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Discovery Theater Technical Intern


About TSAThe Smithsonian Associates advances the Institution’s mission “to increase and diffuse knowledge” through educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian’s research and collections for DC-region students, families, and adults, and for learning communities nationwide.

Discovery Theater: (, the Smithsonian Institution’s theater for children, is dedicated to offering the best in live educational performing arts for young people,  serving as a gateway to the resources contained in the Smithsonian’s museums, collections, and exhibitions through performances and programs in museums, tours and in-school residencies.

Intern Duties:

  • Assist with various aspects of the technical side of theater.
  • Participate actively in running and preparing for both produced and presented shows for Discovery Theater. Work in one or more of the following areas: stage management, assistant direction, sound, lighting, props & costumes.
  • May also be called on to assist in office duties, daily operations, artist communication, and hospitality.

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • The Technical Intern will receive basic knowledge of the technical theater work as well as insight into the administrative side of Museum Theater.
  • Beyond regular duties, supervisors will work with Technical Intern’s interests, in training and networking with the DC theatre community and at the Smithsonian
  • Possible training opportunities include Sound and Lighting Design, Live Mixing Audio (theatrical/concert), QLab, SFX, Isadora, Basic Carpentry, Costuming (technologies, wardrobe and design), Puppetry (design, build and operation), Microsoft Office, Tessitura.


  • Some experience in relevant Technical Theater.
  • Should be flexible, creative, a team player, reliable, and have a good work ethic.
  • Display a willingness to assist in load in/out, as artist liaison, and setup/tear down stage and seating on a daily basis.
  • Computer and desktop publishing a plus.

Seasons:Spring (Jan – May), Summer (Jun – July) & Fall (Sept – Dec)

Time Commitment:30 – 40 hrs/week; 1 full semester – 1 academic year. Part-time availability will also be considered.

Schedule:Weekdays with an occasional weekend day or evening

Supervisors: Roberta Gasbarre, Discovery Theater Programmer

Compensation: All TSA Internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern’s university/college.

Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

To be considered in the first round of applications, please submit your materials by the dates below:

Fall Positions: July 1

Winter/Spring Positions: October 1

Summer Positions: February 1

Applications received after these dates will still be considered on an as-needed basis.

To Apply: Complete the online application at Questions can be directed to the Intern Coordinator at or 202.633.8631.