PlayPenn is looking for six individuals who have an interest in playwriting/dramaturgy/directing/production to take part in our 2017 conference, between July 9 and July 31, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for motivated young writers, performers and technicians to work alongside experienced professionals in a concentrated and fulfilling environment. We are particularly interested in engaging a class of interns that is as diverse in its representation as possible.
Each intern will assist, on a daily basis, a collaborative team in the development of one of six plays invited to the Conference chosen in a national search. Interns will also assist, as needed, in the administrative, front of house, technical, and public relations responsibilities of the conference.
Interns will be given the opportunity, and will be expected, to participate in a playwright's workshop led by a professional playwright, culminating in the public presentation of their work performed by conference artists.
Each intern will receive a stipend of $300 for their contribution to the work at hand.
Unfortunately, PlayPenn cannot provide housing, though we are willing to assist in connecting out of town candidates with local interns to help with accommodations.
To apply, please:
1) Follow this link to complete the application form, including a cover letter articulating your interest and reasons for applying.
Deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2017.
Thoughts from previous year's interns:
I finally got home, and I was thinking about how much fun I had in Philadelphia working with everyone at PlayPenn! I just wanted to say thank you again for allowing the interns to be such a big part of this process and I had a great time at the retreat! . . . Thank you Michael (Hollinger) for finding a playwright in all of the interns and I think we learned how much work really goes into writing a play... And I had fun sweating at the performance.
-Alex Runnels '08, Long Island University
You must be mightily proud of what you've created and certainly the chance to participate in it this year has been a fantastic thing for me. Getting to see the different choices these playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs made given the opportunity to tailor the weeks to their specific plays was an eye-opener. The people I got to meet along the way were incredibly wonderful. Their, and your, willingness to mentor newer theatre folk really made a huge difference to me in figuring out how to navigate my next odd theatre-related year.
-Sarah Mantell '09, Rhode Island School of Design (Currently Director of Educational Programs, PlayPenn)
I have taken some time now to reflect on my experience at PlayPenn and wanted to send you a big thank you. I have been raving to everyone who cares to listen about what an AMAZING time I had in those three weeks. I feel like I learned so much and I am just so glad to have been a part of the event. I know you have worked hard to orchestrate an environment where everyone is comfortable and productive and that's exactly how I felt.
-Erlina Ortiz, '10, Temple University
It's been about a little less than a week since my PlayPenn intern duties ceased, and I find myself missing every second of it. . . . I figured that I would observe and learn from the professionals at PlayPenn, but I completely underestimated how affective it would all be on me. Having to write my own scene and be on stage for the very first time completely changed my understanding of what I'm doing in theater. Always the director, I can now see what it's like to BE directed, which is invaluable. . . . Thank you so much for the opportunity. I can't tell you how much it means to me; at risk of sounding dramatic, I'll say that it changed my "path" completely. . . . The past few weeks have been deeply educational and rewarding for me.
-Maggie Matthews '10, Washington College
I can't tell you how much it has meant to meet all of you and work alongside you. I'm not exaggerating when I say that coming to PlayPenn and working with all of you was one of the best things I have done in my life. It really was. I learned so much from all of you.
-Ryan Hudak '10, Long Island University
The conference was such an unforgettable opportunity for me. A week later I'm still juggling thoughts, observations, and conversations in my head and probably will continue to for some time. Being my first professional venture this was a huge step in my career/life that was both incredibly exciting and incredibly frightening going into, but the staff and artists at PlayPenn ended up being remarkably inviting. Everyone that I spoke to from the veterans of the theatre to the younger artists who were maybe only a couple of years older than myself seemed excited or even flattered to be able to share their professional, artistic, and personal insights with interns.
-Mike O'Toole, '12 Long Island University
And thank you, Paul, for really taking a chance on an untested playwright like myself. It says a lot about your organization that you were so willing to get behind my work and take it to places I really didn't know it could go. - Peter Bonilla, Playwright