Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago, IL

Expires: 09/12/18

Job Dates

May-August 2018


Contact for Details

As an intern in Chicago Shakespeare Theaters Production department, you will be joining a world-class group of artisans, craftspeople, carpenters and technicians. Together, the Production Department executes the visions of the many directors and designers who come through Chicago Shakespeares doors. With the opening of The Yard in 2017, the Production department looks forward to further innovation in our new flexible performance space.

The Costume Shop Internship offers direct exposure to the build of upcoming productions. The intern will have the opportunity to build professional relationships, construct portfolio pieces and gain professional experience in theatrical construction, craftwork, quick-rigging and costume maintenance.

The Costume Shop Internship will ideally begin in May or June. The exact start and end dates are negotiable. Internship hours range from part to full time. All internship candidates must be available to work a minimum of 24 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks in order for this experience to be a worthwhile educational endeavor. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Desired Skills and Experience

Minimum two years undergraduate education with successful completion of coursework in one or more of the following: stitching, patterning, dying or craftwork
Effective communication skills

Flexibility and ability to work within tight deadlines

Detail-oriented and organized

Self-starter, willing to take on a specific project or task as part of the build of the show

Internship Responsibilities

Working directly with the Costume Shop staff to understand the overall scope of costume build and collaborate on pieces or projects appropriate for your skill level and interest
Costume construction, general shop support, and maintenance
Assisting with fittings and alterations
Assisting in the inventory and maintenance of costume storage and rentals
Assisting with millinery, dyeing, masks, headpieces, and/or creation of magical items

Benefits include:

A modest travel stipend
College credit as available through a students academic institution
Complimentary tickets to CST performances
A review of the interns resume and portfolio with CST Staff Members
Invitations to company-wide events with actors, designers and other artists
Free and reduced-price tickets to other Chicago theaters through "industry" offers
Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing.

Application Process
To be considered for a Costumes Internship with Chicago Shakespeare, please prepare the following to upload through our application form:

A cover letter stating:
Your specific interest(s) in this particular internship
Your available start and end dates
Hourly time commitment each week
How you hope this internship will support your future goals
A current CV or resume describing relevant experience
Two letters of academic and/or professional reference (Please note that if your references would like to submit their letters to Chicago Shakespeare directly, they should be emailed to productionintern@chicagoshakes.com.)
If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements.


Chris Plevin

Director of Production


Business Address

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

800 E. Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

Posted: 03/12/2018 12:18:22 EST

Last Updated: 03/12/2018 15:36 EST

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