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Alley Internships

Cathy Bencivenga
713.315.5423

 

 
   

Overview

Alley Theatre Internships provide hands-on professional training for those planning to pursue careers in professional theatre, arts administration or non-profit marketing and management. Available for current students and recent college graduates, internships are educational opportunities that supplement a strong theatre education and act as a bridge for early career professionals. Interns participate in and observe a professional theatre environment - guided and directed by experienced managers and directors - and are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility.

During the 2015-2016 season, 26 interns worked closely with Alley staff, artists and craftspeople to increase their skill-set, sharpen their business acumen, and learn instrumental theatre techniques and gain professional experiences in the theatre industry.

The Alley offers both part-time and full-time, paid and unpaid internships based on departmental capacity and intern availability. The Alley is not able to provide assitance with transportation or housing.

Fitzpatrick internships

Bettye Fitzpatrick

The Fitzpatrick Internship is the Alley's paid intern program for high-level candidates. Fitzpatrick Interns receive a $100 weekly stipend, as well as highly subsidized parking and complimentary tickets to Alley productions.

Bettye Fitzpatrick served the Alley Theatre for more than 50 years as a stage manager, production manager, director of interns and most notably as a member of the Resident Company of Actors.   The Fitzpatrick Internship is designed to combine Bettye’s many facets and keep her living legacy a part of the future of Alley Theatre

A limited number of full-time Fitzpatrick internships are available in both Administration and Production for candidates that fit the following criteria:

  • Available full-time (40 hours per week) for a minimum of 12 weeks in the spring or summer term
  • Currently in their senior year of college, or recently completed a college or graduate degree in a related field
  • Demonstrate exceptional aptitude in their chosen area
  • Demonstrate a committment to pursing a career in theatre

application information

The deadline for summer internship applications has passed, however, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for the following positions until posted otherwise:

  • Play Makers Spring Break Camps
  • Play Makers Summer Camps

Check back soon for information regarding fall 2017 and spring 2018 internship deadlines.

The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be reviewed without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, veteran status, national origin, marital status or sexual preference.

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internship descriptions by department 

arts administration

There are no Arts Administration internships available at this time.

POSITION SUMMARY  

This is an opportunity for early career arts administrators to develop their skills in the management of artists’ contracts, needs and management of a non-profit arts institution.

Arts Administration Interns will participate in the creation of a full season of plays. The Alley Theatre sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of a fast paced and ever-changing organization.

Interested candidates should be able to conduct research, manage appointments and maintain ongoing contact with all guest artists.  The internship will enhance a future manager’s or producer’s communication, time management, negotiating, and interpersonal skills.  This position reports to the General Manager.

OBJECTIVES

  • Develop understanding of the complexities in hiring and managing a creative workforce.
  • Develop skills in the management of artists’ needs and schedules
  • Assist in welcoming and accommodating professional actors, directors and designers from across the country and will assist in integrating them to the Alley and the Houston area

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the General Manager in coordinating the Alley’s ambitious production schedule
  • Assist in coordinating travel arrangements, housing and hospitality
  • Create contracts and agreements
  • Assist in anticipating the needs of guest artists
  • Conduct research

REQUIREMENTS

  • Display an interest in arts administration
  • Be able to represent the Alley Theatre in a professional manner
  • Be self motivated
  • Be reliable and responsible
  • Have the ability to work well under pressure
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with various personalities
  • Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Have creative problem solving skills
  • Have excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining a college degree
  • Must be confident driving in Houston and possess a clean driving record

Costume technology and construction

POSITION SUMMARY

This is an opportunity for early career costumers to develop their skills while working with a professional technical staff.

The Alley Theatre Costume Shop sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of the shop. Interested candidates should be able to conduct research, manage appointments, swatch and shop. The internship will enhance with hands on experience an early career costumer’s skills in stitching, alterations, crafts, millinery and fabric manipulation. Interns may work in both the costume shop and with the wardrobe run crew.

Internships have no formal academic structure, and instruction does not take place in a traditional academic setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Assist in the care and construction of costumes and crafts designed for Alley Theatre productions
  • Maintain wardrobe and costume stock
  • Conduct research
  • Attend fittings and department meetings
  • Take notes
  • Comply with all Alley Theatre safety procedures

REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent sewing skills
  • Previous academic or commercial experience in costume construction for theatre or film
  • Be able to apply and adapt previous experiences to a high-stakes and fast-paced setting
  • Have knowledge of costume and theatre history
  • Be self motivated
  • Be reliable and responsible
  • Be creative and positive

development

This is an opportunity for early career arts administrators to develop their skills while working with a professional development staff. The Alley Theatre sets a high standard of quality and seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of the development department. The Development Intern will have the opportunity to support each fundraising area in the department (individual, corporate and foundation giving as well as special events).  

Interested candidates should be able to conduct traditional and online research, manage appointments, take detailed notes, type, and be comfortable making and taking phone calls.  The internship will enhance an early career administrator’s skills with hands on experience in corporate and foundation relations, contract fulfillment, board development, strategic long-range planning, and event planning.

Internships have no formal academic structure, and instruction does not take place in a traditional academic setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in cultivating relationships withindividual donors, corporate sponsors andfoundations
  • Provide clerical support (filing, photocopying, typing, data entry, etc.)
  • Conduct research on current and potential donors
  • Assist in preparing for special events for board members, corporate sponsors and other types of funders
  • Assist in proofreading proposals and grant applications
  • Take notes and meeting minutes

REQUIREMENTS

  • Express a passion for the performing arts and a business sensibility
  • Be ableto represent the Alley Theatre in a professional manner
  • Be computer literate with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be self motivated
  • Be reliable and responsible
  • Have the ability to work well under pressure
  • Have creative problem solving skills
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining a college degree

executive management

POSITION SUMMARY

This internship is reserved for students or recent graduates at the graduate level and reports directly to the Managing Director.

Objectives

  • To expose early career managers to cultural management, executive leadership and mission-based decision making in the professional theatre
  • To receive a broad overview of the Alley Theatre and how it functions as a whole.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Become familiar with the theatre’s daily operations, expense and revenue concerns, and mission-based goals and priorities.
  • Attend leadership meetings, department head meetings, and board meetings
  • Complete independent projects as assigned

REQUIREMENTS

  • Extensive knowledge of theatrical production and management
  • Refined standards of organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent administrative and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of accounting principles and practices
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including PowerPoint, Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Completed an undergraduate degree in business, communications or the arts
  • Ability to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment

education & community engagement

POSITION SUMMARY

This is an opportunity for early career arts educators and teaching artists to develop their skills in the management of education programs and enriching community engagement.

The internship will enhance a future educator’s communication, time management, marketing, and interpersonal skills. The Education & Community Engagement Department sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of families, students, educators and learners of all ages.

Interested candidates should be able to conduct research, manage appointments and maintain ongoing contact with current clients and potential customers. The intern will assist in cultivating future artists and actively encouraging an appreciation for the art of theatre.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Have a detail oriented personality and proof of strong organizational skills
  • Display an interest in youth development and community programming
  • Be able to apply and adapt previous experiences to a high-stakes and fast-paced setting
  • Be able to represent the Alley Theatre in a professional manner
  • Be computer literate with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Have creative problem solving skills
  • Must be confident driving in Houston and possess a clean driving record
  • Must pass a Texas state criminal background check
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining a college degree

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Learn the basics of sharing the art of theatre with children and underserved segments of the population
  • Develop plans and strategies for making the theatre more accessible to the community at large
  • Assist in the coordination of various events and programs that cater to educators, students, families, and special interest groups
  • Assist in producing Staging STEM, ASK, Play Makers, and other programs in the ECE department
  • Assist in maintaining ECE’s ambitious programming schedule
  • Report daily to an assigned senior staff member

lighting

POSITION SUMMARY

The Alley Theatre sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of the productions. Interested candidates should have previous experience in lighting for theatre or film.

Objectives

  • To enhance with hands on experience an early career theatre technician by working on designs imagined by some of the country’s leading lighting designers
  • To train in show preparation, proper hanging/focusing techniques, and show maintenance
  • To train in basic electrical theory as it applies to the theatrical environment.
  • To train in EOS show programming, current theatre technology and maintenance, and relevant software platforms [Vectorworks, Lightwright, etc.]
  • To train in more advanced theatrical lighting technology: DMX, DMX distribution over Cat5, moving lights and other intelligent fixtures
  • To provide exposure to Projections as used in theatre [dependent upon shows during internship] and creating archival videos of productions.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Assist with hanging, focusing and general maintenance of inventory and spaces.
  • Assist with the set-up of Projection needs for shows
  • Assist with creation of Production Archive DVDs & Blu-Rays
  • Assist with updating of department inventories and other paperwork

REQUIREMENTS

  • Basic knowledge of lighting equipment
  • Previous lighting experience (academic, professional, or commercial) in theatre or film
  • Completed at least one year of college
  • Knowledge of basic theatrical lighting practices [hang, focus, instrument repair] and systems [dimmers, lightboard, DMX]
  • Knowledge of basic electrical knowledge [types of circuits, voltage/amperage, etc.]
  • Previous experience with Projection technology [Watchout and/or QLab] helpful but not required.
  • Ability to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to lift 50lbs and work at heights up to 70’-0”

literary

position summary

The Literary Intern will work directly with the Literary Manager and Director of New Work. Tasks will include reading scripts, evaluating inquiries, assisting with dramaturgical research, filing, and various general administrative duties. The Literary Intern will also assist the Literary Assistant, Literary Manager and Director of New Work with preparations for the Alley All New Reading Series and Alley All New Festival.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Read scripts
  • Evaluate inquiries
  • Assist in dramaturgical research
  • Assist the Literary Assistant, Literary Manager and Director of New Work with preparations for the Alley All New Reading Series and Alley All New Festival

requirements

  • Display an interest in Literary Management, Dramaturgy or Playwriting
  • Be able to represent the Alley Theatre in a professional manner
  • Be self motivated
  • Be reliable and responsible
  • Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Be able to read and evaluate scripts
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining a college degree

marketing

POSITION SUMMARY

This is an opportunity for early career arts administrators to develop their skills while working with a professional marketing staff.

Interns will assist in marketing the season as a whole, as well as individual plays produced in the Hubbard and Neuhaus Theatres. Interns will also assist in promoting the image of the theatre both locally and nationally, assist in developing marketing strategies, advertising strategies, and promotions, while  observing the working relationships in the administration of the theatre.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Archive materials including track and organize press clippings, playbills and collateral material
  • Maintain department’s media database
  • Draft and assist in the distribution of calendar listings, photo captions, press releases and other materials as needed
  • Assist in planning and implementing special audience events
  • Assist in updating the Alley’s web pages and web presence on other social media sites
  • Assist in creating and tracking promotional email campaigns to drive sales and click through to content on our website
  • Assist in the creation of printed communications including brochures, Playbill, posters, postcards, signage, etc.
  • Assist in other marketing areas (box office, front of house, group sales, telemarketing) as required

REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to exercise good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations in resolving problems
  • Self motivated work style
  • Detailed oriented personality
  • A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines under pressure
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work on a variety of computer applications
  • Ability to represent the Alley Theatre in an appropriate manner
  • Passion for the performing arts, positive attitude, entrepreneurial spirit
  • College graduate or college senior
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

Play Makers Camp Internships

POSITION SUMMARY

This position does not qualify for Fitzpatrick Internships, however other stipends are avaialble for full time interns.

Spring Break Camp: March 13-17

  • Full and part-time interships available in Houston and Fort Bend

Summer Camps: June 5-16, June 19-30, July 10-21, July 24 - August 4 (Four 2-week sessions total)

  • Full and part-time interships available in Houston, Fort Bend (1st session only), and Klein (1st session only)
  • Stipends available for interns willing to commit full time to all four sessions
  • Unpaid internships also available per session or part-time
  • Hours to be determined by both the intern and the camp administrator
  • Spanish speakers encouraged to apply

We are looking for enthusiastic students who are willing to commit a portion of their spring break or summer getting theatrical classroom management and teaching experience! You will have an opportunity to work with kids entering kindergarten to 8th grade and observe first-hand some of Houston’s best theatre Teaching Artists at work. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 Will vary depending upon hours.

  • Morning Extended Care
  • Morning Greetingand Warm Ups
  • Classroom Management and Transitions
  • Camper Lunch
  • End of Day
  • Dismissal
  • Afternoon Extended Care
  • Other Duties as assigned
  • Creating, utilizing, and adjusting (as needed) classroom and hallway management tactics
  • Resetting camp after each session
  • Open Workshop preparation and presentation
  • As assigned by Camp Administrator and Teaching Artists

REQUIREMENTS

  • Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Display an interest in youth development and community programming
  • Have a detail oriented personality and proof of strong organizational skills
  • Be able to apply and adapt previous experiences to a high-stakes and fast-paced setting
  • Be able to represent the Alley Theatre in a professional manner
  • Have creative problem solving skills
  • Must be confident driving in Houston and possess a clean driving record
  • Must pass a Texas state criminal background check

production management

POSITION SUMMARY

To expose students and young technicians to a hands-on training ground in the professional theatre.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Report to the Production Manager, Associate Production Manager, and Production Office Manager
  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Learn the daily operations of the production department, including the processing and accounting of financials, processing of weekly payroll, and management and maintenance of the theatre’s safety programs
  • Attend production meetings, department head meetings, and be present as support for technical rehearsals
  • Complete independent projects assigned throughout the internship

REQUIREMENTS

  • Basic knowledge of theatrical production and management
  • Previous experience in either production management or related technical experience
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Have completed at least one year of college
  • Ability to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment

Properties

POSITION SUMMARY  

  • The internship will enhance with hands on experience an early career props artisans in building and painting props imagined by some of the country’s leading set designers.
  • The Alley Theatre Prop Shop sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of the shop. Interested candidates should have previous experience in props for theatre or film. Interns in this department will work in the prop shop on the construction of props.
  • Internships have no formal academic structure, and instruction does not take place in a traditional academic setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in the care and construction of properties designed for Alley Theatre productions
  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Attend department meetings
  • Comply with all Alley Theatre safety procedures

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be very familiar with stage and technical theatre terminology
  • Be  able to apply and adapt previous experiences to a high-stakes and fast-paced setting
  • Be able to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment.
  • Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining a college degree
  • Must be confident driving in Houston and possess a clean driving record

scenic carpentry and painting

POSITION SUMMARY

  • This is an opportunity for early career scenic artists and carpenters to develop their skills while working with a professional production staff.
  • The Alley Theatre Scene Shop sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of the shop. Interested candidates should have previous experience in construction or painting for theatre or film. Interns in this department will work in the scene shop either on the construction of scenery or on scenic painting projects.
  • The internship will enhance with hands on experience an early career scenic artist’s orcarpenter’sskills in building and painting sets imagined by the some of the country’s leading set designers.
  • Internships have no formal academic structure, and instruction does not take place in a traditional academic setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Assist in the care and construction of sets designed for Alley Theatre productions
  • Maintain tools, materials and stock pieces
  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Attend department meetings
  • Comply with all Alley Theatre safety procedures

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be very familiar with stage and technical theatre terminology
  • Be comfortable with a variety of power tools
  • Be about to apply and adapt previous experiences to a high-stakes and fast-paced setting
  • Be able to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment.
  • Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs. with no restrictions
  • Be able to work safely and comfortably at heights up to 30 ft.
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining a college degree

stage management

POSITION SUMMARY

This is an opportunity for early career Stage Managers to train and learn the ropes  in the professional theatre

The Alley Theatre sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of the productions. Interested candidates should have previous experience with managing rehearsals and/or running performances.

Stage Management internships are show-specific for rehearsal only, performances only, or both rehearsals and performances, depending on needs and availability. Positions require at least 4 weeks of full time availability. Standard work hours are Tuesday through Sundays.

If you are applying for a Stage Management internship, please include appropriate tracking and reporting work samples in your application. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Participate in rehearsals and/or running performances backstage.
  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Attend department meetings
  • Comply with all Alley Theatre safety procedures

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be familiar with stage and technical theatre terminology
  • Be able to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment
  • Have a high level of understanding and sensitivity to artistic process
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Have the ability to stay focused and engaged without personal distractions through long work hours
  • Completed at least one year of college
  • Desire to learn what is expected of a professional stage manager and how to perform those duties well
  • Must have substantive previous stage management experience with either university, community, or professional theatre

technical direction

POSITION SUMMARY

  • To expose students and young engineers to hands-on training in the professional theatre
  • The Alley Theatre Scene Shop sets a high standard of quality and it seeks interns able to collaborate and adapt to the needs of the shop
  • The internship will enhance with hands on experience an early technical director’s skills in the drafting, budgeting and engineering of scenery by the some of the country’s leading set designers
  • Internships have no formal academic structure, and instruction does not take place in a traditional academic setting

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Report to the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Directors
  • Be prompt and prepared for work each day
  • Attend department meetings
  • Assist with the drafting of construction drawings for the scene shop and the maintaining of drafting archives
  • Assist with the procurement of shop supplies and the processing of financial paperwork
  • Comply with all Alley Theatre safety procedures

REQUIREMENTS

  • Basic proficiency in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office software
  • Be very familiar with stage and technical theatre terminology
  • Must be confident driving in Houston and possess a clean driving record
  • Be able to take direction and work with others in a team oriented environment
  • Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs. with no restrictions
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining a college degree
 

"This internship was a great outlet for me to make professional connections and explore all the areas of theatre I'm interested in. I've gained more knowledge about what it takes to make an arts organization run than I ever thought I would at such a young age."

Madison McAllister, The University of Tulsa, Education and Community Engagement Intern