Internship Program


The internship program provides an in-depth theatrical experience for high school and college students.


During any one or all of the shows of Vivid’s season, students are given an invaluable learning opportunity along with individual attention. Each intern is taken under the wing of the production team and cast, who cultivate and foster the intern’s personal strengths and interests during the process of mounting and performing a professional production. Internships can either be specific to a particular field or can encompass all aspects of play production, depending on the needs of the individual and the demands of the project.


Vivid Stage works with one or two interns per show or per semester, and class credit can be arranged depending on your school’s requirements. Many of our interns have gone on to careers in theatre, and one of our recent stage management interns commented, “Working with Dreamcatcher (Vivid Stage) has totally changed my idea of theatre. I’ve learned so much—high school was nothing like this. I loved every minute of it!” High School interns come from all over northern New Jersey: from South Orange, Maplewood, Bloomfield, Montclair, Union, Summit and other areas. College interns have come from programs at Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean University, Montclair State University, and Ramapo College, among others.


Administrative Intern, Assistant to the Artistic Director

The Administrative intern assists with producing, administrative and marketing activities associated with presenting a small professional theatre season.  The Intern will learn firsthand the workings of a non-profit theatre and its relationships with the community and other professional organizations.  The ideal intern will be organized, reliable and a good collaborator with a positive outlook.


Audience Services Intern

The Audience Services intern would help provide the important bridge between the public and the company, providing assistance in greeting the public, working in the box office, answering questions and facilitating concessions.  Interns would have to be available for some combination of Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances and some Sunday matinees, and should be friendly, confident and comfortable handling simple monetary transactions.


Development Intern, Assistant to the Artistic Director

The Development Intern will assist with activities including researching new grant sources, preparing grant proposals and reports, and working with the Board on fundraising and other cultivation events.  The ideal intern will be organized, reliable and be a good collaborator.


Production Intern

Production Interns are involved in all aspects of play production, assisting the director and designers on sets and lighting, or working as assistant stage manager, costume or props manager and front-of-house or running crew. They are mentored by skilled artists and receive hands-on experience in a professional environment.  Tech work takes place at various hours and rehearsals and performances take place in the evenings and on weekends.


For information, please contact Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director, at