Theater Internships

“I go to UNM now and I work at Popejoy! It was actually thanks to the Lensic internship that I got the job. Each job I applied for, it was the first thing they noticed on my resume.”
–Melanie Ortega, Capital High 2008, Lensic Intern 2007-2008

The Next Generation







The Lensic offers theater internships for high school students and college students interested in learning technical theater skills including lighting, sound and stage management.

The theater also offers college scholarships to students pursuing a degree in technical theater.

All events on The Lensic stage require a technical crew. Without the hard work and skill of those backstage, the magic on stage could be never be realized.

High School and College Technical Theater Internships

“Working at the Lensic is still my all-time favorite theater tech experience! I had so much fun and learned a ton.” –Ivy Reid, Santa Fe High 2008, Lensic Intern 2007-2008

More than 100 high school and college students have worked backstage and graduated from the theater internship program since its launch in 2002.

Students study every aspect of technical theater, from lighting and sound to basic rigging, welding and stage management. Many also receive school credit.

Sixteen interns are chosen from the many applications received from schools around Santa Fe, Espanola and Los Alamos. The students begin their training in late October and graduate in May. The internship includes hands-on training and classroom style sessions with theater professionals.

At the end of the program, some interns are selected for a two-week paid summer internship, where they work shoulder to shoulder with the technical staff. The Lensic also offers one paid college internship. The student must be a junior or senior in college with a major in technical theater. 

For more information on both the high school and college level internships, please see the section below for applicants.

Melville Hankins Family Foundation Technical Theater College Scholarship

In 2010, The Lensic launched a college scholarship program for interns who are interested in studying theater. Students receive $2500 toward their studies. The scholarship, funded by the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, is open to current and former Lensic technical theater interns who are seniors in high school or freshmen in college.

The 2015 the Lensic Technical Theater Scholarship was awarded to Louise Browne and Brandon Cullinana. Louise graduated from the New Mexico School for the Arts and is now attending the University of New Mexico, where she is majoring in technical theater. Brandon, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, is also attending UNM, where he will study production lighting for theater. 

Louise said she’d been interested in acting, but The Lensic internship opened her eyes to another world: “I’m a lot more comfortable with technical theater—and it’s a lot of fun!”

Learn more about the program at the Technical Theater Internship page on Facebook.⇒

For High School Technical Theater Internship Applicants

The internship program targets students in and around Santa Fe. Ninth-grade through twelfth-grade students are eligible to apply. If there are equally qualified students, preference will be given to upper classmen. Only eight interns are selected each year. Students are encouraged to apply the following year if they are not selected the first year they apply.

Interns begin training in October and finish in early May. A paid two-week summer internship is offered to select interns pending an evaluation of their performance during the school year.

Applications are accepted from August 1 until September 30. The internship director will contact each applicant to set up an interview.

Interns attend sessions at The Lensic once a week for two hours, with exceptions for holidays and school breaks. The internship is a mixture of class sessions with theater professionals who are experts in their field and hands-on experience.

Interns assist with the set up and execution of a wide variety of shows, including: classical ballet, rock concerts, and lectures featuring bestselling authors and speakers.

High School Technical Theater Internship Application » [PDF 37kb]

For College Student Technical Theater Internship Applicants

The Lensic offers one college internship position each year. Students interested in applying must be finishing their junior year of college and must have a technical theater major.

The internship includes shadowing of professional crew and also helping with ongoing maintenance projects around the theater. The intern also works as a full crew member on all shows.

A weekly stipend is provided. Between 30 and 55 hours a week are expected. Interns attend weekly production meetings and must have all time off approved. The Lensic does not provide housing.

If you are interested in applying for the College Student Technical Theater Internship, please contact the Internship Program Director.

For more information about the internships or the scholarship, contact Matt Sanford, Stage Manager/Internship Program Director at

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