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.

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 Associate Artistic Director Jess Chayes.

Call for Applicants

The Northern Stage E-Term, Fall 2020

Please note: due to current world events, Northern Stage's fall 2020 programming, including the Fall 2020 e-term, is subject to change at this point.

We are delighted to announce that an Experiential Learning "E-Term" program opportunity will be offered once again in the fall of 2020. Up to four applicants may be selected for the fall 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. Fall 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.


June 1, 2020: Fall 2020 E-Term application window closes
June 2020: Students are selected for E-Term project. In order to participate, students must be on an off-term in Winter 2020.

Due to current world events, Northern Stage's fall 2020 schedule and programming are subject to change at this point. Below is an updated draft (5/26/20) of Northern Stage's fall program: 

September 2020 (on or around 9/7): E-Term students travel to Northern Stage and begin their admin duties and passion projects.
September 28, 2020: Students involved in Fall education projects and Tiny Necessary Theater begin rehearsals.
October 2–November 8, 2020: Tiny Necessary Theater projects & Cabaret Benefit event in rehearsals and performances.
November13, 2020: E-term students involved with It's a Wonderful Life (A Live Radio Play) begin rehearsals while continuing other duties.

During the runs of Tiny Necessary Theater and It's a Wonderful Life, 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.

Term ends either at the end of the Dartmouth Fall term (November 24, 2020) or, for those students involved with It's a Wonderful Life, January 3, 2021.


The application deadline for the Fall E-Term is June 1, 2020. 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.

For further information about internship opportunities at Northern Stage, please contact Northern Stage BOLD Associate Artistic Director Jess Chayes.