Professional Internships

Nashville Rep’s Professional Internship Program is designed to offer hands-on professional experience to college 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. While no housing is provided, there is a weekly stipend of $125.

Please check back around the end of March for directions on how to apply for our 2017-2018 Professional Intern class. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Chase Miller, Company Coordinator/Artistic Assistant, at If you are a student looking for class credit, please consider applying for our Student Internship Program.


Applicants need to demonstrate a serious pursuit of a professional career in scenic construction and/or technical direction through his or her education and work life to this point. The Scenic Production Internship is design to give the intern the experience to bridge the academic world and the professional world. The duties of the scenic production intern are comparable to that of a theatrical carpenter. Applicant will participate in an active professional scene shop, and work toward broadening their knowledge in scenic construction. The scenic intern will report directly to the Technical Director. During this internship, the goal is to strive for the highest quality of professionalism while consistently increasing speed, accuracy, and safety while constructing and completing each set.

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.

Internship duties may include:

  • Scenic construction
  • Help maintain scene shop
  • Participate in Load-in/load-out of set
  • Base painting
  • Other duties as assigned.


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 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.


Internship duties may include:

  • Assist with scenic painting of set.
  • Props purchasing/borrowing/renting/pulling.
  • Assisting the Properties Master in set dressing.
  • Technical run crew, as needed.
  • Prop shop and prop storage maintenance.
  • Load-in/load-out crew.
  • Attending production meetings.
  • Assist Properties Master with pulling and restocking of props for prop rentals.
  • Other duties as assigned.


This internship is designed for those interested in Stage Management and Production Management. Interns will have the opportunity to observe all aspects of the rehearsal process, and will contribute to the process as a member of the production staff as an assistant to the stage manager. Interns will work with an Equity stage manager, become familiar with Equity regulations, and observe the day to day duties of a professional Stage Manager. They will observe a professional director and actors at work, and attend production meetings. The Intern will also work with the Company Coordinator at times not in rehearsals or a show. This internship will be supervised by the Company Coordinator.

Internship duties may include:

  • Assisting stage manager and head run crew for all season productions.
  • Assisting the stage manager in preparation for rehearsals.
  • Assisting in production paperwork.
  • Organization and maintenance of rehearsal and performance props/costumes.
  • Working production tech week.
  • Assisting the director as needed.
  • Stage Managing the REPaloud stage reading series.
  • Stage Manage for some of the New Works Festival.
  • Research and general administrative tasks as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Internship requirements:

  • A basic understanding of theatre lines of communication.
  • A basic understanding of stage management tasks (ie, blocking notes, line notes, cue calling).
  • Proficient in Microsoft office.
  • Professional demeanor, ability to stay calm, ability to lead run crew.

Internship duties and requirements in this area include:

  • Working backstage as costume crew for the entire run of each production.
  • Costume maintenance, including laundry and wig maintenance for each production.
  • Working load-in and strike for each production.
  • Working in the costume shop a minimum of 5 days a week, with overtime, nights and week-ends as needed.
  • Assisting in all aspects of costume construction, including sewing and craft work.
  • Wig, hair, and make up assistance.
  • Assisting in actor fittings.
  • Assisting with general clean-up, costume pulling and restocking for the costume rental program .
  • The ability to work hard and have fun at the same time.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Applicants need to demonstrate a serious pursuit of a professional career in costume design or technology through his or her education and work life to this point. Applicants should have experience running shows backstage as well as strong costume production skills, especially sewing. Applicants should demonstrate an excitement for learning and hard work. This is a difficult job but the learning possibilities are endless. All past Nashville Rep Professional Costume Interns are currently working in their field. This Internship will be supervised by the Costume Manager.


The Marketing and Development Team at Nashville Rep encompasses all activities involving special events, education/outreach, donor relations, marketing and sales, and publicity. The primary focus of this internship is to work closely with the Marketing Director on the execution of the season’s marketing initiatives in a highly competitive arts community, and to assist the Development Director with the facilitation of special events and fundraising throughout the season. Candidates must be highly organized and able to multi-task with excellent computer and writing skills. Jobs in this department will be supervised by the Marketing Director and the Development Director.

Opportunities, possible duties, and job requirements will include:


  • Assist with planning, promotion, and staffing of education/outreach activities and promotional events.
  • Coordinate solicitation, receiving, and documentation of items for Silent Auctions.
  • Build relationships with donors and aid in preparation for board of directors meetings.
  • Provide support for corporate and foundation grant proposals.
  • Prepare and assemble direct mailings


  • Assist in maintaining Nashville Rep’s social media sites
  • Observe rehearsals and meetings with the artistic staff to develop ideas for effectively marketing productions on a modest budget.
  • Collect and archive press materials.
  • Work closely with staff to develop new audiences.
  • Maintain and create promotional relationships with other non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, target audiences, restaurants, and media outlets.
  • Assist with press contacts, photo calls and video shoots.
  • Coordinate press mailings, provide input on press releases and calendar announcements.
  • Other clerical and general duties as needed.