2008/09 Fellows Debby Lau and Melanie Leeds outside of the Wilma during the Phillies’ parade
“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
We will begin accepting Fellowship Applications on January 2, 2014. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 24, 2014.
The Wilma Theater will begin accepting applications for both fellowship positions for the 2014-2015 Season as of January 2, 2014. 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 whole season and receive a weekly stipend, full health coverage, and various other benefits. To apply, send your resume, a cover letter (specifying the fellowship to which you are applying and why you think it is a good fit for you) and at least two sealed (or emailed by your reference) letters of recommendation to The Wilma Theater no later than Monday, March 24, 2014 (postmarked). Send all application materials to: Anne K. Holmes, The Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, or via email at AHolmes@wilmatheater.org
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.
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 Literary/Casting 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 including our Symposium Series, and perform 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 and The O'Neill.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Nell Bang-Jensen, via email: NBangJensen@WilmaTheater.org. Please note all positions for Summer 2014 have been filled.
Marketing and/or Development Internships
Assist the theater's Marketing or Development Departments with projects related to marketing, development, public relations, and special events including the Wilma's annual fundraising gala event. Other projects may include distribution of marketing collateral, coordination of mailings, updating databases, archiving of materials, and assembling press kits and materials. Please note that very often internships are often EITHER Marketing or Development. Depending on the needs of the department and the experience and availability of the applicant, the two internships are occasionally combined into a single External Relations (combination of Marketing and Development). Candidates for any of the programs must be available at least 12 hours a week, have strong written, verbal, and phone skills and be enthusiastic self-starters.
Positions are open for every Spring, Fall, and Summer and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. To apply, please mail or email a resume and cover letter to: Iain Campbell, Development Director, The Wilma Theater, 265 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107; email: icampbell@WilmaTheater.org.
Tips for an effective application to Marketing and/or Development Internships:
Apply early. Applications for Summer and coming fall terms are typically submitted in the Spring. Applications for the Spring are typically submitted in the Fall
Please indicate in your cover letter your interests as a potential intern. What are you interested in getting out of an internship? Are you interested in primarily Marketing or Development or are you open to either?
Applicants should indicate when they are available in both a date range and in terms of hours during the days of the week. For Example, you may be available January 6 – June 25, 20XX Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11am-6pm. 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 cover letter and resume to Anne K. Holmes, Education Director, The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107, or email Anne at AHolmes@wilmatheater.org
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 email@example.com.