With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start making plans – and there’s no better way to spend your summer than interning in theater. With so many places to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to send your resume to. The current interns at Primary Stages want to help make the decision easier for you. If you’re considering an administrative theater internship, check out what our current interns have to say about their time at Primary Stages.
Why did you choose to Intern at Primary Stages?
- Austin Kreitler (Marketing Intern): As someone who has a passion for theater and marketing, I wanted to learn more about marketing in the non-profit theater world. I also value the mission and vision that Primary Stages puts out with their work and company and felt that I could learn more about the Off-Broadway Theater Industry here.
- Debra Mantua (Development Intern): I was looking for a program that was more hands on and would let me grow as a professional, not just do mundane clerical work. Also, as an individual who is interested in non-profits, this was the perfect opportunity for me to get a hands on look at what it’s like to run one.
What has been your favorite experience so far while interning at Primary Stages?
- Isabel Edwards (Artistic Intern): The readings! I have been able to not only sit in on, but actually participate in readings with established playwrights and working artists. This internship has literally allowed me to be in the room where the work is happening, watching it develop in real time.
- Anthony Anello (Artistic Intern): My favorite experience interning at Primary thus far was having the chance to sit in on the tech rehearsals of Off-Broadway shows. Being surrounded by so much talent has been both equally inspiring and educational as a budding professional.
- Debra Mantua (Development Intern): The seminars with our department heads. You get to hear their stories and experiences within the business and ask questions in a “safe space”. The staff here overall are just so kind and want you to succeed and it’s a really lovely environment to be a part of.
Have you had other internships? If so, how has Primary Stages been different from working with other companies?
- Maddie Osborn (Development Intern): I interned at a few other companies before starting at Primary. While at any internship you are bound to learn a great deal just by being in the room, my supervisors at Primary have consistently gone out of their way to give me valuable learning opportunities. The staff listens to the interns and actively works to make the internship applicable to their intern’s career goals. This is an educational program that is designed to equip interns with the skills and network necessary to succeed upon completion of their internship.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned so far from your internship?
- Anthony Anello (Artistic Intern): Confidence in myself as a professional.
- Debra Mantua (Development Intern): Learning to trust in my capabilities and to take advantage of every opportunity we are offered here.
- Maya Banitt (Company Management Intern): It’s always ok to ask questions about things you are unsure of. There are no bad questions!
What would be your advice to someone applying for the summer internship at Primary Stages?
- Austin Kreitler (Marketing Intern): Do it! I highly encourage it. I think one big thing that stands out when applying is having enthusiasm and the willingness to learn/take on any task.
- Anthony Anello (Artistic Intern): Apply! My time here has been so extraordinarily valuable. I am genuinely excited to come in to the office each day because of the incredible people here who have shown me nothing but kindness and mentorship.
- Maya Banitt (Company Management Intern): Go for it! I am so grateful for all of the valuable experiences this internship has given me. When applying try not to be too nervous, just be open, curious, and let them know why you’d like to be a part of the Primary Stages family!
- Maddie Osborn (Development Intern): Apply apply apply! Be kind and more importantly be yourself!
Primary Stages internships are based in the tradition of theater apprenticeships. Interns form a core of support in all areas of the company’s operations, gaining experience in their chosen department while receiving a weekly stipend of $50, free tickets to all of Primary Stages’ productions, mentorship seminars with senior staff, and free or reduced priced registration for Primary Stages ESPA classes. Our internship program offers the opportunity to develop practical skills while creating relationships with artists and administrators at one of New York City’s preeminent Off-Broadway theaters.
To learn more and apply visit: https://primarystages.org/about/internships.