Technical Theater Internships


“The Lensic internship expanded my mind and paved a way to new possibilities. I have been fortunate to experience something so new, fun, and educational.”
–Viktoria Padilla, Capital High School 2017, Lensic Intern 2015-2017

The Next Generation of Theater Professionals

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Every event that takes place on The Lensic stage requires a technical crew. Our behind-the-curtain team includes some of Northern New Mexico's most talented and experienced technicians, and we're dedicated to sharing their knowledge with young people in our community. 

For more information about the internships or the scholarship, contact Matt Sanford, stage manager/internship program director, at internship@lensic.org

Techncal Theater Internships

“My experience as a Lensic high school intern helped shape where I am today. Before applying, I knew I had an interest in technical theater, but I didn't know how much I would grow to love it. I'm now getting my degree in the field.” –Louise Browne, New Mexico School for the Arts, Lensic Intern 2014-2016 

More than 100 high school and college students have worked backstage and graduated from the Lensic Technical 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.

High School Internships
The Lensic's technical theater internship is open to students in grades 9 through 12 at schools in Santa Fe, Espanola, Los Alamos, and nearby areas. Twelve student interns are selected each year. 

Interns attend sessions at The Lensic once a week for two hours (except on holidays and school breaks) from October through early May. The internship includes both classroom-style sessions led by theater professionals 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.

At the end of the program, some interns may be selected for a two-week paid summer internship, where they work shoulder to shoulder with the technical staff.

Internship applications are accepted from August 1 until September 30. The internship director will contact each applicant to set up an interview. If there are equally qualified students, preference will be given to juniors and seniors. Students are encouraged to apply the following year if they are not selected the first year they apply.

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

College Internships
The Lensic offers one paid college internship, open to junior and senior college students with a major in technical theater. The internship includes shadowing of professional crew and also helping with ongoing maintenance projects around the theater. The intern works as a full crew member on all shows. The Lensic's college-level intern is expected to spend 30 and 55 hours a week at the theater. Interns attend weekly production meetings and must have all time off approved. The Lensic does not provide housing.

To apply for the college student techincal theater internship, please contact Matt Sanford, internship program director, at internship@lensic.org.

Melville Hankins Family Foundation Technical Theater College Scholarships

In 2010, The Lensic launched a college scholarship program for interns who are interested in studying theater. Student receipients receive $2,500 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 2017 Melville Hankins Technical Theater Scholarships were awarded to Viktoria Padilla and Matthew Rand. Viktoria, who  graduated early from Capital High School, is now attending the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is majoring in technical theater with a focus on lighting. Matthew graduated from New Mexico School for the Arts and is now pursuing his B.A. in film production through the Seattle Film Institute at Santa Fe Community College.

 

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