Internships

2020 TECHNICAL THEATRE AND PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT OPENINGS

Music Academy International:

The Trentino Music Festival, produced by MAI in collaboration with the Mezzano Romantica series, presents over 30 summer performances ranging from staged opera to Broadway productions, orchestra & chamber music concerts, and a variety of recitals. We offer programs in Musical Theatre, Opera, Chamber Music, Orchestra and we have a growing and developing technical theatre and production department that offers training placement opportunities to young professionals in stage management and other production positions.

Our productions this summer will include 2 fully staged musicals with live band, at least 3 fully staged operas with orchestra, an opera gala with orchestra, a crossover gala, a Broadway gala, 2 orchestra concerts and several chamber music concerts and other recitals.

We have an incredibly talented faculty of visiting artists, each with an established and celebrated career in their field.

This is a high-octane hard-work environment made up of good people and wonderful artists. There will be fun to be had and lots of magnificent teachers and young talent on both sides of the stage. We are looking for people that are open minded and quick on their feet, happy to get their hands dirty at times. The entire staff will provide moral and professional support, mentorship and brainstorming informal sessions, as well as official Q&A sessions with the rest of the faculty.

Furthering Music Academy International method of “learning by doing”, we are excited expand MAI´s internship program and to offer these opportunities to young professionals and experienced students in every field of production and arts administration.

Below are the available internships placements for the 2019 Festival, which will take place from June 24 to August 3 2019

All internships are non-paid internships.

MAI offers ground transfer by private bus from and to Venice (VCE) or Treviso (TSE) airports on specific arrival and departure dates and times. Housing is provided in shared rooms in either hotel or apartment within short distance to rehearsal and performance spaces. A discounts system is in place throughout the area for discounted prices in restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses.

All internships are summer positions for the duration of the festival; in this time we will require full-time commitment. Daytime as well as evening and weekend work will be required, according to rehearsal and performance schedule, but some free time to rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings will be scheduled as well. Details of the schedule will be discussed once on site.

Location: Mezzano and Primiero (TN), Italy (nearest airports: Venice VCE, and Treviso TSF)

Festival duration: June 28-August 9 2020:
To apply send cover letter and updated CV to maddalena@musicacademyinternational.org

JUNIOR STAGE MANAGER FOR OPERA – 2 placements available

July 10 – August 9, 2020
The Junior Stage Manager for the Opera department will be in charge of the rehearsal room for one production. S/he will be expected to take blocking notes, fill out daily reports and requests to other departments and other usual Stage Manager’s duties, which will be discussed with the Stage Managing team. S/he will be required to participate to stage managers´ and production meetings and to report on the rehearsal process.
Upon moving to the theatre s/he will act as Assistant Stage Manager with their assigned Senior Stage Manager, who will be running tech rehearsal with the Technical Director and call the performances.
The intern will have the opportunity to work with renowned professionals on the artistic team and meet the rest of the faculty, and will be mentored by Senior Stage Managers, Technical Director and the entire production and administration staff.
There will be opportunities for Q&A sessions with professionals in the different fields of live entertainment, and the interns will be able to follow closely the work of the Senior Stage Manager.

JUNIOR STAGE MANAGER FOR MUSICAL THEATRE – 2 placements available

June 28 – July 26, 2020
The Junior Stage Manager for the Music Theatre department will be in charge of the rehearsal room for one production. S/he will be expected to take blocking notes, fill out daily reports and requests to other departments and other usual Stage Manager’s duties, which will be discussed with the Stage Managing team. S/he will be required to participate to stage managers´ and production meetings and report on the rehearsal process.
Upon moving to the theatre s/he will act as Assistant Stage Manager with the Senior Stage Manager, who will be running tech rehearsal with the Technical Director and call the performances.
The intern will have the opportunity to work with renowned professionals on the artistic team and meet others on the faculty, and will be mentored by Senior Stage Managers, Technical Director and the entire production and administration staff.
There will be opportunities for Q&A sessions with professionals in the different fields of live entertainment, and the interns will be able to follow closely the work of the Senior Stage Manager.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS WITH SOUND AND LIGHTING BIAS  – 2 placements available

June 28 – August 9, 2020
We tend to be fairly flexible with our internship assignments, and responsibilities of the interns will be divided as much as possible according to the area of study or expertise. The technical intern with a sound bias will be working mostly with the Musical Theatre productions and on the outdoor galas, under the supervision of our sound designer and the technical director. In addition to working on the load-in and load-out of the equipment (not exclusively sound) s/he will work backstage during the productions and assist with setting up microphones and any other sound needs. After the end of the Music Theatre program s/he will assist the Technical Director with any other duties, run sound monitoring for the operas, and have the opportunity to observe the fast-paced environment of a rep-style festival.
The technical intern with lighting bias will work throughout the festival under the supervision of the Lighting Designer and Technical Director. In addition to working on the load-in and load-out of the equipment (not exclusively lights and projections) s/he will work as board operator and assist during every lighting session and technical rehearsal.

COSTUME AND PROPS ASSISTANTS – 2 placements available

June 25 – August 9, 2020
The placements for the props and costume assistants are divided into three formative phases: before the performances, during the performances and closing a production with cataloguing of the inventory.
Both interns will work closely with our Costume and Props Coordinator, as well as with the Technical Director. During the first phase each item for each will be worked on and sourced, working within the assigned budget. This will be a hands-on experience on how to be resourceful while staying within an artistic view and working with budget and time constraints. Goals in this phase are managing the assigned budget, managing the workload and creating/adapting the items requested, while managing last minute requests and any unexpected curveballs that every production throws at us. While in performance – second phase – the interns will work in the theatre, from lighting sessions to each performance, filling roles backstage as prop and wardrobe crew, learning to manage quick changes and so forth. Formative goals in this phase are the management of load-in and load-out of each production in a rep context, coordinating with Stage Managers, managing of backstage space and working together as a small backstage crew. The third and last phase is the closing of a production and cataloguing of its inventory. Once each production has finished performances its props and wardrobe inventory will be catalogued, returned when rented or borrowed, given to other production(s) if needed or stored. Formative goals in this phase are learning to catalogue items and close a production and managing of the storage space.
These are placements ideal for an experienced student or young professional with good manual ability that wants to learn how a complex multi-production festival works. We are looking for someone willing to learn how to manage unexpected situations, and with good manual skills. Basic make-up knowledge is a plus.

ORCHESTRA AND CHAMBER MUSIC MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT  – 2 placements available

July 5 – August 9, 2020
This internship is ideal for someone who is interested in the inner workings of orchestra and chamber music performance; an interest in conducting and orchestra management will be rewarded by working closely with experienced conductors and talented musicians. This is an ideal position for individuals who are looking to gain experience in the fast-paced industry of concert management and production. The Orchestra and Chamber Music Management Assistant will work under the supervision of the Orchestra Manager and the Chamber Music Coordinator and will always have the support of our senior staff, but will often need to work independently given the fast-paced and busy nature of the festival.
Formative goals in these placements are: learning to read, interpret and prepare pit plots from different conductors, understanding and finding solutions for rehearsal and performance requests for chamber and orchestra concerts, learning about the intricacies of orchestra scheduling in a busy festival environment and understanding the needs of different ensemble members and conductors.
The successful candidates’ major responsibilities will include – with the support of the senior staff:
– Preparing the orchestra rehearsal room before each rehearsal according to the appropriate pit plot, with the relevant number of stands, chairs etc;
– Preparing chamber music performance spaces at the agreed upon time with the relevant number of stands, chairs etc. and ensure performers and instruments have a way to reach the space;
– Working closely with orchestra managers, conductors and assistant conductors to ensure all members of the rehearsing or performing orchestra are present and ensure the conductor can arrive and start rehearsal on time;
– Assisting with transportation and set up of orchestra instruments, stands and stand lights as needed from the rehearsal room to the performance site under the supervision of the Orchestra Manager
– Setting up the orchestra plot for each concert and performance, including changes from one piece to the next during technical rehearsals and performances;
– Being one of the points of contact with members of the orchestra for any upcoming issue, reporting to senior management and escalating issues when needed.
We are looking for young music professionals or experienced students with an interest in ensemble music and/or conducting; initiative, enthusiasm, and ability to adapt quickly to a fast-paced environment are necessary, as is the ability to work under pressure and on multiple projects simultaneously and a willingness to undertake physical work with the care necessary while moving delicate instruments. European or International driving license is essential as well as basic computer knowledge which includes Microsoft Office Suite and internet/e-mail. Knowledge of classical repertoire is a plus.