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Looking for a unique and inspirational experience? An internship at Chicago Dramatists offers a rare opportunity for insight into the workings of a major playwright development center with a strong national reputation and international influence. Known for its close-knit, supportive and professional community, Chicago Dramatists welcomes its interns every quarter and treats them as full-fledged members of our team, as our past interns will attest.

Qualities We Seek:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated, flexible and willing to learn.
  • Are consistently reliable and follow through on assigned tasks.
  • Understand that all interns are responsible for some level of facility management, reception and patron services.

Perks We Offer:

  • Industry ticket discount offers.
  • Free admission to Chicago Dramatists events.
  • Networking opportunities with seasoned playwrights and theatre professionals.
  • For playwriting interns, complimentary access to classes (as available)
  • A resume/networking workshop with the staff

Although we are unable to offer housing or a stipend, a vehicle is not required, and we do work with the your other life/work obligations and schedules. Please note that certain events are mandatory, such as orientation, opening nights, and set strikes.

To apply, send your current CV and a cover letter outlining your goals for an internship at Chicago Dramatists to our Office Manager, Mr. Linzhuo Zhang, at lzhang@chicagodramatists.org.

Interns can expect to work broadly within the following areas. (NOTE: We are happy to work with interns who are looking for academic credit.)

Artistic Programming & Casting

Responsible to both the Artistic and Associate Artistic Directors, intern coordinates performances, rehearsals, and relations with actors, directors, and playwrights. Aids in the audition process, rehearsals, and scheduling, takes notes for playwrights after our weekly staged readings, and helps the reading directors set up/take down. Helps coordinate and assist Network and Resident Playwright events, and acts as a liaison to playwrights in the area.

Development & Fundraising

Works with the Managing Director to explore and secure funding opportunities for the theatre. Intern gains hands-on experience in grant research, writing and preparation, donor recognition, events organization, and presentation of the theatre to the outside world.

Theatre & Project Management

Works with the Managing Director and Office Management Associate in monitoring aging receivables, processing individual and corporate donations, managing our merchant services processing account and general project management.

Audience Services & Box Office Management

Works with the Office Management Associate in processing comp and Jeff Committee ticket requests and ticket payments. Coordinates with the Box Office Associate in preparing Pre-Sale and Will Call forms for each individual performance. Is the touch point for reservation changes and general audience services functions.

Marketing & Public Relations

Works with the Managing Director to create and cultivate public relations and marketing materials including, but not limited to posters and fliers, brochures, and press releases. Assists in design and implementation of all materials dealing with the public face of the company. Engages in research to better understand and target desired market segments to improve position in the market.

Must be personable and comfortable on the phone. Design experience a plus but not necessary.

Technical Direction & Production Management

Works with the Managing Director to spearhead the the proper care and maintenance of our 77-seat theater facilitytake stock/inventory of various lighting & sound equipment, oversee the upkeep & repair of our rehearsal spaces, coordinate various major installation & facility upkeep projectstake inventory of & supervise the construction of the Chicago Dramatist Scene Shop. The hours for this internship are project-based, and hence both varying and flexible from week to week.

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