Opportunities

Academic Opportunities

Internships

5th Year Internship

Internship Description: The 5th Year Internship provides an opportunity for a student to have a “real world” transitional experience. The intern gains this experience by working in the scene shop (with Erik Sanning, Technical Director) and/or the costume studio (with Erin Howell-Gritsch). The intern also has the opportunity to work on his or her portfolio and to take additional college classes (either for credit at the Alumni course rate or as an audit).

Generally the intern works from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, for 12 weeks each semester. The specifics of the schedule will be worked out between the intern and the appropriate supervisor. The intern receives a stipend ($15,000 in the 2008-2009 academic year), paid bi-weekly.

The intern is responsible for having his or her own insurance.

Internship Requirements: The successful candidate should have successful experience working in the scene shop and/or costume studio. Course work taken in the Department of Theatre & Dance and production work are preferred.

Internship Application: A letter of application should be submitted to the Department of Theatre & Dance Chair by the beginning of Spring Break. The letter should articulate the skill level acquired through work in the shop/studio and course work and productions. The letter should also address how the internship will prepare the intern for future career goals. The internship will be awarded no later than April 15th.

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

McClenon Clark Playwriting Award

The winning playwright of the One-Act Play Contest will receive a $200 cash prize and have his/her play performed as a staged reading before the end of the academic year. The runner up will receive $100 and the third place playwright will receive $50. Playwright must be a registered student at Grinnell College at the time of the submission. The contest is open to all Grinnell College students. Plays should be no more than thirty double-spaced pages in length and not previously produced.

Please deposit two copies of the manuscript in the Bucksbaum Office (room 162): one affixed to the text with the title of the play only on the title page and a separate one with the title and the playwright’s name on the title page. Plays must be typed. Entries will be judged anonymously by a special guest and the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

History

Barbara McClenon Clark, class of 1942, made a gift in 2001 to establish the McClenon Clark Playwriting Award. Barbara came to Grinnell at age 16 from Maryland, following in her father’s footsteps. Walter McClenon graduated with the class of 1907. His brother, Raymond McClenon, was professor of mathematics from 1905 until retirement in 1953. Unfortunately, finances kept Barbara from returning for her second year, so she enrolled at the Washington School for Secretaries for one year. Her uncle, Raymond, owed the family money so, in payment, Raymond paid the tuition, room, and board for Barbara to return to Grinnell for her final two years.

While a student, Barbara participated in drama, the Scarlet & Black, and the literary magazine, Tanager. Barbara received the Sheldon Whitcomb Prize for Poetry in 1941 and the Henry York Steiner Prize for Fiction in 1942.

Upon graduating from Grinnell College with a major in English, Barbara’s first job was stenography for the British Supply Mission in Washington, D.C. She married Jack Clark the same year (later divorced) and raised a family of five children – John, Joan, Robert, Bill, and Kathy. She also began a career as a copy editor for U.S. News & World Report and Builder Magazine. She retired in 1984 and moved to Cape Canaveral, Fla., where she still resides.

Barbara has been active in theatre as a writer, producer, and performer. She is a member of the Space Coast Playwrights’ Workshop, which has produced several of her works. Barbara has won awards from the Space Coast Writer’s Guild and conducts a play reading group at her local Cocoa Beach, Fla., library. She has also published two books entitled The Diary of a Political Candidate and her most recent Dear Hermit, a collection of letters between Barbara and one of her many pen pals.

 

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

More information: http://www.gatescambridge.org/

Application: http://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/

 

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

More information: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Application: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply

 

Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

More information: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20|%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html

Application: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/43/en/Applying%20to%20the%20George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program.html

 

Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

More information: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Application: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/applying-for-the-scholarship/

Activities and Organizations

Dance Ensemble

Grinnell College Dance Ensemble/Activate! is a student performing ensemble engaged in the development, rehearsal and production of contemporary dance works choreographed by faculty, students and guest artists.  Exposure to diverse choreographic approaches provides students with the opportunity to expand their technical, stylistic and interpretive range. Students gain collaborative skills through improvisation technologies and the contribution of movement material to certain choreographic projects.  Dance Ensemble performances range from fully produced dance concerts, low-tech concerts and site-specific events.  Many students repeat Ensemble for more than one semester, some even stay with Ensemble for their full Grinnell career.

In addition to performing opportunities, students with skills in music or visual art may participate in Dance Ensemble as collaborators on certain choreographic projects.

Course Pre-Requisite:
Entry into Dance Ensemble/Activate takes place at an Audition/Informational Workshop held at the beginning of each semester.  For Fall 2014 takes place THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4 at 4:30-6:30PM in the Bucksbaum Dance Studio, Room 181.  For Spring 2015 takes place MONDAY JANUARY 26.

During this session, interested students are introduced to the methods and processes that we use in Ensemble to create choreography and prepare for performance. Attendance at the session is not a commitment.  It is an opportunity to find out more about Ensemble.  At the end of the session, students are invited to make a decision to join if Ensemble is a good fit for them.

Course registration closes at end of Add/Drop period.  Students may decide to do Dance Ensemble without registering for credit.

Ensemble Meeting Times:
Fall 2014
Mondays – Thursdays   4:30-6:30 *First Ensemble session for Fall 2014 is Monday Sept. 8
Performance dates for this semester are December 5-7.

Spring 2015
Mondays - Thursdays 4:30-6:30PM *First Ensemble session for Spring 2015 is Wednesday Jan. 28

Class location: Bucksbaum Dance Studio, Room 181

Credit and Grading:
Dance Ensemble THD 205 is offered as a two-credit course with a S/F/D grading system.  

Questions?
Please contact Professor Celeste Miller
Or drop by her office Bucksbaum 265

Open Space Productions

The Open Space Production Season provides an opportunity for interested and qualified individuals to produce theatrical events of their own initiative.  Within a given academic year, the Department of Theatre and Dance recognizes that the co-curricular, main stage season will encompass many performance genres and production styles but cannot incorporate the diversity of theatre and dance performance in its entirety.  Open Space productions exist for those students (and/or staff) wishing to augment the main stage season with a production of their own choice.  The Department of Theatre and Dance strongly supports the Open Space Production Season as a creative outlet for students (and/or staff) and leaves the choice of “text” (play, poem, story, theme, etc.) and form up to the student/s involved.  The Department hopes to maximize the educational opportunities inherent in creating a production from scratch, and the following guidelines have been established in order to facilitate this educational process:

Application Procedure

  • Applications must be made in writing to the Theatre and Dance Department on the Friday before the last week of classes in the semester BEFORE your proposed production.  Applications are available in the Fine Arts Office.
  • Applicants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their applications with the faculty and staff during a department meeting at 12:00pm the Monday after submission.  This provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to ask questions to clarify applications.
  • The Department Faculty and an SEPC Representative will make final selections based upon directorial qualifications and production merit.  While there are no official course qualifications for Open Space applicants, it is recommended that applicants have taken at least two Theatre and Dance Department courses and participated in at least one main stage production.
  • Upon selection, a faculty advisor will be assigned to the production as a resource to answer questions and offer suggestions.  It is important to note that each process is unique, and each applicant may encourage different levels of engagement from the faculty advisor.  The advisor and applicant should determine this relationship on a case-by-case basis, while acknowledging that the Open Space production is a work of the applicants’ own initiative.

Production Procedure

  • Each production will be allotted $200.00 from the Theatre and Dance Department budget. Depending upon the production, you should be prepared that royalties may be a big part of or may exceed your budget.  However, the Theatre and Dance Department allocation does not preclude the possibility of attaining funds from other sources. In regard to departmental funds, buying procedures will be determined by the Technical Director of the Theatre and where applicable, will include proration for any materials currently in the theatre stock (muslin, lumber, paint, etc.).
  • Open Space productions are a work of the applicant(s)’ own initiative, and the paid Theatre and Dance Department staff and THE 100 Production Laboratory students are not required to assist in the Open Space production season.  However, applicants are encouraged to ask for volunteer assistance.
  • Scheduling of performance dates and locations will be made in cooperation with the Department of Theatre and Dance in an effort to maximize opportunities for both the Open Space production and the main stage productions during the semester.
  • Open Space productions may utilize Theatre and Dance Department resources as available.  However, in an effort to prevent conflicts with the main stage season, rehearsal schedules, equipment requests, department space requests, costume requests, and construction equipment and space requests will be made in cooperation with the production faculty advisor and Technical Director of the Theatre.
  • While each production will differ in style, format and length, applicants are encouraged to explore the “text” (play, poem, story, theme, etc.) within an hour to an hour-and-a-half performance.  Applicants may present arguments for a longer production to be discussed during a department meeting one week after submission.
  • Open Space productions should also maintain a primary focus on one element of production.  Traditionally, Open Space productions emphasize the performance and direction/choreography aspects of performance, and in that case, the production should utilize a minimum of technical requirements.  However, an Open Space production emphasizing a technical element or design medium will have different requirements and should utilize a minimum of performers and/or direction.  Please note that design based Open Space applicants must coordinate (in advance) the production requirements with the faculty advisor and Technical Director of the Theatre in an effort to reduce space conflicts with courses and main stage productions.
SEPC

The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.

Student Employment

Administration

Production Stage Manager (PSM)

Job Description: The primary responsibility of the PSM is to train and prepare mainstage stage managers for the challenges of their position and to provide support and guidance throughout the production process. The PSM’s secondary responsibility is to serve as the department’s voice to the Grinnell College campus. Specific responsibilities include: disseminating information about upcoming department events and department policies, coordinating mainstage crew lists, assisting the faculty and staff with New Student Orientation and Student Staff hiring and training procedures, and providing additional logistical support to the department as assigned by the faculty and staff. Minimum of 3 hrs/week flex time.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Superior leadership, organizational, communication, verbal, and writing skills; Attention to detail; Adherence to confidentiality/security policies; Ability to work independently without much direct supervision; Upbeat, enthusiastic attitude in public relations; Willingness to represent department policy in communicating with the campus community; First Aid and Adult CPR Certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: At least one (1) production as a mainstage stage manager (and all prerequisites); general basic knowledge of department operations and procedures; familiarity with front-of-house (FOH) and Main Office operations.

Availability: This position is a two-year position, available in alternating years only. The successful candidate must apply with second-year (sophomore) standing and must be studying on campus (not abroad) for his or her junior and senior years in their entirety. Availability to arrive on campus as an essential student on the Thursday or Friday prior to the week of registration is preferred. Nighttime and weekend hours may be required during the academic year. Some summer mailing work required (can be completed from off campus).

Assistant to the Department Chair

Job Description: The Assistant to the Department Chair provides support services to the department by working closely with the Department Chair. Duties may include filing, editing, and copying department documents, and general office procedures. Minimum of 3 hrs/week flex time.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Superior organizational, communication, proofreading, and writing skills; attention to detail; adherence to confidentiality/security policies; familiarity with Microsoft Office on Mac OS X and Windows platforms; ability to work independently without much direct supervision; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: Some experience working with department faculty and staff members (in coursework and/or productions).

Availability: This position is a two-year position, available in alternating years only. The successful candidate must apply with second-year (sophomore) standing and must be studying on campus (not abroad) for his or her junior and senior years in their entirety. Must be able to arrive on campus the weekend before registration. Some vacation and/or summer work may be assigned (can be completed from off campus).

Production Assistant/Bookkeeper

Job Description: The Production Assistant/Bookkeeper works closely with the Technical Director to maintain the financial records of the department. The student in this position also performs other miscellaneous tasks at the direction of the Technical Director, including sorting and filing production slides and optional videotaping of performances. Minimum of 1-2 hrs/week flex time.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Some experience in budgeting or financial records management; attention to detail; adherence to confidentiality policies in dealing with financial records; familiarity with Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X; ability to work independently without much direct supervision; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: Some experience working with department faculty and staff members (in coursework and/or productions).

Availability: This position is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. It is open to students who have completed at least one semester at Grinnell College. The student in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication).

Front of House

Box Office Manager

Job Description: The Box Office Manager is the public face of the department. He or she is responsible for coordinating all ticketing for events taking place in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, including Theatre Department productions, Music Department concerts, Public Events engagements, and other events. The Box Office Manager also trains all Box Office employees on an ongoing basis and coordinates work schedules to ensure smooth operation of the Box Office. Minimum of 4-5 hrs/week scheduled/flex time when Box Office is open.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Experience in dealing with the public of all ages; excellent time management and organizational skills; strong leadership skills; attention to detail; upbeat, enthusiastic attitude in public relations; ability to enforce ticketing procedures and regulations and communicate the same to the public; ability to work independently without much direct supervision; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: At least one (1) year as a Box Office staff member; some experience working with department faculty and staff members (in coursework and/or productions).

Availability: The position of Box Office Manager is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. This position is open to students who have completed at least one year at Grinnell College. The student in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication). Nighttime and weekend hours required.

House Manager

Job Description: The House Manager is responsible for coordinating all Front-Of-House (FOH) operations in the Theatre Department. Specific responsibilities include: coordinating usher sign-ups from acting classes; training and supervising ushers; communicating with stage managers during and in advance of performances; and ensuring the safety of all patrons at Theatre Department performances. The House Manager also works as a Box Office staff member. Minimum of 5-6 hrs/week scheduled/flex time during production weeks and/or when the Box Office is open.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Experience in dealing with the public of all ages; sensitivity to the needs of patrons; upbeat, enthusiastic attitude in public relations; ability to enforce department safety regulations and communicate the same to the public; attention to detail; ability to work independently without much direct supervision; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: At least one (1) year as a Box Office staff member; some experience working with department faculty and staff members (in coursework and/or productions).

Availability: The position of House Manager is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. This position is open to students who have completed at least one year at Grinnell College. The student in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication). Extended nighttime and weekend hours required.

Box Office Staff

Job Description: Box Office staff members are responsible for distributing tickets for all events in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, including Theatre Department productions, Music Department concerts, Public Events engagements, and other events. Minimum of 2-3 hrs/week scheduled time when the Box Office is open.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Experience in dealing with the public of all ages; upbeat, enthusiastic attitude in public relations; ability to enforce ticketing procedures and regulations and communicate the same to the public; ability to work independently without much direct supervision; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: Some experience working with department faculty and staff members (in coursework and/or productions).

Availability: This position is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. It is open to students who have completed at least one semester at Grinnell College. The students in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication).

Production

Costume Studio

Costume Studio Manager

Job Description: The Costume Studio Manager works closely with the Costume Studio Supervisor to coordinate work schedules of all Stitchers to ensure smooth operation of the Costume Studio. Minimum of 3 hrs/week scheduled/flex time.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Experience in sewing, common alterations, and other theatrical costuming techniques; strong leadership and time-management skills; attention to detail; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: At least one (1) year as a Stitcher in the Costume Studio; at least one (1) mainstage production as Wardrobe Crew Chief.

Availability: This position is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. It is open to students who have completed at least one year at Grinnell College. The student in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication).

Costume Storage Coordinator

Job Description: The Costume Storage Coordinator works closely with the Costume Studio Supervisor to supervise and coordinate the movement of all costuming items in and out of the department’s costume storage facilities. The Costume Storage Coordinator enforces the department’s checkout policy for costume items by meeting with individuals and groups who wish to borrow items. He or she also works as a Stitcher in the Costume Studio. Minimum of 5 hrs/week scheduled/flex time.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Superior organization skills; attention to detail; ability to enforce costume checkout procedures and regulations and communicate the same to members of the campus community; upbeat, enthusiastic attitude; Some experience in inventory organization and management (retail, etc.); experience in sewing, common alterations, and other theatrical costuming techniques; ability to work independently without much supervision; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: At least one (1) year as a Stitcher in the Costume Studio; at least one (1) mainstage production as Wardrobe Crew Chief.

Availability: This position is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. This position is open to students who have completed at least one year at Grinnell College. The student in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication).

Stitcher

Job Description: Stitchers in the Costume Studio perform the majority of the construction, sorting, cleaning, mending, and altering work for costumes of mainstage productions. Stitchers also work as Wardrobe Crew Chiefs, a paid position on mainstage productions. Minimum of 3 hrs/week scheduled time (plus additional hours when serving as Wardrobe Crew Chief).

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Experience in sewing, common alterations, and other theatrical costuming techniques; time management skills; attention to detail; qualification on all Costume Studio equipment (provided by the department upon hiring); First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: Some experience working with department faculty and staff members in coursework (especially Theatre 115: Introduction to Stagecraft) and/or productions.

Availability: This position is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. It is open to students who have completed at least one semester at Grinnell College. Students in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication). Extended nighttime and weekend hours required when serving as Wardrobe Crew Chief.

Scene Shop

Properties Storage Coordinator

Job Description: The Props Storage Coordinator is responsible for the organization, coordination, and security of the Theatre Department props storage. This staff member enforces a check-out/check-in system for issuing Theatre Department props to Stage Managers and Directors of mainstage and student-directed productions, as well as to individuals in academic courses or student organizations who may wish to use props for presentations or other work and have obtained written approval from the Department Chair. Attendance at all mainstage Strike calls is required. Minimum of 2 hrs/week flex time (plus 5 Strike calls, 4 hrs each).

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Superior organizational abilities; attention to detail; upbeat, enthusiastic attitude; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to enforce department security policies for props storage areas; some experience in inventory organization and management (retail, etc.); ability to work independently without much direct supervision; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring).

Preferred Experience in the Department: At least one (1) department-sponsored production as Props Coordinator or (Assistant) Stage Manager; some additional experience working with department faculty and staff in coursework (especially Theatre 115: Introduction to Stagecraft) and/or productions.

Availability: This position is a one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. It is open to students who have completed at least one year at Grinnell College. The student in this position must be studying on campus for the entire academic year.

Scene Shop Staff

Job Description: Scene Shop Staff members work closely with the Technical Director and students in Theatre 115: Introduction to Stagecraft to perform the majority of the construction (primarily carpentry), painting, electrics, and other technical work involved in mounting the department’s mainstage productions. Scene Shop Staff also might be called to participate in mainstage Strike calls. Minimum of 3 hrs/week scheduled time (plus 5 Strike calls, 4 hrs each).

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Experience in carpentry, painting, theatrical lighting technology and/or design; ability to work in confined spaces and lift approximately seventy (70) pounds; prior tool qualification (provided by the department in Theatre 115: Introduction to Stagecraft); First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by the department upon hiring)

Preferred Experience in the Department: Theatre 115: Introduction to Stagecraft required; some additional experience working with department faculty and staff members (in coursework and/or productions).

Availability: This position is a one-semester or one-year position, extendable for a second year upon successful reapplication. It is open to students who have completed at least one semester at Grinnell College. Students in this position may study abroad and then return to the position afterward (upon successful reapplication).