WHO WE ARE:
The Tucson Fringe Festival, an alternative unjuried, uncensored theatre festival, now in its 8th year of production. This year we will have over twenty performing artists from all over the country, performing in four venues around Downtown Tucson over three days. Acts range from traditional theatre to one-person shows, to magic, to aerial dance to multimedia performance art. You can see all of the artists in our upcoming festival after Sept 15th. In addition, the festival runs a fall Fringe event in October and a spring Shakespeare-themed pub crawl, Beer With The Bard.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR IN AN INTERN:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Energy and Responsibility
- Critical thinking / problem solving skills
- Customer service skills
- Interest in pursuing a career in or supporting nonprofit arts, arts management or arts marketing
- Someone based in Tucson, AZ for the duration of the internship
WHAT WE CAN OFFER OUR INTERNS:
- Networking opportunities with artists and producers from around the country
- A one-of-a-kind Fringe theatre experience
- An internship that’s tailored to your skills and interests
- Our respect and appreciated for your contributions to the Festival and other events
- Free admission to all Fringe shows and events
- Free Tucson Fringe Festival t-shirt
- A letter of recommendation upon completion of a successful internship
INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
EVENT MANAGEMENT: From helping out-of-town artists find the best craft cocktail to running programs from one venue to another, this internship will put you in the thick of running a 3-day, 4-venue, 20-artist festival. Duties may include (but aren’t limited to), artist relations, volunteer coordination, communication between venues and artists / managers, develop and implement front-of-house practices, and last-minute problem solving. In 2018-19 our Event Management interns were in charge of planning and coordinating our Bookmans Previews as well as our Two-Minute-Preview Party.
TECH: Fringe provides a tech for each of our venues. Each venue is home to 3-7 different shows in repertory. Each show has a unique set of technical needs. This is a great opportunity for someone to do some creative lighting, sound, and scenery set-up, while gaining an understanding of the needs of a touring artist.
MARKETING and/or GRAPHIC DESIGN: Help design and disseminate print marketing materials. Write copy for radio ads. Help schedule and execute an effective social media campaign.
OUTREACH and SPONSORSHIP: Create and cultivate partnerships with local cultural groups, civic organizations, and businesses that are mutually beneficial.
VIDEO: Our video intern would get all access to shows backstage and as an audience member, as well as being able to interact with our patrons and staff. The goal is to combine footage to create a series of short videos educating the community on what Fringe has to offer artists as well as potential audiences, such as “Why Fringe?” “How To Fringe?” etc. Intern would be given some guidelines as to content but have creative control over their work. Intern would also work with our marketing team and social media team.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Our photography interns get a front row seat and a backstage pass to all of our Fringe shows and events. This internship is only available during the “Focus on the Festival” time slot (December 1st – January 15th). A great way to build your portfolio with a vast variety of locations, conditions and subjects.
VENUE / BOX OFFICE MANAGEMENT: Help recruit and schedule our wonderful volunteers, manage box-office reports for each show, generate pre-sale reports and facilitate day-of and at-the-door ticketing. Help prepare each venue for the shows as well as for patrons. Greet guests, coordinate start of shows with stage manager as well as delivering our patented, one-of-a-kind pre-show speech to all patrons.
WRITING and REVIEWING: This intern would have a tough job – see as many Fringe shows as possible! They would then write short blog-style reviews that we could tweet / post to facebook / publish on our website. Artists use positive reviews to generate ticket sales, as well as a marketing tool for other festivals and residencies.
INTERNSHIP DURATION: There are three options – each internship can be 30-60 hours, depending on the agreement reached with the intern, their advisor and the Fringe Intern Supervisor. Besides basic duties and expectations, each internship can be tailored to the applicant’s interests and career pursuits.
Pre-Festival: October 1st – December 14th: focus on prep work for the festival – venue and artist relations, print and social media
Application Deadline: September 15th, 2019
Focus on the Fest: October 1st – January 15th: be an integral part of festival planning, artist and venue relations, social media blitz, boots-on-the-ground advertising and the day-to-day operation of the festival itself.
Application Deadline: September 15th, 2019
Festival and Then Some: December 15th – April 30: focus on festival operation, integral to the day-to-day running of the festival, artist and venue relations. Also includes follow up in the financial and operational departments after the festival. Continue social and print media work for our spring Beer With The Bard (Shakespeare Pub Crawl) event. Possible opportunity to act or direct in this event.
Application Deadline: November 1st, 2019
COMPENSATION: University Course Credit offered (30-170 hours possible depending on time frame), meal stipend on event days, letter of recommendation.
SUPERVISOR: Maryann Green, Internship Coordinator and Executive Director of Tucson Fringe
INTERESTED PARTIES: contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and cover letter one month before your projected start date to set up an interview. Be sure to state which Job Description and Duration you’re interested in.
WHERE ARE OUR INTERNS NOW?
Ryuto Adamson had an award-winning standing room only show in the 2018 and 2019 Tucson Fringe Festival. In addition, he has spent the last two summers working with the San Diego International Fringe Festival. In 2019 he traveled to Japan to participate in a Fringe Festival there.
Katie Burke is acting in local professional theatre and acted in the 2018 and 2019 Beer with the Bard.
KP Knight is head of programming for the Dunbar Cultural Center.
Julian Cardenas is an arts educator in an elementary school and continues to help Fringe with our social media accounts.
TEAM MEETING DATES
September 5 – Thursday – Artist Lottery Party Place: TBD
January 9th – Bookmans Previews and Two-Minute-Preview Party
Feb – April one Sunday a month
One weekend in April – Shakespeare Pub Crawl, date TBA