Professional Internships

Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Internship Program is designed to offer hands-on professional experience to students, graduates, and early career professionals who are pursuing a career in theatre. Interns are offered the opportunity to gain practical knowledge while working with experienced professionals in theatre arts and administration. We strive to offer a program that helps each intern accomplish steps towards their career goals, while also allowing them to observe and experience the general day-to-day workings of a professional regional theatre.

Please click on the departmental job title to reveal their descriptions and use the form below to apply. Please include your resume and three references when you submit your application. For questions please email our Production Manager Cecilia Lighthall.

Email Cecilia Lighthall


The duties of the scenic production intern are comparable to that of a typical theatrical carpenter. Applicant will broaden their knowledge in scenic construction, while participating running of a professional scene shop. The scenic intern will report directly to the Technical Director, but will be assisting both the Technical Director and the Head of Design in scenic construction. During the season the goal is to strive for the highest quality of professionalism with speed, accuracy, and safety while constructing and completing each set.

    Internship Duties

  • Scenic construction.
  • Basic painting.
  • Help maintain scene shop.
  • Participate in Load-in/load-out of set.
  • May be asked to work on run crew.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Internship Requirements

  • A strong will to learn.
  • Strong deductive reasoning/problem solving skills.
  • A basic familiarity with tools.
  • A basic knowledge of theatrical construction and techniques.
  • Ability to lift/move scenic supplies and set pieces of a minimum of 75lbs (approx. weight of 4x8 sheet of ¾” Ply).
  • Must be able to work in a cooperative team environment, while staying self-motivated.

This intern will gain professional experience in a properties shop primarily fulfilling the duties of a props assistant. This will include assisting the Properties Master/Rentals Manager in providing each production with all of its props needs and with pulling and restocking props rentals. Additionally, the intern will fulfill any scenic painting needs for both scenery and props, as assigned.

    Internship Duties

  • Props construction and/ or painting.
  • Props purchasing/borrowing/renting/pulling.
  • Assisting the Properties Master in set dressing.
  • Technical run crew, as needed.
  • Prop shop and prop storage maintenance.
  • Participate in Load-in/load-out of set.
  • Attending production meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Internship Requirements

  • Must have some general scene shop experience.
  • Have knowledge of and be able to use basic scene painting techniques.
  • Have knowledge of and be able to use basic sewing skills.
  • Strong familiarity with tools.
  • Will be expected to lift and move heavy furniture or set pieces; should be able to lift at least 50lbs without assistance.
  • Should be able to work in a cooperative team environment, but also be self-motivated and able to complete independent projects by set deadlines.

Interns in this department will experience the daily operations of a professional costume shop, under the supervision of the Resident Costume Designer. Costume shop jobs vary according to skill level, schedule and seasonal needs, but all require a minimum of six work hours per week.

Duties in this area may include but are not limited to:

  • Hand sewing.
  • Machine stitching.
  • General shop maintenance.
  • Laundry maintenance.
  • Assistance in research and paperwork.
  • Shopping and pulling from stock.
  • Assisting in actor fittings.
  • Pattern making.
  • Wardrobe assistance.

Interns in this department will experience the various workings of a professional scene shop and prop shop. Jobs will vary based on skill level and availability, and will be supervised by the Technical Director. General shop positions require a minimum of six work hours per week.

Duties in this area may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the construction of sets and prop
  • Learn a familiarity with shop tools, materials, and construction techniques
  • General shop maintenance

Some positions will be available for load-in and load-out of sets. Sets pieces are loaded into TPAC's Johnson Theater, then assembled in 2–4 working days. This is a great hands-on experience which requires working in a fast-paced setting to assemble a full set for a professional theatrical production.

Duties and requirements:

  • Should be able to work in a cooperative team environment.
  • Must be available to work scheduled dates which fall just prior to tech week and after closing night.
  • Some general scene shop experience is preferred but not required.
  • Should have ability to do some lifting and moving.

Please use the form to apply. If you would like to mail your application, please download the student internship application below and mail the form along with your resume and three contacts to:

  • Nashville Repertory Theatre
  • Attn. Cecilia Lighthall - Internship Program
  • 161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203