INTERNSHIPS

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Internship Program

 

About the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival:

            The annual ABTF is rapidly becoming one of the most popular theatre festivals in Georgia. In the first five years of its existence, we've presented over 200 theatrical and artistic events from over 1,300 literary, fine and performing artists. (See About Us)


 

About the ABTF Internship Program:

            Presently ABTF is offering internships in four theatrically focused areas. These are Stage Management; Casting; Marketing and Promotion (all August 18 - October 7, 2017); and 4.) STArT Summer Teen Training Camp (July 10-14, 2017).


MUST BE A RISING HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR OR COLLEGE STUDENT TO APPLY

 

Student Gains:

These internships are especially designed to be investments in the future of participating students. By the end of the internship, interns will have achieved the following objectives:

  • New industry experiences
  • Development of new skills
  • Professional networking
  • Resume enhancement
  • Academic credit



Requirements:

Student applicants should have participated, in any capacity, in at least one theatrical production by a recognized entity: high school, college, community, regional or professional theatre group. Student should be familiar with the roles and duties of all concerned with a production. The skills needed are identified below:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Interest in and sharp eye for details
  • Good “people skills”
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Be a self-starter
  • Comfortable with working remotely and meeting assignment deadlines
  • Capacity to present and report on assignments to executive staff members
  • Be a rising senior or college student


 
Compensation:

Travel and any associated expenses will be covered. Academic credit will be awarded subject to the requirements of the student’s institution or academic department.


Assessment will be based on the following:

  • Attendance--when required at monthly benchmark meetings 
  • Hours--Flexible hous except full-time hours during the four-day festival
  • Punctuality—in person and of assignments completed
  • Quality of work completed (as assessed by supervisor, producers, self)
  • Ability to interact collegially with others.


 
Disciplines sought:
            Humanities: English, Theatre, Communication Arts, History, Marketing, and Business.


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Positions:


1.) Assistant Stage Manager (2 positions)

Overview:
            The Stage Manager is a key position to any theatrical production. In that each production of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival will bring its own stage manager to work directly with the production, the ABTF Stage Manager Intern will work under the supervision of the ABTF Artist Director to assure that all ABTF requirements for the production’s stage manager are met. The specific duties of the Stage Manager Intern are identified below:

Duties:
     1.Familiarize self with all ABTF rules and requirements related to productions;
     2.Interact and correspond with individual stage managers and/or producers of each production before and during the festival to assure that all rules and requirements are conveyed and followed (especially as related to rehearsals, performances, technicians, props, costumes, etc.);
     3.Assist in developing the schedule of productions, rehearsals, etc;
     4.Assure that time schedules are strictly adhered to by all concerned:
     5.Assure that dressing rooms are appropriately and correctly assigned, clean, and are not accessed or used by unauthorized persons;
     6.Other duties as assigned and befitting the role of Stage Manager Intern.


Goals and Objectives for Stage Manager Intern
    Goal: Provide an opportunity for student in the “back stage” elements of theatre to be exposed to the real life experiences of the Stage Manager
     A.Introduce Stage Manager Intern to various individual duties associated with the successful delivery of each performance.
     B.Encourage Stage Manager Intern to exercise management skills necessary to assure successful delivery of each performance: ie. rehearsals, technicians, props, costumes, sets, etc.


Dates:
August 18 - October 3, 2017. Work remotely and attend bi-monthly benchmark meetings.
October 4 - 7, 2017; 32-40 hours on site


 

Interested candidates should complete this application. Those who qualify will be notified to arrange an interview. 


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2.) Casting Assistant (2 positions)

Overview:
            Many of the producers selected for ABTF productions will bring their own casts; however, a significant number, especially those who have traveled great distances, will opt to select their cast from Atlanta talent. While the Casting Coordinator Intern will not make final casting decisions, under supervision of the ABTF Artistic Director, s/he will have the following duties.

Duties:
     1.Familiarize self with all ABTF rules and requirements related to productions;
     2.Recruit performers from Atlanta talent to serve as a talent pool for productions;
     3.Schedule casting calls, auditions and call backs;
     4.Receive and review actors headshots and resumes and make recommendations to producers;
     5.Notify selected actors once decisions are made;
     6.Provide casting support, counsel, and/or artist input as requested.

 Goals and Objectives for Casting Coordinator Intern:
     Goal: Provide an opportunity for student to be exposed to the real life experiences of the Casting Coordinator:
     A.Introduce Casting Coordinator Intern to various individual duties associated with the selection of the best talent from a given talent pool.
     B.Encourage Casting Coordinator Intern to exercise management skills necessary to the selection of the best talent from a given talent pool.


Dates:
August 18 - October 3, 2017. Work remotely and attend bi-monthly benchmark meetings.
October 4 - 7, 2017; 32-40 hours on site


Interested candidates should complete this application. Those who qualify will be notified to arrange an interview. 


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3.)  Marketing Assistant  (2 positions)

Overview:
            The work of the Promotional and Marketing Assistant is to manage or assist in the promotion of productions, services and the public image of ABTF. The ABTF Promotional and Marketing Intern will work under the supervision of the ABTF Executive Producer to help increase audience size, engagement and transactions for the benefit of ABTF. The specific duties of the Promotional and Marketing Intern are identified below:

Duties:
     1. Familiarize self with all ABTF rules and requirements related to productions;
     2. Assist in the execution of assigned events, promotional activities and special projects;
     3. Assist in the facilitation and execution of events on-site to foster brand visibility;
     4. Assist with execution of on-location station/client activations to a degree that will increase audience size, engagement and transactions;
     5. Other duties as assigned and befitting the role of Promotional and Marketing Intern.

Goals and Objectives for Promotional and Marketing Intern
     Goal: Provide an opportunity to learn and perform the real life experience of a Promotional and Marketing Associate in the theatrical world.  
     A.Introduce Promotional and Marketing Intern to various individual duties associated with obtaining an optimal audience size and successful audience engagement for ABTF events and activities.
     B.Encourage Promotional and Marketing Intern to exercise management skills associated with obtaining an optimal audience size and successful audience engagement for ABTF events and activities
            Experience: Student must demonstrate some capacity for marketing and/or promotion (i.e. specific courses; class or other project; previous work experiences, etc.)


Dates:
August 18 - October 3, 2017. Work remotely and attend bi-monthly benchmark meetings.
October 4 - 7, 2017; 32-40 hours on site

Interested candidates should complete this application. Those who qualify will be notified to arrange an interview. 


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4.) STArT Summer Camp Associate  (2 positions)


Overview:

            STArT (Summer. Theatre. Art. Technology.) Teen Summer Camp is a one week training and internship placement program for high school students interested in creative careers in theatre, technology and the digital arts. The students attend seminars taught by professionals in acting, television, theatre, and film production. Upon successful completion, they are provided with late summer and fall internship opportunities in these respective fields.  The STArT Summer Camp Intern will work under the supervision of the ABTF Executive Producer to assist with the coordination of all activities related to the Camp. The specific duties of the STArT Summer Camp Intern are identified below:

Duties:
     1. Familiarize self with all ABTF rules and requirements;
     2. Assist in recruitment and registration of high school students for the STArT Camp;
     3. Assist with identifying and scheduling professionals in the various Camp focus area;
     4. Assist with monitoring and facilitating an emotionally, physically and socially safe environment for the students;
     5..Assist with the videography and photography of Camp experiences;
     6. Assist with locating internship opportunities in the various focus areas;
     7. Assist students to create a 2-3 minute sizzle reel capturing essence of Camp activities;
     8. Other duties as assigned and befitting the role of STArT Summer Camp Intern.

Goals and Objectives for STArT Summer Camp Intern
     Goal: Provide an opportunity for student to be exposed to experiences of authority as related to organizing and managing a summer camp for high school students with a designated focus..
     A.Introduce STArT Camp Intern to various individual duties associated with organizing and managing a summer camp for high school students. .
     B.Encourage STArT Camp Intern to exercise the various organizational and management skills necessary to running a successful summer camp for high school students. 


Dates:
July 10 - 14, 2017; 40 hours on site

Interested candidates should complete this application. Those who qualify will be notified to arrange an interview.