Internships at A Red Orchid Theatre

If you are interested in working with A Red Orchid, please carefully read all of the information below before submitting your resume/cover letter for consideration. Materials can be submitted to our Managing Director by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

Please Note: Our internship program is currently closed. Once we have internship positions open, we will post availability. Please check back for more information.

If you would like your information to be kept on file for consideration when we open our internship program again, please read the info below and send a cover letter and resume to the contact below.

A Red Orchid interns gain valuable hands-on experience while assisting the Administrative Staff with the day-to-day management of one of Chicago’s most intimate Equity theatres. Outside of general office and facilities duties, interns will assist with all areas of the theater, including:

**Please note these are not separate internships, it is one internship that involves all of the different focuses listed below.**


Reviewing season scripts, researching, brainstorming and implementing appropriate marketing strategies including social media initiatives, street marketing and group promotions.


Researching available grants monies, assisting with writing of grant narratives, meeting submission deadlines and maintaining A Red Orchid’s database of donors, patrons and company associates.


Updating our archive of actor headshots as specified by the Artistic Director, contacting actors to schedule audition times and managing scheduled auditions.


Answering phones, taking reservations, assembling programs and seating patrons.


Researching and reporting on current theatrical trends and shows nationally and internationally. Reading new play submissions, discussing and providing synopsis and feedback to aid in season selection and selecting new works to develop.

Arts Administration interns should expect to commit at least 10 hours (and up to 20 hours) per week during regular business hours (12pm-5pm). Daytime scheduling is flexible to accommodate students’ course work, and evening or weekend hours can be arranged occasionally. The term of the internship is one academic semester, and we are happy to arrange college credit to meet degree requirements.

Internship terms are typically 15 weeks and are as follows:

-Fall Term: August – December (Submit Application in June/July)

-Winter Term: January – April (Submit Application in November/December)

-Spring/Summer Term: May – August (Submit Application in March/April)

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and your resume to Managing Director, Audrey Billings here.