Technical Production

The View from The Yard’s Booth. Photo by Harrison Burke

The View from The Yard’s Booth. Photo by Harrison Burke

Title: Technical Production Intern

Number of Positions: Two

Reports to: Production Manager & Resident Lighting Designer, Assistant Production Manager & Sound Designer, and other Senior Staff

Works with: Production management, Senior Staff, fellow interns, resident & visiting designers, festival artists, KidsDODance! participants & Director

Dates: May 20 -September 7, 2019

Focused Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the planning, execution, and design of all shows and performances

  • Aiding community programs

  • Upkeep of the production facilities and campus as a whole

Core Skills Required:

  • Strong organization and time management

  • Adaptability and enthusiasm for learning new skills

  • Interest/experience in any of the following: stage/production management, lighting design, costume construction, set construction/design, or sound design

The Technical Production Interns work closely with the Production Manager & Lighting Designer and the Assistant Production Manager & Sound Designer on every event of the YARD ARTS Summer Season. During the first two weeks of the summer, the Technical Production Interns and the Production Senior Staff open up the theatre and campus for the summer season, including cleaning the theatre and studios, hanging the season lighting and sound plot, inventorying materials and supplies, and general campus prep. For the remainder of the internship, the Technical Production Interns are responsible for the week-to-week upkeep and running of The Yard mainstage (the Patricia N. Nanon blackbox - 100 seats), The Yard open-air barn studio, for select events: the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center (Proscenium - 700 seats) and multiple offsite site-specific productions (annual benefit, pop up performances, art galleries, libraries, etc). Weekly responsibilities include: preparing rehearsal calendars and schedules, lighting hang and focus, sound hang and focus, programming and running shows, and assisting with the load-in and load-out of all artists and productions.

Applicants must demonstrate a genuine interest in at least one area of theatrical design or management. They must be able to lift up to 50lbs, work at heights up to 25 feet, and feel comfortable and confident taking responsibility for projects both independently and collaboratively. Previous experience with lighting, sound, projection, set or costume design is a plus but not a requirement.

This specialized role is only one aspect of your internship. For a more comprehensive understanding of the program, please refer to the “About” page. The mandatory informational webinar will provide more detail around the artistic opportunities and non-department specific responsibilities of the internship.