Stage Management Internships

Theatre Internship in Stage Management
As an SCR stage management intern, 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 6-8 stage management interns. There is always one stage manager, one assistant stage manager or production assistant​; 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 attend all production meetings, rehearsals and performances. In rehearsals, you assist with the daily rehearsal room setup, show tracking documentation, as well as everything needed in the running of rehearsal props and costumes. You may also be asked to sit on-book, assist the actors with lines and produce line notes as needed. For all new works, you will also track script changes.

During the Tech Process and Run of the Show
The intern is part of the stage management staff and considered a member of the running crew for each show. You may be called upon to perform duties such as running props, shifting scenery or assisting with costume quick changes. As part of any production, you and your stage management team will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the show.

About the Stage Management Internship
The internship is open to all qualified applicants, but previous experience or training in stage management is preferred. We offer a small weekly stipend. The work week 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). Internships are typically for the full season (4 shows), but sometimes are available for as short as one production, depending upon our assignment needs and your availability. Candidates must be fully available for all production dates. Our season runs from ​early 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 theat​res​​; 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 ​managers.

Unfortunately, we do not provide housing. Interns have generally been able to find and share affordable housing within a 20 mile radius of the theatre.

Internship Outcomes
Many interns have taken their experience and continued to work either at SCR as production assistants or at other local entertainment venues such as theme parks, other LORT theatres, or attended graduate school. Others have gone into related fields like direction and production management.

Application Deadline: ​​​July 5, 20​19

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
Leanne Convis, 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 Theatre for Young Audiences show, 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.


2014-15 season interns enjoying the opening night reception for Peter and the Starcatcher. Toria Chatburn, Amanda Short, Ciara Heaps, Emily Burst and Steph Marron