There is nothing quite like total immersion in full-time teaching for 12 weeks to really propel you down the path to becoming a competent, confident, compassionate, committed and flexible teaching artist. I spent last summer at Seattle Children’s Theatre working side by side with around a dozen professional teaching artists all with a vastly different teaching styles and crossed paths with over 100 children and 100+ personalities. The wide variety of classes, and professional guidance were key in shaping my understanding of my goals and roles as a teaching artist.
When applying focus on your experience with children/youth as well as your teaching experience rather than your performance and acting credentials. Having a theater background is great, but being able to communicate and convey objectives to the students is essential and no amount of experience on stage can replace the ability to interact with young people effectively.
Know your strengths as a teacher. When are you in your element? Think of specific experiences you had and be prepared to share them. Be sure you know why you are applying to a specific internship. What does it offer that no other experience or internship can? How will your presence as an intern make the experience better for all involved? Know what goals you hope to achieve while interning.