Internships provide an excellent way to gain practical experience in the field and learn the business and logistical side of being an artist. Students work closely with Michael Burke and the collaborating internship sponsors to locate the best placement for the individual. Internship positions include everything from assisting individual artists in rehearsals to administrative work for an arts presenting organization. Two full days per week are dedicated to internships. Please note that in addition to working with presenting venues and other non-profit arts organizations such as museums and galleries, students also have the option of placements with individual artists and companies.
The following is a sample list of Trinity/La MaMa’s many sponsoring internship placements:
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance is a performance and workshop space founded by acclaimed dancer/choreographer Arthur Aviles (formerly of Bill T. Jones Co.) in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. In addition to concerts by Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, BAAD! annually presents BAAD! ASS WOMEN, a cultural celebration of works by women; OUT LIKE THAT!, the Bronx’s only festival of works by Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgendered artists; The BlaKtino Playwrights Showcase, presenting the work of Black, Latino and playwrights of mixed race. The space also curates visual art exhibitions and community programs to coincide with all programming.
Classic Stage Company
Classic Stage Company is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. CSC presents plays from the past that speak directly to the issues of today. As they return to works of the past, they endeavor to keep a clear eye on the future, particularly in terms of the next generation of artists and audiences.. Classic Stage Company is highly respected and widely regarded as a major force in New York and American theatre. Its 199-seat auditorium located near Union Square is at once intimate and spectacular. Classic Stage productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theatre awards: Obies, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and 1999 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.
The Culture Project
The Culture Project is a non-profit theater dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by creating and supporting artistic work that amplifies marginalized voices. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artists, they aim to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time. Founded by Allan Buchman in 1996, Culture Project has premiered celebrated shows including Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, Lawrence Wright’s My Trip To Al-Qaeda, Tings Dey Happen, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning world premiere of George Packer’s Betrayed, and Temple University’s acclaimed production of In Conflict.
Dance New Amsterdam
Founded in 1984, DNA supports the life, career and longevity of dance artists through ongoing dance education opportunities for choreographic exploration and innovative performance as well as service to the community. DNA fosters the development of new works through commissions, residencies and subsidized space. They are committed to training dancers, developing new audiences and bridging diverse communities by exploring the role of dance across a spectrum of contemporary dance cultures. DNA provides classes, certification courses, artistic residencies and studio and administrative office subsidies. DNA also commissions new choreographic works and presents a year-round performance season of fully produced dance works.
Dixon Place, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. Their mission is to support and nurture the development of new work and work in progress from diverse artists and to build new audiences for the work. They provide a venue for emerging and established artists; encourage artists of color and gay and lesbian writers and performing artists to explore their work in a supportive environment; provide a forum for writers to read their work and speak to audiences and provides a meeting place for social change organizations. Dixon Place is a local haven for creativity and an international model for the open exploration of the process of creation.www.dixonplace.org
"What began in 1985 as a literary reading space, a throwback to Paris salons, is now one of the city's most important and fiercely experimental artists' nests." - The Village Voice
HERE Arts Center
HERE Arts Center supports multidisciplinary work that includes theater, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art. They have developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Basil Twist and Joey Arias' Arias with a Twist, and Faye Driscoll's 837 Venice Boulevard. HERE supports the work of artists through fully-produced works, commissions and subsidized rehearsal space. Key elements of their programming are designed to allow the public to have as many access points to the development of original art as possible through work-in-progress showings, workshop productions, post show artist talkbacks, informal discussions in their café and full productions.
“One of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow.” – The New York Times
Founded in 1982, The Joyce is considered one of the premiere performance venues for dance and attracts an annual audience of more than 140,000. Since its inception, The Joyce has welcomed over 270 New York City-based, national and international dance companies to its stage. In addition, The Joyce oversees Joyce Soho, a dance center in Lower Manhattan that is equipped with two studios for rehearsals and performances, and DANY (Dance Art New York) Studios, eleven affordable studios, that are appropriate for rehearsals, auditions, classes and workshops.
The Kitchen is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that provides artists working in the media, literary, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work. Founded as an artist collective in 1971, it was among the very first American institutions to embrace the then emergent fields of video and performance art, while also presenting dance, music, literature, and film. The resulting combination was an environment uniquely conducive to experimentation and cross-disciplinary explorations that helped launch the careers of artist who have defined the American avant-garde, including Vito Acconci, Constance de Jong, Gary Hill, Kiki Smith, Charles Atlas, Lucinda Childs, Elizabeth Streb, Bill T. Jones, and Laurie Anderson.
La MaMa, Experimental Theater Club
La MaMa is a world renowned cultural institution that is home to three theaters, an art gallery, a six story rehearsal studio building, an artist dormitory, the Trinity/La MaMa Program, and an extensive archive documenting the history of the Off-Off Broadway movement. Founded in 1961 by Ellen Stewart, La MaMa quickly became a leading force in American theater and the artistic home of Sam Shepherd, Lanford Wilson, Tom O’Horgan, and Philip Glass. La MaMa was one of the first downtown theaters to support full-time resident companies including the Great Jones Repertory Company and to bring international artists to the U.S. such as Tadeusz Kantor, Andrei Serban, Kazuo Ohno and The Tokyo Kid Brothers. To date, La MaMa has presented artists from 70 nations, and each season, produces over 100 productions. La MaMa has been honored with over thirty Obie Awards, a Tony Award, and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie and Villager Awards.
Under the direction and vision of Federico Restrepo, Loco7 has been in existence since 1985. Loco7's mission has been to develop the use of puppetry as an instrument for the dancer, a style which incorporates dance and design. Utilizing rhythmic music, dancers, body puppets and larger than life marionettes, Restrepo weaves a choreography which extends beyond the body of the dancer. Dealing with themes such as South American Culture & History, the immigrants' experience and urban life, Restrepo creates an animated movement, in an ever-changing and surreal environment, bringing the stage to life.
Movement Research is one of the world's leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. These include several performance series at Judson Church, dance residencies, diverse classes and workshops, and outreach programs in New York City Schools. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival
The New York Musical Theatre Festival is the largest annual musical theatre event in the world. It presents 30 productions each fall in the heart of New York City's theatre district, along with an array of readings, concerts, and other special events. The festival is attended by an audience of more than 30,000. Of the more than 300 new musicals presented at the Festival since its inception in 2004, more than 70 have gone on to successful productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, in almost every U.S. state and countries around the world. By consistently attracting the participation of well-known actors, directors and other established members of the theatre industry, the Festival has created an environment rich with mentorship opportunities for artists, and made the festival a leading spot for the discovery of talented performers, directors, choreographers, designers, and producers as well as writers.
New York Theatre Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop is an off-Broadway theatre noted for its acclaimed and innovative productions. It is a workshop where artists create new work, hone their craft and collaboratively explore theatre. Over the past two decades, NYTW is recognized as one of the leading producing theatres of original work in the United States. The Workshop places the artist at the center of its mission, and, as a result, the work developed and produced there is aesthetically, thematically, and methodologically diverse. The Workshop boasts a long list of acclaimed work that includes Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Jonathan Larson's Rent, and Ivo van Hove's productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Hedda Gabler.
Pan Asian Repertory Theater
Pan Asian Repertory Theater celebrates the artistic expressiveness of Asian and American theatre artists under the highest standards of professional theatre and professional productions. It encourages the production of new plays, especially those with contemporary Asian American themes and draws upon the unique heritage of Asian Americans by utilizing the style, music and movement of Asian performing arts traditions in order to explore new theatrical forms. PART also nurtures emerging Asian American talent through professionally led workshops and on-the-job training and introduces Asian American Theatre to the general theatre-going public as well as the differently-abled; to deepen the appreciation and understanding of Asian American cultural heritage.
Performance Space 122
Performance Space 122 is dedicated to supporting the creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. Over the past 25 years what was once an abandoned school has become one of the world's leading arts institutions, an esteemed presenter of experimental and alternative performance and a home to countless emerging artists. PS122 is home to two theatres with presentation programs of dance, performance, music, film, and video, professional technical and administrative staffs, a national touring program, an active commission program, low-cost rehearsal space and more.
Ping Chong and Company
Ping Chong and Company produces theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times, striving to reach the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity. The company was founded in 1975 by leading theatrical innovator Ping Chong with a mission to create works of theater that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the modern world. Productions range from intimate oral history projects to grand scale cinematic multidisciplinary productions featuring puppets, performers, and full music and projection scores. Ping Chong and Company has produced over 90 works at venues such as La MaMa ETC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Central Park Summerstage, Lincoln Center Festival, New Victory Theater, and The Asia Society.
St. Ann’s Warehouse
St. Ann’s Warehouse has commissioned, produced, and presented a unique and eclectic body of innovative theatre and concert presentations that meet at the intersection of theatre and rock and roll. Since 2000, the organization has helped vitalize the Brooklyn Waterfront in DUMBO, where St. Ann’s Warehouse has become one of New York City’s most important and compelling live performance destinations. Through its signature multi-artist concerts and groundbreaking music and theatre collaborations, St. Ann’s celebrates the panoramic traditions of American and world cultures, with forays into a variety of contemporary forms, including new commissions and multi-disciplinary theatrical presentations.
Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. They do this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community. UBW believes in facilitating the use of art as a means of addressing issues of social justice and encouraging civic engagement. Based in Brooklyn, they aspire to ensure continuity by strengthening and expanding out international community via ongoing professional education, development of new audiences, nurturing young talent and presenting bold dance works in NYC, nationally and internationally.
The Wooster Group
The Wooster Group originated in 1975 with works composed and directed by Spalding Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte. They are a company of artists who make work for theater, dance and media. The company is constantly evolving, and with its many artistic associates, has created and performed nineteen pieces for theater, eight film/video pieces, and five dance pieces. The Performing Garage has been The Wooster Group's permanent home and venue since its beginning and all of their work has been developed there. It was bought in the early 1970s when Soho was still an empty warehouse district being reinhabited by artists. The Wooster Group is considered one of the most influential companies in the American avant-garde.