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Theatre Internship & Career Opportunities

The local Indianapolis area is home to many theatres and acting groups, which provides incredible opportunities for you to get hands-on experience in professional theatre organizations and even land gigs for local productions. Industry-related companies hire UIndy students to work in various capacities on a volunteer and paid basis, and students have often received internships. In addition, membership in Alpha Psi Omega or participation in Greyhound Production Services gives you more experience outside of the typical curriculum, allowing you to build on your skills and add to your resume.

Our grads have worked in many theatres, including:

  • St James Theater, Broadway
  • Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City
  • New Worlds Stages, Off-Broadway
  • St. Luke's Theatre, Off-Broadway
  • Las Vegas Hilton Hotel
  • Paris Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
  • The House Theatre, Chicago
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
  • Project 891 Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Backstage Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Portland Stage Company, Maine
  • Actor's Theatre of Louisville
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis
  • Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis
  • Theatre on the Square, Indianapolis
  • Indy Fringe Theatre, Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Indianapolis
  • Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis
  • Lily Theatre, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Acting UP Productions, Indianapolis
  • Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis
  • No Exit, Indianapolis

Many of our grads have also gone on to top-ranked graduate schools, including:

  • New School for Drama, New York City
  • SUNY, Purchase
  • University of Chicago
  • Loyola University, Chicago
  • UCLA
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Check out the professional theatre experiences these UIndy students have had!

India: Directing graduate student, The New School for Drama

From acting and directing scenes to stage combat to making her own dress, India Van Camp says that her hands-on classes and performances have prepared her to work in any aspect of theatre and helped her land an internship at Theatre at the Center near Chicago. There, she was an assistant director, substitute assistant stage manager and office assistant. That door opened another when she was chosen as directing intern for Indiana Repertory Theatre. She is now pursuing a graduate degree in directing at the New School for Drama in New York City.

"Being able to direct my own short play as part of the University's season has given me the confidence and skills to pursue my ultimate career goal of being a director and artistic director in one of the major cities and has helped me gain my internship at IRT. Because I have such a vast array of skills in theatre, I was able to find work this upcoming summer as a wardrobe crew member and an assistant stage manager for theatres in Chicago."

Hoping to find an experience like this? Take advice from India.

"Opportunities are just waiting to be found if you go looking. Use all the resources you have and never be afraid to ask questions. If you can't find an opportunity to your satisfaction, create your own. So go write a play and perform it, go start an organization or make contributions to one that already exists. Go knock on every door until one opens for you, and always keep working to improve yourself."

Michael: Director of Theatre, Franklin Central High School

Student teaching placements and observing his UIndy theatre professors made the difference for Michael Howard's teaching profession as director of theatre at Franklin Central High School.

"I would like to believe I took away the best attributes of each of my professors. Entering the teaching profession myself, I studied the characteristics that made my learning enjoyable. The characteristics I took away the most were things such as organization of an entire team, when to rule with an iron fist, when to be caring, and most of all how to pull the best out of my students."

Michael had the opportunity to work in in two diverse school districts.

"Being able to learn in such diverse environments gave me the opportunity to see how different school districts operate to overcome their challenges. I learned the needs and how to successfully run and operate a theatre program that is diverse culturally, socially and economically. Knowing how to approach any high school program where you have challenges such as those is the key to success. When entering my student teaching placements, UIndy students that had gone before me were highly regarded. This not only held me to a higher standard, but gave me the appreciation of the education I had received."