Student Opportunities

This list of resources is updated regularly as TDPS is notified of new opportunities. Corresponding deadlines are listed when available. If you would like to list an opportunity or resource, please email tdps@berkeley.edu


Recent Opportunities

Last Updated: January 15, 2020

Auditions / Casting

Auditions / Casting


Casting call for February play reading (Alameda)

In honor of Black history month, Cindy Acker has written a readers' theater play with music: Brown vs. Board of Education: Words That Made The Difference. The play combines the exact words from the Brown courtroom transcript and the words of Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, to shine a light on individuals, ideologies and the transformative words which made a difference in winning this case and changing the course of history.

Auditions: Jan. 17, 4–5pm, 6–8pm; Jan. 18, 2–4pm

Rehearsals: 7 dates between Jan. 15 and Feb. 28

Performance: Feb. 29, Alameda City Hall

Cast: 15–18 actors. Actors will read multiply characters.

Performance Stipend: $50

Email cacker56@yahoo.com or call 510-798-7429 to request an audition time and location. Please send a resume and headshot, if available.


BareStage Productions Spring 2020 Auditions

Hand to God | Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 | Registration

A Chorus Line | Feb. 7 & 8 | Registration


2020 Theatre Bay Area General Auditions

Feb. 8, 9, 10, Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco

The General Auditions are an annual event where member performers can be seen by 150-200 auditors representing 80-90 theatre companies of all sizes, as well as independent directors and casting directors.

Non-Equity actors will be seen between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Actors under 18 will only be seen in the morning on Sunday. Equity actors will be seen between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday.


Ongoing Opportunities

Disney Parks Auditions for Actors, Dancers, Singers — Various Locations


Visit the Callboard for TDPS audition information.

Calls for Submissions / Media / Publishing

Calls for Submissions


Ground Up, the Student Journal of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Submission Deadline: January 12, 2020 at 11:59PM

Calling all dreamers: share your visions of a better future. Submissions are due January 5, 2020 and may include, but are not limited to, the form of design proposals (built or unbuilt), interviews, interdisciplinary research, artistic expressions, professional projects, and student work of all kinds. We are also accepting content for our digital platform, including video, animation, and audio. You may email your submission to groundupjournal@gmail.com, with the subject line "Issue 09 Submissions."


Humanities Research Symposium at Johns Hopkins University

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 24, 2020

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium. This will be a new annual two-day event at our main campus in Baltimore, Maryland and it will offer students across the country the chance to disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. The event will be this spring, April 3rd and 4th, 2020 and our application portal is now open.

Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops


Discounted classes at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (Berkeley)

Application Due: January 26, 2020

The Discounted Training Program (DTP) provides adult students with the opportunity to take any dance or conditioning class at SADC for a discounted rate of $12 per class (regular single class rate is $18 effective 1/6/20). The program is for students earning $45,000 or less (total household income). Applications for the DTP are due January 26, 2020. Applicants will be informed by January 31, 2020. Fifty dancers will be accepted for our pilot run of the Discounted Training Program, February 1-July 1, 2020.


Your Friend, Jay Silverheels: A play about fighting back against settler colonialism through the art of theater

Theater 98.003: Directed Group Study (DeCal)

Spring 2020, Tue/Thu, 5–6pm, 1 Unit

Instructors: Drew Woodson, Salwa Fatema Meghjee

In today's world it may be hard to think about our society as still repeating and believing in settler colonial ideas, however Native people know all too well that these ideas are present in modern times. Whether it be in the form of mentioning Native people in passing as an object only meant to be mentioned in past tense, or explicitly reiterating racist rhetoric and methodologies, Native people have long suffered due to misinformation from the media and from film specifically. The play we are bringing to life this semester, Your Friend, Jay Silverheels, written by Drew Woodson, discusses exactly what happens when a Native actor in this colonial system tries to find art and beauty in a world that was not made for him, as well as what happens when these colonial demons come to the surface.

Submit an Interest Form by Wednesday, January 22

View the Course Syllabus


SwingCal: Creating a Dance Culture through Social Dance Connection

Theater 98.002: Directed Group Study (DeCal)

Spring 2020, Fri, 6–8pm, 1 Unit

Instructors: Heather Kaitlin McCandless, Sierra Isabel Manske

Social dancing has served as a means of expression, creation, enjoyment, and gathering for communities in the 21st century. SwingCal was started by a group of Berkeley students from the Lindy on Sproul club to bring these principles together and make social dancing accessible for other students for free. SwingCal teaches students to swing dance and introduces them to the history culture, and community of swing dancing to provide a wholistic approach to learning this dance style.

Enrollment: To gain entrance to the class, students are highly encouraged to attend the info session (Friday, January 31) and they must fill out an online questionnaire that includes a short essay on why you are interested in learning to swing dance. This will be due Wednesday, February 5 at 6pm. Students who are accepted into the course will receive a Permission Number to enroll before the second class. A link to the questionnaire will be posted on our website on the decal page.

Discounts & Promotions

Discounts & Promotions


One Free Year of Access to Backstage.com for Berkeley Students

Promo Code: getcastcaliforniaberkeley

Offer Expires: June 2020

Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities


Please check back for opportunities.

Internships / Fellowships / Apprenticeships

Internships / Fellowships / Apprenticeships


Upcoming Opportunities

Paid technical theater and costuming internships at Croswell Opera House (Adrian, Michigan)

Application Deadline: February 7, 2020

Interns will work 13 weeks, from May to August, and will be a crucial part of this summer's productions of Kinky Boots, The Scottsboro Boys, and Holiday Inn, as well as working to prepare for our September production of The Little Mermaid. Exact starting and ending dates are flexible. These are full-time, paid positions. The salary is $350 per week. Housing may be available; please ask for details. Some evening hours will be required, and interns will be expected to work on production weekends.


Summer Internships at Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

Santa Cruz Shakespeare provides internships in acting, directing, production, design, dramaturgy, administration, and stage management. The Summer Season includes three main stage performances (two Shakespeare, one contemporary), and one Fringe show that features the talents of just the interns. Apply at santacruzshakespeare.org/interns. For more information, contact Alexandra Carr, Education Coordinator, at (831) 460-6396 x5 or intern@santacruzshakespeare.org.


Green Corps Environmental Organizing Fellowships

This year-long, paid program puts fellows in an intensive classroom training with people like Bill McKibben and other guest speakers. Then, fellows move to hands-on experience working with groups like Oceana, Corporate Accountability, The Wilderness Society and Mighty Earth to fight climate change, protect public lands and reform our food system. When fellows graduate, Green Corps helps them find careers with the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.


Come on Out – Japan Global English Camp Summer Internship

We are currently seeking University students and recent graduates with native level English skills, who would be interested in coming to Japan for 6 weeks from mid-July to late August, 2020. Although this is an unpaid internship, the sponsor is providing certain expenses for each intern who participates in the six-week program. In addition to airfare, lodging, meal and transportation subsidies, the program offers optional Japanese language classes, field trips, dinner/cooking nights, a retreat and at least one overnight trip.


Ongoing Opportunities — Greater Bay Area

American Conservatory Theater Fellowship Program — San Francisco, CA

Axis Dance Company Jobs & Internships — Oakland, CA

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Fellowships — Berkeley, CA

Kollaboration SF Fellowship Program — San Francisco, CA

Magic Theatre Fellowships & Internships — San Francisco, CA

Playwrights Foundation Internships & Fellowships — San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Mime Troupe Summer Internships — San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Opera Internships — San Francisco, CA

Review Bay Area Plays for Theatrius — Greater Bay Area

Transcendence Theatre Apprenticeships — Sonoma, CA


Ongoing Opportunities — Beyond the Bay Area

Actors Theatre — Louisville, KY

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — New York, NY

American Dance Festival — Durham, NC 

The American Repertory Theater — Cambridge, MA

Arena Stage — Washington DC

Asolo Repertory Theater — Sarasota, FL

Barter Theatre — Abingdon, VA

Capital Stage — Sacramento, CA

Classic Stage Company — New York, NY

Cleveland Play House — Cleveland, OH

Croswell Opera House — Adrian, MI

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center — Waterford, CT

Great River Shakespeare Festival — Winona, MN

Joffrey Ballet School — New York, NY

Jujamcyn Theaters — New York, NY

The Naples Players — Naples, FL

Oregon Shakespeare Festival — Ashland, OR

Playhouse on the Square — Memphis, TN

Santa Cruz Shakespeare — Santa Cruz, CA

Shakespeare & Company — Lenox, MA

Seattle Repertory Theatre Professional Arts Training Program — Seattle, WA

Stage Directors And Choreographers (SDC) National Union — New York, NY

Walnut Street Theatre Professional Apprentice Program — Philadelphia, PA

Jobs & Gigs

Jobs & Gigs


Winter/spring co-director needed for after-school drama club (El Cerrito)

Rehearsals are twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:45–4:25pm at Madera Elementary School in El Cerrito. The co-director would direct half the scenes on her or his own with minimal guidance. The session will run 9 weeks and begin Tuesday, January 14. The position provides an excellent opportunity for experience in children's theater. The stipend is $1000. If interested, contact Lew Williams, willsky29@gmail.com


TDPS alumna seeking part-time administrative assistant (El Cerrito)

TDPS alumna Karen Grassle is seeking a detail-oriented student to assist with light administrative tasks, such as processing fan mail and organizing contact lists. Must have transportation to be able to pick up/drop off projects at Karen's home in El Cerrito. Time commitment would be a few hours per week. Compensation: $17/hour. If interested, please email jamie@herdingcatsconcierge.com with your resume along with a little blurb about what you're studying and why you'd be a good fit for a part time admin gig.


Ongoing Opportunities

Aurora Theatre — Berkeley, CA

Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Berkeley Arts + Design Jobs and Internships Search

Berkeley Repertory Theatre — Berkeley, CA

The Bay School — San Francisco, CA

City of Berkeley Recreation — Berkeley CA

CounterPulse Theater — San Francisco, CA

Golden Thread Theatre Company — San Francisco, CA

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society — Berkeley, CA

Joffrey Ballet School — New York, NY

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Opera

Steve and Kate’s Camp — San Francisco Bay Area

Xlab (Experimental Social Science Lab) — UC Berkeley

Scholarships / Grants / Prizes

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes


CITRIS Tech for Social Good

Supports student-led learning and technology development to support healthy, sustainable, connected, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad. Learn more here

Study Away / Study Abroad

Study Away / Study Abroad


European Innovation Academy — Portugal

ImPulsTanz — Austria

JUNTOS Collective — Works with university students to provide dance workshops/performances in underserved communities

Movement Exchange — Panama or Brazil

The School at Jacob’s Pillow — Becket, MA

Shakespeare Academy — Stratford, CT

Somatic Education Program at Moving On Center — Berkeley, CA

UC Berkeley Washington Program — Washington, DC — Apply for Spring 2020 by Sep. 19, 2019

UC Education Abroad Programs — 40+ Countries

UC Davis Study Abroad Opportunities

Student Groups / Leadership / Volunteering

Student Groups & Volunteering


Ongoing Opportunities

Berkeley Repertory Theater

CounterPulse (Performance Space) — San Francisco

Shotgun Players (Theater) — Berkeley


See a list of campus performing arts groups.

Please Note: Although TDPS does basic vetting of these opportunities, this list does not imply endorsement of any organization or individual. Whenever possible, the Department will provide links to credible information about each opportunity's sponsor. If you have a serious concern regarding an opportunity, please contact the TDPS Undergraduate Advisor, tdpsugadvisor@berkeley.edu