Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and in keeping with CDC recommended measures, our team will be telecommuting until further notice. Both the safety of our interns and the quality of their experiences are a priority to our organization. In knowing this, the application process will resume June 1, 2021 (pending local and state mandate lifts). No further action is required at this time. Be well and stay safe. – Education Team

True Colors Theatre Company’s Internship Program

True Colors Theatre Company’s Internship program is designed to introduce students and/or (recent graduates) to the workings of a nonprofit arts organization.  An internship with True Colors is the perfect resume-building opportunity for someone interested in a career in theatre, production, or arts administration.  It is an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of theater management, helping to produce and watch some of the best theatre this area has to offer.

Internship Requirements

Please be mindful that there is a minimum 115 hour internship requirement  at True Colors Theatre Company. The minimum requirement must be honored in conjunction with your university and or institution requirements. For administrative internships, an intern may customize his or her schedule as long as there is a minimum 15 hour weekly commitment. For those seeking production internships, there are  greater hourly commitments. Production interns adhere to the SAME hourly commitment as the actors or production team (which requires weekend obligations, long evenings and some early mornings).

True Colors Theatre Company’s Internship Program

True Colors Theatre Company’s Internship program is designed to introduce students and/or (recent graduates) to the workings of a nonprofit arts organization.  An internship with True Colors is the perfect resume-building opportunity for someone interested in a career in theatre, production, or arts administration.  It is an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of theater management, helping to produce and watch some of the best theatre this area has to offer.

Internship Time Requirements

Please be mindful that there is a minimum 115-hour internship requirement at True Colors Theatre Company. The minimum requirement must be honored in conjunction with your university and or institution requirements. For administrative internships, an intern may customize his or her schedule as long as there is a minimum 15-hour weekly commitment. For those seeking production internships, there are greater hourly commitments. Production interns adhere to the SAME hourly commitment as the actors or production team (which requires weekend obligations, long evenings and some early mornings).

Fall internship registration is now closed.

Summer 2019

Orientation: May 29, 2019 2:00 PM
Internship Dates: June 3, 2019 – August 11, 2019
Registration: March 8, 2019 – May 17, 2019
Registration Close: May 24, 2019

Fall 2019

Orientation: August 20,  2019
Internship Dates: August 27, 2019- December 13, 2019
Registration: June 14, 2019 –  August 16, 2019

Spring 2020

Orientation: January 7, 2020
Internship Dates: January 13, 2020 – March 13, 2020
Registration: December 16, 2019 –  January 7, 2020

Summer 2020

Orientation: June 23, 2020
Internship Dates: July 1, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Registration: March 27, 2020 –  May 15, 2020

*Start and end dates can be adjusted based on the dates of your institution’s fall, spring and summer terms.

To apply for an internship please fill out this application.

Contact education@truecolorstheatre.org for any questions you may have concerning the application process.  Thank you for your interest in True Colors’ internships!!

The goals of the Education, Development, Marketing, and Office Management Internships are to provide a well-rounded experience focusing on a wide-ranging overview of events and systems within their respective departments.

The Development Intern will learn what it takes to run a fiscally sound non-profit, in the area of arts fundraising.  Interns will have an opportunity to learn about individual giving, foundation and government grant proposals, event planning, donor database management, prospect research, individual donor solicitations, and electronic correspondence.  Development interns must have proficient oral and written communication skills and should be able to manage his or her time, as he or she will be working independently on occasion.  Other responsibilities may include: data entry and management, assisting in pulling donor and database reports, volunteer management for events, and coordination of mass mailing campaigns.  This internship is open to all majors with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management, Theatre and Business Administration.

The Education Intern will enhance communicative and presentation abilities when working in the arts and educational sphere.  This scope of instruction will allow interns to experience the importance of educational programming in the theatrical community via the August Wilson Monologue Competition for high school students.  The ideal candidate is a full-time student, currently enrolled in a college or university seeking to obtain an undergraduate/graduate degree in Theatre Arts or Education.  Though theatre arts and the humanities are preferred majors, this internship is open to all applicants who have a sincere interest in the practices of educational theatre.  Duties and responsibilities may include: providing support to the education staff which may include database management; facilitating acting workshops and performing as a teaching assistant; applying knowledge of social media tools; completing production work; and administrative duties, i.e. data entry, answering phones, and filing. Scope of instruction will allow interns to experience the importance of educational programming in the theatrical community via the August Wilson Monologue Competition for high school students, Act Like A Lady for middle school students and Page to the Stage for our elementary school students.

The Management Intern will assist the managing director of True Colors Theatre Company.  It is important that he or she has exceptional organizational skills, a basic knowledge of business etiquette, proficient oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and has a familiarity with primary social media outlets and internet research.  The management intern will have basic administrative duties and should be a self-starter.  Those seeking degrees in the undergraduate or graduate levels in the realm of Management, Business, and Arts Administration are encouraged to apply.

The Marketing & PR Intern assists the Marketing Department with general marketing activity including public relations, distribution, market and audience trend analysis, and box office duties.  Some responsibilities include: writing press releases for productions and events; oversee the re-organization of press clippings, production video, and photos; assist with public events; graphic design; assist in expanding TCTC contacts in targeted markets, and general office tasks.  The preferred candidate will have or is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing or Arts Administration.  Those with graphic design experience (Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and HTML) are particularly encouraged to apply.  Please provide a link to any designs or work you may have when submitting your résumé.

The production intern will have hands-on experience learning the conventions of production management in the focus areas of stage management, sound, lighting, costuming, house management, scenic design, set construction and dramaturgy.  This scope of instruction will allow interns to experience the importance technical theatre has on the overall success of a production.   The ideal candidate is a full-time student, currently enrolled in a college or university seeking to obtain an undergraduate/graduate degree in Theatre Arts or Education.  Some of the duties and responsibilities for the production internship include: interpret the script; collaborate with designers; attend rehearsals; guide actors in their work during rehearsals; research materials for production; assist with costume, lighting and sound plots; attend production meetings; assist with the overall production; and collaborate with production team.

Here are a few online resources to help you prepare for your interview and fine-tune your resume.  Please know there is no one way to craft your resume.  Do your research and look at different templates to find out what works best for you.  When in doubt, submit both your professional and production resumes.

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2020 Interns

Maxwell H. Breaux

Senior

The University of Oklahoma

Major: Drama Major with an Acting Emphasis

What are your professional goals?

Over the course of my career, I hope to leave behind a world that is more accessible for the Black artists who come after us. I hope to create networks for the next generations to connect to one another and change the face of art.

What you are hoping to get out of this internship experience?

I am looking forward to sitting at the feet of professionals and absorbing the knowledge they have to offer. I am also excited to network with the other interns and build long-lasting connections.

Erin Eben

Senior

Major: Theater Studies and Human Health

What are your professional goals?

I’m hoping to become a director-actor-writer. While acting is my first joy and what I have the most training in, my experience in directing and writing have awarded me with the joy of having control over a story and the way it’s told. This control is especially important to me as a Black woman in the US. Many published stories are not written for me, especially as a child of Black immigrants, or for people who look like me. I want to be able to highlight a variety of under-told, intersectional Black stories that touch on a variety of Black experiences, other than the ones pushed or repeated in the mainstream.

Why did you select True Colors as your internship of choice?

Through this internship, I hope to gain more knowledge and experience in producing and analyzing Black theater and Black stories. I’ve previously leaned on writing new stories in the plays I directed or produced to (again) have more control over the narrative. I wish, through research and reflection, to learn more on how a director/producer can interpret already published work to better suit their specific intentions. I also want the experience of working on art in an online collaborative environment, as this seems pressing in the present day.

Jayla Myers

Senior

Clayton State University

Major: Theatre

What are your professional goals?

I am striving to be a professional actor. I want to continue acting on stage while being able to do some film and television as well.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship experience?

I am hoping to gain more knowledge on the things that makes theatre great. To know the process and the hard work that is put in it is a reward itself. This is a new experience for me, so I know this will be a challenge which is something that I look forward to

Anneka Rose

Junior

Major: Playwriting and Art History

What are your professional goals?

I hope to write and produce plays and teach.

What you are hoping to get out of this internship experience? 

I want to get more involved in the theater industry and get some hands-on experience before I graduate.

Jordan Toombs

Junior

Howard University

Major: Electronic Studio

What are your professional goals?

I plan on opening up a fine arts conservatory in Atlanta for marginalized and disenfranchised people who desire to express themselves creatively.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship experience?

With this internship, I am hoping to gain experience in the professional world of the arts. I also seeking to make valuable lasting connections that create opportunities for growth and networking.

Hanna Wagner

Junior

Emory University

What are your professional goals?

I am certain I want to work in the arts, and in theater — and I am particularly drawn to development of new work. My most meaningful experiences in theater thus far have been highly collaborative and inventive, and many of these have involved contemporary work, if not pieces in development. So while I mostly practice writing, directing, and management, any involvement in/proximity to this process, and to the creative process in general, is exciting too. And, regardless of job description, I plan to write as much as possible for as long as possible – wherever that writing may go!

What are you seeking to get out of this internship?

I’m excited to work on digital playmaking specifically, and get a more well-rounded idea of the process of making plays happen, outside of a college environment. I’m looking forward to getting hands-on experience in more facets of theater, to learn from my peers and the staff at True Colors, and to face the challenge of online theater in a time when art is so crucial to the survival of community and the promotion of systemic change. I think of theater as one of, if not the most, powerful and fulfilling of art forms, and I am looking forward to working on methods of conveying that same feeling through the digital medium.

Erin Eben

Senior

Major: Theater Studies and Human Health

What are your professional goals?

I’m hoping to become a director-actor-writer. While acting is my first joy and what I have the most training in, my experience in directing and writing have awarded me with the joy of having control over a story and the way it’s told. This control is especially important to me as a Black woman in the US. Many published stories are not written for me, especially as a child of Black immigrants, or for people who look like me. I want to be able to highlight a variety of under-told, intersectional Black stories that touch on a variety of Black experiences, other than the ones pushed or repeated in the mainstream.

Why did you select True Colors as your internship of choice?

Through this internship, I hope to gain more knowledge and experience in producing and analyzing Black theater and Black stories. I’ve previously leaned on writing new stories in the plays I directed or produced to (again) have more control over the narrative. I wish, through research and reflection, to learn more on how a director/producer can interpret already published work to better suit their specific intentions. I also want the experience of working on art in an online collaborative environment, as this seems pressing in the present day.

Hanna Wagner

Junior

Emory University

What are your professional goals?

I am certain I want to work in the arts, and in theater — and I am particularly drawn to development of new work. My most meaningful experiences in theater thus far have been highly collaborative and inventive, and many of these have involved contemporary work, if not pieces in development. So while I mostly practice writing, directing, and management, any involvement in/proximity to this process, and to the creative process in general, is exciting too. And, regardless of job description, I plan to write as much as possible for as long as possible – wherever that writing may go!

What are you seeking to get out of this internship?

I’m excited to work on digital playmaking specifically, and get a more well-rounded idea of the process of making plays happen, outside of a college environment. I’m looking forward to getting hands-on experience in more facets of theater, to learn from my peers and the staff at True Colors, and to face the challenge of online theater in a time when art is so crucial to the survival of community and the promotion of systemic change. I think of theater as one of, if not the most, powerful and fulfilling of art forms, and I am looking forward to working on methods of conveying that same feeling through the digital medium.

Anneka Rose

Junior

Major: Playwriting and Art History

What are your professional goals?

I hope to write and produce plays and teach.

What you are hoping to get out of this internship experience? 

I want to get more involved in the theater industry and get some hands-on experience before I graduate.

Maxwell H. Breaux

Senior

The University of Oklahoma

Major: Drama Major with an Acting Emphasis

What are your professional goals?

Over the course of my career, I hope to leave behind a world that is more accessible for the Black artists who come after us. I hope to create networks for the next generations to connect to one another and change the face of art.

What you are hoping to get out of this internship experience?

I am looking forward to sitting at the feet of professionals and absorbing the knowledge they have to offer. I am also excited to network with the other interns and build long-lasting connections.

Jayla Myers

Senior

Clayton State University

Major: Theatre

What are your professional goals?

I am striving to be a professional actor. I want to continue acting on stage while being able to do some film and television as well.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship experience?

I am hoping to gain more knowledge on the things that makes theatre great. To know the process and the hard work that is put in it is a reward itself. This is a new experience for me, so I know this will be a challenge which is something that I look forward to

Jordan Toombs

Junior

Howard University

Major: Electronic Studio

What are your professional goals?

I plan on opening up a fine arts conservatory in Atlanta for marginalized and disenfranchised people who desire to express themselves creatively.

What are you hoping to get out of this internship experience?

With this internship, I am hoping to gain experience in the professional world of the arts. I also seeking to make valuable lasting connections that create opportunities for growth and networking.

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