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Omaha Theater Company Professional Intern Program

The Omaha Theater Company sponsors a Professional Intern Program in technical theater. It is a practical “hands-on” experience working directly with designers, technicians and professionals in their respective fields.

Technical Theater internships offered are general in nature but will focus in technical direction/carpentry/props/scenic painting, stage management/electrics or electrics/audio.

Benefits of the Program

  • Entering a professional theater community under the auspices of a program that provides the opportunity to gain practical experience and professional resume credits while enhancing your skill set.
  • An intern’s performance is monitored, individual meetings are held, and evaluations are given in the fall and spring.
  • An internship is a positive way to find out if a job in technical theater holds your interest and is the career you are seeking.

Things to Consider

  • The Intern Program does not offer a degree.
  • Internships are ten months in length beginning in August and ending June 3.
  • Internships are full time (40+ hours per week).
  • Interns’ weekly schedules may vary with their duties and the requirements of the overall production schedule.
  • Prospective interns should carefully evaluate their individual financial situations when applying to the program.
  • Housing is provided at no cost to the intern.
  • A stipend of $150 per week is offered.
  • The internships are a full time commitment.  An outside job cannot be relied upon as an income supplement.

What can you expect from this Internship Program?

  • Develop good habits
  • Network and develop professional relationships
  • Refine your interpersonal skills
  • Approach your career realistically
  • Perhaps, reconsider your career choice


  • The Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center – houses two theaters, electrics studio, costume studio, costume rental, multiple education classrooms and rehearsal spaces. 
  • The Buffet Auditorium – seats 900, 30×60-foot proscenium stage that houses The Omaha Theater Company’s nine-show mainstage season of educational theater and family musicals.
  • The Hitchcock Theater – seats 150, flexible black box space that supports The Rose’s award-winning Teens ‘N’ Theater program, Pre-K theatrical productions and other special events.
  • Rose Theater Scene Shop – located three blocks from The Rose Performing Arts Center, contains scenic and paint studio, offices, props shop and ample storage space.

A Brief Description of the Internships

Technical Theater

  • Electrics/Audio
    The intern candidate should have a practical knowledge of electrics and a basic understanding of electricity. Many aspects of stage lighting will be experienced including reading and drafting the light plot, assisting the Lighting Designer, hanging, focusing and general maintenance of our inventory and spaces. All interns may have the opportunity to act as Master Electrician along with an opportunity to run light and sound boards for productions. The learning experience will also include many aspects of sound for production by assisting the Director of Lighting and Audio with digital mixing, programming and effect creation. Interns will work with Pro-Tools, Vectorworks, SFX, Yamaha M7CL digital sound console, ETC Ion lighting console.
  • Carpentry/Props/Scene Painting
    An active shop that needs committed individuals. The work encompasses many facets of scenic and prop design, procurement and construction. Interns will complete carpentry, soft goods, sculpture, assemblage, and graphics projects as well as interpret designs through research and shopping. Budgeting, bookkeeping and management skills will be addressed, as will interdepartmental communications and cooperation. Other duties include assisting with the maintenance of our shop inventory along with running crew assignments. Applicants should be familiar with basic shop tools and a little curious. Opportunities abound to develop skills in multiple crafts areas. Under the guidance of the Scenic Charge, the scene painting work is production based and includes: sample process, layout, scenic painting & techniques; for example, drops, soft goods, hard scenery, textures, faux finishes and sculpting. Paint shop maintenance and safety are also part of the daily routine.
  • Stage Management/Electrics

    Starting with pre-production meetings on through rehearsals and into performance, Stage Management interns assist the Resident Stage Manager on mainstage productions. Stage Management intern assignments also include the opportunity to stage manage 2 production in our black box and 1 production on our mainstage. The work requires great organizational skills and close contact with actors, students, directors, and choreographers. It is essential that the intern be able to interact with a wide variety of personalities and adapt to various working styles. This includes being able to receive evaluations of his/her work. Additionally, the intern must stay focused, take initiative, and maintain a professional demeanor in the work place. Applicants must possess strong writing and computer skills. There is an emphasis on producing quality paper work. The ability to read music is desirable and prior stage management experience is required. When not assigned to stage management tasks, interns will work in our electrics studio. Candidate should have a practical knowledge of electrics and a basic understanding of electricity.

Application Procedure
To apply to The Omaha Theater Company Internship Program, each candidate must submit the following:

  • Professional Resume
  • Three letters of reference describing candidate’s working style, an evaluation of skills, and, if applicable, an evaluation of design abilities. (Can be sent separately)
  • A personal statement of at least 250 words describing the candidate’s expectations of the Internship Program and how it relates to his or her individual career goals.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Deadline is April 1, 2015, with notification of acceptance by the end of April.

The Omaha Theater Company will attend the Southeastern Theater Conference in March 2015 to conduct in person interviews.

Interested applicants unable to attend SETC job contact should email application materials and will be contacted if qualified to receive an interview.

Send Application To
Jennifer Collins Hard, Director of Production
Omaha Theater Company, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Or via email

Last updated 2/6/2015

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Jennifer Collins Hard, Director of Production The Rose Theater 2001 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68102

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