ARTFARM Summer Internships

ARTFARM, a non-profit organization which cultivates high-quality theater with a commitment to simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice, is currently looking for summer interns. They are looking for one Directing Intern (unpaid) and two Arts Administration Interns (paid).

To apply for either position, send a resume and cover letter to by March 30 (deadline extended). Contact Executive Director Dic Wheeler with any questions.

The Directing Intern will serve as Assistant Director and Production Intern for ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove production of Hamlet from May 30 – July 25, 2017. This powerful and poignant masterpiece will highlight the twelfth season of ARTFARM offering professional outdoor Shakespeare overlooking the Connecticut River Valley in Middletown, CT.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting the director in all aspects of preparing the production. This will include attending all rehearsals (18 – 24 hours per week), taking notes, leading breakout rehearsals, coaching performers individually and in small groups, assisting in daily rehearsal setup and breakdown, assuring the safety of all performers, communicating director’s notes to the actors and design team, attending weekly production meetings, and other rehearsal assistance as needed.
  • Supporting the production’s designers, technical director, stage manager and producer as needed. These exact responsibilities will evolve during the production process, based on the Intern’s skills and interests balanced with the needs of the production. They may include assisting with set construction, costume and property construction, assisting in marketing and publicity, outdoor performance site preparation, or assisting with box office/house management.

Division of Tasks:

The Intern will work approximately 35 hours per week during the first five weeks of the internship (May 30 – June 30). This time will be divided roughly between 20 hours per week as Assistant Director in rehearsal (5:30 – 9:30 pm, Monday through Friday) and 15 hours per week as Production intern. Additionally, the Intern will attend a full run through on Saturday, June 24, noon – 6 pm.

The final two weeks will involve extended hours as the production goes into technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances. Total hours worked over the eight weeks of the internship will be approximately 290.

Supervision and Evaluation:

The Intern will be supervised by the Production’s Director/Co-producer, ARTFARM Executive Director Dic Wheeler. They will be in daily contact throughout the process. Evaluation will be ongoing, as well as more formally through weekly Producing Team Meetings. Special meeting may be called at any time by either the supervisor or the intern to address any issues, problems or challenges that either feels needs to be addressed.


The Intern will attend weekly Producing Team Meetings (involving the co-producers and the two Administrative Interns working on the production) and weekly Production Meetings (which include the above plus all production designers, technical staff and stage manager).

This is an unpaid Internship and housing is not provided. ARTFARM will assist the Intern in locating affordable housing, but ultimately housing will be the responsibility of the Intern.



Arts Administration Interns: ARTFARM is looking for two talented and energetic individuals who can take initiative, take direction and be self-reliant while working on many administrative, artistic, technical and promotional aspects of Shakespeare in the Grove, 2017.

The Interns will work with the Producer and other production staff and will be deeply involved in the marketing, public relations, technical support and event coordination for a two week outdoor professional run of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

This is an opportunity to learn about all aspects of producing a large-scale theater event, from fundraising to wardrobe, while playing a central role in bringing to life the 12th season of Shakespeare in the Grove.

The Interns will work about thirty hours per week, although the final weeks will require more hours, as opening night gets closer.

May 30 to July 26, 2017

Positions come with a $1000 stipend.

We are looking for current college students or recent graduates. Relevant skills and experiences include internet literacy, desktop publishing, graphic design, event management, set construction and painting, writing skills, public speaking, marketing, sales, imagination, attention to detail, and a general willingness to go where the need is most acute and fill the gap.