The collaborative relationship between Dartmouth College and Northern Stage provides Dartmouth theater students with extraordinary access to a fully professional and nationally renowned theater company. The Dartmouth campus is located just 10 minutes from Northern Stage, and the close relationship between Northern Stage and Dartmouth College helps to guide Dartmouth students to long and fulfilling careers in the American theater, and is an important stepping-stone from the study of theater to the practice of theater as a professional endeavor. Internships are offered in acting, directing, production and arts administration. A recently created post-graduate one year internship has been launched to help a recent graduate navigate the transition from academia to real life practice. Dartmouth students also receive discounted tickets, access to visiting professionals, and opportunities to act onstage alongside nationally renowned artists.
“As a member of the Dartmouth theater faculty and Artistic Director of Northern Stage, I am proud to offer the opportunity for our students to receive hands on training with nationally renowned artists and administrators. The journey to a career in the theater is made much smoother for students who are given the firm foundation of real world professional experience,” says Northern Stage Artistic Director and Dartmouth Senior Lecturer Carol Dunne. “Dartmouth College has one of the most expansive theater departments in the Ivy League, and our relationship with Northern Stage deepens our students’ understanding of and ability to create theater for the future.”
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Testimonials about the Program:
I am a Neuroscience Major and Theater minor at Dartmouth College and loved being an Education and Artistic Intern at Northern Stage. During my three months, I designed and led a class titled “Build a Scene,” where 9-11 year-old students from around the area were taught improvisation and then used it to create a written scene. They performed their final scene for parents and Northern Stage directors and faculty! In addition to teaching a class, I led several improvisation workshops and assistant directed two productions, Blithe Spirit and the world premiere of Orwell in America. It was extremely informative, helpful, and unique to be part of such an incredible rehearsal processes. Since Orwell in America was by a local professional playwright, Joe Sutton, he was able to sit in on rehearsals, which was entirely different. The play changed before my eyes. Similarly, I read for the new play festival, and that was a constantly evolving body of work. All in all, I look back at my internship and am in shock how much I was able to do and experience. Based on this internship, I hope to pursue directing professionally and am hoping to be in New York, Chicago, or Boston next year.
— Deby Guzman-Buchness, Dartmouth ’15
Sean A. Kaufman ’13 was a Biology major and Theater minor during his time at Dartmouth. In 2013, he played Juror #2 in Twelve Angry Men at Northern Stage. “It was a breathtaking experience to share the stage with so many inspirational actors, including another Dartmouth alumnus and two Dartmouth professors!” Today, he is proudly enrolled at The Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City where he is learning to hone his artistry. When not in class, he tutors in lieu of waiting tables (see, there are other work options for us Dartmouth grads!).
— Sean Kaufman, Dartmouth ’13
Lillian King was a double major in Theater and Psychology at Dartmouth, and has since gone on to get her Masters in Directing from Boston University. In the 2014-2015 season, Lillian has served as the Assistant Artistic Director and Director of Education at Northern Stage. She directed Blithe Spirit and co-directed Songs for a New World with Artistic Director and Dartmouth Professor, Carol Dunne. Outside of the Upper Valley, Lillian spent several years as a director in New York and was the Assistant Director for Peter and the Starcatcher and Rocky on Broadway. “Being asked to join the staff at Northern Stage this year has been an exciting new chapter in my professional life, and one that has reminded me of and further galvanized my dreams of one day running a regional theater. I have loved working at a place so integral in a community, that is using art to make the world better and brighter.”
— Lillian King, Dartmouth ’07
Olivia is a 2013 Dartmouth graduate originally from Charlotte, NC. She started at Northern Stage spring of 2013 in sales and continues working administratively on the Community Engagement team. During her time at Northern Stage, she wrote and produced three original one-acts, directed for the Black Underground Theater Association, and was seen onstage in Northern Stage’s New Works Now play festival. Olivia is excited for the possibilities in the new Barrette Center for the Arts and is looking forward to watching the Dartmouth-Northern Stage connection thrive.
— Olivia Scott, Dartmouth ’13