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Internship & Apprenticeship Programs

Internship & Apprenticeship Programs



Goodspeed Musicals' Administrative Internship Program welcomes qualified applicants from colleges and universities. A major goal of the program is to serve as a training ground for those hoping to have a career in the theatre. This program offers students experiential learning, networking opportunities, free tickets to Goodspeed productions, the opportunity to earn college credit through your academic institution, regular seminars taught by staff members, meetings with members of the staff, access to the world-renowned Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, and educational opportunities tailored to your individual interest. Administrative Internships are designed for individuals interested in working in all areas outside of the Production Department. Hours and commitment for internship positions are determined by each administrative department. Internships are unpaid and applicants must be able to provide their own transportation and local housing in order to be considered for the program.

To apply for any of these internships, please e-mail a cover letter indicating which Administrative Internship you are interested in. Please also send a resume, confirmation of ability to provide your own transportation/local housing, and availability to our Education & Library Director, Josh S. Ritter at or

The Producing Intern works under the supervision of the Associate Producer and Line Producer to observe first-hand the process of bringing a Goodspeed production from inception to the stage. Duties include analyzing and reviewing script submissions, general correspondence, clerical work, and other tasks as assigned. Requirements: Excellent writing, communication, research skills and computer proficiency (Excel and Word). To apply for this internship, please e-mail a cover letter indicating which Administrative Internship you are interested in. Please also send a resume, confirmation of ability to provide your own transportation/local housing, and availability to our Education & Library Director, Josh S. Ritter at or *Please do not apply unless you’re able to provide your own transportation and local housing.

Education & Library Interns report to the Education & Library Director. Depending on the season, duties may include assisting with the annual Festival of New Musicals, Arts Education Collaboration, and various Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute programs. Interns work in the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, one of the most expansive, unique, and thriving musical theatre resource centers in the world. Interns may be asked to assist with an array of Scherer Library related projects including cataloging, processing collections, digitizing, fulfilling research requests, and providing dramaturgical support.

To the fullest extent possible, the Education & Library Internship is tailored to meet the educational objectives of participants; it includes opportunities to see shows at Goodspeed, view archival Goodspeed production footage, tour Goodspeed facilities, and engage in professional development and networking activities. Interns should be available to work 32 hours per week. Ideal candidates will be studying theatre, arts administration, or library science and have experience working in one or more of these areas on some level. To apply for this internship, please e-mail a cover letter indicating which Administrative Internship you are interested in. Please also send a resume, confirmation of ability to provide your own transportation/local housing, and availability to our Education & Library Director, Josh S. Ritter at or

The Marketing/PR Intern works under the supervision of the Marketing and Public Relations team. Duties include assisting with special events, photo shoots and press events; writing and editing copy; exposure to design and layout of direct mail pieces and print ads; press release editing; maintaining press and photo archives; poster and brochure distribution; updating the press and patron list database; assisting with creating audience surveys and new e-marketing concepts. Requirements: Completion of at least freshman year of college, computer proficiency (Excel, Word, some Photoshop or InDesign experience helpful). Must have his/her own transportation and must be willing to work 15-20 hours per week with occassional evenings and weekends. To apply for this internship, please e-mail a cover letter indicating which Administrative Internship you are interested in. Please also send a resume, confirmation of ability to provide your own transportation/local housing, and availability to our Education & Library Director, Josh S. Ritter at or

Artistic Observerships

Whether you’re an aspiring Director, Choreographer or Music Director, Goodspeed’s Observership Program gives young professionals and students a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can’t be taught in the classroom. This tuition-based program pairs young theatre artists with world-class theatre professionals, allowing them to observe and assist a Goodspeed Director, Choreographer, or Music Director during the rehearsal process of a production. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Learn more

Technical Apprenticeships

The Goodspeed Musicals Apprenticeship Program welcomes applicants from qualified colleges and universities as well as beginning theatre professionals. Extensive professional experience is not required, although some professional experience is preferred. Apprentices gain experience at Goodspeed by working side by side with our staff members. An apprentice should expect to work between 35-45 hours during an average work week with a larger workload during the last weeks of a build, load-in and tech. In addition to their duties with their assigned department, the overwhelming majority of Goodspeed Apprentices run shows, either at the Opera House or at The Norma Terris Theatre. All Goodspeed apprentices may be required to participate in the activities of a department other than that of their initial assignment, depending on the needs of a particular show.

Compensation/Housing: Apprentices earn an hourly wage. Overtime compensation is provided for hours worked beyond 40 during a given pay period. Housing may be available within walking distance of the Goodspeed Opera House, offices, and some shops. Most Apprentices are offered housing for a weekly fee. Travel beyond the village of East Haddam requires a vehicle; mass transit does not operate in the immediate area of either apprentice or intern housing.

Opportunity for Advancement: One very important function of the Apprentice Program is to serve as a training ground for future Goodspeed staff members. Many current and former Goodspeed production staff members began as interns or apprentices, and were promoted to staff positions as their skills and abilities improved.


CARPENTRY: A Carpentry Apprentice runs shows under the immediate supervision of a staff Stage Carpenter and the Stage Management staff, operating an array of rigging and motion control systems which allow Goodspeed to pack large shows into a very small space. Duties may also include rigging, dressing and gripping scenic elements as well as assisting the Props, Wardrobe and Electrics crews with their duties. As a Scenic Carpenter, the Apprentice builds and installs set pieces made of wood, steel, aluminum, plastics and fabrics under the supervision of staff carpenters and the Technical Direction team. The preferred apprentice candidate will have a familiarity with the tools required to work with the various media used to construct scenery as well as a basic knowledge of rigging and motion control.

ELECTRICS: An Electrics Apprentice operates a followspot from the projection booth under the direction of the staff board operator and the Stage Manager. They will also assist staff electricians in the care and maintenance of the lighting equipment during the run of a show. Electrics apprentices may also be required to assist the Stage and Wardrobe crews. Apprentices work closely with the Master Electrician and are involved in the electrification of scenic pieces, the creation of lighting and sound effects, and the hang and focus of each show. The ideal apprentice candidate will have a basic knowledge of lighting instruments, experience hanging and focusing instruments from a light plot, comfort with heights and ladders, and experience operating a followspot.

PROPS: A Props Apprentice assists the Props Run Crew Head in providing a seemingly effortless flow of scenic elements and hand props to the cast from a virtually non-existent wing space. The position of Props Apprentice requires a person with the ability to discover creative solutions to the sometimes odd problems that are inherent to propping a musical. Besides crafting the props for the show in various media, the apprentice is responsible for assisting the Props Run Crew Head in maintaining the show over a three-month run. A prospective applicant should have experience with crafts, sewing, painting and carpentry. A knowledge of furniture construction and metal work is a definite plus.

SCENIC PAINTING: The Scenic Apprentice works under the supervision of the Charge Scenic Artist alongside both staff and job-in painters in the execution of design renderings and in the maintenance of our paint shop. A Scenic Apprentice may be called upon to run shows for a limited time in our second space in addition to regular shop calls. A Scenic Artist’s responsibilities include the texturing and painting of hard scenery and props as well as a significant number of soft goods. Basic painting skills are essential, and experience with color mixing, layout, and drop painting are desirable.

COSTUMING: A Costume Apprentice assists in the preparation of costumes for Goodspeed productions, staffs the wardrobe crew of those productions, and assists in the maintenance of our extensive costume stock. Dependent on the skill level of the Apprentice, this may involve pulling, building, and altering costumes; cleaning and maintaining both stock costumes and costume areas; trimming; shoe painting and dyeing; and setting up dressing rooms. In addition, the apprentices will act as dressers for the show to which they are assigned, and help the Wardrobe Supervisor with the care and maintenance of costumes. Basic hand stitching skills, a desire to work with actors and a lot of patience is required.

To apply for any of these positions, please send a cover letter that includes your area of interest and availability, resumé and list of three references to Erica Gilroy, Asst. Production Manager; Goodspeed Musicals; PO Box A; East Haddam, CT 06423, or FAX to 860.873.2480, or e-mail to


The Company Management Apprentices assist in all day-to-day housing, office and transportations matters. The position is ideal for recent graduates or individuals seeking to develop a basic knowledge of company management. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, an outgoing personality and a sense of humor. Position available from March through January. Send resume and references to Kristan McLaughlin, Company Manager; Goodspeed Musicals; Box A; East Haddam, CT 06423, or FAX 860.873.2329, or e-mail (please use “Goodspeed Musicals Apprentice Position” in the subject line).


Goodspeed Musicals, encompassing LORT B & D theaters with a 45-year history of sending shows to Broadway, seeks non-AEA Production Assistants for its upcoming season. Preferred candidates will be intensely focused on a career in stage management and have earned an undergraduate degree with prior LORT & musical experience. Several positions available beginning as early as March. Hourly compensation. Housing available. EOE. Email cover letter, resume, & three references (in PDF format) to: Brad Spachman, Production Stage Manager:


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