Arts Leadership Training Program

Will will begin accepting applications for the 2017 - 2018 Arts Leadership Training Program on January 3, 2017!

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Courtney Helen Grile, Director of Theatre for Youth & Communities at

The application deadline is March 31, 2017

About the Arts Leadership Training Program

Become an arts leader today by gaining practical experience in a supportive nonprofit environment. Through Marin Theatre Company's Arts Leadership Training Program, you'll not only enhance your skills, buts also put them to use as an integral member of our staff. WIth connections to theaters in the Bay Area and beyond, MTC is the perfect place to start your career.

The Arts Leadership Training Program is designed for anyone who is transitioning from college to a career path in theater and the perfoming arts. The program offers year-long internship opportunities in artistic direction, dramaturgy and literary management, production and stage management, children’s theater production, education and community engagement, development and special events, and communications and marketing.

Program Details

Time Commitment

- Full Season (10 months, August - June, unless otherwise noted)
- 30 hours per week (can be flexible depending on department)
- Hours may increase during technical rehearsal weeks and youth performances


This is an unpaid internship. There are opportunities for supplemental paid work through the Box Office, the Production department, and the Education department for qualified applicants. Hours will be set and remain steady so that interns can acquire outside employment nights and weekends.


MTC does not provide housing but has affordable furnished housing available for rent. The housing available is an apartment with shared rooms in a co-ed living environment. Rent is $600 per month and includes utilities, plus a $500 nonrefundable move-in fee.

Supplemental Income

Part-time paid positions may be available to participants of the Leadership Program, based on need and qualifications. Possible positions include: Box Office, Café staff and afterschool drama teacher.


Members of the Arts Leadership Training Program undergo intensive trainings each month to supplement training received in academic programs. The focus of the trainings is professional and administrative skills based development. Interns will assess their short-term goals and will be assessed midway through and at the end of the internship against those goals. Mentorship provided by supervisors and specifically the director of the program is a large part of the experience. Interns are provided with constant feedback and problem solving support as they develop skills and navigate challenges. MTC provides a supportive environment within which to learn with the expectation that each participant will be stretched and expected to maintain adjustments and embrace new challenges.


- Reliable transportation
- B.A./ B.F.A or equivalent experience preferred
- Some experience in area of application

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Intern Descriptions

Artistic Internship Opportunities

Artistic Direction

August 2017 - June 2018
This Artistic Direction Internship is designed for individuals who are looking for a well-rounded experience in how the Artistic/ Production departments function. The Artistic Direction Intern will report directly to the Artistic Director and take on responsibilities as the assistant to the Artistic Director, assistant director, artistic department administration, casting, producing and literary development. This position requires knowledge and some experience in directing, administrative duties as well as computer skills and must have a driver’s license. The Artistic Direction Intern will assist with companywide projects and events and maintain communication within the Artistic department. The Artistic Director Intern will assistant direct one to two productions in the season, participate in season planning, attend rehearsals and meetings as the Artistic Director’s representative when needed, supports artistic programming within the Education department and supports company events as assigned. This position is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing Artistic Direction.

Casting & Producing

August 2017 - June 2018
The casting & producing internship at MTC would focus on giving the intern immediate, professional experience in the casting and production processes within a LORT regional theatre. The intern would be given training both in an administrative capacity as well as through direct, practical application over the course of the season covering everything from production calendar coordination and overall season structure procedure to community outreach, database management, director/actor/creative team canvassing, and communication and scheduling. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: scheduling, organizing and running EPA, invited and specialty auditions, securing readers for auditions, actor outreach and communication, database expansion, updating and general maintenance, digitizing paper headshots/resumes, submitting equity notices and paperwork, contributing to season planning discussions, participating in casting brainstorming sessions, assisting in coordinating with creatives on each production, keeping track of conflicts and potential scheduling complications, conducting post-performance Q&A's as well as other engagement activities and seeing as much work as possible in the community to report back on new talent. The casting & producing internship at MTC is an ideal position for anyone looking to push forward her/his career and take the next step in gaining professional, hands on experience in a mid-sized regional theatre. 

Community Engagement

August 2017 - June 2018 (Also accepts applications for Fall/Spring Semester internships)
This internship is designed to train individuals who are interested in Applied Drama and Theatre practices for working in communities. The Community Engagement intern will work directly with the Director of Theatre for Youth and Communities on all Audience Engagement, Artist in Residency and Community-based programming. The Community Engagement Intern will foster new relationships, conduct research on the latest trends, topics and interactive engagement techniques for theatres. The Intern will also support Community Days, Teacher and Teen tickets, and Pre-and Post-show engagement events. This position is ideal for candidates interested in Community Arts.


August 2017 - June 2018 (Also accepts applications for Fall/Spring Semester internships)
This internship is designed to train individuals for working in Drama and Theatre with youth in a professional theater setting.  The Education intern will have the opportunity to learn how to plan and facilitate lessons for young people ages 4 -18 through drama/theatre classes on-site, arts-integrated residencies in schools, and youth production classes. Interns will work with professional Teaching Artists in the classroom; serve as an Assistant Director for youth productions; partake in career enhancement workshops such as lesson planning and curriculum development; teach morning warm-ups, lead theater games and assist teachers during classes and ultimately lead teach classes and residencies as proficiency is determined. Interns participate in all administrative aspects of MTC’s Education & Engagement Department. This position is ideal for candidates who are interested in working in pursuing Teaching Artist work as well as Director of Education positions.

Literary Management

August 2017 - June 2018
The Literary Management/Dramaturgy intern works with the Literary Manager, who will work with the intern to develop the intern's skills in professional writing, dramaturgical research, literary office protocols and a capstone internship project suited to the intern's interests and goals. Literary duties will include reviewing script submissions for the two new play prizes MTC administers, reading and evaluating new plays under consideration for main stage productions, maintaining the script database and script library, copying/scanning scripts, and various administrative support duties. Dramaturgy duties will include conducting research for upcoming productions, writing program notes, creating lobby displays, preparing dramaturgical packets, and assisting as needed in rehearsals for upcoming main stage productions and new works readings. Exact duties determined based on interest and skill level. This position is ideal for candidates pursuing a career in Literary Management and/or Dramaturgy, as well as candidates considering graduate studies in arts administration, playwriting, and theatre history. Young professionals of color especially encouraged to apply. 

Production Management

August 2017 - June 2018 (Also accepts applications for Fall/Spring Semester internships)
The Production Management Internship is an opportunity for young professionals to be involved in all aspects of production at a professional regional theater. Working directly with the Production Manager and Assistant Production Manager, the intern will receive on-the-job training and instruction while also being assigned tasks and projects to complete independently. The intern will be integrated fully into the MTC staff, while also working directly with the production staff by attending production meetings; observing the rehearsal process; participating in strike, change-over, and technical rehearsals; and shadowing his/her supervisors in day-to-day operations. Adjustments will be made to the structure of the internship based on the individual’s skill level and personal goals for the experience. Must have a car.

Stage Management

August 2017 - June 2018 (Also accepts applications for Fall/Spring Semester internships)

The Stage Management Intern is under the supervision of the Production Manager as part of the Stage Management team working with the Production Stage Manager and Production Assistant with all aspects of the rehearsal and tech process including but not limited to: floor taping and pre-planning for each Assigned Production; prop/costume tracking, line notes, production meeting minutes; actor support for line memorization and other stage management and production administrative and/or run crew duties as assigned by the Production Manager.

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Administrative Internship Opportunities

Development & Special Events

August 2017 - June 2018 (Also accepts applications for Fall/Spring Semester internships)
The Special Events Internship is designed to immerse the intern in the experience of assisting in the production of events specifically for the purpose of cultivating donors and raising funds to support the work of the organization. The Special Events intern will conduct research, maintain databases, provide administrative assistance, event support and other duties as assigned. This internship is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing a career in Development in the nonprofit arts industry.

Marketing & Communications

August 2017 - June 2018

This internship is designed for individuals interested in story-marketing for theatre through social media, public relations and community outreach. The Marketing & Communications Intern will work directly under MTC's Marketing Director to keep content updated on the company's website and social media pages, and develop and execute outreach strategies as directed. This position requires knowledge and practical understanding of multiple social media platforms, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Public Relations experience and exceptional writing and customer service skills a plus. The Marketing & Communications Intern will get to know the administrative side of professional theatre through engaging with audiences by contributing support to companywide projects and events. This position is ideal for candidates pursuing a career in Marketing and Communications for non-profit theatre and arts organizations. 

If you are not able to commit to the full 10 months, fall semester internships can be arranged as well if the internship candidate is an exceptional fit.  Please specify in your application if you are only able to commit to the upcoming fall semester instead of the full 10 months.

Theatre Management

August 2017 - June 2018 (Also accepts applications for Fall/Spring Semester internships)
This internship is designed to introduce individuals to the management of a nonprofit regional theater. Working under the Managing Director, the Theater Management intern will participate in finance, budgeting, season planning, development, marketing, strategic planning, human resource management, best practices policymaking, and collective bargaining. Daily tasks include financial analysis, development and marketing writing, contract drafting, and attendance at board committee meetings. Long range projects include grant writing, special event coordination, and identification of operational efficiencies. This internship is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing a career as a general manager or managing director for a nonprofit theater.

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