Are you an aspiring playwright, director, dramaturg or theater artist of any discipline? Get hands-on experience in the process of new play development through the Playwrights' Center’s Internship Program. Our program is offered to advanced undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate-level students of playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, stage management, and other theatre programs. Internships at the Playwrights’ Center (PWC) offer the opportunity to work at the heart of a thriving arts organization while learning multiple aspects of the day-to-day of a non-profit. Because our interns work with playwrights, directors, and actors on a local and national level, some theater experience is preferred.
As a PWC intern, you will have the opportunity to work with AEA performers in a workshop setting, run rehearsals, help create weekly AEA reports, and serve as the primary liaison between the Center and workshop artists. As one of the Center’s primary stage managers, you will deepen your résumé with several new play workshops, and network with nationally renowned playwrights, directors and dramaturgs, as well as a wide variety of the Twin Cities’ top actors. You will also work side-by-side with the Center’s staff in our administrative offices. Some of these administrative duties include (but are not limited to) assisting staff with budgets, contracts, and artist travel/hospitality; tracking past and present PWC projects; maintaining vital production databases; researching playwright opportunities; assisting with PWC public events; and other special projects as assigned.
What past interns say about the program:
“I learned more about the play development process…I’ve met people who inspire me…I feel like I’ve expanded my community in a really great way.” – PlayLabs Intern 2010
“The staff was always there to answer questions, give advice…a workplace that can have that much fun and still provide such a constructive and creative arena for artists must be doing something right.” – Spring Intern 2010
What PWC playwrights say about the program:
"We were assigned a dramaturg intern...when the workshop ended, we asked her to join the production team for our performance at the Fitzgerald. So, a further relationship has evolved. I've always believed that the Playwrights Center's most vital role was two-fold: to provide writers the material resources we need; and to introduce us to collaborators whose talents increase our own." - Jeffrey Hatcher, PWC Core Writer
Application Due Dates
- Summer Internships (late May – August): APPLICATION DUE MARCH 15
- PlayLabs Internships (October): APPLICATION DUE JUNE 15
- Fall Internships (late August – December): APPLICATION DUE JUNE 15
- Spring Internships (January – May): APPLICATION DUE OCTOBER 15
To apply for an internship, you will need to provide the following:
- Internship application form – download here
- Current resume
- Cover letter explaining your short--term and long-term career goals, what skills you will bring to
the Playwrights’ Center, and why you are interested in an internship at the Playwrights’ Center at this time.
All application materials can either be e-mailed to Ryan Ripley at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed directly to:
The Playwrights’ Center
c/o Ryan Ripley
2301 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Items of Note
We strongly encourage applications from New Plays on Campus students.
This is an unpaid internship, but interns do receive free membership to the PWC for a year, the opportunity to participate in PWC seminars and classes, and a stipend to cover local transportation costs. We also offer college credit depending on the requirements of your college/university.
At this time, the PWC is unable to provide funds for travel and housing.