Apply for College Summer Internships (for Bye Bye Birdie 2019)

January 2019 


New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT) is committed to providing exceptional internship opportunities for the next generation of artists, educators and administrators. Through our program you will develop the tools you will need to move forward in your chosen field – observing, training, and collaborating with dedicated professionals. You will gain invaluable experience, build your resume, make connections and gain volunteer credits.
“Interning with the New Paradigm Theatre Company this past summer helped me to grow as a professional in multiple realms of the theatre. Not only did I have the wonderful opportunity of performing alongside professional actors and award-winners onstage, but I was additionally able to build important professional relationships as I gained experience assisting the musical director, providing rehearsal accompaniment, took on the duties of Props Master, assisted daytime rehearsals with a children’s ensemble, and even dove into some dramaturgical work, helping to create a presentation of relevant show information for the community and cast. I am incredibly grateful for the work I was able to tackle at NPT, and I am certain it will help me tremendously in my future professional endeavors.” – 2019 Michael Lepore, Hofstra University. 


NPT will offer a limited number of college internships this summer in connection with our Bye Bye Birdie production. There may also be one or two internships given to highly qualified high school students.
Rehearsals begin July 29th and run Monday-Friday 12:00-5pm with the youth and 6-9pm for adult rehearsals. Weekend rehearsals are TBD (probably 12-7). Interns will be asked to stay for the adult rehearsals weekdays 6-10pm on a rotating schedule to assist the stage manager, and directors. If you are applying as a “Directing” or “Stage management” intern you should plan on staying for all rehearsals.
The first two weeks of rehearsals (July 29-Aug 11) are held in Weston at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church – 285 Lyons Plain Rd. Weston.
The final tech week is at Black Rock Church.  Interns will be expected at least 1 hour early to load in, and stay 1 hour later to load out.  Rehearsals: 3:00 – 10:00 August 12, 13, 15, 2019 (mon/tues/thurs)
Performances: August 16 – 8pm (fri) & August 17- 2pm and 7pm (sat) 2019
Interns will help to load out after the final performance.


While not compensated monetarily, NPT interns are given Full Tuition (worth $799) to the program, professional development and networking opportunities such as staff meetings, meet-and-greets, artist master classes and are a part of the show.

“Performing” interns are also given the opportunity to be members of the ensemble but cannot be cast as featured or leading roles. We may be casting the understudies for Birdie with college interns but these interns will have other duties as well. You will be able to participate in the Professional Master Classes during rehearsals.
• College Interns may be able to get college credit hours as per your college’s policy. Please check with your college administrators and NPT will follow up.
• High School interns will be given 50 volunteer credit hours per week for a total of 150 volunteer hours.
All interns will be given a one hour business mentoring session with their primary mentor i.e. Production, Direction, Stage Management, Marketing, Performing.
“My name is Steve Musitano, I am a Senior at Sacred Heart University. When I first began with New Paradigm Theatre, it was the summer of 2018 for their production of “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I started as their choir conductor, but immediately became apart of the family they created. From my first step into the rehearsal of 2018 to the last step out of West Side Story, I feel nothing but love and education coming from everyone in this program. They hire professional directors, stage managers, and actors to create an educational environment that fosters only the highest level of learning. You may be the newest person to the stage, but you’re standing next to a Broadway veteran learning techniques and skills that you wouldn’t get in any books or in school. For those who are new to the scene, or searching for more experience, this is the place for you. Some things just can’t be taught in the classroom, and the only way to learn is by doing…This is the place! “Hunchback of Notre Dame” taught me valuable conducting techniques, which I acquired from the Broadway legend Paul Bogaev. When I got the call about “Westside Story,” I immediately accepted. I got the chance to work with a professional symphony alongside actors who have been on the Westside tours, or on actual Broadway. I love everything NPT does, they pick shows that can be intertwined with today’s relevant issues. “Hunchback of Note Dame” partnered with a local burn care foundation and showed the audience about acceptance no matter what your appearance is. Westside story is about immigrants in America, a reoccurring topic today. This is an amazing opportunity, if you’re thinking about an internship do NOT overlook New Paradigm Theatre. They put on great shows, offer you amazing connections, and help guide you along the way with anything you need. Once you’re a part of the family, you’re in for life!”


• Interns will assist the teachers, directors and Artistic Director with a variety of tasks, from taking notes, to checking in students, to organizations props, costumes, to kid-wrangling, to helping with social media and marketing tasks during rehearsal, etc. This will be based on the “specialty” you have chosen.
• Each intern will be given the chance to choose a specialty expertise and will work directly with that pro. Some may have two specialties or work in pairs.
• They will participate in the rehearsals specific to their specialty .
• They should dress appropriately at all times especially during rehearsals and any time they are interacting with parents, students and other adults actors.
• There will be no foul or inappropriate language or behavior used by interns.
• They should realize they are a representation of NPT and will be asked to leave the program at the Artistic Director’s discretion if they do not uphold the standards set by this company.
They must give all conflicts in rehearsals to the Artistic Director or Stage manager by April 1st. More than 2 conflicts is not a good match to this internship.
• Interns should never be late and should always arrive 1/2 hour before each rehearsal begins.
• Interns should have their own transportation to rehearsals and performances.
• Interns should be local or be able to provide their own housing.
• They should be self-starters.
• NPT does not supply housing for interns.


NPT offers internships for a few selected college level students and possibly High School interns with a range of experiences. They should be self-starters as well as being positive role models for the youth attending the summer program as well as polite and respectful to the professionals and adults.
You will be asked to sign a release regarding your social media posting and behavior during our rehearsal and production weeks.
NPT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New Paradigm Theatre Company is dedicated to creating an accessible, diverse, and inclusive culture in our audiences, our programs, our staff, and our board. We advocate for diversity throughout the organization and strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.


(While some interns will be offered the option of also being a “Performing” intern, in the ensemble, it is not a requirement. If you are a performer you will also choose one or more of the specialties listed below when you apply)


Assistant Director: This intern will begin working before August and works with the Director and Stage managers. Should attend the pre-production meetings in the summer TBD. May be asked to run scenes or work individually with actors. Skills required: must be a self starter, great with taking notes, confident when working with children and adults. Must have the ability to think on your feet. No matter the age of this intern you must consider yourself a professional and not a friend to the cast. This is a great resume-building item and networking position.
Assistant Choreographer: This intern works with choreographer beforehand to learn choreography. Warms up the actors before each rehearsal. Runs dance calls for adults and youth. Skills required: Must possess an ability to be positive and work well with children and adults. No matter the age of this intern you must consider yourself a professional and not a friend to the cast. Must be a good dancer.
Assistant to Stage Management: This interns works closely with both the ASM and Production (AEA) stage managers. You will be expected to help set up and strike for both rehearsals and show. You may be asked to send out the show reports each day and to email cast with updates. You will be a backstage crew person during the shows. Preferred skills include: Great organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, computer and office skills, and basic understanding of stage management.


Company Management/Producer: This intern works with the Artist Director and Stage Manger in a wide-variety of tasks and will begin early summer. Duties include, but are
not limited too: housing and travel arrangements, transportation, craft services, overseeing other interns, mail processing, VIP services such as assisting with donor tracking, gift acknowledgment, sponsorship relations and special events. They will also work with Artistic director to create templates for our summer production. Must have the ability to work with peers, basic office/computer skills and arts management. They can also be a performing intern.
Marketing: This intern works with the Artistic Director to assist with the preparation and distribution of social media promotions, posters and brochures, works on the programs and helps coordinate all public relations events. Preferred skills include: Basic Office (Microsoft, Word, Excel); graphic design; social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Basic photography skills a plus. They can also be a performing intern.


Costumes: This intern works with the costume designer and assists with the construction and/or alteration of costumes for the production. May also search for costumes with designer. Assists with the load-in, categorizing and strike of show costumes. Preferred skills include: stitching, cutting, and draping. They can also be a performing intern.
Scenic: This intern works with the tech crew on the painting of all scenery or set pieces for all shows. Preferred skills include: painting, mixing and scenic craft skills. They can also be a performing intern.
Production/Film and TV: This intern works directly with the Production Manager. This position will work with any and all technical departments. Will also assist with the load-in and strike for each show. Preferred skills include: basic knowledge in carpentry, electrics, running a deck, and props. They can also be a performing intern.
Props: This intern works with the props department to execute props for the production through construction, acquisition, set dressing and maintenance of props during the run. Assists with the load-in and strike of all props for each show. Preferred skills include: knowledge of Photoshop, experience in crafts, painting, sewing, woodworking, and upholstery. They can also be a performing intern.
Stage Operations/Deck Crew: This intern works with the stage operations/deck crew with the install of all scenery or set for each production. Works on run crew- moving scenery and working the rail. Assists with load-in and strike of all shows. Preferred skills: some carpentry, but mostly basic stage procedures.
Deadline to Apply:
April 15, 2019
Apply sooner rather than later as positions fill fast.
• Email resume, cover letter with the position you are applying
for, and one professional reference letter with their name, title, where they work, and email address. If you are applying as a Performing intern please send a video of singing/monologue (iphone is fine)
Send materials to:
Kristin Huffman- Artistic Director at:
NPT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, political persuasion or belief, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or status as a whistle-blower.