Volunteering at Ferndale Repertory Theatre!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new folks, learn more about theatre and see shows for free!

Front of House
House Managing - for the organized "people person"
Ushering - for the not necessarily organized people person
Concessions - for those who love to feed the masses
Box Office - for the extremely organized people pleaser

Behind the Scenes
Scene Painting - for those with an inner Leonardo
Set Construction - for those who like the power of a tool
Costume Construction - sewing skills preferred
Property Crew - for crafty folks
Lighting Crew - not for those afraid of heights
Sound Crew - for those who enjoy amplification

During a Production
Acting - for the show-offs
Singing - for the aspiring Sinatra
Dancing/Choreography - for the Freds and Gingers
Directing - for those who love to tell people what to do
Stage Managing - for those who love to tell people what to do and when to do it
Stage Technicians (Light & sound) - for those who take direction well
Running Crew - for the movers and shakers


Production Internships - Production Internships are available for variable periods during the production season, from September through early August. Some Stipends to cover travel expenses may be available for specific production responsibilities.

Stage Management - This intern assists the Production Stage Manager and staff in all aspects of the production process to gain knowledge about stage management in a civic theatre setting. This intern will learn about the relation of technical elements to the production process; tracking textual changes; noting blocking; tracking props and aiding the Stage Manager with the creation of scene breakdowns, plots, and schedules. This internship requires a significant commitment of at least six weeks, and if mutually agreeable, the responsibilities may be extended beyond rehearsals into performances. Qualified interns may also stage manage on their own for the Rep. Candidates with some knowledge of theatre production and some stage management experience are preferred.

Production Management - Working closely with the Production Manager, this intern gains knowledge of and experience in production administration. Small projects, specific to each production, may be assigned to the Intern. Responsibilities include general office duties, research for props and scenery, providing rehearsal support, assisting with budgeting, and a little bit of everything production-related. Production Management interns will often be called upon to assist in all areas of production, including stage management, props, video, projections, and scenery.

Lighting - The lighting intern will get hands-on experience working with electricians and designers for an F.R.T. production. The intern will assist the lighting staff in special projects, electrics load-ins, and focusing and tech of shows. Candidates should have some basic knowledge of theatre lighting and electrics.

Sound - The sound intern will gain an overview of theatrical sound design process by assisting the Resident Sound Designer and the Production Sound Engineer in inventory maintenance, rehearsal support, and production planning and realization. The intern will assist as needed in production load-in, tech, operation, maintenance and strike. The intern will also gain experience by assisting the sound designer and stage managers during production rehearsal processes, which may include duties as rehearsal engineer/operator. Preferred candidates should have a basic knowledge of sound system integration and implementation, be conversant in digital recording and editing technologies, and have some technical theatre experience.

Scenery - The scenery intern develops scenery construction techniques or management skills within the context of a professional repertory scene shop. Working with the Shop Supervisor, the intern assists in the construction, finishing, and installation of scenery. Working with the Technical Director, the intern assists in the budgeting, purchasing and drafting processes. Candidates should have some knowledge of scenic carpentry and a background in technical theatre. This internship requires a commitment of sixteen hours a week for at least twelve weeks.

Properties - The properties intern, works closely with the Properties Manager. This intern will assist in the construction, acquisition, finishing, and installation of set props, set dressing, and hand props. Attendance at production meetings, design meetings, and technical rehearsals may be included in the responsibilities. Candidates should have experience in carpentry, crafts, and technical theatre.

Running Crew - Running crew internships are intended to provide intensive hands-on training in backstage production. The intern will receive training and participate in load-in crew, running crew, and change-over crew. Running crew interns may work in one or more areas backstage (wardrobe, stage-hand, properties, electrics), depending on their interests and the current production needs. Interns will usually run one or two shows. Applicant should be able-bodied and have a broad background in technical theatre as well as some experience backstage.

Administrative Internships - Administrative internships are available for variable periods throughout the year. Stipends are not available for these positions.

Artistic Management - The artistic management intern gains a working knowledge of artistic administration by assisting in the Executive Director's office. The intern will maintain casting files, prepare production scripts, and generally assist the Artistic Coordinator. Candidates should be able to deal well with people, have proven abilities in organization and problem solving, and have general office skills. Some background or interest in casting would be helpful.

Box Office - The box office intern will gain practical experience in the day-to-day operations of a computerized box office through assisting the staff in the sale and processing of subscription and individual ticket orders. Activities will be assigned depending on the intern's interest and experience. Interns should have general office, and public relations skills.

Financial Management - The financial management intern works under the guidance of the Business Manager on all aspects of financial operations of the theatre. The intern will also assist with the maintenance of general accounting records. Candidates for this position should have proven accounting, communication, and computer skills.

Fundraising/Development - The development intern works under the guidance of the Executive Director and Board of Directors President on all aspects of fundraising for the Theatre. Responsibilities may include research on corporate, foundation, and individual prospects, grant writing and assistance with special events. The intern will also assist with the maintenance of general donor correspondence and fundraising records. Candidates for this position should have proven communication and computer skills.

House Management - House management interns are involved in all aspects of artist- and audience-relations. At F.R.T., this includes front-of-house and event planning, company management, volunteer training and building operations. Interns will work in all of these areas while focusing on one of them. Interns should be outgoing, creative problem-solvers and work well with all kinds of people.

Marketing and Public Relations - Working with the Directors of Marketing, Public Relations, and Audience Development, the interns gain valuable experience in developing a long-term marketing and audience development strategy and running day-to-day operations. The marketing and public relations intern assists in the planning and execution of individual and group ticket sales initiatives Candidates should work well with people and have general office skills.

Contact Ferndale Rep at 707.786.5483 - info@ferndalerep.org