Atlanta Shakespeare Company Student Volunteer Program

Students (middle school, high school, and college) have always been an integral part of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company environment. We would like to offer you and your students an even closer involvement with a quality theater experience.

Our goals

  • Provide a supervised volunteer experience to students
  • Promote volunteerism in the arts.
  • Make volunteering at the Tavern a fun and rewarding experience.

It works like this

  1. You provide approximately six students (and an adult chaperone with middle- and high-schoolers) for an evening at the Tavern (6:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., one hour earlier on Sundays).
  2. In exchange for volunteer services (taking tickets, handing out programs, maintaining the house before the show, during intermission, and after the show, etc.) we provide a free drink, a discount on food, a tour of the backstage area and/or a discussion with an actor/actors after the show if requested, and (of course) all volunteers get to see the show for free! Please make sure you request the Q&A and tour ahead of time. We cannot plan for it without advance notice.
  3. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (Volunteer report time is 6:00 p.m.), and one hour earlier on Sundays.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Suzanne Mercer or call and leave a message on the ASC Volunteer Hotline at (404) 874-5299 x59. We will respond and schedule your group.

Come on and join us! We look forward to working with you and your students!

Summer Internships for College Students

Applications due by March 1st, 2010. If positions are not filled by that date, we will accept applications until positions are filled.

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company (ASC) at the New American Shakespeare Tavern® is now accepting applications for three summer internships with our Education department. Qualified applicants are college undergraduates currently studying acting, directing, theatre education, or similar majors. Interns will assist in many areas of theatre administration and education, mostly centering around ASC’s two summer student programs, “Shakespeare Superheroes” and the “Shakespeare Intensive for Teens.” Duties may include stage management, office administrative duties, junior teacher/camp councilor jobs, assistant directing, rehearsal assistance and numerous other jobs around the Tavern. Interns will be offered modest compensation.

We have one available opening for an Education for Younger Students intern; this internship runs five weeks long and is full-time (typical work hours may be M-F 9 am to 4 pm, some weekend hours are required.) Two longer internship positions, running nine weeks, are available in Education for Older Students; these positions will combine teaching and production work with arts administration work, and will require a mixture of full-time and part-time work.

Skills that will qualify you for an internship at ASC include acting performance, teaching drama to rising 3rd thru 12th grade students, experience with Shakespeare performance, dramaturgy, directing, and summer camp experience of any kind. Additional skills from other forms of performance, clown, dance, stage management, costuming, stage combat, and office skills are very helpful.

Skills you will acquire as an intern with ASC include an more in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare in performance, teaching Shakespeare to students, stage management, costuming, dramaturgy, basic office administration, marketing, box office, theatre management, and mentoring, as well as an introduction to our Original Practices methods.

No audition is necessary, but persons interested should submit their acting/performance resume and professional work resume, along with a one-page letter of interest/intent, and two letters of recommendation: one from a high school or college Theatre or English teacher as well as a letter of recommendation from an employer. Letters of interest should include: (1) Your address, email address that you check regularly, and a phone number where you can be reached through May 2010; (2) Which internship you are interested in—Education for younger students, or Education for older students (you can be interested in both); (3) What you hope to gain/learn from your internship; (4) Experience that you think qualifies you for the internship. Please mail applications or email documents to:

Kristin Hall, Education and Development Coordinator
Atlanta Shakespeare Company
499 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308

Internships are available from mid-May to the end of July/beginning of August. Exact dates are TBD by mid-February. There will be a mandatory unpaid 3-day training session prior to start of internship. ASC does not offer summer housing, and applicants should be living in the Atlanta area during the internship. All former interns applying again must send letter of intent and resumes but do not need recommendation letters to be considered again.