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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
ResponsibilitiesSpecial Events Intern
Description: Special Events Intern will assist all events that happen at San Francisco including but not limited to: season grand opening, production opening nights, donor events, subscriber parties, director's dinner, final dress rehearsals, first table reads, season sneak peek party, season announcement party, rising star celebrations and many more. Intern will spearhead subscriber parties by reaching out to subscribers to offer holding special pre and/or post-show events performances, coordinating and hosting these parties. Ideal candidate will be self-starter, out-going individual with a passion for events, non-profit theatre and fundraising. The below descriptions are a portion of internship responsibilities, however interns will dabble in all other aspects of theatre as well.
Assisting in coordinating special events such as donor receptions and fundraising benefits
Organizing mailing of Save the Date & Invites
Maintaining event contacts, guest lists and various databases
Planning and executing subscriber parties
Pre- and post-event correspondence with donors
Organize Subscriber Parties
Staff the subscription table to sell subscriptions to audience members before / during intermission / after shows
Staff the Inner Circle Members Lounge before, during & after shows
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.
Special Scheduling: While event planning happens during the day, a large portion of the internship will be running events and therefore this internship involves a huge evening and weekend time commitment.