Year-Round Training Institute
Berkshire Theatre Group has been training theatre professionals since 1929 and is committed to offering a rigorous and intensive program to individuals interested in pursuing professional careers in all aspects of theatre.
The Summer Acting Internship Program is a 11-week intensive with classroom and stage experience. Participants not only learn in class and tutorial settings, but also through performing on stage with theatre artists. All participants perform in at least one BTG summer production.
The Directing Assistantship Program offers aspiring students an opportunity to further their theatre careers by observing and assisting professional directors over a 4- week period. Assistants observe and assist directors on one or two productions during the summer from the first rehearsal through opening night.
The School Year Program for Acting and Arts in Education offers internships during the school year for those interested in acting and arts in education. Participants may perform in Touring Performances, teach curriculum-based arts programming for BTG’s In-School Residency and After School Program, or perform in the Annual Holiday Production.
Administrative, Design, and Production Internships provide staff positions in Administrative, Design, and Production Departments. Interns may utilize their experiences at BTG to expand their knowledge with hands-on work and mentorship from professional department heads.
Berkshire Theatre Group has been training theatre professionals since 1929. We are committed to offering a rigorous and intensive program to individuals interested in pursuing professional careers in all aspects of theatre. At BTG, interested acting students will find rigorous performance-based programs. Interns may participate in several programs throughout the year.
Summer Acting Internship Program
This 11-week program begins at the start of the theatre’s summer festival, with classroom and stage experience included. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere in a professional environment in which participants are not only learning in class and tutorial settings but are performing on stage and meeting some of the country’s most esteemed theatre artists.
All participants perform in one of our summer productions and each emerging actor is mentored and supported in a welcoming, disciplined and exciting program of exploration.
The selection process is rigorous and limited in numbers so that we may give the greatest opportunities and attention to our acting interns.
March 31, 2019 (postmarked) application deadline if you are applying for financial aid. Please make sure all materials are enclosed to be considered.
April 8, 2019 (postmarked) application deadline if you are not applying for financial aid.
Please fill out the BTG Summer Acting Intern Program application, include your application fee and other required materials and you are on your way to an unforgettable summer of theatre!!
For more information, please contact:
Director of Acting Internship Program
School Year Program for Acting and Arts in Education Teaching Interns
Internships are also available during the school year for those interested in acting and arts in education programming. Participants may perform in our touring production, teach in curriculum-based arts programming, or perform in our annual holiday production.
For further information about internships during the school year, please contact:
Summer acting interns are encouraged to seek opportunities that may extend into the fall and winter months.
Staff and Internships
Berkshire Theatre Group offers summer staff and internships 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 / Electrician Swing
- Carpenter / Flyman
- Scenic Charge
- Scenic Artist(s)
- Props Carpenter
- Props Artisan
- Assistant Props Master
- Costume Shop Manager
- Assistant Costume Shop Manager
- Cutter / Draper(s)
- First Hand
- Wardrobe Supervisor
- Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
- Master Electrician
- Assistant Master Electrician
- Audio Engineer
- Assistant Audio Engineer
- Non-Equity Stage Manager
- Production Assistants
Administrative Staff Positions
Administrative Staff Positions may include salary and housing.
- Assistant Company Manager
- House Manager
- Assistant Ticket Office Manager
- Ticket Office Associate(s)
- General Managment Assistant
Production Internships may include housing and a stipend.
- Scenic Painting
- 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 may include housing and a stipend.
- Company Management
- General Managment
- House Management
- Marketing Assistant
- Ticket Office
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
February 22, 2019
For Production Staff or Production Internship positions, send cover letter, resume and three references to:
Director of Productions
For Administrative Staff or Administrative Internship positions, send cover letter, resume and three references to:
Berkshire Theatre Group
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
For more information, contact
Director of Productions
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 eight 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.
Berkshire Theatre Group has numerous volunteering opportunities that can fit your schedule and lifestyle. In addition to working as an usher at one of our events, we are constantly looking for support on everything from mailings to gardening across our campus. No matter what your skills or interests, we can use your support.
Some of our volunteering opportunities include:
- Ushering at shows and events
- Database management
- Gardening and landscaping
- Assistance with mailings
- Building improvements
In exchange for your assistance, we provide access to see our shows for free along with an exclusive invitation to a Volunteer Appreciation Event at the end of the summer.