Education Internships

Paid college and early professional internships for school year and summer opportunities. For individuals looking to grow in their practice as theatre educators, administrators, and artists.

Learn about out approach to teaching on our Teaching Philosophy page. And see how you can join the team below.

School Year Internships

We believe that ALL children have a right to grow through quality arts experiences. That’s why we partner with organizations across Middle Tennessee to bring transformative theatre to kids right in their schools and communities.


Throughout the year, Nashville Children’s Theatre has limited paid opportunities each semester for students and professionals to work in the Education Department by tailoring internships to the specific goals of the applicant.


Participants during the school year will complete a minimum of 175 hours of internship hours over the course of a semester (additional hours can be added if needed).

School Year Internships Provide:

🚀 Versatility Tailored to You: Our internship program is designed with YOUR needs and interests in mind. Providing experience in the daily operations of a professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) education department, interns will dive into a variety of tasks, from curriculum support for school performances to lobby activity creation, survey collection, script research, and more. All interns will walk away with concrete examples of completed projects and work for resume and experience building purposes.

🎓 Professional Development: Elevate your skills through exclusive departmental trainings on diverse topics such as lesson planning, inclusion, conflict de-escalation, classroom management, and supporting LGBTQ+ youth. We believe in nurturing your growth and providing valuable insights that go beyond the conventional.

Flexible Hours, Real Impact: Juggle your internship with ease! With just six hours of in-office admin work per week (Tuesday-Friday between 9am-4pm), you can customize your schedule to accommodate your classes/work schedule. Whether it’s two three-hour days or three two-hour days, the choice is yours. 

🌈 Classroom Experience: Dive into the heart of our dynamic Saturday sessions (8 am to 2:30 pm), where all interns actively engage with age groups ranging from 4 to 16. Whether sparking creativity in our dynamic drama classes or contributing to the production-focused company classes, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping young minds. Life is unpredictable, and we get that – all interns have two approved absences for shows or other commitments.

💰 Honoring Your Efforts: In addition to recieving quality instruction, guidance, and reflection, your dedication deserves recognition! Receive a stipend of $1,250 over the course of the semester as an honorarium of your work. Payments are made bi-monthly, outlined clearly in a contract that values your commitment.

 

How to Apply:

  • Submit your resume with relevant experience (working with kids/in theatre)
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be sent with resume or directly by professors/collegues/etc).

We will then conduct a zoom interview to discover your interests and goals. Submissions should be sent to Colin Peterson, Director of Educaiton at cpeterson@nashvillect.org


These internships are available each semester of the school year and are filled on a rolling basis, feel free to apply any time.

 

To learn more about School Year Internships with NCT, please contact Colin Peterson, Director of Educaiton.

Summer 2024 Internships

Nashville Children's Theatre is seeking dedicated college students to serve as interns for in-person summer camps of 2024.

Scroll down to our alumni section to see what past interns have gone on to do after their internships at Nashville Children’s Theatre.

Available Internships: Teaching Artistry Internship, Stage Management Internship

To Apply:
Please send the following to Matthew Hayes Hunter, Drama School Manager via email at mhunter@nashvillect.org.

  • Cover letter (listing the internship you are applying for and detailing your reasons for your interest/qualifications in that internship)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (these can be included in your packet, or sent directly to Matthew)

The application process for all Internships will open on January 1st and close on March 1st. Please submit by that date if you would like to be considered.

Teaching Artistry Internship

The Teaching Artistry Summer Internship offers college students and early-career professionals a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in theatre education, creative drama, and artistic administration. As valuable members of the team, interns will serve as teaching assistants alongside NCT’s professional Teaching Artists.

Are you ready to dive into a transformative teaching experience? Our Teaching Artistry Internship is the perfect opportunity for both newcomers and seasoned individuals looking to hone their craft. With an education team boasting centuries of combined experience, our teaching artists and admin staff are dedicated to guiding you on a journey of growth and skill development.

What Sets Us Apart:

🌈 Comprehensive Training: Embark on your internship journey with seven full days dedicated to ensemble-building, individual coaching, and comprehensive instruction. Immerse yourself in in-depth training that explores vital facets of Teaching Artistry, including classroom management, childhood development, and the nuanced art of facilitating theatre games—with insights into the why, how, and when to use each game and the valuable outcomes they yield.


🔄 Continuous Development: Engage in weekly training and reflection sessions throughout the summer, refining not only your skills in working with youth but also cultivating the art of collaborative teamwork.


🎓 Theatre Education Expertise: Gain insights into teaching traditional theatre skills while working within the intricacies of the NCT curriculum.  Train in inclusive practices necessary when working with neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ students.


👩‍🏫 Varied Teaching Experiences: Work with a different age group and teaching artist each week, building your skill set by learning what works best for you from a diverse range of teachers with unique teaching styles.

🎭 Engage in the Full Spectrum: Immerse yourself in a diverse age range, from 4 to 18, where you’ll contribute to a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum. Participate in the full spectrum of theatre activities in the classroom and take on responsibility at your own pace.  Working with our teaching artists, interns will facilitate theatre games, design and assistant direct campers’ shows, and contribute to administrative duties and safety protocols.


🗓️ Logistics/Dates/Information:

NCT is thrilled to offer week-long, in-person drama camps throughout the summer, providing an immersive experience for interns. Interns are expected to be present for full days throughout the entire summer.

  • Internship Duration: May 17th – August 6th, 2024
  • We are looking for eight Teaching Artistry interns for the 2024 summer program.
  • Interns will be granted one week of unpaid leave during the summer.

Teaching Artistry Intern Training:

  • Dates: Friday and Saturday, May 17th & 18th, and May 20th-24th, 2024
  • Attendance is mandatory for all training dates.

Weekly Shifts:

  • Early Group: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Late Group: 8:30 am – 5:50 pm
  • Both groups recieve a 30-minute meal break during the day.
  • The Late Group receives an additional 20-minute break at 3:25 pm.
  • On fridays, all interns will stay until class sharings are completed and camps are reset for the next week.

Compensation:

  • Teaching Artistry interns will be compensated with a honorarium of $375 per week.
  • Recognize this position as a learning experience, equivalent to a robust college course. Do not view it as a summer job, approach it as an opportunity for personal and professional growth, complemented by a weekly honorarium for your dedicated efforts.
  • Due to the high-intensity and demanding nature of this position, we strongly discourage taking on an additional job alongside this internship. The role can be physically and mentally demanding, and past interns who attempted this balance reported significant burnout, exhaustion, and depletion of personal resources. Prioritizing your well-being is crucial, and this recommendation is made with your self-care in mind. We want you to have a fulfilling and sustainable experience, and managing your workload is a key part of ensuring that.

Assistant Stage Management Opportunities:

  • Three Teaching Artistry interns will be assigned as Assistant Stage Manager for the Kids Company, Junior Artists, and Emerging Artists productions.
  • Selected Teaching Artistry Interns will be only assigned to one show.
  • Special Note: These interns will adhere to the typical Teaching Artistry Intern schedule during rehearsals.
  • An additional $50 will be provided for the week of tech and performances.
  • Prior stage managing experience is not mandatory for this aspect of the internship, however if you have stage management experience, please highlight it in your application materials.
  • For the Kids/Junior/Emerging Artists Company ASM schedule, please click the button below.

For Teaching Artistry interns, each week brings something new: a new Teaching Artist with a new teaching style, a new age group, a new story to tell onstage or creative drama play to engage in.
NCT is a safe space to learn the important skill of facilitation.

 — Denee Stewart Freeman (Media Intern 2019), Excerpt from “An NCT Intern’s Experience”

Stage Management Internship


This internship provides paticipants with hands-on stage management experience. This intern will serve as stage manager for the Junior Artists Company and Kids Company Productions.

The Stage Management intern will continue their learning in stage management, working in a fast-paced environment while managing the different responsibilities of working with young artists (ages 8-14).

Stage lights

Production Images from NCT Summer Shows – Stage Managed by Interns

The Stage Management intern will call and run a world premiere musical in our blackbox theatre as well as a full-fledged musical production on our professional mainstage.  The SM will be working with professional directors, choreographers, and designers that literally do this for a living.  And will gain experience and connections through working with the talents of these regional professionals.

📬 Communication: Stage Management interns take the lead in coordinating schedules, managing contact lists, and overseeing all show communication throughout the production process.


📋 Pre-Show Prep: Stage Management interns will be in charge of prepping for the shows by: printing and preparing scripts, taping out set pieces (if needed), creating prop lists, discussing schedules and conflicts with directors and designers, and communicating with grown-ups/cast.


🔄 Continuous Development: SM Interns will engage in weekly training and reflection sessions throughout the summer, refining not only their skills in working with youth but also cultivating the art of collaborative teamwork.


🌈 Comprehensive Training: In addition to the skills learned due to stage mangaging multiple shows, Stage Management interns will learn skills in childhood development, facilitation, and working with LGBTQ+ and Neurodiverse youth.


📚 Building Portfolios:
Upon completion of the internship, the stage management intern will have two completed shows to add to their resume. Additionally, this intern will possess a greater understanding of working with youth and working as a part of a larger education team.


🎭 Production Responsibilities:

  • As a Stage Management intern, the hands-on role involves running technical rehearsals, creating prompt books, sending out daily calls and rehearsal reports, and calling shows during live performances.
  • SM interns will participate in paper tech before technical rehearsals, combining and synthesizing cues from potential areas being (but not limited to), sound, lights, flys, deck moves, projections, etc.
  • Stage Management is in charge of prop procurement and creation as well as creating and maintaining prop tables.
  • Stage Management is in charge of safety for the performers of the show and are expected to check set/prop materials, perform saftey walks with technical director, spike set pieces, and distribute glow tape to hard-to-see spaces.
  • Stage Management intern will create show programs based on a template in Canva.
  • Stage Management intern will collect money, organize, and create student ads in the show program.
  • Stage Management interns will manage production ASMs as assigned.
  • Stage Management interns will provide assistance with Strike/Load In (see schedule below)

🗓️ Logistics/Dates/Information:

Stage Management interns are expected to be present for full days throughout the entire summer.

  • Internship Duration: May 17th – August 6th, 2024
  • We are on the lookout for one Stage Management intern for the 2024 summer program.
  • Interns will be granted one week of unpaid leave during the summer.  For SM interns, due to show schedules, this can take place the week of June 24th or July 8th. 
  • Stage Management interns must be willing to use their own personal cell phone and laptop for communication purposes.

Stage Management Intern Training:

  • Dates: Friday and Saturday, May 17th & 18th, and May 20th-24th, 2024
  • Attendance is mandatory for all training dates.

Weekly Shifts:

  • Stage Management Interns will often work with the Teaching Artistry Interns during Extended Care, scheduled in the Early Group: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • SM Interns will recieve a 30-minute break during the day.

Compensation:

  • Stage Management interns will be compensated with a honorarium of $425 per week.  This stipend is different than the Teaching Artistry internship to account for the weekly shift listed above as well as to cover time spent in design meetings, after-rehearsal meetings, tech, prop work, etc.
  • Recognize this position as a learning experience, equivalent to a robust college course. Do not view it as a summer job, approach it as an opportunity for personal and professional growth, complemented by a weekly honorarium for your dedicated efforts.
  • Due to the high-intensity and demanding nature of this position, we strongly discourage taking on an additional job alongside this internship. The role can be physically and mentally demanding, and past interns who attempted this balance reported significant burnout, exhaustion, and depletion of personal resources. Prioritizing your well-being is crucial, and this recommendation is made with your self-care in mind. We want you to have a fulfilling and sustainable experience, and managing your workload is a key part of ensuring that.

It’s such an amazing work environment. With our supervisors, they are all so amazing and supportive… always making sure we are ok and listening to any problems we have. They are so loving and willing to help us.

 — Hal Johnson (Teaching Artistry Intern, 2019)
Excerpt from “An NCT Intern’s Experience”

General information for all applicants:

Interns will be subject to a background check and the theatre requires each in-person intern to be certified in CPR and First Aid (training will be provided). 

College credit is available for this experience. Interns are responsible for their own housing. However, there may be additional opportunities for supplemental income (i.e. ushering productions, shop work, etc.).

NCT Internship Alumni

Kyle Summers, 2015

M.A., BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Autism ETC
During my summer at NCT I learned about the importance of play when it comes to childhood development and learning. I’m now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and create programming for kids with autism to learn socially significant skills through play and reinforcing communication skills while also decreasing behaviors such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, and property destruction. Every day I use the skills I learned from NCT to teach kids to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to promote learning.

Rhonda Bell, 2013

Education Director, Lexington Children's Theatre
Immediately after finishing my summer at NCT, I jetted off to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa where I took my newfound love of TYA to the next level while working on my graduate degree. Fast forward to present day me who's the Education Director at Lexington Children's Theatre where I'm fortunate to continue building upon the foundation NCT gave me. Everything I do is for the young people I'm so blessed to serve, and I never would've known TYA was my calling without NCT.

Daisy Rudin, 2019

Amateur Licensing Assistant, Music Theatre International
I currently assist the Amateur Licensing department and help theaters around the country get what they need to put on shows. I sincerely miss my NCT family and enjoyed my time as an intern there very much. NCT helped me grow my confidence and people skills tremendously. I am so grateful for all NCT taught me!

Sarah Edwards, 2011

Registered Drama Therapist, Program Manager, Friends Life Community
I am one of three Registered Drama Therapists representing the state of TN and the creator of the Performing Arts Program at Friends Life Community. I served as the Performing Arts Specialist (2017-2021) and currently manage the Advocacy through the Arts Program at Friends Life Community. I collaborate with the Friends to create original, dignified, and sophisticated performances showcasing their colorful, authentic, and unapologetically unique selves.

Meredith Daniel, 2011

Theatre Teacher, Brentwood Middle
Since interning at NCT, my life has been full of theatre, teaching, and fun! I am the theatre teacher and director at Brentwood Middle School, having held that position for the better part of 9 years. I also am on the roster of teaching artists for NCT and Metro Parks Theatre. During the summer, I love to be involved (as an actor or director) with various theaters in Nashville.

Jhonna King, 2019

Program Coordinator, Girls Inc.
During my internship, I was fortunate enough to study under some amazing teaching artists and watch how they interacted with the youth served. I watched how they formed meaningful, mentoring relationships with the youth and the impact they created. I learned how to facilitate large groups and captivate their attention, which is something I do daily in my current role. I lead groups of elementary, middle, and high girls in safe and brave spaces to inspire them to be strong, smart, and bold! Overall, I am very thankful for my experience at NCT, and it is something I will always cherish!

Ginny Shockley, 2014

Theatre Director, Goodpasture Christian School
I served as a teaching intern at NCT during the summer of 2014. A native of Nashville, TN, I graduated from Lipscomb University in 2015 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Immediately after college, I joined the NCT admin staff in various roles including Development & Education Associate and Grants & Admin Manager. I attended MTSU and received my M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction. After years of working professionally as a teaching artist, stage manager, and director, I settled down at Goodpasture Christian School where I serve as the Theatre Director. I continue to teach at NCT in the summers.
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Alex Drinnen, 2018

Technical Director, Knoxville Children's Theatre
The internship program at NCT shaped my artistic and professional life. Harboring a space of positivity, value-driven work ethic, as well as allowing room for creativity in whatever way they want to express themselves is something that I learned while interning at NCT and carried over in my teaching artistry there. As I reach my last year of graduate school as well, where I'm getting my MFA in Pedagogy with an emphasis in Universal Design Learning and Theatrical Theory, the kind of environment that NCT cultivates is one of true love and affection towards students of all backgrounds and art of all kinds.

More Alumni to be Featured Soon

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