Classical Theatre of Harlem Summer Internship Program

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) Internship Program is a learning opportunity and practical experience opportunity in the field of arts administration and creative project development for college students and recent graduates. An internship with CTH offers interns the opportunity to work alongside theater artists and arts administrators in a not-for-profit theatre. CTH’s goal is to provide interns with valuable insight into potential career paths, facilitate opportunities to make professional contacts, and equip interns with marketable skills for future academic programs and employment opportunities in theatre and not-for-profit management.

Interns will assist in the planning and execution of CTH’s sixth annual Uptown Shakespeare in Park series production of Antigone. CTH will offer three hands-on internships in the areas of Management, Production, and Wardrobe. These part-time internships — 15 to 25 hours per week – provide participants an opportunity to learn the facets of running a non-profit theatre company from the stage to behind the scenes.

Internships for the summer production take place from June through August. Eligible interns may receive school credit for their participation in the program and all interns are provided with a travel stipend for the duration of their time with the company.


CTH combines original adaptations, music, and dance to present great classics of world literature as well as contemporary works that will stand the test of time. It is CTH’s vision to create the 21st century theatre company whose value to its community is inherent and essential, a company that is engaged in producing theatre that has the capacity to change lives, and truly reflects the diversity of ideas and racial tapestry that is America. CTH is purposeful in seeking to create comprehensive access for theatre artists of diverse backgrounds. This includes actors, directors, designers, playwrights, technicians, and arts administrators.

Since its founding in 1999, CTH has presented a repertory of works ranging from the classical to established 20th century playwrights, to new plays by emerging playwrights.


Production Assistant(s) – will assist the Production Stage Manager and staff in the daily administrative and production operations. Duties include general office duties, tending to and assisting with artists’ needs, setting props, running lines with actors, and assisting crew and the Assistant Stage Manager with the backstage run of show. PA’s qualify for Equity Membership Candidacy under CTH’s LOA with AEA.

The PA Internship will begin on Tuesday, June 5th and run through August 3rd. Interns should expect to work 20-25 hours a week.

Wardrobe Intern – will work under the direction of the Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor. Day-to-day duties might include helping to buy and hire costume items, mending and altering items, cleaning, steaming and ironing as well as helping to make pieces and put costumes together. The Wardrobe Intern will assist with fittings and dressing and be responsible for keeping continuity notes and assisting in the storing and returning of hired items. Applicant must have sewing skills both on machine and by hand, good communication skills and a willingness to learn. Shopping, swatching, and returns experience a plus.

The Wardrobe Internship will begin on Tuesday, June 5th and run through August 3rd. Interns should expect to work 20-25 hours a week.

House Management/Front of House (FOH) Intern – will work closely with the House Manager to learn about donation management. Intern will help to prepare nightly briefings and reports, interface with sponsorship, press, and marketing departments to make sure event elements are running smoothly.  This intern will also learn the Marcus Garvey public safety protocols and also assist in the FOH tent set up, and help with audience flow before, during and after the show. Other duties include the maintenance of nightly weather and attendance charts, as well as nightly guest lists and VIP seating areas.  Candidate must have good interpersonal skills.

The FOH Internship will begin on Tuesday, July 3rd and run through July 31st. Interns should expect to work 25 hours a week.


Graduate or undergraduate students may apply. Theater, Design, Arts Administration, or Production majors preferred. Passion for the arts, interest in an arts management career, administrative support experience and initiative preferred.


Interested candidates: Please send your resume and a cover letter (max. 300 words) to Applicants eligible for school credit should indicate so in their cover letter.

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