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:
ARTIST and 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.
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: We’re looking for someone to manage and grow our social media accounts (facebook, instagram, twitter, snapchat and mailchimp). We are also looking for help with our print media (poster and program design and distribution). Opportunities for web design, and ticketing software management are available as well.
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.
AUDIENCE SERVICES: 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. 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. This person would also be doing short in-person demographic surveys with our audience.
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: September 15th – December 14th: focus on our two fall events (street theatre / variety show / local theatre showcase event, etc) and prep work for the festival – venue and artist relations, print and social media
Application Deadline: September 1st, 2017
All Festival All The Time: 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 1st, 2017
Focus on the Festival: December 1st – January 15th: focus on the “nuts-and-bolts” of festival operation, including long hours over the festival weekend (January 12-15), ideal for a student who is planning to stay in Tucson over the Winter Break
Application Deadline: November 30th, 2017
Festival and Pub Crawl: January 5 – April 23: 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, 2017
COMPENSATION: University Course Credit offered (30-60 hours depending on time frame, could be extended – video interns would be more hours for editing), meal stipend on event days, letter of recommendation
SUPERVISOR: Chloe Loos, Internship Coordinator 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 Tucson Fringe Festival. In addition, he has spent the last two summers working with the San Diego International Fringe Festival
Katie Burke is acting in local professional theatre and acted in the 2018 Beer with the Bard.
KP Knight is now on the Tucson Fringe Board and works 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.