Technical Internship Program

Within the TD&P program, the David Geffen School of Drama offers a one-year technical internship training certificate for those seeking to become professional scenic carpenters, sound engineers, projection engineers, properties supervisors, scenic artists, costumers, or production electricians. This certificate combines six graduate-level courses with closely guided and monitored practical production work. Interns receive individual attention, training, and supervision from their program advisers and work side-by-side with the School’s and Yale Repertory Theatre’s professional staff.

Interns are required to successfully complete two terms of the practicum course in their chosen area of concentration, as well as two terms of anti-racism training offered by the program or School. An assigned faculty or staff adviser guides each intern in selecting three additional courses each term (four each term in a non-production year). Interns may also audit one additional course as well as participate in the TD&P Seminar course both terms. Most courses offered as part of the program’s three-year M.F.A./Certificate program of study are open to technical interns. The courses cover a wide range of topics, including: shop technology, electricity, drafting, properties construction, projection engineering, sound technology, scene painting, costume construction, pattern-making, rigging, and theater safety. Interns are encouraged to consider courses from the Design program as well. In addition to practicum and course work, interns may be assigned one or two professional work assignments (PWAs) in their area, giving them some technical design, production planning, and management experience.

Due to the non-production year in 2020–2021, interns also had the option to add a third term of training in the fall of 2021. The additional term may focus more on practical production work and PWA opportunities, rather than many additional courses.

Those who successfully complete the program of study receive an Internship Certificate during the School’s May commencement ceremonies. Some interns decide to apply and then, if accepted, subsequently enroll in one of the three-year M.F.A./Certificate programs of study—usually Technical Design and Production or Design—sometimes receiving credit toward the degree for requirements already completed. Other interns choose to apply for a second one-year internship in the same or different discipline. Those who choose to enter the job market receive assistance from the program chair and faculty supervisors. Our alumni provide many job opportunities for professionally trained theater technicians.

STAGE MANAGEMENT B John Carlin (‘19), Bianca Hooi (’18), and Caitlin O’Rourke (’18) Part 2 “A varied scope and scale on your production assignments TD&P Kevin Belcher (‘19), Latiana (LT) Gourzong (’19), and Alex Worthington (’19) Part 1 “It’s all about knowing what you don’t know.”

 

We welcome interested applicants to reach out for an informal conversation at any point with the chair or one of the other faculty. You can be thinking of applying this year or in the future. The faculty are also happy to give resume feedback before you apply.

DGSD's will host a virtual visitor day on October 27, 2021 and a TD&P virtual "Talk & Tour" likely to be held at the end of November. Please email Grace O'Brien to get more information.

An applicant submits a one-page statement of purpose, resume, two professional or academic letters of recommendation, and a transcript. No portfolio is submitted with the online application. The application deadline is February 1, 2022.

In one page, the statement of purpose should describe your career goals and cite specific aspects of the curriculum and training, how the David Geffen School of Drama, and the Technical Design and Production department can help you achieve them.

After an initial review of applications, select candidates are scheduled to interview in New Haven during February or early March. The on-site interview usually includes meetings with several faculty and staff members, a tour of David Geffen School of Drama's campus, opportunities to meet current students, observe class, see a performance if available, and a portfolio review. The portfolio should visually represent your work to date, including photographs, paperwork, or technical drawings.

The applicant can arrange earlier on-site visits or interviews on an as-needed basis. Alternate arrangements for interviews, including internet video conferencing, can be made for international applicants or applicants who cannot travel during the interview period.

If you are invited to interview in New Haven, the David Geffen School of Drama will reimburse a portion of your travel expenses based on geography, including mileage, meals, air travel, hotel, train, or taxi/uber. Exact reimbursement limits will be conveyed to your during interview coordination. Receipts should be sent to Grace O'Brien promptly following your interview and cannot be reimbursed later than 90 days after the day of purchase.

As of September 1, 2019, the S.A.T. or A.C.T. is no longer required and will not be considered if submitted as part of the application.

An applicant can arrange earlier on-site visits or interviews on an as-needed basis. Alternate arrangements for interviews, including internet video conferencing, can be made for international applicants or for applicants who are unable to travel during the personal interview period. NOTE: a site visit is extremely valuable, and current students often host applicants to help defray travel costs.

Video Conferencing: Yale utilizes the online tool Zoom. Once your conversation or interview time is determined, you will receive a Zoom link by email. At the time of the appointment, you click the link to join the conversation. You can choose to join using audio and video or just audio.

Class of 2021 (3 Terms)
Third Term (fall 2021)

  • DRAM 99a/b - Internship Practicum
  • One elective
  • DRAM 9a/b - TD&P Seminar (optional)
  • One additional elective as an audit per term (optional)
  • One professional work assignment

Class of 2022 (2 Terms)
2021-2022

  • DRAM 3a/b - Toward Anti-Racist Theater Practice
  • DRAM 99a/b - Internship Practicum
  • DRAM 559a/b - Imagining a New Anti-Racist Production Process
  • Six electives (three per term)
  • DRAM 9a/b, TD&P Seminar (optional)
  • One additional elective as an audit per term (optional)

  • Interns admitted to a second year who also elected to extend the 2020–2021 year into a third term need only complete half these requirements (mostly in spring 2022).

    Elective Sequence
    Electives are determined in consultation with a faculty adviser and allow each student reasonable flexibility in selecting courses in the student’s chosen area of concentration.

See course listings and descriptions under Technical Design and Production's Plan of Study (M.F.A. and Certificate). Additional courses in the Design program are also available. Courses in other programs in the School, or in other programs at the University, may be considered, subject to scheduling and adviser approval.

DRAM 99a/b, Internship Practicum This course provides practical work in the Intern's area of concentration, with experience in the different elements and phases of the theatrical production process. Interns train on tools, software, and processes as required for each production. Additional training beyond production needs is also possible after consulting with faculty or staff advisers. Interns are expected to follow written and oral instruction, problem solve, work well with others, show an eagerness to learn, take on new responsibilities, and be flexible to change. Open only to those in the Technical Internship Program.

As a part of the application, we require applicants to submit contact information for two references. References will be sent a link to follow.

References will be asked to write a letter asking their "appraisal of the applicant on the basis of their past performance in a professional and/or academic setting, your perception of their talent, experience, potential for a career in theatre, commitment to their craft, and how the applicant can benefit from a concentrated or intensive training program."

Faculty and staff from the program will be in cities near you and would love to connect to talk about the program and your goals. Please email Grace O'Brien to get more information.

October 17–22, 2021
Orlando, FL – Faculty member meeting with Disney Live Entertainment, Orlando Repertory, and  University of Central Florida

November, 2021 TBD - Virtual TD&P Talk & Tour

December 1–3, 2021
Virtual - USITT's LiNK conference

March 2–5, 2022
Baltimore, MD - Attending USITT annual conference

You are also welcome to visit the campus at any time for a tour, observe classes, and have lunch or coffee with a student. Don't hesitate to get in touch with Grace O'Brien to make arrangements.

For additional information, we suggest visiting the FAQs.