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 Department of Theater.

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The Northern Stage E-Term, Winter 2023

PLEASE NOTE:  This page has previous term information to give general information.  The Winter 23 deadlines and information will be posted soon!

We are delighted to announce that an Experiential Learning "E-Term" program opportunity will be offered once again in the Winter of 2023. At least two applicants may be selected for the spring program.

The students will be housed with the Northern Stage Company, trained for 10-12 weeks in all aspects of the professional theater, and take part in Northern Stage's Mainstage season. Spring E-term students will be mentored by the Northern Stage Artistic and Managing Directors, company members, and guests.

The goal of the E-Term is to connect students' academic and practical training at Dartmouth to a career in the professional theater. Students will have the opportunity to assist in all areas of the theater including Artistic Direction, Education, Marketing, Development and Management; specific assignments will vary from student to student, depending on individual areas of interest. E-term students will also be guided to fulfill a Passion Project: individual projects nurtured by staff, which may include performance pieces and playwriting. E-Term students may earn Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points towards joining Actor's Equity, the national union for professional actors and stage managers.


August 6, 2021: Spring 2022 E-Term application window closes
August/September 2021: Students are selected for E-Term project. In order to participate, students must be on an off-term in Spring 2022.March 2022 (on or around 3/24): E-Term students travel to Northern Stage and begin their admin duties and passion projects.
March 25: Students involved in Spamalot begin rehearsals.
March 25-May 22: Spamalot in rehearsal and performance.
May 22-June 8: BridgeUp Shakespeare in the Schools project, New Play development

During the runs of Spamalot and the BridgeUp project, E-term students not directly involved with the productions will continue their work in other areas of Northern Stage's company as well as their passion projects.

The Spring 2022 E-Term ends either with the end of the Northern Stage 2022 Season on May 22 or at the conclusion of the BridgeUp project on June 8.


The application deadline for the Fall E-Term is August 6, 2021. Please visit the Northern Stage website for more details, and/or CLICK HERE to begin the application process. PLEASE NOTE: Your application will not be processed until it is complete.


About the Northern Stage E-Term

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 Northern Stage BOLD Artistic Fellow Kerrigan Quenemoen '19.