The Illinois Shakespeare Festival offers an internship program for qualified college students to expand their skills and gain experience in a professional theatre environment. As part of the ISF Internship Program, you will gain hands-on, real-world experience in a creative and supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to work one on one with professionals in your chosen area of study. You will be able to develop work that you can feature in your personal professional portfolio. For all internships, we are looking for individuals that are interesting in focusing their work on a specific area of study. To advance your learning opportunities we are looking for individuals who possess effective communication skills, are organized, and are detail-oriented. Individuals who apply must adhere to all health and safety guidelines set forth by Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Illinois State University. This may include, but not be limited to, daily health check-ins, COVID-19 testing, and additional required training.
Internship applications for the 2024 Season are now open! Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. You will be contacted via email within two weeks of submission of your application for an interview.
The Sutter Family Shakespeare Scholarship was established by Craig Sutter in memory of his mother, G. Jean Sutter, and his father, H. Everett Sutter. Their passion for the arts and civic engagement resonated with him from a young age. Sutter has been an avid supporter and patron of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival since 1996. His involvement in the Festival has ranged from sponsoring ice cream socials, which provide opportunities for patrons and cast members to mingle, to acting in walk-on roles with the company. "Sutter Scholars" study theatre at Illinois State University and take part in a coveted internship with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Freshman students at Illinois State University may apply for the Sutter Family Shakespeare Scholarship. This scholarship, awarded based on audition, recognizes students with a high level of acting talent. The scholarship recipient will receive an acting internship for one season with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and an academic scholarship award of $500 per semester for three years ($3,000 total).
Students wishing to be considered for the Sutter Family Shakespeare Scholarship should participate in the ISF on-campus auditions each season. Please visit Casting for audition information.