Experiential Learning with Northern Stage

One of the region's foremost professional theater companies, Northern Stage enjoys an close and collaborative working relationship with the Dartmouth Theater Department.

The collaborative relationship between Dartmouth College and Northern Stage, a professional regional theater in White River Junction, Vermont provides Dartmouth theater students with extraordinary access to a nationally renowned theater company. Located just minutes from the Dartmouth campus, Northern Stage's Artistic Director Carol Dunne is a Senior Lecturer with the Theater Department. The close relationship between Northern Stage and Dartmouth College affords students the opportunity to work and learn in a professional theater environment, providing them with invaluable real-world artistic and non-profit administrative experiences that will help determine their professional creative paths into the future.

Off-term experiential learning internships, called e-terms, have been available to Dartmouth students since 2016. E-termers are exposed to all aspects of the professional theater, but they may choose to focus in acting, directing, production and/or arts administration. The e-term is an immersive experience; students live with the Northern Stage company and are fully integrated into the daily life of the organization, working alongside creative professionals and appearing onstage with nationally renowned artists.


In addition to the e-term, a post-graduate one-year internship is available to help recent graduates navigate the transition into real-life theatrical careers and launch them into the industry. Dartmouth theater students also benefit from discounted theatre tickets and  course-related events and master classes with the creative artists of Northern Stage.

“The journey to a career in the theater is made much smoother for students who are given the firm foundation of real world professional experience,” said Northern Stage Artistic Director and Dartmouth Senior Lecturer Carol Dunne in 2016. “Dartmouth has one of the most expansive theater departments in the Ivy League, and our relationship with Northern Stage deepens our students’ understanding of and ability to create theater for the future.”   

For more information about internship opportunities at Northern Stage, please contact their Assistant to the Artistic Director and Director of Education Eric Love.

Call for Applicants

The Northern Stage E- Term, Spring 2018

Due to the remarkable success of the groundbreaking Experiential Learning "E-term" program, we are delighted to announce that an E-Term opportunity will be offered once again in the Spring term of 2018. Up to three applicants will be selected for the program.

The ultimate goal of the E-Term is to build a bridge between students’ academic training at Dartmouth and a career in the professional theater. The program offers 10 weeks of training in all aspects of the professional theater. The program will include:

  • Taking part in Northern Stage’s production of Noises Off
  • Participating in the educational outreach programs "Shakespeare in the Schools" and "Musical Theater in the Schools"
  • Participating in classes and career preparation workshops led by Northern Stage professionals
  • Mentoring by Northern Stage Artistic and Managing Directors, company members and guests, and Dartmouth professors
  • Earning Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points towards joining the actors’ union

The application deadline for the spring e-term is January 31, 2018. Please visit the Northern Stage website HERE for program details and application materials.

For further information about internship opportunities at Northern Stage or if you have any questions about the Post-Graduate Internship Program, please contact Northern Stage Assistant Artistic Director Eric Love.