Theatre Forward’s semester-long program offers hands-on learning experiences for students and early-career aspiring arts administrators interested in developing careers in non-profit organizations, regional and NYC-based theatres.
Theatre Forward has internships in Arts Management and Administration, Communications, and Development as detailed below.
Arts Management and Administration: Interns receive first-hand practical experience in arts management. Interns assist with our development efforts, database management, our acclaimed Save My Seat corporate ticket program, and our slate of various special and theatre events. This position works closely with all levels of the organization including key decision-makers in the theatre world and corporate America. This internship provides excellent exposure to event and marketing management, fundraising, strategic planning, and both the national and New York theatre communities.
Communications: Interns receive first-hand practical experience in communications. This position offers opportunities to expand and build a portfolio on all aspects of marketing and communications: social media, mailings, newsletters, and database management. This internship requires someone who is willing to think creatively about connecting missions and objectives to devise coherent messaging.
Development: Interns receive first-hand practical experience in development, this will be an opportunity to build a portfolio on all aspects of fundraising: corporate, foundation, individual, special events and database management. A major part of our activities will be researching foundations’ and corporations’ priorities and assessing how arts education and theatre engagement activities fit with those guidelines. Other tasks include, but are not limited to, institutional and individual research, grant writing, networking with prospects, and administrative support.
Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2019 interns. Stay tuned for information on our Fall semester internship opportunities!
Current Intern Profiles
Charles Dillon Mitcham | Intern, Summer 2019 – Dillon is currently a Senior at Marymount Manhattan College majoring in Theatre Performance and concentrating in Directing. He began interning at Theatre Forward in Fall 2018. He has previously worked at other non-profit organizations including New Spire Arts, TADA! Youth Theatre, and Teatro SEA. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in Directing or Developing his own non-profit theatre arts organization in his hometown of Frederick, Maryland.
Joe Hanson | Intern, Summer 2019 Joe Hanson‘s life sounds like the start of a sitcom. “A small town Nebraska boy moves to the big city to pursue a career in acting.” Almost poetic isn’t it? He recently graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. It was shortly after he moved to the city that he started his internship with Theatre Forward and has loved every minute of it since! When he is not working at Theatre Forward or going on auditions, Joe can be found playing guitar, practicing funny voices in his apartment, or on rare occasions, both of those things at the same time.
Nicolette Minella | Intern, Summer 2019 – Nicolette is from Long Island, the land of great pizza and bagels, and is a rising senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. In her three years at Shenandoah, she has discovered a love for arts management through producing for The Playwrights Performance, a student group that puts up student written, directed, and acted short plays every week, as well as heading the event planning committee of Shenandoah’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. She will receive her Masters in Performing Arts Leadership and Management from the Conservatory in 2021. She is so excited for her first summer as a Theatre Forward Intern!
Zoe Samuels | Intern, Summer 2019 – Zoe Samuels lives in Westport, CT and is a rising junior at Middlebury College. Majoring in Theatre and minoring in Chinese, her studies are widespread. She is interested in many different aspects of theatre including acting, playwriting, and arts management. Additionally, she sings in The Middlebury Bobolinks, a co-ed a cappella group on campus, and will be studying abroad at Oxford University this upcoming spring. She is thrilled for the opportunity to work as an arts management and administration intern at Theatre Forward this summer!