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Looking to get some real, hands-on experience in professional theatre? Come join the Forum team and be a part of what The Washington Post called “one of the best companies to start up in Washington over the past decade.”




Interns are immersed in the daily life of TeamForum, paired with a mentor/supervisor, and involved with every aspect of the production and management. To that end, Forum seeks individuals who are willing to jump right into the thick of action, experienced in and passionate about the arts, and enthusiastic about contemporary plays (and the audiences that love them!).


While internship are by nature short-term, this is an opportunity to build relationships with Forum and the people you work with here. Forum interns have become future collaborators, both as artists and arts managers, and have made connections with other theatres during their internship that have resulted in employment.


No matter what aspect of the theater world you seek to discover through Forum, all interns gain the following benefits:

  • Take advantage of the DC Theatre scene, the nation’s second largest theatre market

  • Receive complimentary tickets to Forum productions and many other D.C. area shows

  • Develop marketable skills and create contacts and opportunities for future employment

  • Learn how to work in a professional box office (we will hammer out specifics!)

  • Experience an approach to professional theater-making that prioritizes radical inclusion, pursues accessibility for all audiences, and works each day to make art immediately relevant to our community


Excited? We are, too. Currently, Forum is seeking interns with a focus in four areas: Directing, Artistic & Literary Management, Production, and Development & Marketing. While these each represent a distinct set of activities, every intern is expected to: “While each field encompasses a distinct set of activities…”

  • Work with the front of house team and assist with lobby experience

  • Attend and participate in production load-in’s and strikes.

  • Establish clear goals, set a schedule, and outline the scope of work for the experience in concert with their mentor

  • Meet regularly with their mentor to discuss progress toward goals, work product, and general experience of the internship

  • Attend and participate in orientation, weekly staff meetings, and any training

  • Maintain open communication about expectations, interests, and availability

  • Ask questions!


Term of Internship: All internships must fall between August 2016 and July 2017. See focus area descriptions for more details.


Hours per week: Position specific plus all interns are required to work 5 front of house shift per production.


Opportunities for additional compensation: Any front of house shifts over the required 5 will be eligible for compensation.


How to apply: Submit a cover letter and resume (single pdf) to with the subject line of “Internship application [YOUR NAME].


State your intended area(s) of focus and articulate goals for the internship in your cover letter (if you are interested in more than one area, please express your order of preference). If you are enrolled in an academic program for which you intend to receive credit for this internship, please include as an attachment all relevant program requirements and materials. Additional materials may be required - see focus area descriptions.


Forum Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operation.

Questions?  Email Natalie Piegari at

Forum Theatre Internships Currently Available:


Artistic & Literary Management 


Term options: August 2016- July 2017

Scheduling requirements: 20-25hrs/week in-office plus 5 front of house shifts

Additional application materials: Writing sample of a critical, analytical, or persuasive nature. Class assignments are acceptable submissions.

Seeking experience in: Artistic direction, literary management, dramaturgy, producing

Mentor: Michael Dove, Artistic Director

Sample of duties:

  • Season planning and day-to-day operations of the theatre.

  • Work closely with resident dramaturgs conducting research for plays in production

  • Aid in creating of program notes

  • Assist in writing support materials

  • Attend rehearsals as needed

  • Coordinate future season planning sessions and help curate the reading committee

  • Help curate the Forum (Re)Acts series.

  • Opportunity to assistant direct on a full production

  • Assist in company management for resident and visiting artists

  • Assist the Artistic Director’s role in fundraising and donor development

  • Work with the Artistic Director, Michael Dove, and be involved with artistic and new play development, company administration,  and special events.

  • Intern will have the opportunity to to attend company, production, and board meetings.



Term options: Season-long, semester-long, or production based

Scheduling requirements: In production rehearsal, 40hrs/week, 15hrs/week in-office plus 5 front of house shifts when not in rehearsal

Additional application materials:  Writing sample of a critical, analytical, or persuasive nature. Class assignments are acceptable submissions.

Seeking experience in: Directing

Mentor: Michael Dove, Artistic Director (as well as guest directors in the season)

Sample of duties:

  • Interns will serve as assistant to the director during production & design meetings and rehearsals for at least 2 productions. Aiding the director with all aspects of the rehearsal and production process including but not limited to research, text analysis, recording blocking, rehearsing understudies and maintaining a production once it has opened

  • Work with the Associate Producer and gain experience in the casting process

  • Participate in the season planning process

  • Read prospective script submissions

  • Assist in writing support materials


Term options: season-long, semester-long, or production based

Scheduling requirements: Approximately 10 hrs/wk between rehearsal periods.  Between 15-20 hrs while in production depending on if the intern has taken a production position.

Additional application materials: N/A

Seeking experience in: Administration and/or Production

Mentor: Jenna Duncan, Associate Producer

Sample of duties:

  • Work with the Associate Producer to gain experience in the production process.

  • Hands-on involvement throughout the production process and projects revolving around the current step of the process happening at that time at Forum.

  • Hands-on experience in helping to produce the Forum (Re)Acts series.

  • Access to design and production meetings as well as casting sessions.

  • Have the opportunity to work in a production position on one or more of Forum's shows if desired.

Development & Marketing

Term options: August 2016 through July 2017

Scheduling requirements: 15hrs/week in-office plus 5 front of house shifts

Additional application materials: writing sample of a press release and/or donor letter. Class assignments are acceptable submissions.

Seeking candidates with experience in: Development and/or Marketing

Mentor: KJ Fisher, Managing Director

Sample of duties:

  • Development

    • Assist with maintaining the donor database on Spektrix and internal donor/foundation files.

    • Create and mail donor thank you letters

    • Work closely with the Managing Director on grant applications

    • Research foundation prospects

    • Assist with curating donor engagement events

    • Work closely with the Managing Director and Marketing & PR Manager to create messaging and content that is consistent

    • Assist the Managing Director and the Board of Directors in planning and executing the annual benefit reading

  • Marketing

    • Create innovative and engaging digital content for social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    • Work closely with Audience Engagement to make messaging consistent.

    • Work closely with the Marketing & Pr Manager to create and distribute email campaigns, press releases, and press kits.

    • Assist in managing website updates as needed

    • Assist in the production of marketing materials such as postcards, programs, and advertisements.

    • Design the programs and marketing plan around our (Re)Acts series (approximately 3-4 per season)

    • Coordinate distribution efforts around Silver Spring (postcarding/postering)

    • Research and cultivate relationships with new community partners