Stage Management Internships

Theatre Internship in Stage Management
As an SCR intern in stage management, you will be intensely involved in the process of individual productions. The stage management staff typically consists of a resident production stage manager, 3-4 additional show-contracted stage managers/assistant stage managers, production assistants, and five stage management interns. There is always one stage manager, one assistant stage manager or production assistant, and 1-2 Interns assigned to each production. Here are examples of areas in which you would be involved:

The Rehearsal Process
As a member of the stage management team, you will be asked to attend production meetings; be in rehearsals and assist the stage manager and the assistant stage manager in preparing for the rehearsal day; assist with the tracking and running of rehearsal props and costumes, etc.; as well as being on book, assisting the actors with lines, cueing and line notes and, when working on new plays, tracking script changes.

During the Tech Process and Run of the Show
The intern is not only part of the stage management staff, but also considered a member of the running crew for each show. You may be called upon to perform such duties as: running props, shifting scenery, followspot operation, or assisting with costume quick changes as well as assisting the stage manager and the assistant stage manager in maintaining the integrity of the show.

About the Internship
The internship is open to all qualified applicants, but previous experience or training in stage management is preferred. We do offer a small weekly stipend. The workweek is six days a week, generally Tuesday through Sunday. Hours may range from as few as 32 (during the actual run) to as many as 70 (during the tech and preview weeks), but are generally what you would consider full-time for the duration of a given production. Internships are typically for the full season (4 shows), but sometimes are available for as short as one production, depending on our assignment needs and your availability. In most cases, candidates must be fully available for the production(s) they are assigned to for consideration. Our season runs from mid-August through early June. Depending upon your availability and length of the internship; you may have the opportunity to work in any or all of our three theaters, LORT B, LORT D, Experimental Theatre and/or Theatre for Young Audiences contracts, on new or classic plays, and with a variety of different Directors and Stage Management Teams.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing. Interns have been able to find and share affordable housing within a 20 mile radius.

Many interns have taken their SCR experience and have continued to work either at SCR as production assistants or assistant stage managers or at other entertainment venues such as theme parks and cruise lines, Las Vegas, graduate school, summer/conservatory theatre. Others have gone into related fields like direction and production management.

Application Deadline: ​​​3/​​30/1​8

Interested applicants are asked to apply via the online form or send a cover letter, application (pdf file), resume, and two letters of recommendation to:

South Coast Repertory
​Jyll Christolini, Production Office Manager
P.O. Box 2197
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2197
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Sometimes when you bring a set piece onstage in a TYA you end up in a costume (Ari Wartell in Robin Hood 2012).

Emma Avish

Emma Avish & Mariann Papadopoulos sorting the spike tape order at the top of the season.


Kat Barrett setting up prop presets backstage for ​The Light in the Piazza 2014.


2014-2015 season interns enjoying the opening night reception for Peter and the Starcatcher. Toria Chatburn, Amanda Short, Ciara Heaps, Emily Burst, Steph Marron