Timber Lake Playhouse’s internship program offers high school and college students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the operations of a renowned professional summer theatre and arts education organization. We are always looking for smart, motivated people to join our team. Send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re interested in TLP to with “Internship” in the subject line. College and graduate student interns can arrange to receive credit. There may be performance opportunities in the ensemble of the larger shows if needed.

Timber Lake Playhouse is now accepting applications for the following paid and unpaid internship positions for the 2018 Summer Season.  Our interns will be a part of the 2018 TLP Resident Company and will receive room (if from over 25 miles from the theatre) and board during their internship.

House Management and Outreach Intern – Paid (Appointing 2):  Interns will work house management, Barn and Deck Events, outreach to other local organizations and community events, and schedule deck entertainment and events. Key responsibilities include working with our volunteer program to advance FOH opportunities, manage inventory of products, work with staff, company and area performers to create a schedule of events on the Deck Stage, create and implement patron events in the Barn, work with our Education Director to provide curriculum and provide outreach to the community.  

Administrative Intern – Unpaid:  Interns will work directly with our administrative team on marketing, development, and other administrative projects.  Key responsibilities include maintaining our presence on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, grant writing and management, database management, developing marketing strategies, research and special event planning. The intern will leave the organization with well-rounded skills and a portfolio of projects they guided from start to finish.

Directing Intern – Unpaid:  The Directing Intern will work directly with our Artistic Director.  The intern coordinates performances, rehearsals and relations with actors, directors and technical staff.  The intern aids in the rehearsal process and takes scheduling notes for the director.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in a career in Theatrical Production or as a Director.

Stage Management Intern – Unpaid:  This internship allows the participant to work with a variety of directors under the supervision of an AEA Production Stage Manager.  This intern assists the Production Stage Manager with all of her/his duties. This includes but is not limited to: attending all production meetings, rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances, helping gather/track props, running the deck during technical rehearsals and performances and other PSM duties. The Intern should set an example in punctuality and professionalism and it is important the intern is flexible and takes initiative.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in a career in Stage Management or Theatrical Production.

Choreography Intern – Unpaid:  The Choreography Intern will work directly with our professional choreographers on a variety of projects.  Key responsibilities include warming up, coaching and training actors, administrative duties, supervision and dance instruction.  Opportunities may exist for the intern to choreograph a number in a mainstage show or to choreograph one of our additional productions.

Food Service Intern – Unpaid:  The Food Service Intern works directly with our Head Cook.  The intern not only provides many routine tasks, but will also will have the opportunity to “experiment” with new menu items under the supervision of the Head Cook.  Our dining room provides healthy meals for our Resident Company of actors and technicians and provides dietary options for those with dietary restrictions.  The Food Service Intern will receive the Food Handler Certification and an extensive knowledge and experience if food service and use of kitchen equipment.


Timber Lake Playhouse has submitted a grant to the Illinois Arts Council for the Summer Youth Employment Program.  We have successfully received this grant the past two years and expect the same result this year.  Watch this site for more information.