Internship Descriptions

Administrative, design and stage management internships

All Goodman internships share the same basic expectations. At a minimum, applicants must:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills required to work successfully in a specific department of the theater.
  • Be socially mature and self-confident.
  • Be able to take direction and criticism well.
  • Be able to digest new information quickly and apply it productively.
  • Be consistent and dependable in their work habits.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Enjoy multi-tasking and creative problem-solving.
  • Work comfortably and effectively in a highly collaborative environment.

A basic knowledge of computing is essential; the Goodman uses a wide assortment of computer equipment and software.

Quick Links: Casting, Development, Education & Community Engagement, Literary Management & Dramaturgy, Marketing/PR/Publicity, Production Management, CostumesSound, Properties, Stage Management


Casting

Activities: The casting intern administratively supports a three person casting office. Activities include, but are not limited to, handling general correspondence including phone line and multiple email addresses; maintaining database and hard copy files; attending artistic staff meetings; assisting with the scheduling and facilitation of audition sessions; communication liaison with agents and actors; performance coverage for scouting actors.

Special Qualifications: Applicants must have excellent administrative and communication skills, must be highly organized and detail-oriented. Experience with administration or casting is a plus.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; Between Mondays and Fridays, 9am – 5pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Adam Belcuore, Associate Producer/Director of Casting and Erica Sartini-Combs, Associate Casting Director


Development/Fundraising

Activities: Develop skills fundamental to non-profit fundraising and arts administration. Assist with the cultivation and stewardship of individual and institutional donors. Learn industry best practices for annual fund communications, including solicitations and acknowledgements, as well as grantwriting fundamentals and reporting. Help prepare for and staff large-scale benefit and small-scale cultivation events as well as Board and staff meetings. Aid the department with research projects and develop strong database skills (Tessitura). Carry out crucial administrative support, including filing, correspondence, and database management. Provide excellent customer service to an audience of patrons, donors, and high-level volunteers.

Special Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently. Facility with computers and knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) a plus. Interest in non-profit career opportunities and a passion for the arts highly encouraged.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; Between Mondays and Fridays, 9am – 5pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process. .

Mentor: Kate Welham, Director of Institutional Grants and Development Operations


Education & Community Engagement

Activities: Write and design study guides for students who participate in the Goodman's free matinee series for Chicago public high schools; assist with teacher workshops, student matinees and CONTEXT discussion events; facilitate weekend seminars for the Cindy Bandle Young Critics program; process information on Tessitura; monitor student matinees; correspond with teachers, parents and students; organize archival materials; attend artistic staff meetings. During the summer, activities also include assisting with the General Theater Studies program.

Special Qualifications: Strong writing background (journalism and/or heavy research experience preferred); proficiency with Adobe InDesign or other design software; interest and passion for arts education; attention to detail; ability to work independently. The ability to lift, push, or maneuver 25-50 lbs., either alone or with assistance from others, is required. Education and administration experience a plus.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; Between Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Elizabeth Rice, School Programs Coordinator


Literary Management and Dramaturgy

Activities:Conduct research for plays in production and under consideration, as well as for newsletter articles and program notes; attend rehearsals as needed; compile and update rehearsal scripts; help maintain the Goodman's in-house library; assist with the solicitation, cataloging and evaluation of new manuscripts, as well as with correspondence to playwrights, agents, theaters and play development programs; attend artistic staff meetings.

Special Qualifications: Excellent research, writing and proof-reading skills are essential, and applicants must demonstrate appropriate knowledge of dramatic literature, theater history and playwriting. Experience with playwriting software is also a plus.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; Between Mondays and Fridays, 9am – 5:30pm; plus frequent evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Tanya Palmer, Director of New Play Development


Marketing/PR/Publicity

Activities: Observe strategies and procedures for marketing and publicizing the Goodman's season to 17,000 annual Subscribers and the general public; assist with compiling audience survey results, distributing promotional materials, assembling press and review packets, preparing actor bios and maintaining publicity archives; assist with data management and analysis; assist with media events and opening nights.

Special Qualifications: Excellent organizational, interpersonal, writing and proof-reading skills are essential, as is a basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience or coursework in communications-related fields is also desirable.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; Between Mondays and Fridays, 9:30am – 5:30pm; occasional evening and/or weekend assignments. The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentors: Jennifer Gargaro, Associate Director of Marketing and Research; Kiana Harris, Publicity Manager 


Production Management

Activities:Observe the planning and technical management of a year-round season that includes world premieres, new interpretations of well-known works, co-productions, festivals and staged readings of works-in-progress; assist with routine clerical tasks and special projects; conduct research for specific productions; assist stage management as needed; attend production meetings.

Special Qualifications: The ability to lift, push, or maneuver 50 - 70 lbs., either alone or with assistance from others, is required. Organizational and multi-tasking skills are essential, as are communication and research skills and a practical knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience in one or more areas of production is desirable.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; Between Mondays and Fridays, 9am – 5pm; The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Amber Porter, Production Company Manager

Please Note: Due to our status as a union house, we are unable to offer internships in the areas of set or lighting design. 


Costumes

Activities: Observe the costume design process and day-to-day management of the costume shop; assist with routine clerical tasks and costume construction for a variety of period and contemporary productions; assist guest designers as needed.

Special Qualifications: Practical knowledge of sewing equipment, materials, and clothing construction is essential.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Heidi McMath, Costume Shop Manager

Sound

Activities: Observe the sound design process and learn advanced procedures for installing, operating, and maintaining sound equipment in different sized and configured spaces; assist the house audio supervisor, as well as resident and guest designers, in creating sound scores for both period and contemporary productions.

Special Qualifications: Basic knowledge of sound equipment and principles of sound design is essential. Experience using computerized sound systems is also a plus.

Special Note: Due to union regulations, interns are not permitted to run sound during performances.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: David Naunton, House Audio Supervisor


Properties

Activities: Observe the planning, construction and  implementation of the scenic and prop Designs for the Goodman Theatre productions; observe the day to day operation of a major regional theatre scene shop; assist with routine clerical tasks; conduct research for specific productions; observe the load-in, tech and load-out process; other duties as needed.

Special Qualifications: The ability to lift, push, or maneuver 50-70 lbs., either alone or with assistance from others, is required. Organizational and multi-tasking skills are essential, as are communication and research skills. Practical knowledge of Microsoft Office is required, knowledge of Quicken and AutoCAD a plus. Experience in technical production desirable.

Time Commitment: Maximum of 30 hours/week; The specific days/hours will be discussed and determined by each department during the interview process.

Mentor: Alice Maguire, Props Supervisor


Stage Management

The Goodman has three stage management teams, two of which work alternate shows in the larger Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre, and one of which works all shows in the smaller Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre. The Albert Theatre is an 850-seat house with a fixed proscenium stage. The Owen Theatre is a courtyard house with a flexible stage configuration and seating for 200 - 400.

Activities: Observe the Goodman's unique team approach to stage management, as well as the collaboration of resident and guest artists; assist stage managers throughout the production process, beginning with pre-rehearsal preparations and continuing through technical rehearsals and opening night.

Special Qualifications: Experience is required, and applicants must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of stage management techniques and terminology.

Special Note 1: Due to union regulations, interns are not permitted to run rehearsals or call shows.

Special Note 2: Interns are eligible to receive Equity membership points.

Time Commitment: Full-time; usually Tuesdays through Sundays, 9am – 7:15pm, and 12noon – 12am during tech week.

Mentors: Briana Fahey, production stage manager for the Albert Theatre; Alden Vasquez, production stage manager for the Albert Theatre; Kimberly Osgood, production stage manager for the Owen Theatre.