Professional Learning Opportunities

Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University’s (WFT@BU) academic internships & summer Emerging Arts Leader programs are exciting opportunities for the next generation of artists, educators, & administrators to learn and work in a professional midsize theatre dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Through hands-on projects, networking opportunities, and professional development, interns will develop the tools necessary to be successful in their chosen field.


Emerging Arts Leaders


The Emerging Arts Leaders (EAL) program is a 9 to 10-week summer professional learning experience, designed for emerging and early career artists, administrators, educators, & technicians (ages 18+) who are actively pursuing careers in professional theatre. Through hands-on experiences in the day-to day- operations of a professional family theatre, EALs will further develop their skills in an area of focus while being exposed to the broader inner-workings of WFT. EALs will work closely with WFT’s professional staff on furthering organizational programming, initiatives and mission-driven projects while also participating in applicable networking and professional development experiences. WFT requires that each EAL be mature, motivated to learn, able to work collaboratively, and able to exhibit proven interest and ability in the specific EAL area.

Time Commitment

Summer 2024 EAL programs will start June 9 and run through August 18, 2024. Rolling applications begin January 19th with priority given to those who apply by February 26, 2023. 

EALs will work 10 to 40 hours a week based on departmental projects. Education focus EALs will work 36 – 40 hours a week during summer programming weeks (June 24 – August 16).


WFT@BU offers EAL experiences to college and graduate level students and early career professionals with a range of experiences and backgrounds. Please see the individual EAL focus area descriptions for more details and specific qualifications. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for an EAL experience.

For teen opportunities, click here.


EAL participants are paid (starting at $15/hour) or they can receive college credit, when applicable. Additional compensation includes complimentary tickets, professional development and networking opportunities are included. WFT is unable to provide housing or a housing stipend but can provide resources for individuals seeking housing.

Emerging Arts Leader Areas of Focus

WFT@BU offers the following focus areas for summer 2024 EAL experiences. Click the title to learn more about the role, responsibilities & possible duties, projects and assignments. 

Audience Services, Accessibility & Equity (Project Based, Part-Time)
  • Assist in the development and execution of WFT’s Access programs (ASL, open captioning, audio description, tactile tours, sensory friendly performances, social stories, etc.)
  • Research audience development and community-based initiatives around accessibility and inclusion best practices.
  • Assist in the development and creation of training materials for future employees and stakeholders. 
  • Applicants should have an interest in equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or accessibility in the arts. Previous experience with this type of work is encouraged but not required.
  • Applicants with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Click here to view a sample project description for this position.

This is a part-time position, working 10 to 20 hours a week.

Audience Services, Box Office & Group Outreach (Part-Time)
  • Support the Audience Services Manager in the day-to-day operations of the box office and professional theatre (answer phones/emails, serve as front of house staff, etc.).
  • Assist in the research and development of programs related to audience and box office services (membership/subscription models, discount ticket initiatives, community promotions)
  • Assist in scheduling, planning and communicating with school and public groups.  
  • Assist in maintaining & updating patron and school contact databases (Updating contact information, merging duplicate profiles, researching new school contacts, etc.) 
  • Applicants should have some basic knowledge of Microsoft Suite, G-Suite. Previous experience with OvationTix is desirable but not required. 

This is a part-time position, working 10 to 15 hours a week.

Administrative, General Management & Fundraising (Part-Time)
  • Supporting all areas of Wheelock Family Theatre’s fundraising efforts, with emphasis on corporate giving.
  • Assisting in coordinating direct mail/e-mail campaigns for individual donors.
  • Researching prospective individual and institutional funders.
  • Carrying out other special projects and cultivation events as needed.
  • Applicants should have good computer and research skills, be organized, personable, self-motivated, and have an interest in fundraising/development at a non-profit arts organization.

This is a part-time position, working 10 to 20 hours a week.

Education, Administrative Operations (Full-Time)
  • Support the day-to-day operations of WFT@BU’s summer program, with three areas of focus: administrative operations, student & family relations, teaching & learning resource management.
  • Administrative operations duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing online & in-person registration; supporting COVID-19 health & safety guidelines and policies; participate in the planning and execution of all areas of running a 9-week theatre arts summer program. 
  • Student & family relations duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Phone/email/in-person communication with families around student support, accessibility needs and learning plans; supervising lunch, breaks and pick-up & drop-off; possible assisting in the classroom.
  • Teaching & learning resource management duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: developing and implementing a teaching resources site; researching and including resources (visuals, worksheets, documents, plays, books, etc.); collaborate with teaching artists to support their day-today materials and supplies.
  • Applicants should have strong communication skills, experience in administrative work and an interest in arts education.

This is a full-time position, working 36 to 40 hours a week.

Education, Teaching Assistant (Full-Time)
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant in in-person theatre arts classes/programs for students grades K to 12.
  • Support the day-to-day programming operations of WFT@BU’s summer program including but not limited to: Phone/email/in-person communication with families around student support accessibility needs and learning plans; supporting pick-up & drop-off; supervising lunch and breaks; serving as a model student; possible lead teaching opportunities; additional in-class & administrative duties as assigned.
  • Participate in and support professional development and learning opportunities throughout the summer.
  • Applicants should have an interest in theatre arts education and working with young people and families. Specific expertise (technical theatre/production, acting, musical theatre, stage combat, etc.) may be required to support in various classes. Previous experience teaching and developing curriculum is encouraged but not required. 
  • Applicants with previous experience and/or interest in working with students who are neurodivergent and/or have disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a full-time position, working 36 to 40 hours a week.

Marketing, Social Media & Graphic Design (Part-Time)
  •  Independent project management related to marketing campaigns, website work, and advertising.
  • Strategic research and planning for future productions.
  • Design and creation of content for posting (IG stories, graphics, etc.) and assisting with content creation assignments (blog posts, newsletters, etc.)
  • Support of the ongoing work of the Marketing Specialist in the development and execution of Wheelock Family Theatre’s marketing and communications plan.

This is a part-time position, working 5 to 15 hours a week.

Marketing, Photography & Video Production
  • Assist with coverage of current programming, including shooting Education classes, productions, and final demonstrations.
  • Support the planning of future marketing shoots, aligned with organizational goals.
  • Edit, caption, keyword, and properly archive and organize all images and files.
  • Assist Marketing Specialist with photo & video shoots and other daily needs as assigned.
  • Applicants should have an interest and previous 2 to 3 years video production and/or photography experience. Knowledge of and skills in using Illustrator, InDesign and other Adobe programs is encouraged but not required. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

This is a part-time position, working 10 to 20 hours a week.

Productions, Artistic Operations (Part-Time)
  • Administrative: Assist in the development and maintenance  of WFT’s literary database, casting database, and other artistic programming tools.
  • Dramaturgy: Complete dramaturgical research for upcoming productions with the opportunity to write for WFT’s blog, social media channels, and program booklets
  • Casting: monitoring the casting email, creating sides & necessary casting materials, monitoring in-person auditions, and other required tasks associated with successfully. 
  • Literary; Research new plays, playwrights, and stories to adapt for the stage; Develop a database of authors, publishers, and playwrights for consideration for future new works.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in knowledge of theatre for young audiences and theatre for families. Previous experience in casting, dramaturgy and/or literary management is preferred but not required. Strong written and verbal communication skills, sas well as the ability to work independently and find opportunities for growth is required.

This is a part-time position, working 10 to 20 hours a week.

Productions, Technical Theatre (Full-Time)
  • Work alongside the Production Manager & Technical Director to support the summer education programs for grades K to 12, with the opportunity for specialized focus in an area of design based on applicant’s previous experience and interest. 
  • Support education programs as possible teaching assistant and/or crew support for the various performance-based programs.
  • Collaborate with the Production Manager & Technical Director on theatre maintenance projects, inventory, and organization of theatre spaces.
  • Participate in early design conversations for upcoming main stage productions and serve as a support to the Production Manager & Technical Director as needed.
  • Applicants should have previous experience in technical theatre, theatre design, and/or production management and an interest in working with young people. 

This is a full-time position, working 30 to 40 hours a week.

How to Apply

Applications for the summer 2024 EAL cohort are now open with a priority deadline of applications received by February 26, 2024. To apply, please complete the form below. You’ll be asked to upload a resume or list of applicable experiences and share a short written or video statement about your interest in being an EAL with WFT@BU. Creativity and personal interpretation are encouraged.

All applicants will be contacted, either way, by April 5, 2024.