Festival staffing positions include free housing (shared suites with private bedrooms) and one day off/week. Two meals/day provided during tech. Travel is the responsibility of the staff person, but local train and airport pick-up provided. CATF is a whirlwind of activity with a company of over 100 individuals living and working together. Work ethic, sense of fun, and a commitment to the art is an absolute must.

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The Contemporary American Theater Festival prides itself in offering internships where you 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 are 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 May and end in early August, running 8-12weeks. Join us in historic Shepherdstown, the summer home for bold, new American theater.

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CATF is proud to employ members of the following unions and associations:

Actors’ Equity Association

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc.

United Scenic Artists


Due to limited staff resources, CATF does NOT accept unsolicited manuscripts unless submitted by an agent or an industry colleague.  We apologize for not being able to read and respond to your script.


NYC auditions are handled by McCorkle Casting, Ltd.