About the Program

In 2010 Des Moines Metro Opera launched a pilot internship program in technical theatre by restructuring six existing positions on the staff in an effort to expand its educational programming, to mitigate rising costs to produce opera and to increase sustainability in the production department. Now 8 years old and growing, the Design & Production Internship Program at DMMO is comprised of eighteen positions in nearly every field of theatrical production. The mission of the Des Moines Metro Opera Design and Production Internship is to provide students in the theatre arts, who wish to expand on their academic studies, an environment to hone theatrical skill sets, gain valuable professional experiences, and expand their theatrical connections needed for a successful start in a career in the arts.

DMMO's Design & Production Internship is a concentrated nine-week training and work program, during which interns participate in eight talkbacks with directors, designers, and production staff; attend several classroom workshops covering refining a resume and portfolio, networking, websites, freelancing and production contracts; and receive hands-on instruction in skill-based workshops which include: rigging for the stage, welding and stage painting. Interns also receive instruction in how to work safely in a theatrical environment - taking workshops on stage safety, personal protection equipment, respirators and basic first aid. All the while interns are working alongside 38 staff and design members from professional theatre and production companies around the United States, helping interns expand their professional network of contacts.