2014/15 season interns Jenna Smoger, Alison Sokol and Gabriella Schneider.
2014/15 season interns Jenna Smoger, Alison Sokol and Gabriella Schneider. | Photo by Ed Smith

Arts Leadership Training Program

Will be accepting applications soon for the 2016-2017 Arts Leadership Training Program.

Contact the Education Department, 415.322.6026, for more information.

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.

To Apply:

Information to come soon!

Program Details

Time Commitment

- Full Season (10 months, August - June, unless otherwise noted)
- 35 hours per week
- Daily office hours between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., some nights and weekends as needed
- Hours may increase during technical rehearsal weeks and youth performances


This is an unpaid internship. There are opportunities for supplemental paid work through Front of House 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
- A minimum of four years of college or advanced theater training post high school
- B.A./ B.F.A or equivalent experience preferred
- Some experience in area of application

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Examples of Past Positions:

Teaching Artist Training Program

This internship is designed to train individuals in the field of Teaching Arts Education and in the professional theater by allowing Teaching Artist interns to learn all of the styles of teaching including in-school residencies, after school drama classes, youth productions and enrichment programs. Interns will work with professional Teaching Artists in the classroom; serve as an Assistant Director for camp and 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 after school classes and residencies as proficiency is determined. Interns participate in all administrative aspects of MTC’s Residency and class Programs including curriculum prep, evaluations, youth production support and teacher guide and activity sheet design. This position is ideal for candidates who like teaching and are interested in further developing their skillset and experience as a Teaching Artist.
Must have a car.

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Children’s Theater Producing Intern

The Children’s Theater Producing Intern will work directly with the Director of Education to produce the Theater for Young Audiences series, For Kids by Kids Series, Teen Company Programs and all summer Camp Performances. The Producing intern will learn a large variety of producing models and will grow in leadership and project management over the course of the season. The successful candidate is someone with experience in directing, stage management or project management and enjoys making productions happen as an artistic producer.

Must have a car.

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Artistic Direction

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 and access to a vehicle. The Artistic Direction Intern will assist with company wide 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.

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Literary Management

The Literary Management intern works with the Literary Manager. 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; and 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.

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Production Management

The Production Management Internship is an opportunity for burgeoning artisans 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.

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Communications & Marketing

This internship is designed for individuals interested in a career in arts marketing. Successful candidates will be exposed to all aspects of promoting a vibrant, award-winning professional theater company through the various marketing channels. Reporting to the Marketing Director, the Marketing & Communications Intern will work closely with staff to plan and execute a wide range of initiatives including advertising and public relations campaigns, web site and email communications, social media outreach, discount and pricing strategies, and print collateral. The intern will also assist in tracking and monitoring the effectiveness of the campaigns thru Google analytics and online surveys. The ideal candidates will have strong writing, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills coupled with some photography and photo editing experience. Advanced computer skills, including ability to use software applications such as Constant Contact, Survey Gizmo, Excel, Expression Engine (web CMS) are desired. Intern should also demonstrate impeccable attention to detail as well as positive energy and a willingness to pitch in and be a team player wherever needed. The position requires flexibility and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Intern must be open to receiving feedback and guidance throughout the course of their internship. An interest in theater or the performing arts is highly desired.

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Development & Special Events

The Special Events Internship is designed to immerse the intern in the experience of producing events specifically for the purpose of cultivation donors and raising funds to support the work of the organization. The Special Events intern will conduct research, identify and solicit vendors, in-kind catering and wine contributions; 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 for non-profit theater.

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Arts Education Management

The Arts Education Management Internship is ideal for a candidate who is interested in producing programing for youth, families and the community. Working directly with the Director of Education and Education Coordinator, the intern will assist in all administrative components of the education, outreach and audience engagement programming. Throughout their tenure, the intern will learn about curriculum development, producing techniques, fundraising, season planning for TYA selections and main stage audience engagement. Dependent upon experience and interest level, teaching opportunities are available. This position is ideal for a candidate interested in pursuing a career as an Education Director.

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Community Engagement

The Community Engagement intern will work directly with the Director of Education on all Audience Engagement, Creative Learning Residencies and Outreach programming. The Community Engagement Intern will foster new relationships, conduct research on the latest trends, topics and interactive engagement for Audience Engagement. The Intern will also support Community Days, Teacher and Teen tickets, and Pre-and Post-show engagement. The Community Engagement Intern will assist in the administration of the Creative Learning Residency Program and assist in building relationships with new community groups in underserved communities. This position is ideal for candidates interested in Community Arts.

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Stage Management

The Stage Management Intern assists 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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