New Line Theatre has been offering unpaid internships since the company was founded in 1991, to encourage and train the next generation of serious musical theatre artists. Past interns have ranged in age from recent high school graduates to retirees returning to the theatre after a career in business, and from no experience at all to already working theatre artists. Internships with New Line are unpaid but offer the unique opportunity to work with a professional, alternative musical theatre company, in an atmosphere of exploration, experimentation, and collaboration, working on concept musicals, absurdist musicals, abstract musicals, work from Broadway, off Broadway, off off Broadway, and regional theatres, including many regional premieres and some world premieres. In some cases, universities have approved credit hours for work with New Line. If potential interns are interested in credit hours, they should talk to their school's theatre department. For more information on New Line's work and philosophy, go to http://www.newlinetheatre.com/contact.html.
Directing internships can be mere observerships or intensive hands-on experiences, depending on the needs of each intern. In some cases, interns have basically only observed the process, helping out in small ways. Other interns have been full co-directors with New Line's artistic director Scott Miller, fully participating in pre-production, blocking, and other directoral duties. Technical internships are also available in design, stagecraft, and other areas.
To be considered for an internship, candidates should email New Line first, to inquire about available positions, specific productions they might be interested in, etc. Candidates may be asked to submit a detailed letter about past experience, future plans, and what they hope to get out of an internship. An interview, either in person or on the phone, will be arranged before a final decision. There are no specific deadlines for internship applications.
Send inquiries and information to:
New Line Theatre
Scott Miller, Artistic Director
3802-A Keokuk Street
St. Louis, MO 63116