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The San Francisco Playhouse
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
SFPH internships are designed for students or recent graduates who are seeking a career theatre. Interning at SFPH offers the opportunity to work hands-on at successful theatre company. Interns are an integral part of daily operations at SFPH. Interns participate in staff meetings and get access to a yourname-at-sfplayhouse.org email account. The internship will be a valuable, career-building experience; we guarantee you will strengthen your skills and resume. Unique opportunities including observing readings, rehearsals, workshops, technical rehearsals, auditions, special events are made available to all interns based on their interests. Internships provides an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the day-to-day and long-term workings of a theater company and, at the same time, assume responsibility for practical assignments that are critical to company operations. While each of the internships focuses on a specific department, each intern will get to dabble in all aspects of running a non-profit theatre company.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, internships are volunteers positions. Interns receive a small stipend to cover transportation costs ($100/mo). SFPH cannot arrange housing. Interns receive at least two complimentary to each show for guests and unlimited half price tickets.
Internships are offered on a school year (September – May) and full season (September – August) basis. Internships are usually 20 - 35 hours per week and require a good amount of weekend and evening time. Regardless of internship field, all interns will assist during tech rehearsals and load in which occur over weekends. The ideal intern will have an open schedule that would allow interns to immerse themselves in every aspect of the company. Interns should expect to be at SFPH at least 3-4 days each week for 4-8 hours per day. Interns are required to attend and assist with all opening night Galas which are held on Saturdays. Interns will also be required to assist with: Season Sneak Peek Party (Monday in February), Season Announcement Party
No phone calls, please. Please submit the following:
- Cover letter: Including your weekly availability, what internship you are applying for, what time period (school year or full season) and why you want to intern at SFPH.
- Resume: A resume of education, theatre training and experience, and job / work experience (outside of theatre). Please include your email address and permanent contact information.
- References: At least two with emails and phone numbers and their affiliation. Submitting Your Application
Applications should be submitted by e-mail. Please create a single PDF file with all of your application materials and e-mail it to:
With subject line – INTERN POSITION – YOUR NAME (ex: PRODUCTION INTERN – JOE SMITH)
Applications should be sent in attention to: Charlotte Brockman, Administrative Manager.
Description: The Artistic Internship offers the opportunity to learn and develop the wide range of artistic and leadership skills necessary to work in the professional theatre. By working at the SF Playhouse, the fastest-growing, most-awarded theatre company in San Francisco, the intern will have unique access to artistic and management leadership. The SF Playhouse is a fast-paced, exciting, and fluid work environment, and the Artistic Intern must seek and thrive in that kind of situation. The intern reports to and is mentored by Artistic Director Bill English in addition to working closely with all other departments. The intern is exposed to all areas of artistic administration including season planning, new play development, and organizing special events and workshops, in addition to general administrative tasks. The position involves scheduling, assisting with daily needs, filing and running errands. The position requires the intern to get to know artists that are working with the SF Playhouse and helping artists and patrons with their needs. Interns are expected to familiarize themselves with the plays that are being produced and those that are under consideration. The ideal candidate is interested in dramaturgy, playwriting or directing with experience working in an office. This position requires strong organizational and communication skills. A strong work ethic and attention to detail, as well as enthusiasm for our various programs, is highly encouraged.
Participate in activities involved in developing and producing new work
Maintain the administrative side of the Artistic office
Read and critique plays
Participate in local casting, help run auditions
Maintain our casting database
Assist with all mainstage productions including load-in, technical rehearsals, previews
Working with actors on lines
Sit in on design meetings and note sessions.
Participate in marketing the SF Playhouse, including contributions to grant writing, development, subscription renewals, press contacts.
For all interns, good-writing skills and computer (Mac and PC) competence (word processing, spreadsheets, calendar programs, outlook, emails, dropbox, mail merge) are required. Interns must be able to thrive in a work environment that is characterized by changing priorities and demands. IT skills are a plus. All interns must be comfortable talking on the phone and in person with patrons. Excellent collaborative, analytical, and writing skills are required. CA Drivers License and access to a car is plus.