Northern Stage

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 fully professional and nationally renowned theater company. Northern Stage is located just 10 minutes from the Dartmouth campus. This close relationship between Northern Stage and Dartmouth College helps to guide Dartmouth students to long and fulfilling careers in the American theater, and is an important stepping-stone from the study of theater to the practice of theater as a professional endeavor. Internships are offered in acting, directing, production and arts administration. A recently created post-graduate one year internship has been launched to help a recent graduate navigate the transition from academia to real life practice. Dartmouth students also receive discounted tickets, access to visiting professionals, and opportunities to act onstage alongside nationally renowned artists.

“As a member of the Dartmouth theater faculty and Artistic Director of Northern Stage, I am proud to offer the opportunity for our students to receive hands on training with nationally renowned artists and administrators. 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,” says Northern Stage Artistic Director and Dartmouth Senior Lecturer Carol Dunne. “We have 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.”   

In recent news, Northern Stage produced the World Premier of faculty member Joe Sutton’s play Orwell in America. The piece was directed by Avalon Professor of the Humanities Peter Hackett, featured Professor Jamie Horton as George Orwell and provided an assistant directing internship to Debbie Guzman-Buchness’15. The production received rave reviews and will move Off-Broadway in the autumn of 2016, giving Guzman-Buchness a New York debut a year after graduation.

For further information about internship opportunities at Northern Stage, please contact Eric Love, Assistant to the Artistic Director and Director of Education:  [email protected].


E Term

Call for Applicants for Northern Stage "E- Term" Opportunity

Dartmouth College Department of Theater/Northern Stage



The Dartmouth Theater Department and Northern Stage, an award winning professional theater, will present a groundbreaking experiential (or “E”) term for five to six exceptional Dartmouth Students in the fall of 2016.

The students will be housed with the Northern Stage Company, trained for 15 weeks in all aspects of the professional theater, and take part in Northern Stage’s Off-Broadway production of Orwell in America as well as the company’s highly lauded production of A Christmas Carol.  The E-term Company, as the students will be called, will be mentored by the Northern Stage Artistic and Managing Directors, company members and guests. Students will also participate in weekly classes and career preparation seminars led by Northern Stage professionals.

The New York production of Orwell in America will serve as the centerpiece for the immersive term. Students will participate in rehearsals and performances in Hanover beginning early September 2016, travel to New York City to continue their work as part of the production team during the Off-Broadway run, and then return to the Northern Stage in November to perform additional duties, including possible acting assignments, on the production of A Christmas Carol. The students’ E-term experience would conclude with the final performance of the holiday show.

The Dartmouth faculty recognizes that there are few, if any, undergraduate programs in the United States that offer this kind of top-tier professional, hands-on training experience to their students. This opportunity for experiential learning makes Dartmouth unique among its peer institutions and will help to maintain the College’s reputation as having one of the finest undergraduate theater programs in the United States. To participate in the training of the next generation of theater artists is also a fundamental component of Northern Stage’s educational mission. Through this proposed collaboration, the Theater Department at Dartmouth College and Northern Stage will deepen their impact on our shared community and take a major step toward becoming a model of excellence for the American theater.

Northern Stage:

Northern Stage is an award-winning, fully professional regional theater company that operates under a LORT-D contract with Actors’ Equity Association and also maintains contractual relationships with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of IATSE. The company produces a six-show main stage season each year from October through May with annual attendance at over 30,000 patrons. Northern Stage also offers educational vacation and summer camps for children ages 6-14 as well as numerous outreach programs that seek to involve the greater community.


Orwell in America – the Play:

“In the first years after World War II, George Orwell, author of Animal Farm is chaperoned on an American book tour by a fetching young woman, provided by the publisher, whose job is to dissuade Orwell from telling America why he is a proud socialist. This beautiful, smart, and thought-provoking drama was first presented in a staged reading at Northern Stage's inaugural New Works Now festival in 2014 and in a full production in 2015 to great audience and critical acclaim.” - Broadway

 “E-Term” Project Schedule:

Fall term 2015 – Students selected for “E-term” pilot project. In order to participate, students must be on an off-term in fall 2016.  Applications are available in the Theater Department Office or by e-mail to Peter Hackett ([email protected]). This project is contingent on pending funding from the College.


September 12, 2016 Students begin the “E-term” at Northern Stage.

September 19, 2016 – Rehearsals begin for Orwell in America.

September 28 – October 1, 2016 – Performances at Dartmouth, Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center, 7:30 PM

October 3, 2015 – Company travels to 59E59 Theater in New York City

October 7 – 9, 2016 – Preview Performances

October 11 –30, 2016 – Official opening and performances in New York 

November 1, 2016 – Company returns to Hanover

November TBA – Rehearsals begin for A Christmas Carol at Northern Stage

November – January – Christmas Carol Performances


Dartmouth E-Term Highlights:

  • Students will receive training for 15 weeks in all aspects of the professional theater, and take part in Northern Stage’s Off-Broadway production of Orwell in America as well as the company’s highly lauded production of A Christmas Carol.
  • Students will be working in the new, state of the art Barrette Center for the Arts at Northern Stage.
  • Students will be in residence in New York City for @ one month and receive experience working on an Off-Broadway show. New York housing and meal stipend will be provided.
  • Positions are available in ALL areas including acting, lights, costumes, scenery, technical theater, stage management, dramaturgy, technical theater, etc.
  • Acting interns will appear in A Christmas Carol with the possibility of receiving Equity Membership Candidate points.
  • Northern Stage Artistic Director Carol Dunne, Managing Director Eric Bunge, director Peter Hackett, Northern Stage production staff, company members and guests will mentor students.  
  • Students will receive weekly seminars, mentoring and career preparation classes from Northern Stage professionals.
  • There are few, if any, undergraduate programs in the United States that offer this kind of top-tier professional, hands-on training experience to their students.
  • Housing and a meal stipend will be provided as well as round trip transportation from Hanover to New York City.
  • E-term students must be on an off-term. E-term project is from September 12, 2016 to January 1, 2017.
  • Program is contingent on funding from the Provosts Office