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The One-Year Technical Internship Program from the Yale School of Drama

Michael Eddy • Theatre Buzz • December 18, 2019

Are you looking for some advanced training in technical theater? Not ready for grad school? Then maybe you should consider the one-year Technical Intern Program that the Yale School of Drama offers. Applications are due February 1, 2020 for enrollment next fall. Here is a video from Yale some of the student’s perspective, including Logan Baker (Props ’17, Costumes ’18) and Ellen Reid (Projections ’18):

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The Technical Design and Production department at Yale offers a one-year technical internship training program for those seeking to become professional scenic carpenters, sound engineers, projection engineers, properties masters, scenic artists, costumers, or master electricians. This training program combines six graduate-level courses with closely guided and monitored practical production work. Interns receive individual attention, training, and supervision from their department advisers and work side-by-side with Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre’s professional staff.

Interns are required to successfully complete two terms of the practicum course in their chosen area of concentration. An assigned faculty or staff adviser guides each student in selecting three additional courses each term. Most courses offered as part of the department’s three-year M.F.A. 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, patternmaking, machining, rigging, and theater safety. Interns are encouraged to consider design courses from the Design and Sound Design departments as well. They are also allowed to audit one additional course as well as participate in the TD&P Seminar course each term. In addition to practicum and course work, interns may be assigned one or two production assignments in their area, giving them some technical design, production planning, and management experience.

Those who successfully complete the program of study receive an Internship Certificate during Yale School of Drama’s May commencement ceremonies. Some of those who complete the program subsequently apply to and are accepted into one of the three-year M.F.A. programs of study—Technical Design and Production, Design, or Sound Design—sometimes receiving credit toward the degree for requirements already completed. Those who choose to enter the job market receive assistance from the department chair and faculty supervisors. Our alumni provide many job opportunities for professionally trained theater technicians.

Further information from the Yale School of Drama:

The Technical Design and Production department at Yale offers a one-year technical internship training program


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