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.

Internship Descriptions

Theatre 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.

Internship Opportunities


Current Intern Profiles

Joe Hanson | Theatre Arts Management and Administration Intern, Fall 2018 – 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.
Charles Dillon Mitcham | Communications Intern, Fall 2018 – 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.
Austin Kreitler | Development Intern, Fall 2018 – Austin is currently a Senior at Pace University studying Arts & Entertainment Management and Marketing. He began his internship at Theatre Forward in the Fall of 2018 and has previously interned at two non-profit off-Broadway theatres: The New Group and Atlantic Theater Company. Upon graduation he plans to continue working in arts administration in either Marketing or Management back home in Phoenix, Arizona.