Staff Positions & Internships

Now Accepting Applications for 2014! 


The Tony Award Winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center annually seeks a full complement of Summer Interns, Junior Staff, and Staff to join in creating the next generation of American theater.

Staff and Interns work alongside industry professionals in the National Puppetry Conference, National Musical Theater Conference, National Playwrights Conference, and the Cabaret & Performance Conference.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a theater resume and a straight resume with contact information for at least two references to Jill A. Anderson, General Manager. Email submission preferred.


Summer Internships

• Dates vary June - August
• Fully integrated as part of the staff/crew in each
• Opportunities to assist in other departments as schedule
• Most will work 10-16 hour days, six days per week
• Q&A sessions with conference artists and guest speakers
• Occasional performance and design opportunities
• Vehicles are recommended, but not required
• If your school offers credit for independent study or
  financial aid for internships, O’Neill staff will complete the
  school’s required paperwork for such credit or assistance.
• A fee of $2,800 is charged for housing/meal costs

Sound Internship

Each Sound Intern will have the opportunity to work with the engineer in constructing, focusing, and maintaining the equipment package as well as serving as an assistant to all designers throughout the course of the summer. Each Intern will also get to participate in production meetings, rehearsals, and performances (both playback and live mixing) for the National Playwrights Conference, The National Musical Theatre Conference, the Summer Gala, and the Cabaret and Performance Conference. Applicants are expected to have a basic knowledge of sound systems (digital and analogue), equipment maintenance, sound manipulation software, and backstage etiquette. Musical knowledge and design experience are very helpful as well. Interns are also expected to bring a laptop computer with basic editing software to assist the designers when needed.  Intern must be able to lift 50lbs over their head.

Dates Vary: June-August

Artistic Director Assistant Internship

This position offers the opportunity to participate in and observe first-hand the overall activities of the National Music Theater Conference. The Intern will attend rehearsals, discussions with the creative artists and public readings of the works in progress over a four- week period.
The Internship requires computer skills in Word, ability to read music, organizational skills, and an eagerness to learn more about the development of new music theater works.

Dates: Mid June-Late July

Box Office/House Management Internship

Interns will assist in staffing the Box Office, processing ticket and merchandise orders in person and over the phone, and will staff shows as House Manager, Assistant House Manager, or selling merchandise.  Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Excel and have excellent customer service skills and attention to detail.  Experience with Patron Manager software is a plus.  Interns work 8-14 hours, six days per week, so an eager and positive attitude and the ability to perform under pressure are vital.    

Dates: Early June - Mid August 

Company Management Internship

Intern will assist in staffing Company Management front desk, answering phones, assisting with room changeovers, distributing badges and welcome information to guests, completing supply runs, checking in guests, and data entry. Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Excel, have the flexibility to tackle challenges as they arise, and attention to detail. Experience in an office environment and/or customer service experience is a plus. Every member of the Company Management team is vital to keep the office running, so an eager and positive attitude is a must. Company Management Interns work 8-10 hours, six days per week.

Dates Vary: June to August

Development & Communications Intern

The ideal Development & Communications Intern candidate will have strong interest in theater, development, and in gaining valuable fundraising, marketing, and communications experience. He/she will interface with Development, Marketing, and Box Office and National Theater Institute staff.  Specifically, he/she will provide critical special event support, assist with administrative duties in the development department, develop, proof, and distribute marketing materials, and take leading role in reconnecting the O’Neill with thousands of its Alumni. Computer skills are necessary, strong familiarity database and website management, and social media tools for outreach highly desirable. Intern will work six days each week, with one day off.


Dates:  Mid-May to early-August

Library / Archives Internship

Intern will assist Executive Assistant in archival projects relating to the O’Neill’s long history in American theater.  Intern will also give tours of the Monte Cristo Cottage, Eugene O’Neill’s former homestead and the setting for his play Long Day’s Journey Into Night.  The Library/Archives Intern will also take shifts at the O’Neill Front Desk, answering the main phone line and directing calls.  Applicants should have excellent written and interpersonal skills, and a passion for theater.  Familiarity with Eugene O’Neill’s works are a plus.

Date:  Early June-Mid August

Lighting/Electrics Internship

Interns will work as electricians for each Conference and will have the opportunity to assist designers and program lighting consoles for the National Playwrights Conference and Cabaret & Performance Conference.
Interns will have abundant opportunity to learn from designers, lighting staff, and conference staff regarding design process, industry standards, career options, and new work development. The ideal applicant will have an interest in lighting for the theater and new work development. Basic technical theater skills are preferred, but design experience is not mandatory. A planned career in lighting is not required.
Dates: Mid June-Mid August

Literary Internship

A vital member of the Literary Office, the Literary Intern will assist in reproducing and tracking the scripts and revisions that occur during the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference, as well as offering literary support to the other Conferences on the grounds. In addition to working as a team member in the Literary Office, Interns will also have the opportunity to observe rehearsals and readings of the scripts. The Literary Interns will serve as a Literary Representative on at least two weeks of rehearsal. The ideal candidate is interested in dramaturgy, playwriting, or directing. The position requires excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

Dates Vary: June to August

Production Internship

The Production Intern will work out of the production office. They will have hands on learning of office operations, while working with the Production Manager and Assistant Production Manager. Through this internship, the intern will receive an overall look into the role of a Production Manager and how the O'Neill operates. The PM Intern will be the pinch hitter of the department, working with the lighting, sound, and house management teams, when necessary.  Should be able to lift 75lbs.

Properties Internship

Intern will work with National Playwrights Conference Prop Co-ordinator in both organizational and practical aspects of a properties department.  Responsibilities will include assisting in creating props lists and attending design meetings and technical rehearsals for all Conference plays.  Daily responsibilities will include working with Stage Management to provide rehearsal props, and with Scenic Designers to research and provide appropriate props for all workshop performances.  Intern will have the opportunity to work with theatre professionals in all departments, learning about the design process, industry standards, career options, and new work development.  Interns should be willing to work long hours, have the ability to organize multiple shows at once, and have an interest in props craft and construction.  Experience and interest in stage management and technical theatre is preferred, but not required.

Dates Vary: June to August

Scenic Design Internship

Intern will work with National Playwrights Conference Set Designer to help facilitate the staged readings as well as find image research for the plays that are developed at the conference.  Intern must have a passion for design and be willing to work long hours, both in rehearsal as well as in the studio helping to prepare design presentations for multiple shows each week.  Interns will have opportunity to learn from designers and conference staff regarding design process, industry standards, career options, and new work development. The ideal applicant will have an interest in set design for the theater and new work development. Basic technical theater and set design skills are preferred, but design experience is not mandatory.

Dates Vary: June to August

Stage Management Internship

Interns will assist the Production Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers on all aspects of the presentation of the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference and Cabaret & Performance Conference. This Internship offers the opportunity to learn alongside industry professionals and gain a better understanding of Actors Equity Association (LORT contract); tracking blocking; text changes; scene breakdowns; prop tracking; and other overall duties of the Conferences.

Dates: Mid June - Mid August

Summer Junior Staff

• Dates vary June - August
• O’Neill Intern experience preferred
• Most will work 10-16 hour days, six days per week
• Fully integrated as part of the staff/crew in each
• Opportunities to assist in other departments as
  schedule allows
• Positions are unpaid; room & board provided
• Housing is generally double occupancy off-site
• Frequent shuttle service provided to and from
• Vehicles recommended, but not required

Assistant Production Manager

The Assistant Production Manager will serve a vital role in the daily operations of the O’Neill Theater Center.  Duties will include assisting on the upkeep of internal calendars for the Summer Conferences, National Theater Institute, and special events; helping to coordinate the flow of information within the Production Department; expediting support requests from production departments and artistic staff; liaising for the Production Department with all other departments; and providing support in the planning, coordination, and set-up of all rehearsal rooms, stages, offices, and meeting rooms.  Assistant Production Manager will also work closely with House Management staff to provide support in preparing spaces for performances.   Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Excel and work well both in a team environment and independently.  The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, a high attention to detail, strong ability to multi-task, and a positive attitude.  

Dates Vary: June to August

Assistant Technical Director

Duties of this position entail set-up and up-keep of multiple theater spaces, events coordination, and special projects. ATD will not be building scenery in a rep environment, but will be working with designers and others in the production of staged readings of new work with small budgets and less than a week of rehearsal. Candidates should be interested in the technical side of theater (carpentry, run crew, etc.) and able to lift 75 lbs. The ideal candidate works well in a team environment, but also on their own - motivated, bright, able to perform under pressure and come up with non-standard solutions to just about any kind of problem.

Dates: Early June-Mid August 

Assistant Master Electrician

The AME will work on the National Puppetry Conference, National Musical Theater Conference, the National Playwrights Conference, the summer Theatermakers program with the National Theater Institute, and the Cabaret and Performance Conference. The AME will assist with paperwork, scheduling, and ensuring the safety and functionality of lighting rigs for four spaces and the annual summer gala. Additionally, the AME will help to oversee a crew of 5-7 lighting interns. Applicants should be proficient in LightWright 5, drafting and reading light plots, and using drawings to create a working system. Must be friendly, able to troubleshoot, work with ETC consoles, have strong leadership skills, and work well in a fast-paced environment. An interest in new work development is a plus.
Applicants should submit a letter and resume with three references.

Music Assistants

Music Assistant positions offer intensive time in a developmental rehearsal process, and close collaboration with top-tier composers and music directors. The Music Assistant is responsible for tracking and distribution of changes in the score, working closely with the composer and music director.
Candidate must be proficient in Finale/Sibelius and have compositional piano skills. A proper candidate is likely a student or early-career music theater composer or music director.

Dates: Mid June - Mid July 

Information Technology

This position will serve Helpdesk functions for our vibrant campus community of artists, staff, interns, and guests.  Duties will include managing user accounts for a continuously changing company of guest artists and staff and troubleshooting hardware, software, and networking problems.  The ideal candidate will be proficient in working with both Macs and PC's, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Dates:Early June - Mid August


Bartenders will work in a fast paced and high volume bar experience, serving drinks and cocktails to patrons, performers, and staff at Blue Gene's Pub on the O'Neill campus.  Responsibilities include receiving and stocking beer and liquor shipments, tending bar during regular pub hours, staffing special events throughout the summer, and performing general pub maintenance and cleaning. Candidates must be clean, friendly, high energy, and outgoing.

Bartenders work six days a week, which may include day shifts as well as 5pm - 2am. 


Summer Staff

• Requires relevant professional or educational
• Dates vary June - August
• Most will work 12-18 hour days, six days per week
• May supervise Junior Staff and Interns
• Housing, Meals & Stipend are provided
• Housing may be in offsite facilities
• Frequent shuttle service is provided to and from
• Vehicles encouraged, but not required

Company Management Associate

Company Management Associate will be in charge of in-town transport, hospitality, and special events.  They will work with the Assistant Company Manager in charge of travel on daily dispatch of shuttles, arrange Van schedules, routes, and driver schedules with Copmany Manager, and manage logistics for Sail Fest and Bike race weekends.  CoMa Associate will be responsible for airport & train pick ups and welcome guests as they arrive - assisting with check in paperwork  (Tax forms, I9's, Contracts, TCB, Emergency Contact Sheet).  Associate will plan and execute special events throughout the summer.  

The Company Management Associate must be over 21, have a valid driver's license, keen attention to detail, proficiency with Microsoft Excel, strong communication skills, and a positive customer service attitude. Company Management staff generally work 10-12 hours, six days per week and share on-call duties for after-hours arrivals/emergencies.

Dates: Memorial day –  August 16

Assistant Company Manager

The Assistant Company Manager coordinates all travel communication with guests and reserves train/plane travel. Responsible for tracking travel expenses and submits mileage reimbursement requests to the business office. ACM will also manage daily van dispatch schedules including train/plane pick-ups, supply runs, and regular van routes to off campus housing, and manage the Company Management office in Company Manager's absence as well as other duties as assigned.
The Assistant Company Manager must have excellent communication skills, strict attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and leadership skills in a team environment. Company Management staff generally work 10-12 hours, six days per week and share on-call duties for after-hours arrivals/emergencies.

Dates: Late May – Mid August 

Van Drivers

Van drivers will drive regular shuttles routes between the O’Neill Theater Center and the local universities where conference participants are housed.  Shuttles run in the early morning, in the evening, and late at night.  Drivers work frequent nights and weekends and may occasionally be required to drive shuttles for special events or to airports/train stations during the Summer Conference Season.  Candidates must have a clean driving record and feel comfortable driving a van in Manhattan. Candidates must be 22 years of age or older and/or have a Commercial Driver’s License.  The ideal candidate will be personable, responsible, and outgoing.

Dates Vary: June to August

Facilities Staff

Facilities staff will work under the direction of the Facilities Manager to assist in the care of the grounds, buildings, and  public facilities before performances.  Staff will also be expected to work with the Company Management office to ensure housing needs are met.  Applicants should be comfortable using power tools and mechanical equipment able to work on their feet for long periods of time, and capable of lifting 50lbs over their head.  Staff are expected to work 5-6 days per week including weekends and second shift.  

Dates Vary: June to August

Housekeeping Staff

Housekeeping staff will work with both the Company Management Department and Faciliites Department to perform duities which include room changeovers, weekly linen service, and routine cleaning of housing and office facilities. Applicants must be able to stand for long periods of time and are expected to work 40 hours per week with a flexible schedule.

Dates Vary: June to August  

Kitchen Assistants

Kitchen assistants will be responsible for prep work associated with three meals each day in the O’Neill’s cafeteria, as well as for some special events throughout the summer.  Assistants will also be responsible for stocking and preparation of salad bar and desserts, cleaning and maintaining kitchen areas, and cleaning dining areas for meals.  Kitchen assistants will work varying shifts five to six days each week for the summer conference season.

Dates Vary: June to August

Year-Round Internships

• Comprehensive on-the-job training
• Housing, Meals, and a small salary provided
• Full integration with O'Neill staff
• Opportunities to assist in other departments as schedule allows
• Most will work 10-16 hour days, 6 days per week
• Vehicles recommended, but not required
• Some positions can lead to further employment 

Fall Literary Internship

Fall Literary Internship
September 2, 2014 through December 23, 2014

We offer our interns:
Housing, meals, $150/week stipend, the opportunity to attend select classes of the O’Neill’s National Theater Institute, and an invaluable opportunity to work with professional theater artists from around the globe. 

Literary Intern Responsibilities:
The intern will provide assistance in the submission/selection processes for each of the O’Neill’s summer conferences under the direction of the Literary Manager.  This includes managing the submission database; serving as a reader for submitted scripts for National Playwrights Conference and National Music Theater Conference; and submitting reader coverage to the artistic team. Activities also include constant email communication with readers, authors, artists, educators, and administrators; updating and administering the on-campus libraries; and other administrative duties.

Interns work up to six days/week and share "on-call" duties for the National Theater Institute. These include, but are not limited to: driving responsibilities, attendance at special events, and being on response in case of emergencies. On-call shifts will include evenings and weekends on a rotating basis.

Availability from September 2, 2014 through December 23, 2014; a strong background in theater history, an astute interest in contemporary theater; strong leadership skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; a highly organized, curious mind; and ample motivation and stamina.  Comfort with computer databases and programs is essential, as are a strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office and Google Drive suites and outstanding writing skills. Applicants must also have a valid driver’s license.

To apply:
Send resume, cover letter – which includes a personal statement describing your goals for this internship and your aspirations as a theater artist—and writing sample (reader report, critical response, or script analysis; no more than 3 pages) to

Or by mail to:
Literary Office
Eugene O'Neill theater Center
305 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT 06385