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, Fall 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 Fall 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 Fall Repertory productions of Oslo and Dear Elizabeth or the Holiday Production of Matilda
  • Participating in educational programs such as the Youth Ensemble Studio Fall Community Engagement Production
  • 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


May 15, 2018: Fall 2018 E-Term application window closes
June 2018: Students selected for E-Term project. In order to participate, students must be on an off-term in Fall 2018.
August 2018: Students involved with Oslo and Dear Elizabeth travel to and begin their E-term at Northern Stage. During the runs of Oslo and Dear Elizabeth, E-term students not directly involved with those productions will continue their work in other areas of Northern Stage’s company.
October 2018: E-term students involved with Matilda begin rehearsals while continuing other duties. During the run of Matilda, E-terms students not directly involved with that production will continue their work in other areas of Northern Stage’s company.

The Fall E-Term will end either with the end of the Dartmouth Fall Term on November 21, 2018; for those students involved in Matilda, the Fall E-Term will end on January 1, 2019


The application deadline for the Fall E-Term is May 15, 2018. Please visit the Northern Stage website for program details, and/or click HERE to begin the application process. PLEASE NOTE: Your application will not be processed until it is complete.

Letter of recommendation may be sent to:
Eric Love
Director of Education
[email protected]

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 Director of Education Eric Love.