Technical Theatre Internships

PCPA offers technical theatre internships in multiple areas of theatre. PCPA’s mentor-apprentice approach to training provides unique experiences with theatre professionals both resident and guests. As an intern you will be training directly with professionals in their respective fields.  Internships are for advanced students who wish to update, develop, and refine their skills in a dynamic and creative environment.

Benefits of a PCPA Internship

  • Opportunity to gain practical experience in your chosen field.
  • Gain experience in both an outdoor an indoor thrust stage.
  • Taking time off before graduate school to train in a conservatory environment while mentoring less experienced students can help you prepare for graduate school.
  • Join a network of over 50 years of alumni.
  • Spend your summer or fall and spring in California.
  • Winter/Spring interns are required to participate in a portfolio review each semester as a way of helping prepare and present a portfolio to the industry, in order to find employment after the internship.
  • Having completed graduate school, build your professional portfolio.
  • Prepare you for your next steps whether that be entering the industry or attending graduate school.


  • Interns are required to be registered students of Allan Hancock College. The mandatory registration fees are covered.
  • PCPA awards scholarships to a majority of the interns who are accepted. The IRS considers these scholarships taxable income.
  • Interns will be informed of all required personal supplies before they accept the internship.
  • The program does not offer a degree.
  • Interns are scheduled, on average, for 40 hours per week with adjusted hours during tech periods.
  • Internships can range between 3, 9 or 12 months with the possibility of more.
  • Each department will have schedules that vary depending on the individual internship and the overall production schedule.
  • Outside jobs can be discussed and coordinated with your department mentor and around conservatory schedules.


Enrollment is by interview only.

To be considered for an interview, PCPA’s Professional Internship applicants must submit an application via, a cover letter, a current resume listing previous theatre training, theater experience, and list three references.

Applicants may also be requested to submit relevant portfolio items. We will contact candidates that meet PCPA’s requirements to arrange an interview. Meeting minimum qualifications does not assure a candidate an interview.

Interviews are generally over the phone or via video conference.

Additional interviews occur at SETC, USITT, KCACTF region 7 and 8, and throughout the state of California. Exact dates and locations vary by department and time of year.


PCPA’s Company Manager can assist students and interns in identifying housing options within the community. Rental costs vary greatly depending upon students’ requirements. A student can expect to pay between $600 and $1500 per month for housing costs.

Tech Intern up on ladder


  • Continue to develop and practice good work habits and professional level skills.
  • Grow and refine you portfolio.
  • Practice your craft
  • Enjoy the great California weather
  • Decide and plan your next steps in your career path.
  • Have fun

Internship Offerings


Carpentry Interns learn under the supervision of the Technical Director. This internship provides students with the opportunity to work alongside professional scenic carpenters while they develop and hone their skills in all areas of scenic construction. Opportunities may include executing scenic evaluations and shop drawings. Based on skill level and desire, interns may serve as assistant Technical Director for an appropriately sized production while supported and supervised by the Technical Director.

Costume Design Assistant

Costume Design Assistants are supervised by the Costume Shop Manager, Assistant Costume Shop Manager, and the Resident Costume Designer. Candidates need to understand the design process and basic structure of production within the Costume Shop. Student interns will serve as Costume Design Assistants to the Costume Designer for main stage productions. Responsibilities vary according to the production, but will often include research, sourcing, tracking, attending meetings and fittings, and taking notes. All members of the Costume Department take part in cleaning/restocking of costumes, supplies, and equipment, and assisting with general shop maintenance. Depending on experience and capabilities, interns may be offered design opportunities in PCPA’s season. Basic sewing skills are desired.

Costume First Hand Technician

The First Hand intern is trained under the supervision of the Costume Shop Manager, the Assistant Costume Shop Manager, and the Cutter/Draper. Student assignments and schedules very depending on the assessed requirements of each production. Primary responsibilities include cutting, altering, and manufacturing various costume pieces, as well as tracking the progress of sewing notes. The First Hand will also assist in guiding Stitchers through costume builds and alterations. All members of the Costume Department take part in cleaning/restocking of costumes, supplies, and equipment, and assisting with general shop maintenance. Candidates should possess some exceptional stitching skills. Some tailoring experience is desirable

Costume Stitcher Technician (summer only)

The Stitcher interns are trained under the supervision of the Costume Shop Manager, the Assistant Costume Shop Manager, and the Cutter/Draper. Stitcher projects include sewing mock-ups, altering/restoring garments, pressing/preparing material, and hand-finishing garments. All members of the Costume Department take part in cleaning/restocking of costumes, supplies, and equipment, and assisting with general shop maintenance.

Costumes: Hair and Makeup Assistant

The Hair and Makeup Assistant Intern is trained under the supervision of the Costume Shop Manager, the Assistant Costume Shop Manager, and the Costume Designer. Primary responsibilities include fitting, alteration, and styling of wigs as well as assisting in the implementation of the hair and makeup designs. Specific assignments will vary depending on the needs of each production. All members of the Costume Department take part in cleaning/restocking of costumes, supplies, and equipment, and assisting with general shop maintenance. Ventilating experience is desirable.

Costumes Crafts Technician

The Costume Crafts Technician Intern is trained under the supervision of the Costume Shop Manager, the Assistant Costume Shop Manager, and the Costume Crafts Supervisor. The Costume Craft Technician participates in all aspects of the manufacturing, repair, or alteration of costume craft pieces, as well as tracking the progress of notes. All members of the Costume Department take part in cleaning/restocking of costumes, supplies, and equipment, and assisting with general shop maintenance. Knowledge and experience of safe shop practices are desirable.


The Directing Intern learns under the supervision of the Associate Artistic Director and functions directly as an Assistant Director with multiple resident and guest directors throughout the Main Stage and Outreach Tour seasons. Directing Interns participate in the casting, design, rehearsal, and tech processes on productions to which they are assigned. They collaborate with the Stage Management Department to prepare understudies and to run understudy rehearsals. Directing Interns may collaborate with conservatory students on independent directing projects as time allows.


The Dramaturgy Intern learns under the supervision of the Literary Associate and as a dramaturg with multiple resident and guest directors throughout PCPA’s Main Stage season and Outreach Tour. Additional responsibilities may also include writing copy for programs, promotional materials, and study guides, participating in public panels and discussions around season productions, reading and assessing scripts, and helping to maintain PCPA’s virtual script library.


Lighting Interns become an integral part of the PCPA Lighting Department learning and honing their craft under the supervision of the Lighting Director and Electrics Supervisor. An internship in lighting offers the opportunity to serve as the Lighting Design Assistant and/or Lead Electrician for a wide range of productions during the Winter/Spring Season. Within this framework, we work with interns to practice skills they have and expand their knowledge. What you don’t know, we can teach you. Projects you can anticipate being part of the internship include drafting lighting plots in Vectorworks, creating Lightwright paperwork, creating followspot sheets, hanging & circuiting lights, maintaining lights, build practicals, soldering, calling focus,and supervising student crews. Working closely with our lighting designers you will have the opportunity to observe, and participate in the process of bringing a large-scale design from concept to completion

Musical Direction

The Musical Direction Intern learns under the supervision of the Resident Musical Director. Musical direction interns have the opportunity to serve as rehearsal accompanist for musical theater classes and professional productions, assist students and professional actors with music preparation, assist the music director in rehearsal, conduct performances, and travel to audition sites during a 5-6 week casting tour in December/January/February. There may also be the opportunity to serve as the music director for a production depending on the needs of the season and the experience level of the intern.

Outreach Acting Intern

PCPA’s Acting Internship program is for actors early in their professional journey (typically, graduates of BFA or MFA programs) who are seeking opportunities to perform, and advance their craft, and acquire new skills in an environment that believes in supporting artists as they build professional careers. Outreach Acting Interns work with the Office of Education and Outreach, forming a touring ensemble that brings the experience of professional live theatre to school-age audiences through on-site performances and programs. Equity Membership Candidacy (E.M.C.) weeks can be accrued during this internship. All Outreach Acting Interns are awarded Scholarship support.
Admission is by audition. Actors do not need to submit an application until after auditions and offers are provided to potential candidates.

Audition Requirements:

· One contemporary monologue
60 to 90 seconds.

· 32-ish bars of a song.
An accompanist will be provided.

· Total audition time
(monologue plus song) should not exceed 3 minutes.

· 8 x 10 photograph (headshot).

· Resume
detailing performance experience, education/training, and special skills.

· We do accept video auditions. Please email a link to YouTube on the unlisted setting or Vimeo works best. Please no google docs. It is best if we receive your video by February 5.


Properties interns work under the supervision of the Properties Director. An internship in stage properties offers students the opportunity to create props for a wide range of productions working with a variety of materials including plastic, wood, fabric, and metal. Interns may serve as Prop Manager for a specific production, taking that production from design through rehearsal, into technical rehearsals as the chief liaison between the designer, the rehearsal process, and the build schedule in the prop shop.

Scenic Art

PCPA’s Internship in scenic art serves as a bridge from educational theater experience to being paid to paint in theater and other forms in the entertainment industry. Scenic Art Interns will assist and be under the direct supervision of PCPA’S Resident Scenic Charge Artist as a part of a producing professional theater company. Under Charge Artist supervision, the Scenic Art Intern will learn to maintain the paint shop and its tools and equipment, track the use of paint and materials, keep the shop clean and organized, supervise and coordinate student work crews-in short learn managerial skills and learn and contribute to a smoothly running shop. The intern will also take the lead on the painting of some scenic elements or paint techniques and will go through the process of being a Scenic Charge Artist for one show. As Charge Artist, the intern will be guided through the process of calculating the budget, generating samples, and being responsible for the painting of an entire show to the specifications of the Scenic Designer.

Scenic Design Assistant

Scenic Design Interns learn under the supervision of the Resident Scenic Designer. Interns will increase their existing understanding of scenic design through collaboration with the resident scenic designer, additional staff designers, and guest designers. Projects include the production of bid drafting, rough models, final drafting, and final models under deadline circumstances. In addition, interns conduct period research, supervise student assistants, and attend meetings and rehearsals as needed. The interns will have opportunities to practice scenic painting and properties construction on a project-specific basis. Interns should expect to develop their skills with VectorWorks, AutoCAD, and SketchUp. Interns should possess good organizational skills as well as strong oral and written communication skills. Depending on experience and capabilities, interns may be offered design opportunities.


Sound interns will learn under the supervision of the sound director/designer and staff sound engineer. The sound interns will learn how to perform the duties of an assistant sound designer and the skillsets used in managing a shop and crew. The opportunities within the sound department for the sound interns may include installation, maintenance, and management of audio equipment for various productions, video monitoring equipment, clear comm infrastructure, and wireless microphone systems. The sound interns should anticipate learning about sound design, sound engineering, multitrack recording, monitor mixing, sound system trouble-shooting and repairs, generation of paperwork, and collaboration in the theatrical design process. A background in and knowledge of theatre is essential and experience with sound design and/or engineering is desirable. Based on experience and skillset, the sound interns may be offered design and/or mixing opportunities during the Winter/Spring Season.

Stage Management

Stage management interns will act as Assistant Stage Managers for main stage productions throughout the season. Stage Management interns are the Stage Managers for the conservatory rep productions during the spring season. The Outreach Intern will stage manage the educational outreach production during the winter/spring season. In addition to stage management duties, interns will assist in mentoring production assistants, participate in general office projects, and work with the Stage Management team as support for company events. Interns are eligible to join the Actors’ Equity Association’s Membership Candidacy Program and can accrue membership candidacy weeks if they so choose.