an unparalleled summer experience

SEASON 28: July 6 – 29 | Positions start as early as May 15


The Contemporary American Theater Festival prides itself in offering internships where you will be able to focus the majority of your time in your assigned department, while still working in the unique community that a rotating repertory season creates. The ideal applicants for all internship positions will be positive, flexible, willing to learn, able to take direction, and work well in a collaborative environment. We ask that you apply for a specific department based on your strengths and passions as a theater artist. You may apply for no more than two departments, but if hired, you will only be assigned to one. Internships usually begin in late May and end in early August, running 8-10 weeks. Join us in charming Shepherdstown, the summer home for bold, new American theater.

CATF Internships
CATF Internships

Box Office and Front of House

Ensure the Festivalís patrons have a seamless ticket purchasing and preshow/intermission/post show experience. In the Box Office, Interns will manage ticket orders, answer patronsí questions, and provide information about CATF as well as Shepherdstown. Front of House staff provide an exceptional experience for the patrons when they arenít watching the play; communicating with the stage managers and box office staff to keep the events running smoothly.

Business Management

Interns work with the General Manager and other full-time staff to execute the Festivalís business elements. Responsibilities include the collection and reconciliation of company expenses and receipts, donor records, budget updating, event set up, and marketing. After opening, these positions may be moved to Front of House. Proficiency with the Microsoft Suite and social media platforms, and ability to lift/carry 25lbs are needed. Valid driverís license, vehicle, and history of working with Adobe Creative Suite, point of sale systems, and Vendini ticketing are preferred.


Interns build the sets for all shows, and they build them for REP. During tech, Interns are assigned to the run crew in one of the venues. When the shows go up, interns ensure adequate changeovers and repair set pieces as necessary. Experience with standard theatrical construction techniques and tools, ability to lift over 50lbs, being comfortable working at heights up to 40í is need and rigging and welding experience are preferred.

Company Management

Interns work hard to maintain a positive work environment for both CATF employees and guests and work with the entire company. Responsibilities include the coordination of travel and housing for the company, event set up and management, and upkeep of communal spaces. During tech, CM provides food for the company and each intern oversees one space. Requirements: comfortable driving long distances on the highway, leadership/managerial experience, a valid driverís license, and ability to drive a van or box truck.


Interns work with the Costume Shop Manager to fabricate the costumes for all shows. At Tech, Interns are assigned to the wardrobe crew for two shows. For the remainder of the season, responsibilities include maintaining pristine conditions of the costumes between performances. Experience with standard theatrical costume and alteration techniques and tools, being comfortable working at heights up to 15í is needed and experience draping, patterning, and/or crafting preferred.


Interns assist in the realization of the lighting design for the performance spaces including maintenance and hanging/focusing of lights. During tech, Interns will be assigned as board ops in one venue, working with the ME and Lighting Designer to program the show. During the run, Interns oversee any lighting changeovers and necessary maintenance and repairs. Experience with basic theatrical lighting equipment, ability to lift/carry 50lbs and work at heights up to 40í is needed and a history of working with ETC EOS family consoles preferred.


Interns work to fabricate the props for all productions. At Tech, each Intern is assigned to the run crew in one venue. Responsibilities during the run include ensuring complete and safe changeovers, and props/furniture maintenance. Experience with standard theatrical props construction techniques and tools, being comfortable working at heights over 20í is needed and history of working with soft goods, upholstery, Photoshop, and welding
is preferred.

Scenic Art

Interns work with the Festival Charge Artist to execute the scenic techniques and treatments for all shows. At Tech, they are assigned to the run crew in one venue. Responsibilities during the run include ensuring complete and safe changeovers and working with the paint shop staff to ensure necessary touchups are completed. Experience with standard theatrical paints, techniques, and tools, ability to lift 50lbs, being comfortable working at heights over 20í is needed and knowledge of faux finishes, 3D texturing, and prep work is preferred.


Interns assist in the realization of the sound design for all venues. At the beginning of the season, Interns will do system setup. During and after tech, they will be assigned as the sound ops, working closely with the Sound Designers to execute their designs accurately. Responsibilities include overseeing sound changeovers and needed maintenance. Experience with basic to intermediate sound systems, being comfortable working at heights over 25í, ability to lift/carry 50lbs is needed and experience with Qlab and digital consoles is preferred.

Interns receive:

  • shared housing
  • weekly stipend
  • complimentary tickets
  • cross-departmental training
  • resume and cover letter workshop
  • summer gym membership and pool access
  • educational and professional development opportunities

Application Requirements

  • resume
  • cover letter
    – please include relevant experience
    – and up to two (2) desired departments
  • three references
  • please e-mail application in PDF format to



No phone calls please.

If you’re interested in Acting, Directing, or Playwriting Internship opportunities, please contact Peggy Mckowen |

Download Brochure

Copyright © · All Rights Reserved · Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University · 800-999-2283 · 304-876-3473 · · Shepherdstown, WV