An Off The Grid Performance

Internship submissions are closed for the 2022-23 Season.


The Bruce E. Coyle Acting and Education Internship program is designed for emerging artists to build a sustainable career as working actors, community artists and teaching artists. The industry landscape is changing, and we believe it’s imperative that actors have a diverse portfolio of work that sets them up for professional longevity. Through this program, interns develop acting skills as well as teaching artistry and community engagement skills while being immersed in a practical experience environment. This intensive program simulates the multi-tasking that’s required of today’s working artists as they balance performance, teaching and supplemental work simultaneously.




As actors, interns gain experience rehearsing and performing in a variety of performance media, including mainstage shows, Off the Hill outreach tour, Off the Grid immersive experiences and community performances. Interns also develop story material and learn how to self-produce.

• How to assess and adapt to each environment quickly and efficiently 
• Expectations for preparation and professionalism in an Equity rehearsal room
• How to manage learning multiple scripts at once
• Training in interactive and immersive acting techniques
• Devising, writing and developing new content for alternative venues and media
• The process of self-producing
• The process of casting

Professional Development

Mentorship is at the foundation of this program. Masterclass workshops provide engagement with working artists, along with insight into practical opportunities for applying skills as an actor in different media and industries. Each intern identifies areas of interest and growth at the beginning of the program and works with the Director of Artistic Engagement throughout the experience to monitor the progression. By the end of the program, interns have an action plan for career next steps and stronger skills as a performer, teaching artist, community practitioner and administrator.

• Adapting self-care and time management processes
• Supplemental employment opportunities
• Managing your finances and taxes
• Contracting, negotiations and self-advocacy
• Communication and conflict management
• Creating and implementing a career action plan

Community Engagement

As members of the engagement team, interns learn how to facilitate post-show and community discussions, coordinate community events and develop community partnerships. Interns learn practical community engagement methodology, including civic, audience and artistic engagement practices.

• Planning and coordinating a community engagement event
• Facilitating a conversation with artists and audience members
• Creating street team content and working at events
• Identifying and developing relationships with community partners
• Audience and lobby engagement



Through practical application, interns develop administrative skills including email and phone communication, project and time management, data entry, and planning and implementation. We believe that working artists are self-employed professionals, and these skills not only translate to supplemental work opportunities but meet the demands of managing a freelance career.

• Using office software and equipment
• Navigating various communication with colleagues, partners, patrons and the Board
• Data entry and working with online databases 
• Calendar and scheduling
• Program and event material preparation

Teaching Artistry

As teaching artists, interns are trained to teach in a variety of classroom formats. They gain skills through drama integration in academic classrooms, after-school enrichment classes and other specialties. Throughout the experience, interns develop and prepare lesson plans and curricula, work with a wide range of ages and communities, and advance to solo teaching.

• What it means to be a teaching artist
• The role of the assistant teacher
• The art of co-teaching
• Classroom management 
• Working with all learners
• Game theory
• Interpreting a lesson plan
• Creating a lesson plan and curriculum


Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $375 per week, as well as Actors' Equity (EMC) points for ensemble and understudy roles. Housing is not included.



Contract dates for the 2022-23 season are:

Fall Cohort: August 22-December 18, 2022

(Holiday days off: 9/5, 11/24-25)

Spring Cohort: January 3-May 14, 2023

(Holiday days off: 1/16, 4/9)


Actor Sally Fit and an audience member in a Children of the Corn Maze performance. Photo by Mikki Schaffner. Photo of Jo Garcia-Reger in our Off the Hill production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Mikki Schaffner. Photo from the Off the Grid event at the Newport Aquarium by Mikki Schaffner.