Performance Internships

Internships / Performance

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The Pacific Conservatory Theatre

(PCPA) of Allan Hancock College offers professional theatre internships for advanced students who wish to update, develop, and refine their skills in a functioning professional theatre environment. Under the supervision of PCPA's staff, interns polish specific skills through work with beginning students, other advanced students, and theatre professionals in one of the following areas:


The PCPA Acting Internship program is for experienced acting students (typically, graduates of BFA or MFA programs) who are seeking opportunities to perform, use and strengthen their craft, and acquire new strengths in an environment that believes in supporting artists as they build professional careers. Interns audition and are cast and/or understudy in mainstage productions. Interns also work with the Office Education and Outreach, forming a touring ensemble which brings the experience of professional, live theatre to school age audiences through on-site performances and programs. Equity Membership Candidacy (E.M.C.) weeks can be accrued in this internship. Admission is by audition. Please click here for information about the Audition Tour and Audition Requirements. In the first semester, students are registered at Allan Hancock College for Actors Ensemble (Drama 301A), 6 units, and during the second semester for Actors Ensemble (Drama 301B). Scholarships are available.

PCPA also has opportunities for Interns in the area of Directing, Musical Directing, and Dramaturgy Internships are crafted based on the interest and skills of the individual applicants in relationship to the production needs of the particular season. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to the attention of the Associate Artistic Director/Conservatory Director-Acting.

Interns in the winter/spring program register for Drama 302A, Internship in Technical Theatre (6 units) during the first semester, and Drama 302B, Internship in Technical Theatre (6 units) during the second semester. The Typical winter/spring internship is 35 weeks (September through the end of May) with a three-week break at the end of December. All interns are evaluated twice yearly to help monitor progress and provide constructive feedback about the internship experience.


PCPA offers a number of scholarships to support the intern-student while participating in the program. Currently these scholarships are in the neighborhood of $9,400 for the nine-month winter/spring term. The IRS considers these scholarships taxable income. Interns are encouraged to keep track of all educational expenses in order to reduce tax liability.
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