The Artistic Intern works with the Puppet Showplace Artistic Director to support the theatre’s creative and administrative projects. Artistic Interns have the opportunity to witness how a small non-profit presenting theater works by taking part in all aspects of administration from artist negotiation to audience services. Interns also gain exposure to the creative work of dozens of professional puppet companies from around the world. Interns are given responsibilities according to their areas of interest, and may take on independent creative or academic projects.
- Assist with planning and preparations for Puppet Showplace’s on-going presenting season.
- Research touring and outreach opportunities with clients and partner institutions across the region.
- Develop and implement design concepts for in-theater puppet displays and create unique audience engagement activities.
- Work on stage crew for puppet slams and other special puppetry events.
- Represent the theater offsite at “puppet invasion” community events.
- Support resident “incubator” artists in the development of new works.
- Evaluate the success of the theater’s programming by creating and analyzing audience and participant surveys, organizing archival materials, and creating report segments for the board and funders.
- Adept at Internet research. Experience with word processing and data analysis. Computer literacy (Microsoft Office, media editing programs, databases, etc.).
- Familiarity with the theatrical production process.
- Ability to tackle projects independently and solve problems on one’s own.
- Interest in puppetry and performing arts, theatre for young audiences, and new works.
In addition to these tasks, previous interns have also created short-form puppet shows for puppet slams, assisted during workshops, and conducted research projects on areas of academic interest.