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Silicon Valley Shakespeare is innovating the classics through unique and relevant theatrical experiences that illuminate and inspire modern audiences. In the spirit of Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s mantra to “innovate, illuminate and inspire,” SVS seeks to create opportunities for emerging artists, graduating high school through college age, to grow in their craft. SVS’s design and technical theatre internship program focuses on experiential training to help young designers and technicians gain real-world experience to enter into a theatre career. SVS interns receive professional mentorship and practical experience behind-the-scenes.

Lighting Design Internship

  • Receive professional mentoring from technical staff
  • Shadow and assist Master Electrician and Lighting Designer
  • Be considered to run light board for one production
  • Letter of Recommendation at conclusion of mentorship

Scenic Crew Internship

  • Coaching in set building basics from mentoring staff
  • Receive scenic design mentoring
  • Assist w/ set build – Construction and Scenic Painting
  • Letter of Recommendation at conclusion of mentorship


Hair/Makeup Design Internship

  • Receive mentoring from artistic staff
  • Shadow and assist Resident Hair/Makeup Designer
  • Assist on one production
  • Letter of Recommendation at conclusion of mentorship

Costume Design Internship

  • Receive mentoring from artistic staff
  • Shadow and assist costume designer with build for one production
  • Letter of Recommendation at conclusion of mentorship

How to Apply for Our Design & Technical Theatre Internships

Email Artistic Director, Angie Higgins, at  angie.higgins@svshakespeare.org with subject line, “Internship Program.”

Please include the following in your email:

  • Resume of all technical theatrical and related experience
  • One Reference (Phone number & email): Must be a Theatre Arts Instructor or Director
  • Answer these questions:

1) Why do you seek an internship?

2) Which internship are you interested in, and what do you hope to gain from an internship with Silicon Valley Shakespeare?

3) What are your future goals?

What are our interns saying?

Camryn Lang,
2016 Technical Theatre Intern

Festival Build Crew

“Working with SVS was a lot of fun, and everybody there was very passionate about theatre. I am very glad that I got the chance to work with the people I did, because the atmosphere was very inclusive, and I always felt comfortable. In addition to that, I learned a lot, both about the build process and about how theatre works in a professional environment. I would definitely recommend the experience to anybody interested in learning more about tech theatre.”

Anjali Jain,
2015/2016 Technical Theatre Intern

Festival Build Crew, Sound Board Op for Shakespeare in Hollywood  (2015), Costume Intern/ Wardrobe Manager, Julius Caesar (2016)

“Being a part of the Silicon Valley Shakespeare intern program for two years has been an invaluable experience. I’ve gotten the chance to participate in three aspects of the internship program, and that diversity has allowed me to explore theater in a professional setting. Being surrounded by people who so genuinely love the work that they do has allowed me to feel so trusted and valued; people here absolutely love the community, and are very welcoming of new members to it. I cannot express how deeply the SVS experience has affected my excitement towards theater, and I highly encourage anyone to apply to be a part of this program.”

Courtney Baldwin,
2014 Acting Intern

Festival Build Crew

“Being an intern at the Silicon Valley Shakespeare company, was so much fun. Working with the team to build and paint the set taught me time management, organization, and important technical skills. I highly recommend you apply to intern at SVS.”

Maya Jain,
2014 Technical Theatre Intern

Festival Build Crew / Light Board Operator for Pride and Prejudice

“The summer I spent working at Silicon Valley Shakespeare was my introduction into the “real world” of theatre. I had a really rich opportunity as I spent my summer working on the sets and actually working the light board during a show. I had the experience of working with people who are theatre professionals while at the same time feeling comfortable as a student intern. I was in the hands of great mentors who were eager to work with me and teach me valuable tools to help me in my own theatre endeavors. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime and I highly encourage anyone to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Design and Technical Theatre Internship Mentors & Staff

Melissa Jones, SVS Resident Makeup Designer

Louis Stone-Collonge, Scenic Build Technical Theatre Mentor