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.”