The statewide service organization for all nonprofit theatres in Texas.

Multicultural Initiatives Summer 2018
Paid Theatre Internships


Texas Nonprofit Theatres is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the theatres of Texas and the communities they serve. TNT, with the support of the Texas Commission on the Arts, sponsors internships to address the needs of theatres for qualified assistance, and the need of students for information about theatre careers and for job opportunities in the field.


The goal of the program is to expose students to the theatre profession by:

  • providing firsthand experience working with and in theatres;
  • giving an overview of current issues in the profession;
  • facilitating job opportunities through contacts made in the Texas theatre community.


Candidates must be majoring in theatre or theatre management, and must have completed their college sophomore year by the time the internship begins in May. Graduate students may also apply.

Applicants must be Texas students, or Texas residents in school elsewhere.

Students of every race, religion, gender, and ethnic and economic background are eligible to apply.


Ten weeks beginning in late May, 2018, and ending early August 2018. One day will be spent in the TNT offices in Fort Worth. Following initial work at TNT, interns will have five week residencies at two different theatres - to be named. Please note: the host theatre chooses the intern they want, as opposed to the intern choosing the theatre.


Interns will receive $2,500 for the ten weeks. Lodging will be provided by the host theatres during the residencies. Lodging could consist of an apartment, a room in someone's home, a dorm room, etc.


Depending on the theatres chosen for placements, the residencies may include artistic, technical, and administrative experiences and duties. The focus of the internship is determined by the individual theatres. Interns will be mentored during their placements by the heads of the divisions in which they work. Initiative is a must. Interest is working with young people is a plus. 

Some previous placements have included: Theatre Three, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Children's Theater, Kitchen Dog Theatre - all in Dallas; Amarillo Little Theatre, Stage West and Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, Theatre Arlington and CATS in Arlington, S.T.A.G.E. in Bulverde, WaterTower Theatre in Addison, Austin Musical Theatre, Unity Theatre in Brenham, Butterfield Stage in Gainesville, Ensemble Theatre, ACE Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, and The Alley Theatre in Houston, Point Theatre in Ingram, Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre, SCP/Theatricks in Sherman, San Pedro Playhouse and Magik Theatre in San Antonio, Gem Theatre in Claude, Hill Country Community Theatre in Marble Falls, Temple Civic Theatre, Denton Community Theatre, ArtsView Children's Theatre in Longview, Baytown Little Theater, Rover Dramawerks in Plano, Fredericksburg Theater Company, Vive Les Arts in Killeen, Playhouse 2000 in Kerrville, Ohlook Performing Arts Center and LifeStage Theatre in Grapevine, and Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center.


  • Interns must have a car or be responsible for own local transportation. Intern must provide transportation to placements.
  • Interns must be available for travel throughout the period.
  • Interns must be able to commit to the completion of ten week program. He or she will be asked to sign a contract to confirm the commitment. If the contract is broken by the intern, only the portion of the salary for which the intern worked will be paid. Intern must make a commitment for the entire summer.
  • Interns must have demonstrated communication skills.


Applications will be reviewed by TNT staff and Executive Director. Up to eight (8) candidates will receive scholarships, which include registration fees and hotel room costs to attend the TNT Annual Conference and complete an interview during conference. Student membership ($20) in TNT is required for applicants who are accepted to interview, as is attendance at conference workshops and events. Conference dates are March 15-19, 2018 in Deer Park, Texas.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Application Form
  • Most current college transcript (official copy or web PDF copy)
  • Letter of recommendation from a college professor in the student's field of study
  • Complete resumé of work/experience/roles/teaching experience/technical experience, etc. Include everything pertinent. Two page limit.


Applications and attachments should be postmarked/emailed no later than January 26, 2018, and sent to:

Multicultural Initiatives Internship

Texas Nonprofit Theatres, Inc.

1300 Gendy Street

Fort Worth TX 76107-4036

You may submit your attachments separately from your application, but all materials must be in by the January deadline. Applications and/or attachments postmarked or emailed after January 26th will not be accepted.

Questions should be addressed to Preston Isham, Programs Coordinator, at the above address, by email at, or by telephone:

Phone: (817) 731-2238

Fax: (817) 731-2239

Applicants will be notified of acceptance for interview by mid-February, 2018. The final decision of the Interview Committee will be announced at the conclusion of the TNT Annual Conference.

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