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The collaborative relationship between Dartmouth College and Northern Stage provides Dartmouth theater students and alumni 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 provides students with 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 for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

“As a member of the Dartmouth theater faculty and Producing 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 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.”

The fifth annual Dartmouth/Northern Stage internship program at Northern Stage provides an experiential learning opportunity to recent Dartmouth graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the world of professional theater. The Northern Stage Internship Program is committed to training future generations of artistic leaders and administrators. Applicants should be highly motivated individuals who have acquired basic training in the theater arts. The chosen Dartmouth intern will be an integral member of the staff and can expect to be challenged by a creative process that relies on both ingenuity and collaboration.

Interns at this premiere regional theater work full-time from late-August to mid-May, enjoying benefits that include free housing, a weekly stipend, and networking opportunities with a wide variety of guest artists, both at Northern Stage and Dartmouth College. They leave with a greater knowledge of the theatrical process and the satisfaction of being part of a dedicated theater company where exceptional quality is the end goal.

Based on their interests and skills, the internship will include time working on artistic programming with the Producing Artistic Director, fundraising with the Development team, engaging the community with the Marketing and Education departments, assisting directors in the rehearsal room on our main stage productions, and working closely with national artists on Northern Stage’s New Works Now festival of new plays.

2018-19 Season Post-Graduate Internship applications are closed. Stay tuned for more information about our 2019-20 internships.

Testimonials about the Program:

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 Scott, a Dartmouth graduate originally from Charlotte, NC, started in 2013 in sales & marketing and has moved on from Northern Stage, currently pursuing her PH.D in education. 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 Scott, Dartmouth ’13