Stage Management Intern, Spring 2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is currently accepting Stage Management Intern applications for the upcoming productions of Short Shakespeare! Macbeth and Hamlet in Spring 2019.

Application Deadlines:
Short Shakespeare! Macbeth: November 15, 2018
Hamlet: December 15, 2018

As an intern in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Production department, you will be joining a world-class group of artisans, craftspeople, carpenters, and technicians. Together, the Production Management, Stage Management, Scenic, Props, Costumes, Lighting, Sound and Wigs departments execute the visions of the many directors and designers who come through Chicago Shakespeare’s doors. With the opening of The Yard in 2017, the Production department looks forward to further innovation in our new flexible performance space.

Chicago Shakespeare’s Stage Management Internship offers a unique, hands-on, professional experience. Interns work directly with seasoned Equity Stage Managers and are an integral part of the Stage Management Team. Interns gain valuable experience working at a leading regional theater with experienced Directors, Designers, Choreographers, and Performers. 

The Stage Management Intern is expected to be present for pre-production, all rehearsals, techs, and preview performances. This is typically a 6 day/week commitment with rehearsal hours that typically span from 10am-6pm prior to tech rehearsals. 


Dates: Short Shakespeare! Macbeth

  • Pre-Production: January 3rd (Start of internship)
  • 1st Rehearsal: January 10th
  • 1st Preview: February 6th
  • Opening: February 13th (Last day of internship)


Dates: Hamlet

  • Pre-Production: March 12th (Start of internship)
  • 1st Rehearsal: March 15th
  • 1st Preview: April 17th
  • Opening: April 25th (Last day of internship)


Internship Responsibilities:

  • Assist the stage managers during the prep and rehearsal process of a production
  • Set up rehearsal spaces and maintaining the rehearsal environment
  • Work closely with administrative and technical departments
  • Help maintain databases, calendars, and production records


Benefits Include:

  • A modest travel stipend
  • College credit as available through a student’s academic institution
  • Educational and career-coaching opportunities, including an intern seminar series that illuminates the workings of a large arts organization
  • An in-depth review of the intern’s resume/portfolio with CST staff members
  • Complimentary tickets to CST performances
  • Invitations to company-wide events with actors, designers and other artists
  • Free and reduced-price tickets to other Chicago theaters through "industry" offers
  • Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing
Skills & Qualifications: 

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Stage Management experience
  • Minimum 1 year of undergraduate education
  • Effective and clear communication skills
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people
  • Some technical theater experience
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Computer proficiency, especially in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
To Apply: 

Application Process
To be considered for a Stage Management Internship with Chicago Shakespeare, please prepare the following to upload through our application form:

  • A cover letter stating:
    • Your specific interest(s) in this particular internship
    • Your available start and end dates and which production you are applying for
    • Hourly time commitment each week
    • How you hope this internship will support your future goals
  • A current CV or resume describing relevant experience
  • Two letters of academic and/or professional reference (Please note that if your references would like to submit their letters to Chicago Shakespeare directly, they may do so through the submission form on this page.)
  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements.

Questions? Contact Chicago Shakespeare’s Production Department at

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