For over ten years, Midland Community Theatre’s professional staff has worked with technical interns in construction, rigging, welding, painting, properties, design, lighting and sound. Most interns are recent college graduates looking to expand their professional experience and develop new skills. Interns work in all areas, rotating their time between the Scenic Designer and Lighting and Sound Designer. Interns are also given the opportunity to expand their portfolio by designing an element of a show or stage managing a production.
Three years ago, Midland Community Theatre’s costume department added a costume internship to the overall program. This intern works with the Costume Designer on building, construction, sewing, draping, cleaning and organizing costumes for all Midland Community Theatre productions. Costume Interns are also given an opportunity to expand their portfolio by designing a show.
Midland Community Theatre is one of the largest community theatres in the United States, producing fourteen productions per year in three performance spaces. Each year, Midland Community Theatre produces musicals, comedies, dramas, mysteries, melodramas and children’s theatre. In the Cole Theatre, we operate a 515 seat proscenium arch theatre (Davis Theatre I) and a 155 seat Black Box theatre (Mabee Theatre II). We have a fully equipped scenic shop and costume shop on site where we construct all scenery, props and costumes. In addition to the Cole Theatre, we also own the Yucca Theatre in downtown Midland. This 1930s movie house was converted by our volunteers for our summer fundraiser – Summer Mummers – and is also used throughout the year for rentals and other productions and event. These three diverse spaces create different design challenges and opportunities to learn more about theatre.
Our program begins in the fall – interns have started as early as the first week of August to as late as mid-September depending upon your summer employment. The program continues through the spring – interns can depart as soon as the final main stage production opens (usually late May) or stay on through July 1st. Interns are paid a weekly stipend, and most past interns have been able to break even for the year. Midland Community Theatre will assist the intern in finding housing, and most years the interns share an apartment to save expenses. Our volunteer auxiliary has received donations of furniture that can be used in this apartment.
To apply for this program or to learn more, please send a cover letter, resume and references to:
Timothy Jebsen – Executive Director
Midland Community Theatre
2000 West Wadley, Midland TX 79705
(432) 682-2544, extension 3010