Directing Assistantship

Education Assistantships

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Directing Assistantship

Berkshire Theatre Group's programming on four stages offers aspiring students an opportunity to further their theatre careers by observing and assisting professional directors over a 4 week period.

The selected applicants will observe and assist directors on one or two productions during the summer from the first rehearsal through opening night. Directing Assistantships are assigned duties based on directors' needs as well as assistants' strengths, but daily tasks include dramaturgical work, note taking for the director, and general support throughout each rehearsal.  This opportunity allows a student director to observe the creative and technical process in a fast-paced environment while creating lasting career relationships in the theatre community.

Kate Maguire, Artistic Director/CEO, and Mark Gionfriddo, Music Director with over 28 years of musical theatre and jazz arrangement experience, will mentor and guide assistantships throughout the process.

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Design Assistantship

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Design Assistantship 

Berkshire Theatre Group performing on three stages offers Assistantships in Design and Technical Direction. Applicants for this program need to be aspiring students wanting to further their theatre careers with hands-on professional training. Those students will work alongside production interns and staff in the Design and Technical field, as well as a chance to put what they have learned into practice. 

"The Design Assistantship program at Berkshire Theatre is an unforgettable experience. It nurtures your desire to design while you are, simultaneously, assisting top designers on Main Stage shows."
Morgan Stokes, Costume Design Assistantship

Select applicants will:

  • Assist Colonial Theatre, Fitzpatrick Main Stage or Unicorn Theatre designers.
  • Attend master classes on Designer process.
  • Receive a one-on-one portfolio review with professional working designers.
  • Observe the production meeting process.
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Seasonal Staff/Internships

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Production & Administrative Internships

Berkshire Theatre Group offers internships and summer staff positions in both Production and the Administrative office. Applicants for the internship program need to be students with some theatre experience who are looking to expand their knowledge with hands-on work and mentorship from professional department heads. Staff members should have theatre experience and be prepared to lead and teach their department in a quick-paced environment. Each intern or staff member is a crucial part of the creation and operation of the festival from running professional shows, to building sets, costumes, to house managing and working in our marketing and development departments. This is the opportunity to gain familiarity and work experience in the theatre career you are headed towards. College credit is available by request.

Job opportunities are available in the following departments:

Production Staff Positions

Production Staff Positions may include salary and housing.

  • Assistant Technical Director
  • Master Carpenter
  • Carpenter(s)
  • Carpenter / Electrician Swing
  • Carpenter / Flyman
  • Scenic Charge
  • Scenic Artist(s)
  • Prop Master(s)
  • Props Carpenter
  • Props Artisan
  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Assistant Costume Shop Manager
  • Cutter / Draper(s)
  • First Hand
  • Stitcher(s)
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Hair and Makeup Associate
  • Crafts Person
  • Prop / Costume Shopper
  • Master Electrician
  • Assistant Master Electrician
  • Electrician
  • Audio Engineer
  • Assistant Audio Engineer
  • Non-Equity Stage Manager
  • Production Assistants

Administrative Staff Positions

Administrative Staff Positions may include salary and housing.

  • Company Manager
  • Project Archivist
  • Assistant Company Manager
  • House Manager
  • Assistant Ticket Office Manager
  • Ticket Office Associate(s)
  • Multimedia / Marketing Assistant

Production Internships

Production Internships may include housing and a stipend.

  • Carpentry
  • Scenic Painting
  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Electrics
  • Sound
  • Stage Management
  • Production Management 
  • General Production
  • Assistantships in Design and Technical Direction; for more information, click here.
  • Assistantships in Directing; for more information, click here.

Administrative Internships

Administrative Internships may include housing and a stipend.

  • Company Management
  • Ticket Office
  • Development 
  • House Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Part college dorm, part elite internship, and part intensive community experiment, the education program at Berkshire Theatre provides an experience unlike any other.
- Jeremy D. Goodwin, The Berkshire Record

How to apply...

For Production Staff or Production Internship positions, send cover letter, resume and three references to:

Berkshire Theatre Group
Pete Durgin, Director of Productions and Facilities
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

or to pete@berkshiretheatregroup.org

For Administrative Staff or Administrative Internship positions, send cover letter, resume and three references to:

Berkshire Theatre Group
Kait Stinchcomb, General Manager
111 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

or to KS@berkshiretheatregroup.org

For more information, contact

Peter Durgin
Director of Productions and Facilities

Kait Stinchcomb
General Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Housing included?

Yes. Interns are housed in dormitory style housing with roommates. 

What is the performance schedule?

Each theatre runs on a nightly basis with seven performances a week. Productions last two, three or four weeks and do not run in rep.

Do I need a car?

We encourage you to bring a car if you are able to. Public transportation is available in the Berkshires but not readily accessible. Transportation to and from performances, class, and work calls will be the Interns' responsibilities.

Do people return to BTG?

Interns from past years are often considered when openings are available.


Performances & Events

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Education programs are a fundamental component of the Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission to serve our community. School field trips to our theaters allow students to experience diverse, educational and entertaining, programs that reinforce classroom curriculum, while fostering an understanding of and appreciation for the performing arts!

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Berkshire Theatre Festival’s year-round education program, BTG PLAYS! serves area students from kindergarten through high school. At the heart of BTG PLAYS! is a passionate commitment to bring live theatre and all its inherent excitement and creativity to children in our region.

Since its inception in 1984, the program has reached more than 50,000 students in underserved rural and inner city schools throughout Berkshire Country and environs.

Thanks to Richard Ziter for sponsoring BTG Plays!

It’s like opening a door for imagination and opportunity to come forth.
– Mary Theresa Valleri—4th grade teacher at St. Mary’s School
What I liked about it was getting to act and play games and work together as a team. I had so much fun getting to perform.
— 5th grade student at Kittredge Elementary School — Hinsdale, MA
I really like performing because I got show how far we came with our work. It was fun waiting behind the curtains. It was also pretty exciting to be on stage.
— Student – Richmond Consolidated School — Richmond, MA
This program correlates with the state standards for ELA. Learning how to work cooperatively, projecting one’s speaking voice, collaboration with team mates, writing a play, learning one’s role for recitation all work well with our language arts, as well as social studies curriculum.
— 4th Grade Teacher — Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School — Great Barrington, MA
I loved the BTF program that came to our school. It taught me how to work as an ensemble. It helped my acting abilities, and I loved playing games such as Park Bench and Interpreter. Michael was so much fun and I learned a lot. It also helped me in English class when we did creative writing. It was fun and I am glad BTF came to our school.
— 5th Grade student at St. Mary’s School — Lee, MA
The students who were timid about being in front of the class, now are willing to take a risk. Several students tried out for the school play for the first time.
— Teacher — Richmond Consolidated School – Richmond, MA

For more information, please contact:

Allison Rachele Bayles
Administrative Director of Education