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.

Chicago Shakespeares Lighting Internship offers the opportunity to play an integral role in the Theaters Lighting Department over the course of load-in, hang, focus and tech. Interns will build professional relationships and gain experience working with lighting equipment on a variety of projects.

The Lighting Internship will ideally begin in May or June. The exact start and end dates of the internship 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. The Lighting Intern must be available to work some specific long days/evenings for focus and techs. 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 one year undergraduate education with successful completion of coursework in one or more of the following: Technical Drawing, Lighting Design, Lighting Technology
Basic understanding of electricity and wiring
Working knowledge of modern lighting equipment
Basic design skills and experience with one or more types of lighting software
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Flexibility and ability to work within tight deadlines
Detail-oriented and organized
Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
Self-starter, willing to take on specific projects or tasks and see them through to completion

Internship Responsibilities

Assist Lighting Supervisor in equipment inventory, repair, and maintenance of lighting and special effects equipment for the Courtyard Theater, Upstairs Theater, Rehearsal Hall, and off-site venues
Work alongside local theater electricians on hang and focus calls
Work with other technical departments on special lighting projects, including wiring props and scenery
Help create and maintain show paperwork throughout load-in, tech, and previews
Work closely with local and visiting theater professionals

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 Lighting 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 12:20:38 EST

Last Updated: 03/12/2018 15:36 EST

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