Interning at Chicago Dramatists
"For me, this internship is like opening up a music box. You don't just get to hear the beautiful music that comes out, but you get to see how each tune is played, right down to the individual notes and rests!"
"The most valuable part of my internship has been applying the skills I've learned in college to an organization that sustains an art that I love. The experience of working in collaboration with people who are passionate about theatre is evidence that there's hope after graduation toward finding a career that I'll be happy to pursue."
"I've been able to meet the best playwrights in the city and see their works in progress. I've learned a hell of a lot about what it means to be in theatre in Chicago."
"The staff really support you in everything you do. I learned how to run a lighting board, how to use a power drill, to build sets. It's just been an outstanding experience."
"Interning at Chicago Dramatists gives young artists the invaluable opportunity to experience the development of works-in-process in a professional setting. Not only do you get to see staged readings of brand new plays, but you also get to be an active part of the feedback and development process. It's truly a unique environment!"
"When I walked in on my first day and was handed a check and told to rush to a government building in the Loop to file a quick document, I knew that this would be an internship not simply built around coffee and copies. There was instant trust."
"They kind of throw everything at you at once and you have to fend for yourself and figure out what to do about it. I think my favorite part about the internship is the people. Chicago Dramatists has a phenomenal network."
"I learned more about the intricacies of working with a board and a lot about the steps of developing new work for the theatre."
"Chicago Dramatists has been a fantastic experience because it's allowed me to take an active role in helping playwrights. The staff takes a big interest in how you'd like to work with the organization. I've been able to witness how this theatre supports new work and how that new work can be given a long life through the team efforts of artists and the administrative office. I can't think of anything more valuable to learn over a summer."