Fellowships & Internships

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

Fellowship Program

The Wilma Theater accepts applications for our Production and Stage Management Fellowship positions on Jan. 1 each season. Fellowships in Production and Stage Management are 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. For the 2020-2021 season, applications are due Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Fellows are employed full-time for the entire season and receive the following compensation:

  • $400 per week
  • Health insurance
  • Various other benefits

Interested applicants should prepare the following documents and complete the online application form.

  • Resume (uploaded online through fellowship application form)
  • Cover letter detailing why you believe the fellowship is a good fit for you (uploaded online through fellowship application form)
  • Two letters of recommendation (e-mailed separately by your recommenders to Education Assistant Rachel Beecher at RBeecher@WilmaTheater.org).

Production Fellow

Production Fellows 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, communication skills, and adaptability are a must.

Stage Management Fellow

Stage Management Fellows 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, organizing/tracking props, serving on running crew for productions, and serve the productions as needed. The successful candidate will have demonstrated prior interest and experience in stage management, possess excellent communication skills, be detailed oriented and flexible.

Internship Program

While we remain committed to our education and professional development programs for young theater professionals, we cannot offer internships for Fall 2021 due to COVID-19.

Check back for updates about future internship opportunities.


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 apply to work within a specific department, interns will likely assist in other departments at some point during their internship due to the Wilma’s collaborative work environment.

A typical intern will:

  • make a long-term commitment of at least 8 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • have completed at least one year of college.
  • receive academic credit, if requested.
  • receive complimentary tickets to Wilma productions.

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.

Artistic & Literary Internships

Artistic/Literary Interns will assist Artistic and Literary 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, and performing 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, Playwrights Horizons and The O’Neill. Candidates must have academic and practical experience in theater, and display strong written, verbal and analytical skills. Candidates must also be available at least 12 hours a week.

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Marketing & Development Internships

Marketing & Development Interns work closely with the Wilma Theater’s External Relations team—an interdisciplinary department that spans marketing, development, and communications. Motivated, self-starting interns will assist on projects that are vital to how our theater fundraises, markets, and publicizes its theatrical offerings.

Projects may include coordination of mailings, writing and editing, updating databases, archiving communications, and other projects related to cultivation and constituent development.  In addition to learning about the external relations of a theater in an on-the-ground workplace environment, interns help to distribute marketing collateral, coordinate mailings, archive materials, and assemble press kits and materials.  Interns also assist with the execution of special events, researching and communicating with vendors for events like our opening night parties and our annual fundraising fete and participating in events alongside full-time Wilma staff.  

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

Please indicate your interests as a potential intern in your cover letter: What are you aiming to get out of an internship? Applicants should also indicate when they are available in both a date range and in terms of hours during the days of the week.  Please be as specific as possible, but if you have a degree of flexibility, you may indicate that as well. Candidates must be available at least 10 hours a week, have strong written, verbal, and phone skills, and be enthusiastic self-starters. 

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Education Internships

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.

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Production Internships

Production Internships are given 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 that consist of assisting the Production Manager in various production and administrative duties.

Please indicate the sort of production internship you are seeking in your cover letter.

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