How to Apply: Complete and submit the following application, including your personal statement,  & resume to OPFT Artistic Director Jack Hickey,, with INTERN APP 2014″ in the subject line.





Internship opportunities at OPFT are designed to provide an educational, inspirational & career-broadening experience for post high school & undergraduate college students in a variety of aspects of theater arts.
The scope of the duties and projects are diverse in nature, but every effort is made to provide an intern experience based on the educational desires of individual Intern Program participants. Intern candidate to the program should be highly driven, enthusiastic and resourceful.


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  1. OPFT Interns work with Chicago area theater professionals in your chosen field of study. Your intern experience should allow you to connect the breach between your art and college experiences to work being done by theater professionals in a creative and supportive atmosphere.                                                                             .
  2. Broaden your understanding of professional theater in the Chicago area. Interning with OPFT allows you to begin to build a professional theater network.  These connections may lead to future jobs in the industry and invaluable professional contacts within the theater community.




Internship Tracks & Required Duties:


Acting Internship (Summer Season)

  1. Potential acting interns will have the opportunity to audition for the directors of the summer season.
  2. Understudy roles in at least one of the summer productions guaranteed, with the added potential of smaller roles in one or both summer shows.
  3. Mandatory attendance to all understudy rehearsals.
  4. Acting interns are required to assist with tech duties:
  •  Assist with set build & strike on both summer shows.
  • Required to assist with crew duties when not on stage.
  •  Assist with stage prep & strike before and after all performances.


Tech Internship (Summer Season)

  1. 37037_10150927971604932_566167680_nTech applicants will be assigned duties according to their requested area of study and the requirements of the OPFT summer season.
  2. Required to assist with set build & strike on both summer shows.
  3. Required to assist with running crew duties during performances.
  4. Assist with stage prep & strike before and after all performances.



Arts Administration Internship (Seasonal)

  1. Work directly with managing director assisting in the day-to-day administrative duties of the company.
  2. Assist with data entry, website updates, and production calendar maintenance.


Casting Internship (Seasonal)

  1. Work directly with casting director assisting in the seasonal administrative duties of OPFT.
  2. Attend performances
  3. Data entry
  4. Assist in auditions & casting


INTERNS ADDITIONALLY RECEIVE:319698_10150933636494932_129778454_n

  1. Four (4) complimentary tickets to all OPFT summer season productions, and two (2) tickets to all OPFT summer season opening night performances.
  2. The opportunity to take advantage of our First Folio Shakespeare Company ticket summer season exchange program.
  3. A small stipend.
  4. College credit as arranged with your individual college or university.
  5. Acting interns may have the opportunity to earn EMC points dependent on the production contract.
  6. Opportunity to take advantage of professional development courses:
  • Actor audition clinics/classes
  • Headshot &Resume development
  • Individual Monologue tutorials