Youth Intern Program

Our interns are passionate and learn about their personal strengths and weaknesses. They find that they are able to develop skills in leadership, communication, team building, and problem-solving. They are agents of change and acceptance who also have fun during their time with us.


Interns will take direction from the Artistic Director, the Music Director, or other Chickenshed NYC staff members as assigned. They may serve in a number of capacities, including:

    • Production assistance: set up, take down, and help organize logistics for classes, rehearsals, and productions
    • Creative support: assist with costuming, costume inventory, set construction, prop creation, script organization. Also, provide input and feedback on the creative theatre-making process as it unfolds.
    • Mentoring: work with younger students, leading them through creative processes, leading by example on inclusion, and supporting their development as young theatre-makers.
    • Performance support: take on additional roles in productions, a stand-in for teaching artists when asked, serve as swing cast members as may be necessary.
    • Administrative support: assist the company manager with registration, check-in, data collection, and other administrative duties.

Interns interested in careers in the theatre community will be able to explore those opportunities with Chickenshed NYC teaching artists and staff.


The ideal candidate will be a rising Chickenshed Player. Students who are in the 11th and 12thgrades or equivalent are eligible to apply.

The following characteristics are given priority consideration:

    • A history of strong participation in the Chickenshed NYC programs, especially during high school years (beginning Grade 9)
    • A demonstrated commitment to Chickenshed NYC principles of inclusion, compassion, empathy, and fun—along with a sincerely expressed willingness to do the assigned work
    • A desire to learn leadership skills, as well as to develop skills in theatre-making crafts.

Why apply for a Chickenshed NYC internship?

In addition to honing your leadership and theatrical skills, read the words of one of our former interns: