producing and Casting
Victory Gardens is looking for a highly motivated and organized individual to fulfill the role of Producing and Casting Intern. The Producing and Casting Intern will report directly to Victory Gardens’ Artistic Programs Manager and will be a crucial part of the producing team charged with mounting five mainstage productions, subsidiary programming, and such initiatives as The Access Project, Resident Theater Program, and Director’s Inclusion Initiative, to name a few. We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, independent, and able to multi-task.
The ideal candidate should want to pursue a career in theater as a producer or administrator, and they must be artistically minded. Emerging directors are also encouraged to apply. The Producing and Casting Intern will be charged with a variety of crucial tasks including but not limited to:
- Working under the Artistic Programs Manager to develop strategic plans in the support of subsidiary programming.
- Maintaining the artistic department calendar and assisting with the scheduling of a multitude of events in a very active, multi-facility complex.
- Assisting with the scheduling, organization, and conducting of auditions for generals, workshops, readings, and mainstage productions.
- Cataloging headshots and resumes.
- Compiling and editing line producing materials including bios, headshots, production information and more.
- Staffing special events and key performances of mainstage and secondary programming such as opening nights, public programs, access events and more.
- Providing administrative support to the Producing Department including data entry, budget reconciliation, etc.
Candidates must be able to commit at least 15-20 hours per week on a regular schedule and selected events/performances to be determined upon between the intern and the Artistic Programs Manager. The duration of the internship is flexible and typically runs three to four months.
Victory Gardens Theater internships aim to provide valuable mentorship individuals looking to gain hand-on experience in a faced paced, mid-sized theater.
Production Interns will have active roles in the development and production of a main stage show during the Victory Gardens season. Interns will work on site with the production manager and hours will vary depending on the production schedule. Generally production interns will work only with in their field and all applicants must have strong technical and production oriented backgrounds, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel. These inhternships are filled on a show by show basis,with relevant dates determined by the Production Manager. Includes administrative and production experience.
For more information please contact internship coordinator Robert Cornelius at firstname.lastname@example.org