It’s Women’s Work.

In 1908, only 12.8% of the plays produced on New York City stages were written by women. Over a hundred years later, this number has actually shrunk. In spite of this dismal fact, 60% of theatre audiences nationwide are women. Since our inception, Rivendell has sought to address these inequities by bringing women’s stories to the stage and by employing and showcasing the work of women artists. Internships are a vital facet of our mission.


Rivendell Theatre Ensemble’s internships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students as well as early career professionals who are actively pursuing professional theater, and offer a deep understanding of the skill and dedication required to be successful. Candidates must be self-confident and adaptable with excellent communication skills, possess a strong work ethic, be a team player, and work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.

Interns at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble:

  • Work 15 to 18 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks
  • Are given training, duties and projects under the guidance of department managers
  • Have opportunities to interface with staff and visiting artistic professionals
  • Attend staff meetings and participate in the planning and presentation of mainstage rehearsals, shows, donor events, readings, and developmental workshops

Although Rivendell internships are unpaid, our interns may receive college credit (arranged by the student with her / his university) as well as tickets to Rivendell productions and opportunities for industry discounts to other Chicago theaters.

Application materials must include:

Internship areas:

Production: Work directly with Artistic Director Tara Mallen and Business Manager Trisha Hooper on productions / projects (such as the current WOMEN AT WAR tour). Involves supporting the producer, handling AEA contracts / reporting, managing schedules, assisting with tech, load-in and load-out / strike, overseeing budgeting processes, managing the venue, box-office and front of house during productions, and participating in productions as backstage crew / production assistants.

Literary:  Work directly with Rivendell’s literary committee facilitating play readings, taking part in all new play development activities including the reading and cataloging of scripts.

Marketing & Communications: Support marketing and public relations projects and campaigns including direct mail, special invitations and events, show opening preparation, and assisting with email correspondence to our ensemble, production team, board of directors, and patrons.

Development: Work directly with Managing Director Jackie Banks-Mahlum to help execute development campaigns, manage special events, and assist in the researching of grant opportunities. 

For additional information, email us at or call our administrative office at 773-334-7728.