Discovery Theater Technical Intern
About TSA: The Smithsonian Associates advances the Institution’s mission “to increase and diffuse knowledge” through educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian’s research and collections for DC-region students, families, and adults, and for learning communities nationwide.
Discovery Theater: (www.DiscoveryTheater.org), the Smithsonian Institution’s theater for children, is dedicated to offering the best in live educational performing arts for young people, serving as a gateway to the resources contained in the Smithsonian’s museums, collections, and exhibitions through performances and programs in museums, tours and in-school residencies.
- Assist with various aspects of the technical side of theater.
- Participate actively in running and preparing for both produced and presented shows for Discovery Theater. Work in one or more of the following areas: stage management, assistant direction, sound, lighting, props & costumes.
- May also be called on to assist in office duties, daily operations, artist communication, and hospitality.
Professional Development Opportunities:
- The Technical Intern will receive basic knowledge of the technical theater work as well as insight into the administrative side of Museum Theater.
- Beyond regular duties, supervisors will work with Technical Intern’s interests, in training and networking with the DC theatre community and at the Smithsonian
- Possible training opportunities include Sound and Lighting Design, Live Mixing Audio (theatrical/concert), QLab, SFX, Isadora, Basic Carpentry, Costuming (technologies, wardrobe and design), Puppetry (design, build and operation), Microsoft Office, Tessitura.
- Some experience in relevant Technical Theater.
- Should be flexible, creative, a team player, reliable, and have a good work ethic.
- Display a willingness to assist in load in/out, as artist liaison, and setup/tear down stage and seating on a daily basis.
- Computer and desktop publishing a plus.
Seasons:Spring (Jan – May), Summer (Jun – July) & Fall (Sept – Dec)
Time Commitment:30 – 40 hrs/week; 1 full semester – 1 academic year. Part-time availability will also be considered.
Schedule:Weekdays with an occasional weekend day or evening
Supervisors: Roberta Gasbarre, Discovery Theater Programmer
Compensation: All TSA Internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern’s university/college.
Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
To be considered in the first round of applications, please submit your materials by the dates below:
Fall Positions: July 1
Winter/Spring Positions: October 1
Summer Positions: February 1
Applications received after these dates will still be considered on an as-needed basis.