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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 aspiring theatre professionals. This program offers interns experiential learning and networking opportunities, complimentary tickets to Goodspeed productions and productions at other theatres when available, the opportunity to earn college credit through an academic institution, the ability to view archival Goodspeed production footage, regular seminars taught by Goodspeed staff members, meetings with staff members, a tour of Goodspeed facilities, access to the world-renowned Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and educational opportunities tailored to interns’ individual interests. Each administrative department determines hours and commitment for internship positions. All internships are unpaid.


  • The intern must be enrolled in an educational institution beyond the high school level.
  • The intern must provide a letter or some form of documentation from an educational institution stating that the internship is being completed for educational purposes and that the intern is earning credit for completing the internship. (Required before your internship begins.)
  • The intern must be able to provide their own transportation and local housing (except Company Management Intern).


Email all of your materials to Goodspeed's Education & Library Director Joshua Ritter

You will need to include:

  • Intern Application (DOWNLOAD APPLICATION)
  • Cover Letter
  • Resumé
  • Contact information for 3 references



The Producing Department mentors the Producing Intern to assist in bringing a Goodspeed production from inception to the stage. The Producing Intern will have the opportunity to analyze and review script submissions, complete general correspondence, perform clerical work and other tasks as assigned. The Producing Intern is required to have excellent writing, communication, research skills and computer proficiency (Excel and Word). 

This internship is offered on a rolling basis.


Depending on the season, the Education & Library Department will mentor interns to assist with the annual Festival of New Musicals, Arts Education Collaboration, and various Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute programs. Goodspeed bases Education & Library Interns in the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, one of the most expansive, unique, and thriving musical theatre resource centers in the world. Interns have the opportunity to complete an array of Scherer Library related projects including processing collections, digitizing, fulfilling research requests, and providing dramaturgical support.  Interns must be available for 32 hours per week during normal business hours. 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. 

This internship is offered on a rolling basis.


 The Marketing/PR Department mentors the Marketing/PR Interns to assist with special events, photo shoots and press events; writing and editing copy; 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; creating audience surveys and new e-marketing concepts. The Marketing/PR Intern is required to have completed at least one year of college and to have computer proficiency (Excel, Word, some Photoshop or InDesign experience helpful). Interns must be able to provide their own transportation and housing.  They must be available 15-20 hours per week including occasional evenings and weekends.

This internship is offered on a rolling basis.


The Company Management Department mentors interns to assist with the day-to-day details of the company’s professional lives. This includes travel, housing, health and well-being, hospitality and an overall obligation to helping the artists integrate into the Goodspeed and surrounding community. Interns gain valuable experience from a great deal of responsibilities which may include providing transport to/from train stations or airports, troubleshooting housing related needs, facilitating workers comp related appointments and monitoring performances. Interns are expected to be available after-hours and have on-call assignments on a regular basis.

Strong candidates should be ambitious, self-motivating and be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment with complex circumstances and a wide range of personalities. Applicants must demonstrate solid organizational skills, computer efficiency and a strong sense of humor and maturity. Interns must have a valid driver’s license/clean driving record. Due to the nature of responsibilities, Company Management Interns must live in provided company housing.

To apply for a summer position, please submit your materials between Jan 1 and March 1. For a winter position, please submit your materials between August 1 and October 1.


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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).


Stage Management Apprentices/Production Assistants are key members of the stage management teams on all Goodspeed productions. The position is ideal for non-AEA stage managers to work on complex musicals with very limited spatial resources. Duties will include working closely with the PSM and ASM to set up and manage our daily rehearsals, technical rehearsals onstage, and performances. This will include generating paperwork and run sheets; working closely with our creative teams, actors and run crews; coordinating the backstage traffic of people and things in a space the size of a Manhattan apartment; and helping to maintain the show from both technical and artistic standpoints; as well as lending a hand with all other aspects of stage management life at Goodspeed.  Candidates should be intensely focused on a career in stage management and be able to handle a great deal of detail in a fast-paced environment. A high level of written and verbal communication skill, as well as a lot of flexibility and creative thinking is required. Of course, the ability to work well with others, make coffee, and wrangle copies is necessary—as is a sense of humor!  The ideal candidate will also have stage management experience outside the confines of college; knowledge of the AEA LORT contract; the ability to understand musical terms and follow a score; and familiarity with the challenges in working on long-running shows. Several positions for qualified candidates available beginning as early as March 2016. Email your cover letter, resumé, & three references (in PDF format) to: Brad Spachman, Production Stage Manager:


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