an unparalleled summer experience


The Contemporary American Theater Festival is dedicated to fearlessly producing new American theater. CATF hires approximately 50 interns to help bring these bold and compelling plays to life. As a member of the CATF Intern Company, you will have the unique and exciting opportunity to work in true rotating repertory – six plays in three venues. Spend your summer working with other emerging artists, who are just as passionate as you and learning from top theater industry professionals.

CATF is committed to fostering a safe, supportive, and anti-racist environment. As such, ideal candidates for the Intern Company are team players. They work collaboratively, have a positive attitude, are motivated, and are supportive. Read CATF’s Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Vision Statement.

Company Health & Safety

CATF is a fully vaccinated company. All employees must arrive on campus fully vaccinated. Company members will be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week and masks are required in all public, indoor spaces. Click here to read our COVID-19 policies to learn how CATF is working to keep our artists and audiences safe.

How to Apply

Review the job descriptions below. You may apply for one or two departments. If hired, you will only be assigned to one department. Internships start as early as mid-May and run through the beginning of August.

Click here to see all of the available internships, read job responsibilities, and apply for CATF’s Intern Company.

CATF Internships
CATF Internships

The Patron Services and Front of House team consists of the Public Relations Manager, Business Manager, Box Office Manager, Accessibility Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Interns. This team seeks to provide radical hospitality to all CATF patrons and helps facilitate their festival experience.

Intern responsibilities include: assisting patrons with their schedule; processing ticket orders and donations; working with patrons over the phone and in person; coordinating with group leaders and volunteers; confirming patrons’ COVID-19 vaccine status and negative test results; working the box office window, running concessions, and house managing during performances; and working with the festival leadership team to provide an exceptional pre-show experience for patrons.

Being a member of this team requires a collaborative working mindset, an enthusiasm for working with and assisting the public, interpersonal communication skills, attention to detail, feeling comfortable working with technology (including Zoom, Spektrix, assisted listening devices, scanners – training will be provided); a proficiency or interest in learning the Microsoft Office Suite. Team members will rotate working in outside lobby and concession spaces and inside the theaters.

Additional members of the Patron Services and Front of House Team include the Accessibility Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. Coordinator works with both the Public Relations Manager and Production Manager to ensure patrons have access to the technology and the services they might need to enjoy the performance and to help establish and improve CATF’s accessible technology and systems. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for contacting, scheduling, training, and maintaining communication with CATF’s 100+ volunteer ushers.

This position works with the full-time staff to execute the Festival’s business elements. Responsibilities include the collection and reconciliation of company expenses and receipts, donor records, budget updates, and event set up. After opening, these positions may assist the Patron Services & Front of House team. Proficiency with the Microsoft Suite and social media platforms, and ability to lift/carry 25lbs are required. Valid driver’s license, vehicle, and history of working with Adobe Creative Suite and point of sale systems,  are preferred.

Interns work alongside Staff Carpenters and Technical Directors to realize the scenic designs for all productions. During tech, interns are assigned to the run crew in one of our venues along with a Staff Carpenter. During the run, interns will also assist with timely changeovers and/or the repair of set pieces as necessary. Basic experience with standard theatrical construction techniques and tools, the ability to lift/carry at least 50lbs, and comfort while working on ladders and lifts is preferred.

Company Management Interns report to the Company Manager and assist in upholding CATF’s passion for radical hospitality. Responsibilities include: support in artist onboarding; transportation of artists and guests; artist housing preparation; coordinating artist arrival to housing including box and suitcase delivery; facilitate meals for artists as needed; carrying out coordination of company events; and perform office related tasks.

All members of the Company Management team will be required to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends, as well as rotate on-call duties for unexpected emergencies such as housing lock outs, after-hours transportation, medical needs, etc. The Company Manager will create a schedule that is mutually beneficial to all members of the team with staggered days off.

Applicants should have a human centric style of management and ability to approach all individuals and situations with empathy. As well as being comfortable adapting to schedule changes and shifting priorities as needs arise.

Position requires engaging with new people on a regular basis; a desire to work in a collaborative environment while also working independently on specific responsibilities; having time-management skills, organization skills and attention to detail; ability to lift and ; climbing stairs; working outdoors; sitting in a vehicle for long periods of time; use of Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and other task management apps; use of personal cell phone; a valid driver’s license.

Interns work with the Costume Shop Staff and Designers to assist with the fabrication of costumes for all productions. At tech, interns are assigned to the wardrobe crew for two shows. For the remainder of the season, interns assist with maintaining costumes between performances. Basic experience with standard theatrical costume construction and alteration techniques is preferred. Depending on show and venue assignment, some work in a catwalk may be necessary.

Working with the Director of Development, the Development Intern works to provide excellent customer service and radical hospitality to festival artists, special guests, patrons, and donors; communicate with donors; assist with record keeping; work with donor information in Spektrix; conduct development-related research projects; help prepare for hospitality events; and participate in grant fulfillment and reporting. Additionally, this position will support CATF’s Leadership Team. This position requires proficiency with, or interest in learning the Microsoft Office Suite, ticketing software, and CRM software; and a passion for work with people.

Interns assist in the realization of the lighting designs in all three venues, including maintenance and hanging/focusing of lights. During tech, interns serve as a board operator in one venue and work with the Master Electrician and Lighting Designer to program the show. During the run, interns assist with changeovers and work with staff to complete necessary maintenance and repairs. Experience with basic theatrical lighting equipment, the ability to lift/carry 50lbs, and work at heights up to 30’ (on lifts, ladders and/or catwalks) is necessary; some experience working with ETC EOS family consoles is preferred.

The Marketing & Public Relations Intern works with the Public Relations Manager to create and execute strategic marketing plans. The Intern assists with the creation and budgeting of printed and digital advertisements; website management; communications with patrons; gathering, organizing, and editing information for the digital program; press relations; representing CATF at community events; and other activities that support CATF’s marketing efforts. This intern may also assist the Audience Services Team during performances. This position requires experience or interest in learning Microsoft Office Suite and Spektrix, strong written and verbal communication skills, data management, attention to detail, and an enthusiasm for working with people.

Interns assist Props Staff with the fabrication of props for all productions. At tech, each intern is assigned to the run crew in one venue. Responsibilities include assisting with changeovers and/or props maintenance. Experience with standard theatrical prop or carpentry construction techniques and tools, and comfort working at heights over 20’ is necessary, basic experience working with at least one of the following is preferred: soft goods/upholstery, Photoshop, and/or welding.

Interns work with the Scenic Artists to execute the scenic techniques and treatments for all shows. During tech and performances, they are assigned to the run crew in one venue. Responsibilities during the run include assisting with changeovers and/or assisting with touchups. Basic experience with standard theatrical paints, techniques, and tools, the ability to lift 25lbs, and comfort while working at heights over 20’ (on lifts or ladders) is necessary; some experience with faux finishes, 3D texturing, and/or prep work is preferred.

Interns assist in the realization of the sound design for all three venues. At the beginning of the season, interns assist with system setups and maintenance, as required. During and after tech, interns are assigned as the sound operators in a particular venue, working closely with the Sound Designers to execute their designs accurately. During the run, sound interns assist with changeovers and system maintenance as necessary. Some experience with basic to intermediate sound systems, comfort with working at heights up to 25’, and the ability to lift/carry 50lbs is necessary; introductory experience with Qlab and digital consoles is preferred.

More about the Contemporary American Theater Festival

As CATF is beginning its thirty-second season, the Festival is experiencing an exciting time of transformation and evolution. With a new leadership model, the Festival is reaffirming its mission to produce and develop new American theater and strengthening its commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression (ARAO).

The 2022 season consists of six plays in rotating repertory across three venues. The season’s playwrights are: Victor Lesniewski, Chisa Hutchinson, Jaqueline Goldfinger, Caridad Svich, Terence Anthony, and Kevin Artigue. Throughout July, the festival has over 110 performances and additional education and engagement events.

Located on the campus of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the professional theater festival is located 90 minutes from the DC/Baltimore metro region and attracts 6,500 patrons across 38 states. CATF is dedicated to providing personalized and radical hospitality to all patrons, artists, and guests of the festival.

CATF is committed to producing and sharing art in an inclusive, collaborative, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive environment. To learn more about CATF’s anti-racist and anti-oppressive values, visit the ARAO website page.

CATF is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, Veteran, or ability status. CATF makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time. If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please email us at

Interns receive:

  • Free, shared housing
  • Weekly stipend
  • Complimentary tickets
  • Cross-departmental training
  • Resume and cover letter workshop
  • Free gym membership to Shepherd University’s Wellness Center
  • Educational and professional development opportunities
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