Submitted by Looking on Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:08am


(updated 10.12.18)

The Department of Education and Community Programs offers 2-3 internship opportunities in the winter that conclude early spring. Our administrative intern gains experience in the office as we run our school year programs and gear up for summer camps. Our Young Ensemble interns work directly with our students and directors as they create, rehearse, and perform original theatre pieces in Lookingglass’ studio in the spring.


Administrative Internship Description

This intern is based in the Lookingglass administrative offices at 875 N Michigan Ave (formerly the John Hancock building), working very closely with the education department. This intern will learn the administrative ins and outs of running education programming at a mid-size theatre company. Additionally, because this position is based in the admin office, this intern has the opportunity to meet staff members and interns from other Lookingglass departments, providing insight into the business of the company as a whole. This internship is ideally suited for a current college student or recent grad who has some experience in an office setting, and who is interested in the “behind the scenes” aspect of putting programs together, from start to finish.


The internship has flexibility in terms of the days/times, although some programs have specific needs – for example, student matinee programs always run on specific Wednesday mornings (in 2019 our student matinee dates will be March 20 and April 3). We request a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Day to day tasks may vary depending on the specific programs and needs of the department – a partial list of previous assignments includes organizing and maintaining contact information, compiling calendars, data entry, creating study or resource guides for the student matinee programs, copying and filing for summer camp, and answering phone calls if need be.


Young Ensemble Internship Description

Lookingglass typically seeks two interns to work with our Young Ensemble program January – May. The Young Ensemble interns will learn the Lookingglass process of creating a theatrical piece with students, serving as their assistant director and stage manager. This year’s Young Ensemble directors will be Tracy Walsh (Show A) and Andy White (Show B), both Lookingglass Ensemble members who offer a unique perspective into the company’s artistic process and history. This internship is ideally suited for college students or recent grads who are interested in working directly with students, particularly in the development of an original theatre piece, and who have interest and/or experience working as a stage manager.


Each intern is assigned to one of two Young Ensemble projects, in which a group of 12-15 students will create and rehearse an original play that will be produced in Lookingglass’ studio theatre in the spring. During rehearsals, this intern will coordinate logistics (attendance of students, rehearsal locations, etc.), artistic elements (script management, props, costumes etc.), and aid the director with the artistic process. During tech and performances, the interns will step into the role of stage manager for their ensemble, which includes running lights and sound (i.e. calling the show).


Young Ensemble interns will typically meet when the students meet (Monday evenings and weekends). Due to this year’s calendar, we have 3 rehearsals scheduled before winter break (on November 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10). Regular rehearsals resume January 7.


Winter/Spring Rehearsal Schedule

Monday rehearsals: 5-8pm

Added weekend rehearsals: specific dates and times TBD, from February – April; typically the rehearsal slots are 10-12 and 1-3 on Saturdays and 12-2 and 2-4 on Sundays. These details will be confirmed by late November.


Tech and performance dates:

Show A:

Tech: March 11-15 (5PM-8PM)

Performances: March 16 (12PM & 5PM), 17 (12PM & 5PM), 23 (5PM), 24 (12PM), 25 (7PM), & 30 (12PM) 


Show B:

Tech: March 18-22 (5PM-8PM)

Performances: March 23 (12PM), 24 (5PM), 30 (5PM), 31 (12PM & 5PM), April 1 (7PM), & 6 (12PM & 5PM)

To Apply: 

To apply for one of the internship opportunities, please send your resume, cover letter (indicating which opportunity you are interested in), and two references to:


Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Minda Cerva
Contact Phone Number: 
No phone calls, please.