Audition Information

Thanks for your interest in auditioning for Cortland Rep's 2017 Season!  Our Audition Schedule will be announced by early January.  Please check back to this site around that time.  Thanks!

Technical Job Opportunities
 Thanks for your interest in Cortland Rep's Technical Positions for our 2017 Season.  We will soon be announcing the positions that will be available (mid- December).  Please check back around that time.

Scenic and Properties Construction Shop at CRT Downtown.

Technical Internships

2017 Technical Intern Program

Cortland Rep has four technical interns in our summer program.  In each department, knowledge of the basic skills is helpful, which our staff will work with the interns to refine over the course of creating 6 mainstage productions and one children's show.  Interns will learn the balance of working in a very quick paced environment while creating high quality and detailed theatrical elements.

  • Properties Intern:  This intern has the opportunity to work with a professional Props Designer and Artisan. He/She will work learn many “tricks of the trade” from our staff, assisting in the building / borrowing / pulling-from-stock all props and set decoration - from large furniture pieces and soft goods, to smaller hand props, edibles, paper goods and everything in between.  It is helpful to have basic working knowledge of upholstery, foam carving, scenic painting, machine and hand sewing, Powerpoint and other computer photo programs...and have a great creative instinct!
  • Scenic Shop Intern:  This intern will work with our professional Technical Director and Scenic Designers, as well as Assistant TD and two Carpenters. He/She will work building and installing all the sets for all productions. In this quick paced environment, this intern will learn how to build scenic elements that are sturdy, strong and safe, but are also quick to install and strike.  A solid working knowledge of all typical power tools is helpful; basic knowledge of scenic painting is a plus.
  • Assistant Stage Manager/Assistant Company Manager: The ASM/ACM will act as the Stage Manager for our children’s show, and as ASM on all mainstage shows, attending rehearsals and working backstage. He/She will be in charge of the backstage running crew, which will consist of actors in the show and possible local assistants.  This is perhaps the busiest job of the summer, but the only staff member who works directly with all show directors, designers and crew.  Key traits are organization, strong people skills, problem-solving abilities and a tireless love of the theatrical process.
  • Costume Shop Intern: This intern has the opportunity to work with our professional Costume Designers and Supervisors, taking part in the build of all the costumes for our entire season.  Our shop builds from scratch, pulls from our considerable stock and borrows from local community members.  A good working knowledge of hand and machine sewing, patterning and fabric dying is helpful.  There are some long hours ahead, but the time spent is reflected in the quality costumes seen up close in our intimate, 250 seat theatre.

Per diem pay is $150.00 per week.  Housing is provided. To be considered for an technical internship, please e-mail a cover letter and  resume to Kerby Thompson, Producing Artistic Director or regular mail to PO Box 783, Cortland, NY 13045. Please include cover letter and at least three references with phone numbers and email addresses.  There is no formal application to complete.  If we are interested in speaking with you further about an internship, we will contact you to arrange a phone interview (or in person, if you are in the Central New York or New York City area). No phone calls, please. Please see more information about the theatre and our intern programs on the information page for our Performing Intern Program.   CRT's Intern Programs are supported, in part, by The Triad Foundation and The Tiger Baron Foundation

Performing Intern Program

Performing Internships

ABOVE:  2007 CRT Performing Intern Ephie Aardema (in striped shirt) in our children's production of Treasure Island made her Broadway debut in The Bridges of Madison County.
Other former interns are working or have worked on national tours (Kinky Boots, Bullets Over Broadway, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and have been featured in articles in the New York Times and on national commercials.  Some are also now working as casting directors for movies, television and stage.
CRT's Intern Programs are supported, in part, by The Triad Foundation and The Marsted Foundation

---------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is information on our performing intern program. If you are interested in becoming a Performing Intern at CRT, we MUST see you audition in person. Please check the Audition section above for updates on dates and places.  (There will be a form to fill out at the auditions upon which you can state your interest in our intern program - there are no additional applications beforehand.) Again - There is no written application for our internships, but we do require you to audition in person. Websites, YouTube clips or DVD auditions are useful to add after your initial audition, or to serve as a reminder to us of your abilities; however, we rarely (meaning, never!) hire anyone without seeing them audition first in person. Our intern program offers significant performance experience, and we like to think it is a better-than-average internship in that respect.  Because of this, we are looking for better-than-average interns. We audition our interns just as specifically as we do our leading roles. We are looking for not only good performers, but hard workers and people who are dedicated to the "quality of the end result." Have no doubt – you will work hard, you will learn a lot, and when you finish your stay with us, you will have built a strong resume and have a better understanding of how a professional theatre works.  

Questions and Answers

How many interns will there be?

We will hire 6 Performing Interns, usually three men and three women. We also bring on Technical Interns in the Scenic, Costume, Properties and Stage Management Departments. See more information about the Technical Interns in the section above.


We pay all our performing interns a stipend of $150.00 a week.  You will also receive an "up to $100" travel stipend to help get to Cortland.


Housing is provided, and will be in off-campus apartments connected to the State University of New York - Cortland campus.  Almost all the actors in the mainstage company are housed in the same building, with the technical crew housed just a short distance away. All the bedrooms are single rooms, but you will share the apartment (kitchen, bathroom and living space) with 2 or 3 other people. Laundry facilities (coin operated) are located in the basement. Housing is about an 8 minute walk to downtown Cortland and "CRT Downtown", which is our summer rehearsal site. However, a car is GREATLY useful because the grocery store is about a 5 minute drive and the theatre itself is about a 20 minute drive. Because this is college housing, we will move out mid-August, to be relocated to private homes. Our Guild and Board members are very welcoming - they’ve been doing this for years - and they are all extremely nice and easy-going.


You must be able to arrive no later than May 22, 2017. Rehearsals begin on May 23. Our season runs until September 9; however most intern contracts will end before that so that you may return to school.  We are somewhat flexible with the contract ending date, as long as it does not conflict with performance dates.

Equity Points?

CRT operates under a Guest Artist contract with Actors’ Equity Association, and so can not unfortunately offer points towards an Equity card.

What are the duties?

While our performance internships focus mostly on performance, there are a few technical duties that are expected. All the performing interns will be in at least two mainstage shows (our two large-cast musicals) and our children’s show - Note that these may be performed AT THE SAME TIME. Which means you may be rehearsing a show during the day and performing in a show at night. It’s exhausting, but a terrific opportunity to get some great performance experience under your belt. In the past, interns have played featured ensemble roles in West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Chicago, and  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Others have played principal roles such as Cosette and Marius in Les Mis,  Rutledge, Thompson and the Courier in 1776, Munkestrap, Jennyanydots and Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, and Frenchie, Jan, Patti, Doody, Sonny, and Eugene in Grease. This year intern roles are available in La Cage Aux Folles , Footloose, Appointment With Death, and Nana's Naughty Knickers. Our interns will start the summer with rehearsals for our children's show The Velventeen Rabbit. These will be full-day rehearsals for the first week of the summer.  During the second week, we will have numerous morning performances for school groups, and there may be some tech duties in the afternoons.  During the third week, we begin rehearsals for Footloose, and our interns will just be required to attend those rehearsals - there will not be any tech work. However, the entire company assists with strikes and change-overs, and the interns are asked to help on ALL change-overs, not just the shows you are in.  You may be asked to work backstage as running crew or as a dresser during the run of a show that you are not performing in.  However those duties will be arranged so as not to conflict with your rehearsal schedule.

Days Off?

There is one day off a week, which varies depending on the show schedule of that week. When you are not performing at night or working backstage, your evenings are free.

Comp tickets?

You get two for each of the six mainstage shows.


Many of our directors and choreographers are more than willing to hold audition, acting or dance classes. These will be arranged during the summer when there is time in the schedule. These classes will be at times so as not to conflict with other duties and rehearsals that need to get done (which will be tough, but we’ll try). You will have the opportunity to work closely with some professional directors and choreographers from New York City and elsewhere.


No sorry, absolutely no pets are allowed. Please find a summer home for Rover and Fluffy, because they cause huge problems when the housing crunch is on, and are not allowed in the cast housing.

Thanks again for your interest! If you have any other questions, drop us an email. Please do not call. Good luck!