Former Stage Management Fellow Debby Lau (08-09) now serves as the Wilma Events and Development Associate.
“The fellowship was fantastic. I got to work in almost every aspect of production and was given additional opportunities to pursue my particular areas of interest. So far this season I have worked around the city as an electrician, light board operator, wardrobe supervisor, carpenter, and assistant stage manager; and all of those jobs came as a result of people I met during my fellowship last year.”
—Melanie Leeds, 2008/09 Production Fellow
The Wilma Theater will begin accepting applications for our Production and Stage Management Fellowship positions for the 2016-17 Season as of February 1, 2016. Fellowships in Production and Stage Management will be awarded to candidates who have demonstrated significant interest and experience in their chosen area and who possess a willingness to learn new skills required for the position. Fellows are employed full-time for the entire season and receive the following compensation: $350 a week, health insurance, complimentary tickets to Wilma productions, and various other benefits.
The Production Fellow will work closely with the Technical Director and Production Manager. Duties may include set construction and painting, load-in, strike, light hang/electrics, prop maintenance, and serving on running crew for productions. The successful candidate will have demonstrated significant previous experience in at least one of the above areas of production, as well as a willingness to learn new skills as required. Strong problem solving and communication skills, as well as adaptability, are a must.
The Stage Management Fellow will work closely with the Production Stage Manager, serving as the Assistant Stage Manager for all productions. Duties may include being on-book for rehearsals, creating contact sheets, organizing/tracking props, and serving on running crew for productions. The successful candidate will have demonstrated prior interest and experience in stage management, possess excellent communication skills, be detailed oriented and flexible.
To apply, send your resume, a cover letter (specifying the fellowship to which you are applying and why you believe it’s a good fit for you) and two letters of recommendation (e-mailed separately by your recommenders). All materials must be submitted by e-mail no later than Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Send all application materials to Education Assistant Lizzy Pecora at LPecora@wilmatheater.org
The Wilma Internship Program provides opportunities to gain valuable experience working at a highly respected regional theater. Interns will learn new skills while being mentored by experienced theater professionals. Our interns serve an important function at the Wilma and are treated as valued members of the staff. Although all interns are hired to work within a specific department, in a collaborative work environment like the Wilma most will end up assisting in other departments at some point during their time internship. Typically, Interns make a long-term commitment of at least 8 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Academic credit can be arranged with academic institutions. All interns receive complimentary tickets to Wilma productions. At least 1 year of college is required for most Internships. Positions usually begin around the start of each academic semester but there is some flexibility with start and end times. Internships are unpaid positions, and no housing is provided. The Wilma offers internships in the following departments:
Assist Artistic and Literary departments in reading and reporting on scripts, helping to maintain our literary database, doing dramaturgical research related to the plays of our season, assisting with auditions, helping to maintain our actor database, assisting with special events, and performing clericals duties such as copying, scanning, and various other administrative tasks. Many former interns have gone on to graduate school and work at institutions such as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playwrights Horizons and The O'Neill. Candidates must have academic and practical experience in theater, and display strong written, verbal and analytical skills. Candidates must also be available at least 12 hours a week.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Nell Bang-Jensen, via email: NBangJensen@WilmaTheater.org. Deadlines are as follow: For a summer internship, please apply by March 15th. For a fall internship, please apply by June 15th. For a spring internship, please apply by October 15th.
External Relations Internships in Marketing and Development
The Wilma Theater’s External Relations team—an interdisciplinary department that spans marketing, development, and communications—seeks motivated, self-starting interns to assist on projects that are vital to how our theater fundraises, markets, and publicizes its theatrical offerings. Projects may include coordination of mailings, writing and editing, updating databases, archiving communications, and other projects related to cultivation and constituent development. In addition to learning about the external relations of a theater in an on-the-ground workplace environment, interns help to distribute marketing collateral, coordinate mailings, archive materials, and assemble press kits and materials. External relations interns also assist with the execution of special events, researching and communicating with vendors for events like our opening night parties and our annual fundraising fete and participating in events alongside full-time Wilma staff.
Candidates must be available at least 10 hours a week, have strong written, verbal, and phone skills and be enthusiastic self-starters.
Intern applications are accepted for twelve-week positions each Spring, Fall, and Summer.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Julia Mauro Bumke, Writing and Research Specialist, at JBumke@WilmaTheater.org. Please indicate your interests as a potential intern in your cover letter: what are you aiming to get out of an internship? Applicants should indicate when they are available in both a date range and in terms of hours during the days of the week. Please be as specific as possible, but if you have a degree of flexibility, you may indicate that as well.
Summer education internships include dramaturgical research for Camp Wilma, designing camper study guide, registering campers, assisting teachers and counselors during camp and various other administrative duties as needed.
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Education Assistant Lizzy Pecora via email at LPecora@wilmatheater.org by Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
Depending upon the timing and the needs of our production department, there are sometimes opportunities to intern in specific areas of production such as props or costumes. We also offer general production internships which consist of a assisting the Production Manager in various production and administrative duties.
To apply please send your resume and cover letter (indicating the sort of production internship you are seeking) to Clayton Tejada, Production Manager, The Wilma Theater, 265 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107; or email Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org.