Employment & Internships

House Manager
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Reports To: Manager of Public Operations
Status: Non-Exempt, hourly full-time, primarily nights and weekends

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure excellent customer service from front-of-house staff for all public performances, student matinee performances, and special events.
  • Manage program distribution and coordinate with marketing department to secure programs, stuffers, and other patron materials.
  • Maintain the image of the Grand Lobby and all public areas; communicate with housekeeping as necessary to ensure a clean and presentable environment.
  • Resolve patron issues at performances; communicate with ticket office staff to accommodate patron requests.
  • Train, schedule and manage Assistant House Managers for performances and events.
  • Coordinate volunteer ushers
  • Coordinate performance timelines with stage management, including prologue, curtain speeches, and intermission.
  • Maintain ticket-scanning equipment, hearing impaired devices, and walkie-talkies.
  • Complete Tessitura training and maintain a working knowledge of the ticketing system for use when needed.
  • Complete and distribute house report after every public performance.
  • Provide leadership in emergency situations, including fire alarm and increment weather warnings.
  • Work closely with Manager of Public Operations to ensure proper staff is in place for all performances and events.
  • Coordinate with education department to meet all student matinee needs.
  • Send multiple weekly reports to communicate space usage, event details, production happenings and counts to various staff and service partners
  • Assist with special events, space rentals, building tours, catering, bar service, schedule event staff.
  • Know bar procedures, update and edit equipment and prices, provide business office with sales reconciliation, and run concessions for student matinees
  • Secure lost and found items and respond to inquiries regarding lost items.
  • Know what’s happening in the Ballroom and downtown and include in communications and reports. Work with their staff if needed. *Keeping strict awareness of the curb usage.
  • Work with Dance Kaleidoscope on all of their house and event setup needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in one or all of the following: business management, communications, and/or theatre-related field.
  • 1-2 years management experience
  • 1-2 years event management experience
  • 3-5 years customer service experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational capabilities
  • Ability to provide strong leadership for customer service staff
  • Ability and desire to work in a team-structured, informal, open environment.  The Theatre’s corporate culture is one that values equally the quality of our work, the quality of how we work (the process), and our collaborative management style.
  • Passion for the arts

Please send your resume to mlehtinen@irtlive.com.

Institutional Giving Manager
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The Institutional Giving Manager is responsible for the planning, implementing and evaluating development efforts aimed at corporations, foundations and public sector agencies. This position supports the Theatre’s annual fund activities. Activities may include additional fundraising initiatives such as capital, endowment or special project campaigns.

Duties include

  • Develop, plan, implement and evaluate comprehensive fundraising strategies for all foundation, corporate and public funding sources (cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, evaluation).
  • Initiate and sustain comprehensive corporate, foundation and government grant research and be proactive in bringing funding opportunities and possible special campaign/project initiatives to the Director of Development
  • Serve as a liaison between the Theatre and its grant-making prospects/contacts
  • Coordinate the writing of grant applications, proposals, reports and evaluation documents to grant making resources
  • Develop and manage grant fulfillment plan (including, but not limited to, scheduling and leading grant and sponsorship fulfillment meetings, creating timelines, working with other departments to ensure follow through)
  • Assist with the conceptualization, planning and implementing of annual fund campaign communications strategy
  • Manage income/expense for grant and sponsorship related activities
  • Represent the development team by participating in curtain speeches, greeting in Donor Lounges, attending IRT events and hosting at the IRT Celebrity Radio Show
  • Assist with writing and/or editing departmental and company collateral as needed
  • Other duties as determined by the Director of Development


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years successful fundraising, marketing, and/or communications experience or other successful high level constituent management
  • Experience with volunteer coordination, recognition and evaluation
  • Superior writing, speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational capabilities
  • Technical proficiencies using Tessitura CRM software is a plus and excellent understanding and use of business technologies and software including MS Office is required.
  • Ability and desire to work in a team-structured, informal, open environment. The Theatre’s corporate culture is one that values equally the quality of our work, the quality of how we work (the process), and our collaborative style
  • Passion for the arts

The IRT is an equal opportunity employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Please send your resume to jturner@irtlive.com.

Costume Shop Assistant
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Indiana Repertory Theatre is seeking a Costume Technician for its 2017-2018 Season of nine productions. 

Duties include

  • Performing intermediate sewing of costume pieces 
  • Cutting fabrics based on patterns supplied by Drapers/Pattern Makers
  • Other related costuming duties including running wardrobe crew for productions as assigned. 

Position is fully benefitted and starts in mid-August and is seasonal. Compensation will reflect the successful candidate’s skills and experience. At the IRT, we believe that diverse ideas, backgrounds, cultures, and traditions enrich the quality of work we present on the stage. We are committed to all forms of diversity in all areas of our work. Send resume & cover letter and/or questions to Guy Clark, Costume Shop Manager, at gclark@irtlive.com and include the words “Shop Assistant Search” in the subject line. 

Over-hire Opportunities in Production
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The INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE is currently accepting resumes for over-hire positions in all production departments. The IRT is a mid-sized LORT (C & D Stages) theatre, producing a wide variety of existing and new work for adults and children (currently 9 productions) located in downtown Indianapolis. Positions include: scenic carpentry, upholstery, scenic artistry, cabinetmaking, rigging, costume construction, pattern making, electrics, audio engineering, projections, stage management, production assistants, etc. Please send your resume to bnewman@irtlive.com and include the words “Resume Submission” in the subject line or mail them to the theatre – our address is at the bottom of the page. At the IRT, we believe that diverse ideas, backgrounds, cultures, and traditions enrich the quality of work we present on the stage. We are committed to all forms of diversity in all areas of our work.


The Indiana Repertory Theatre internship program offers an exciting opportunity for college and graduate students to gain professional experience by: working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators, and technicians.

  • being actively involved in the production of world-class theatre among a variety of departments.
  • partnering with each student, university, and department to develop a course of study that best meets the needs of all parties.
  • delivering experienced-based, hands-on learning opportunities that provide the necessary skills to become a viable candidate in a highly competitive field

ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIPS (available Fall, Winter, Spring)

Company Management | Development and Fundraising | Dramaturgy | Education | Patron Services | Marketing Sales and Communications

PRODUCTION INTERNSHIPS (available Fall or Spring)

Costuming | Electrics | Properties Production Management | Scenery | Scenic Art | Sound | Stage Management


Summer Youth Workshops

APPLY for an internship

To apply for an internship, please fill out the form below. 

For internships during the academic year, applicants must be enrolled for credit in a college or university to be eligible. For summer internships, applicants must be enrolled for credit in a college or university for the upcoming semester to be eligible.

Deadline for Fall/Summer internships: April 1st

Deadline for Winter/Spring internships: December 1st

For more information, please contact Randy D. Pease at 317.916.4842.

About Internships at the IRT

Internships are individually designed for each student and IRT works with interns and advisors when necessary to develop a course of study which best reflects the needs of the participant and the department. Department heads will give interns tasks and challenges that will provide direct support to our day-to-day activities. The IRT internship program is designed to be an experienced based, hands-on learning opportunity providing the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university to be eligible.

Click here to download a detailed description of IRT’s internship offerings. 


Internship Application

Current Contact Information 
Permanent Contact Information
(if different from current)
Emergency Contact Information
School Information

Please note that you must be enrolled in classes during the internship in order to be eligible.

Advisor Contact Information
Additional Information
Are you 18 years of age or older?
Do you have a valid driver's license?
Will you have a car during the internship?
What is your gender?
Work Requirements
The work involved in internships at IRT may require heavy lifting, long hours, and/or physical strain. Is there any reason(s) why you could not participate fully?
Areas of Interest

**Requires submission of an academic writing sample. See below.


Internships require a three month minimum commitment. Please note the following deadlines for application:

  • Fall/Summer Internships: April 1
  • Winter/Spring Internships: December 1
Is this date exact?
Is this date exact?

Please list at least two additional references, not including your advisor above.

Reference #1

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Writing SamplePlease describe:
  • Your career objectives and how you expect to achieve them.
  • Your expectations of an internship at Indiana Repertory Theatre.
  • Your relevant academic experience, work experience, or education in theatre.
  • Your strengths and weaknesses and how you plan to leverage those in this internship.

Note: If you are applying for internships in Dramaturgy, Development, Marketing, or Education, you will need to submit an academic writing sample in addition to the answer you enter below. See submission instructions at the end of this document.


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