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 enhance your skills and put them to use as an integral part of our team. With connections to theatres in the Bay Area and beyond, a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and a thriving new play program, MTC is a great 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, digital communications and social media, fund development and theatre management.

As the premiere North Bay and leading mid-sized theatre in the Bay Area, MTC serves 30,000 patrons and nearly 4,500 students from over 40 Bay Area schools annually. MTC creates groundbreaking, nationally recognized, socially relevant plays with a focus on new works for the American stage. We believe in taking risks and we celebrate and promote the intellectual curiosity of our community with a belief that theatre can be an important tool to help people build empathy and create change. MTC believes that arts education provides a creative, diverse and supportive environment where students can take risks, grow and further their educational success. Click here to learn more about MTC.

Diversity and inclusion are guiding values in all our work–from the actors and stories on our stage and the audiences in our seats to the people in our office. To support these values, 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 Reid Davis, Director of Education, at by April 19, 2019.

Program Details...

Time Commitment:

  • Full Season: August 12, 2019-June 26, 2019
  • Up to 30 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

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 interns can acquire outside employment on 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 advanced theatre experience post high school
  • 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 Artistic Producer. 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, and support artistic programming within the education department and other company events as assigned.

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 mainstage 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 part of a production team, and rounding out their familiarity with lighting, sound, scenery, props, costumes and other areas of production. Working directly with the Director of Production 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 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, and production meeting minutes; actor support for line memorization; and other stage management, administrative and run crew duties as assigned by the Stage Manager.


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 careers as Teaching Artists or Directors of Education.

Digital Communications and 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 Director of Marketing and Communications 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 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 company-wide projects and events on and offline. This position is ideal for candidates pursuing a career in marketing and communications for nonprofit theatre.

Fund Development:

This internship is designed for individuals interested in fund development for a nonprofit theatre. Working with the Director of Development and the Development Associate, the Fund Development Intern will gain experience working with a constituent records management system, learn best practices for fundraising and build skills in nonprofit administration. Daily tasks and responsibilities include: assisting the development team with administrative tasks; updating and processing gift donations; producing acknowledgment letters; conducting prospect research; and assisting with the coordination of special events. This internship is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit administration or fund development.

Theatre Management:

This internship is designed to introduce individuals to the management of a professional nonprofit theatre. Working directly with the Managing Director and Financial Manager, the Theatre Management Intern will gain experience in finance, budgeting, season planning, fund development, marketing, human resource management, board relations, and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) 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 2018/19 Arts Leadership interns! 

Scroll down to learn more abut this season's brilliant internship cohort. 

  • Emily Cooper

    Emily Cooper

    Artistic Direction & Education Intern

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    Emily Cooper (she/her/hers) is thrilled to be joining the MTC family for this season! She's a Bay Area native with over eighteen years of theatre and performance training, including five years of study at Oakland School for the Arts. She recently graduated from The University of the Arts with BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. Emily has worked with California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and Theatre Philadelphia. Past directing credits include Icecream, To The Sticking Place, Metamorphize, Wet Nurse, Dim the Lights, andMilk. For more information go to

  • Olivia Dillon

    Olivia Dillon

    Artistic Direction Intern

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    Olivia Dillon (she/her/hers) is delighted to join MTC as an Artistic Direction Intern. She graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Theatre Studies and a minor in Writing in 2017. She has dreamed of working in the Bay Area since her sophomore year, after writing a research paper on its theater scene. One of the selected students assigned a senior thesis show, she directed Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz. She has also written, directed, and acted in numerous one-act plays for Ithaca College’s biannual Playfest. Her passion for directing is driven by the desire to involved in all the aspects of creating a production. She is so happy to be working and learning at MTC at time when the power of theatre and storytelling is more valuable than ever.

  • Erika March

    Erika March

    Education Intern

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    As an East Bay native, Erika is excited to be back in the Bay and to join the education team at MTC! She is a graduate from Oklahoma City University where she received a BA in Music with concentration in Voice and Violin, and a minor in Children’s Theatre. Additionally, she holds a certificate in Traditional Irish Music (Fiddle, Sean-nós) from University College Cork, Ireland. In the past few years, Erika has spent time as an assistant music director (Sister Act, Village Theatre SIP, Issaquah), director (Purgatory, OCU), and pit musician (Village Theatre, Issaquah; StarStruck Theatre, Fremont; OCU).

  • Whitney Stone

    Whitney Stone

    Artistic Direction Intern

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    Whitney is new to MTC and to the Bay Area as one of the Artistic Direction Interns this season. A New York transplant and a Boston native, Whitney holds a BFA in Theatre Arts Performance and a Dance minor from Hofstra University. She is a stage director and choreographer whose credits include the Off-Broadway premiere of Francine Pellegrino’s Molasses in January, and Something’s Afoot at Maggie’s Little Theater in Queens, for which she was nominated a Josie Award for “Best Director of 2017”. Additionally, she has directed and choreographed for university programs, summer stock, and numerous new and short play festivals in NYC. She is a proud alumna of Director’s Lab West, and an associate member of SDC.

  • Stephanie Strick

    Stephanie Strick

    Literary Management & Dramaturgy Intern

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    In 1997, Stephanie was enrolled in MTC’s preschool acting program and played a ladybug. After learning to act and write in a comprehensive array of productions for fourteen awesome years, she discovered a passion for the analytical side of theatre at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she majored in Women’s and Gender Studies and minored in Creative Writing (BA received in 2017). While at Saint Mary’s, she also wrote her own plays and assisted in the continued development of the Women’s Resource Center’s annual VDAY show. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of theatre to tell important stories, and lives in awe of how many stories need telling. Stephanie is excited to serve as this year’s Literary Management & Dramaturgy intern!