Arts Leadership Training Program

Join the team at Marin Theatre Company through our Arts Leadership Training Program!

About the 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, but also put them to use as an integral member of our team. 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 theatre and the performing arts. The program offers year-long internship opportunities in artistic direction, dramaturgy and literary management, production and stage management, education, graphic design, communications and social media, and administration.

Marin Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages qualified applicants of all genders, races, ethnicities, physical abilities, and sexual orientations to apply.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Ashleigh Worley, Director of Education, at by March 30, 2018 for consideration.

Program Details...

Time Commitment

  • Full Season August 13, 2018-June 24, 2019
  • Up to 30 hours per week
  • Daily office hours between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, some nights and weekends as needed
  • Hours may increase during technical rehearsal weeks and youth performances

Compensation/Supplemental Income

This is an unpaid internship. There are opportunities for supplemental paid work through Front of House, Production or 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 in an apartment with shared rooms in a co-ed living environment. Rent is $650 per month and includes utilities, plus a $300 nonrefundable move-in fee.


  • Reliable transportation (strongly recommended) 
  • A minimum of three years of college or advanced theatre training post high school 
  • B.A./B.F.A or equivalent experience preferred - Some experience in area of application

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Intern Descriptions...

Artistic Direction

The Artistic Direction Internship is designed for individuals who are looking to pursue a career as an artistic director. The position is a well-rounded introduction to how the artistic department functions and how it is led and managed by the Artistic Director. The Artistic Direction Intern will report directly to the Artistic Director, the Literary Manager, and Casting Director. This position requires knowledge and some experience in directing, administrative duties, and computer skills. The Artistic Direction Intern will assist with company-wide projects and events and maintain communication within the Artistic department. The Artistic Direction Intern will assistant direct 1-2 productions in the season, participate in season planning, attend rehearsals and meetings as the Artistic Director’s representative when needed, support artistic programming within the Education department, and support company events as assigned.

Digital Communications & Social Media

This internship is designed for individuals interested in learning how to market theatre digitally through social media, email marketing and community outreach. The Digital Communications and Social Media Intern will work directly under MTC's Marketing Director to keep content updated on MTC's website and social media pages, learn how to create compelling and engaging marketing emails, and execute outreach strategies as directed. Intern may also create videos for distribution based on experience and skill level. This position requires knowledge and practical understanding of various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube/Vimeo. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite a plus. The Digital Communications and Social Media Intern will get to know the administrative side of professional theatre through marketing and engaging with audiences by contributing support to companywide projects and events on and offline. This position is ideal for candidates pursuing a career in Marketing and Communications for non-profit theatre


This internship is designed to train individuals for working with youth in a professional theatre 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 warm-ups, lead theatre games, and assist teaching artists during classes. Ultimately, the Education Intern will lead and teach classes and/or residencies as proficiency is determined. Interns participate in all administrative aspects of MTC’s Education Department and support company events and needs as assigned. This position is ideal for candidates who are interested in pursuing Teaching Artist work as well as Director of Education positions.

Literary Management/Dramaturgy

The Literary Management/Dramaturgy intern works with the Literary Manager/Dramaturg. Duties include reading new plays and writing evaluations, reviewing script submissions and maintaining the script database and script library; assisting with research on upcoming productions, writing program notes and creating lobby displays; preparing dramaturgical packets, researching dramaturgical questions for productions and assisting as needed in rehearsals for upcoming main stage productions and new works readings, copying scripts, and various administrative support duties. Exact duties determined based on interest and skill level. This position is ideal for candidates pursuing Literary Management/Dramaturgy.

Production Management

The Production Management Internship is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the procedures used in managing all design and technical elements that go into a season of theatre. The intern will learn skills such as scheduling and budgeting for a season as a whole, management of expenses, serving as a liaison between designer and director, being a part of a production team, and rounding out their familiarity of lighting, sound, scenery, props, costumes, and other area of production. Working directly with the Production Manager and Assistant Production Manager, the Production Management Intern will participate in production meetings, technical rehearsals, select performances, and other operational meetings. Adjustments will be made to the structure of the internship based on the individual’s skill level and personal goals for the experience.

Stage Management

The Stage Management Internship is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the oversight of a production in rehearsal and performance. Stage Management Interns will assist the Production Stage Manager and Production Assistant with all aspects of the rehearsal and tech process including but not limited to: preparation for a rehearsal space 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 Stage Manager.

Theatre Management

This internship is designed to introduce individuals to the management of a professional nonprofit regional theatre. Working directly with the Managing Director and Financial Manager, the Theatre Management intern will participate in finance, budgeting, season planning, development, marketing, human resource management, board relations, and best practices, including anti-harassment policies and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion work. Daily tasks include bookkeeping and financial reporting, development and marketing support, contract drafting, policy development and implementation, and board and committee support. Long-range projects include strategic planning, operational improvements, and nonprofit governance. This internship is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing a career as a general manager or managing director for a nonprofit theatre.

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Get to know our 2017/18 Arts Leadership interns! Scroll down to learn more abut this season's brilliant internship cohort. 

  • Giselle Boustani-Fontenele

    Giselle Boustani-Fontenele

    Artistic Direction Intern

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    Giselle’s (she/her/hers) directing credits include Susan Glaspell’s Trifles in London’s fringe theatre scene and Dustin Lance Black’s 8 in Los Angeles’s North Hollywood Arts District. She has assistant directed Jon Fosse’s Someone is Going to Come in London’s fringe theatre scene and Donald Margulies’s Sight Unseen at the Boston University School of Theatre. Giselle is a recent graduate of Boston University (BU), where she majored in Anthropology and Religion and completed a rigorous Theatre Arts minor at the BU College of Fine Arts. At BU, she studied dramaturgy and dramatic literature under dramaturg Ilana M. Brownstein and British contemporary theatre under British theatre critic Aleks Sierz. She also spent ten weeks with The Pasadena Playhouse’s Artistic Department as its Community Organizer Summer Intern. Giselle enjoys rapping, trying not to fall off her longboard, and is fascinated by the power of communal art. 

  • Grace Helmcke

    Grace Helmcke

    Education Intern

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    Grace is extremely honored and excited to be serving as Marin Theatre Company's Education intern this year. In June she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University, where you might have seen her in Midsummer Night's Dream or Gruesome Playground Injuries. She also has been working this Summer at Taproot Theatre in Seattle as an assistant teacher for their acting studio!

  • David Irving

    David Irving

    Literary Management and Dramaturgy Intern

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    Originally an actor, David has performed with many theaters in the Bay Area, including Masquers Playhouse, Altarena, Stage 1 and Tri-Valley Rep. After fifteen years, however, it became clear that his interest in theater went beyond performance--specifically in theater history and text analysis. This realization led him to put away his notebook of audition songs, and return to New York, where he had earned his BA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College. Upon getting his MA in Theater History and Criticism at Brooklyn College, he returned to the Bay Area, and is ready to put his new skills to use, where he is thrilled to be a part of MTC’s Arts Leadership Training Program as the Literary Management and Dramaturgy intern.

  • Alessandro McLaughlin

    Alessandro McLaughlin

    Artistic Direction Intern

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    Alessandro is excited to join the MTC family! Originally from Andover, Massachusetts Alessandro attended Clemson University in South Carolina where he received a BA in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre and an emphasis in Directing. At Clemson he performed in several plays, ran a student theatre company, directed two shows (Cock and Closer), and assistant directed many professional productions at the Warehouse Theatre. When Alessandro is not in the theatre you can find him traveling the world and cooking all sorts of crazy foods. 

  • Brigid Ridge

    Brigid Ridge

    Stage Management Intern

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    Brigid recently graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.  She has been an Assistant Stage Manager on The Resistable Rise of Arturo UiShakespeare's Other Women, and Peter and the Starcatcher at Southern Oregon University and Gypsy at Broadway Rose in Portland.