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Davis Shakespeare Festival Digital Internship Program, Fall 2020

Digital Internship Program
The Davis Shakespeare Festival Digital Internship Program aims to foster arts leaders and fortify cultural community. By educating, training, and inspiring the next generation of arts leaders, DSF is able to expand its reach and increase its impact on the immediate community of Davis and beyond, while providing meaningful and practical hands-on experiences for aspiring leaders.

The Digital Internship Program operates 100% virtually and allows participants from any geographic location to apply. It is designed to give participants a survey of various elements of arts administration and theatre production and culminates in a final project.

Internship Pod Rotations:

Arts Administration
Development and donor relations; community engagement; fundraising; front of house operations; grant writing; ethical considerations in the arts; marketing/communications: press releases, website management, social media

Theatre and society; modes of theatre operation; arts collaboration and the community; Other possibilities: directing; stage management; production management; musical direction; scenic design; costume design; sound design; lighting design

Dramaturgy and research; new works management

Weekly Town Hall

In addition to working in their individual “pods,” participants meet weekly as a group in a Town Hall setting to engage with literature as well as participate in workshops and discussions on myriad topics: leadership theory, decolonization in leadership and the arts, equity and social justice in the arts, theories of nonprofit existence, structural operations of arts nonprofits, and more. Throughout the week, they also participate in a discussion board to debate and explore ethical considerations in the arts as well as examine current arts leadership challenges.

Lastly, aside from the rich experiences in the above disciplines, participants are given opportunities to sharpen their presentation skills by navigating different virtual platforms like Zoom, PowerPoint, Google Suite, and more.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization DSF will host participants on a volunteer basis and can work with academic institutions in providing college credit for the learning experience. Participants will work, on average, 10-15 hours per week in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous modes. The total of internship hours is flexible and can be considered on a case-by-case standard.

Fall cohort: 9/28/20 – 12/13/20

Recruitment Timeline:

The submission deadline for Fall 2020 is Thursday, 8/27 @ 5pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Invitations to interviews will be sent on Friday, 8/28.

Interviews will be held during the week of 8/31.

Position offers will be sent the week of 9/7.

For questions about the Digital Internship Program, please contact Tom Abruzzo at

DSF is committed to encouraging a love of theater by creating opportunities for all regardless of age, race, religion, sexuality, gender identity, cultural background, ability, economic status or any of the myriad characteristics that make our world unique and robust. We strive to be a model for the industry in inclusion and celebration of all community members. We practice this inclusion in both our community outreach and our hiring and casting practice. For us, it is crucial to create an environment that reflects our ideals; this includes our “pay what you can” performances, DSF School Matinee Program, and other activities that reflect our progressive beliefs as a company.