Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) has partnered with the Shaw Festival to provide internships to graduating students since 2011.
DART students are eligible to apply for this intensive residency following the successful completion of DART 4Y92: Text and Performance at the Shaw Festival Theatre, currently taught by instructor Barbara Worthy. During the course, students attend festival performances and interact with Festival staff and actors.
Co-ops and summer contract work at the Shaw has also been available to DART students, and alumni of the program have also worked for the festival full-time.
The Shaw internship creates a stepping stone between the university world and the student’s future career path. Students bridge what they learn in the classroom with the processes the Shaw utilizes, while gaining experience in a professional environment and making industry connections.
Interns share their experiences working at Shaw Festival through weekly blog updates. To follow along and learn more about each intern, read more below.
Mae Smith will use her production and design skills as she works alongside Kevin Lamotte, Shaw’s Head of Lighting, Wayne Reierson, Head of Props, and other Shaw staff on the productions of Brigadoon, The Lady Killers, and Sex. In addition to her daily work calls, Mae will have access to the onstage and backstage life of one of North America’s busiest repertory theatres, meet theatre artists from across Canada and around the world, and have unique opportunities to attend many lectures, discussions and ancillary events during her residency.
Follow along with Mae as she takes you behind-the-scenes of the Shaw Festival:
Visit her blog
Michelle Mohammed (BA ’18) was 2018’s intern. In addition to sitting in on rehearsals of the Magician’s Nephew, Stage Kiss and their Secret Theatre, among others, Michelle was the apprentice assistant director to Peter Hinton in his direction of Oh! What a Lovely War. She vlogged about her experiences at the festival on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Art’s YouTube channel throughout the process.
Watch her “week-in-the-life” vlogs
Lennon Bradford, SHAW Intern for 2017 (link to her writing on DARTcritics)
Megan Dene, SHAW Intern for 2015