Design Assistantship

The Petrified Forest, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The Petrified Forest, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

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.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation and, for Design applicants, a Design portfolio.

Upon receipt of all materials, you may be contacted in order to schedule an interview.

Send materials to:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Housing included?
    Yes. Assistantships 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 assistantships’ responsibilities.
  • Do people return to BTG?
    Interns from past years are often considered when openings are available.
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