Student Opportunities

This page is updated regularly as TDPS is notified of opportunities that may be of interest to our students. If you would like to list an opportunity or resource, please email tdps@berkeley.edu

For information about TDPS production opportunities, visit the Callboard.

Dance Auditions, Events & Resources

Social Change through heARTivism

Presented by Noorani Dance

June 23, 6pm PDT

Pay what you can: $15 and up

In our last episode in April, we brought together a dynamic group of women of color dance artists—learning more about their work as artists, educators, choreographers—with each bringing a passion, compassion and commitment displayed through their art AND their activism. This beautiful and powerful combination is what we call heARTivism.

Staying in the same theme for this upcoming episode, we reunite all the artists and welcome two more phenomenal women to the conversation—Valarie Kaur—a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, and faith leader—and Annette Philip—a renowned musical artist, educator and arts entrepreneur. All of these heARTivists, will premiere a new collaborative dance work set to the words of Valarie from her book See No Stranger, music composed by Annette, and dance by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Alicia Nascimento, Athena Nair, Aysha Upchurch, Brinda Guha & Nadhi Thekkek.

Learn more and register on Eventbrite


West Edge Opera seeks dancers for production of Eliogabalo

Submissions due by June 15, 2021

Choreographer Benjamin Freeman is seeking contemporary dancers with a refined musicality, strong classical technique and partnering skills. Dancers must be comfortable with partial nudity. Rehearsals will take place in Berkeley, CA from July 7–30 with performances at the Bruns Amphitheater July 31, August 6 and August 9. Dancers must be available for all rehearsals and performances. $1200 fee.

Interested applicants should submit their headshot, resume and a video clip of a solo or performance footage via email to bfreedman.movement@gmail.com by June 15 for consideration.

See more audition details here (PDF)


Anti-Racism in Dance Series

The Bridge Project's Anti-Racism in Dance Series launches in April 2021. The offerings are online via Zoom and are sliding scale. Through a blend of dialogue, storytelling, and embodied practices, these events offer supportive spaces for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and White Allies to deepen their practice of anti-racism.


'Dancers at Berkeley' Instagram Campaign

The student-run Berkeley Dance Community is creating an Instagram campaign to highlight dancers at Berkeley from all stylistic and cultural backgrounds. Through this campaign, BDC hopes to shout out outstanding members of the community, and highlight their stories for everyone to see, learn, and take inspiration from.

Complete this form to express interest or nominate another dancer.


Shawl-Anderson Dance Center

Offerings from the community include "Gaga People" with James Graham (TDPS Dance Lecturer) and a "MoTor/Music Body Music Workshop"​ with Evie Ladin (TDPS Guest Artist).

See current classes and resources.

SADC offers two programs to provide financial support for adult students so that everyone can dance regardless of economic means. The Stephanie Jacob Adult Scholarship Program provides 4 or 8 class cards and the Discounted Training Program is for those earning $45,000 or less per year, reducing the cost to $8/class. Each application takes about 5 minutes to complete online.

Learn more and apply at shawl-anderson.org


Dancing Alone Together

Dance-based online classes, dance-making prompts and communities, and streamed dance performances.

See current classes and performances.

Internships & Fellowships

HowlRound Theatre Commons Fellowship

Interviews begin in July 2021

Are you passionate and curious about theatre? Are you a theatremaker and/or marketing-communications professional who is looking to start your career with hands-on experience in a creative environment, with multi-faceted responsibilities? You might be a great fit for the HowlRound team!

The next HowlRound Fellow is a quick learner and deep thinker who is willing to experiment and take risks. They will report directly to our Communications Manager, work closely in collaboration with the other members of the staff in our Boston office, and regularly communicate with journal authors, livestream producers, Latinx Theatre Commons members, among others. Duties may shift and evolve, but the Fellow can expect to spend the majority of their time working with the Communications Manager and supervising student workers. The next HowlRound fellow is organized, self-motivated, and flexible; candidates with experience (or interest!) in social media management and digital marketing are strongly encouraged to apply.

Visit HowlRound.com for more information.


Summer Interns for Deborah Slater Dance Theater

Added May 20, 2021

Deborah Slater Dance Theater and Studio 210 seeks college students and postgraduates who are passionate about the arts and interested in expanding their knowledge of the nonprofit arts field through arts administration to join our organization for a Summer Internship. Interns should expect to work 10/hours per week on a consistent, but flexible schedule for roughly 3 months. Start and end dates are flexible. Interns will be paid $15/hour. This position is remote. To apply, please send a resume and brief letter of interest to deborah@deborahslater.org

For more information, visit DeborahSlater.org


Summer Editorial Interns for California magazine

Added May 20, 2021

California magazine is seeking part-time interns to work on our award-winning quarterly print publication and general interest website starting in early June of 2021.⁠ The internship is part-time (~20hrs/wk) and lasts three months with a monthly stipend of $530. If applicable, there's a possibility for the internship to be extended for another three months. This position can be remote.⁠

To apply, email your resume, cover letter, and three non-academic writing samples to californiamag@alumni.berkeley.edu with "editorial intern" in the subject. The samples don't need to be published, but we ask that at least one of them demonstrate journalistic ability (research and reporting skills).⁠

For more information, visit Alumni.Berkeley.edu


Beyond the Stage Door: Theatre Management Program

Applications open June 1

Beyond the Stage Door offers BIPOC students the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of professional Broadway theatre management from working industry professionals, and without the financial burden of living in New York. Understanding that financial limitations and access to a robust network can be a large barrier for people of color to successfully enter the theatre industry, this immersive and educational 4-week summer program will provide five BIPOC students with round trip tickets to NYC, housing, food and subsidized theatre tickets as they study alongside industry leaders. Due to the pandemic, we will be shifting to a hybrid program of virtual sessions in Fall 2021 and an in-person weekend in January 2022.

Visit BeyondTheStageDoor.org for details.


Ongoing Opportunities — Greater Bay Area


Ongoing Opportunities — National & International

Jobs & Gigs

Producing Manager for CounterPulse

Apply by June 30, 2021

You're enthusiastic about the arts and have a vision for the change you want to see in the world. As a hybrid visionary and detail-oriented taskmaster you can't help but dream big and then build timelines and checklists. With ease you balance overlapping project threads and upkeep multiplicitous relationships. Building and maintaining relationships with all walks of people comes naturally. You're a salesperson of sorts and a notably warm host.

The Producing Manager (PM) leverages the resources of CounterPulse to best serve our artist communities and advance the technical execution of our programs, and engage the community with our growing work. By ensuring that CounterPulse's programs are effectively implemented you help make the world a more hospitable place for arts and culture—and that matters a lot to you!

Part time to full time; 25 – 40 hours per week depending on availability

See the full job description here.


Facilities Manager for Berkeley Rep

Added May 20, 2021

Berkeley Repertory Theatre seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for the position of facilities manager. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a unique combination of prior facilities experience with an understanding of public assembly, security, theatre or performance industry, and a keen ability to multi-task, with administrative and technical savvy.

For more information, visit BerkeleyRep.org


Fools Fury Theater seeks Ensemble Production Associate

This position is a part-time, hourly employee. The ideal candidate for this position will have a high degree of integrity and strong communication and collaboration skills across race, gender, ability and age. Responsibilities: Coordinate communication between foolsFURY staff and devising artists; Manage rehearsals including space access, breaks and hospitality; Facilitate rehearsal documentation (notes, photos, video); Take attendance at all rehearsals; Work closely with the Artistic Director and intern.

Visit FoolsFury.org for details.


CounterPulse seeks House Managers

Applications accepted on rolling basis

The position is responsible for all Front of House operations during performances and events at CounterPulse, including hospitality, patron services, box-office services, and volunteer management. CounterPulse House Managers are enthusiastic about the arts and enjoy interacting with a diverse public in fast paced social environment.

Visit counterpulse.org/careers for more information.


Bay Area Playwrights Festival seeks Associate Producer

Playwrights Foundation is looking for a part-time Associate Producer to work closely with the Bay Area Playwrights Festival Producer and Community Relationships Manager to ensure a successful Festival. The ideal candidate would have experience in either production management; online theatre producing; and/or organizing special events within a nonprofit. Avg. 20 hours per week June 1- July 30, 2021 at $17/hr. Work will start out remote and move to in person by July 2021 (if COVID conditions allow) so must have Bay Area housing.

See job and application details here.


Mobile Teaching Artists for Transcendence Theatre Company

Seeking professional Teaching Artists (bilingual in Spanish, preferred) for Transcendence Theatre Company's Mobile Unit. An ideal candidate would have at least one year of experience working with youth grades K-12, and experience in arts education with a focus on the performing arts and/or visual arts. Teaching Artists will work in the Sonoma, CA area from July 26 – August 19, 2021. Apply here or email Education@TTCsonoma.org for more information.


Summer Teachers for Institute of Reading Development

The Institute of Reading Development is now hiring summer teachers for our live online reading skills programs for students of all ages. Our programs provide students with the skills, books, and experiences they need to achieve greater success.

As an Institute teacher you will: Earn between $600-$700 per week; Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program; Gain valuable teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to high school students.

Learn more and apply here.


Summer Recreation Activity Leaders for City of Berkeley

The City of Berkeley is seeking talented, enthusiastic, motivated, and responsible individuals to facilitate fun and engaging new youth programs that are compliant with current public health guidelines. This summer, we are recruiting employees for many of our summer camps and programs.

Learn more and apply at CityOfBerkeley.info


Xlab Social Science Studies at UC Berkeley

The Experimental Social Science Laboratory (Xlab) invites you to participate in research! All experiments conducted at Xlab are computerized social science studies that typically last between fifteen minutes to an hour. We understand that due to COVID-19 in person-study will be postponed until further notice. But we do have many online studies you can partake in. At the Xlab facility, participants earn $20/hour on average.

For more information, visit xlab.berkeley.edu or watch our short video! To sign up, visit berkeley.sona-systems.com


Ongoing Opportunities — Bay Area

Theater Auditions, Events & Resources

The Julia Morgan Project at Berkeley Playhouse

Proposals due by July 5, 2021

Berkeley Playhouse is thrilled to announce a project to promote new musical works, connect with our talented community that we've missed so much, and honor Julia Morgan, the inspiring architect who designed our building.

We will be offering five paid commissions for 5-10 minute mini-musicals, inspired by the life and/or works of Julia Morgan. Each 5-10 minute stage musical must include original music or lyrics. Let your imagination lead the way!

One project will be chosen for a fully-produced staged reading of the mini-musical that will culminate in a showing at our fall fundraiser.

How It Works: Five project proposals will receive a total of $500 for the playwright and/or composer/lyricist to write a script 5-10 minutes long. These five scripts will be celebrated and shared with our season pass holder community along with a bio of the writer(s). The playwright whose script is chosen for production will work with the BP team as they cast and produce the mini-musical for the stage on the night of our fall gala in October.

How to Participate: To submit a proposal, simply write up a short paragraph outlining your idea, as well as a short bio about you or your creative work.

Proposal submissions are due no later than Monday, July 5. Please email your proposal to melissa@berkeleyplayhouse.org with the subject line "Julia Morgan Project."

We will contact you by mid-July whether or not your proposal has been selected, and you may then begin writing your script, music, and lyrics. Break a leg!


African American Shakespeare Company auditions for 2021–22 Season

African American Shakespeare Company (San Franicsco) is currently accepting audition submissions for its 2021-2022 Season. Actors should prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue, a one-minute classical monologue, and a song (if applicable).

See the audition form for more details.


BareStage Productions 2021-2022 Season Applications

BareStage Productions is now accepting applications and proposals for the 2021-2022 season! We are looking for show proposals, directors, Board Members, and Company Members. BareStage Productions produces four full length productions every year, consisting of two straight plays and two musicals. Our philosophy is to provide a place for student actors, directors, writers, musicians, and designers to practice and develop their craft in a supportive environment. 

Find details and application links on Facebook.


Children, Youth, and Performance Conference 2021

Hosted by York University and the Young People's Theatre

June 25–27, 2021

Register on Eventbrite for $10–22

This conference is an exchange of knowledge between researchers, performers, educators, practitioners and community organizers. Through a range of informative and interactive sessions, participants will discuss the present and future applications and implications of performance work with, by, for, and about children and youth. There will be a range of online panels, performances, and workshops spread out during the three conference days (June 25th to 27th, 2021). Registrants will receive a digital schedule and links in order to select and attend sessions that interest them.

Learn more on the CYP Conference Facebook page.


Ongoing Opportunities

Writing Opportunities

Gritty City Repertory New Works Program

Email PDF of Script to grittycityrep@gmail.com

Stipend: $100 (table read), $250 (staged reading)

The New Works Program features two opportunities: the Staged Reading Series and Table Read Tuesdays, both of which take place multiple times over the course of our 2020–2021 season. We are actively seeking to commission and support playwrights in developing work that fits our unique needs — large cast size, characters in their teens, twenties, thirties, and other details you can find on our submission guidelines page.

Please Note: Although TDPS does basic vetting of these opportunities, this list does not imply endorsement of any organization or individual. Whenever possible, we will provide links to information about the sponsoring organization of each opportunity. If you have a concern regarding an opportunity, please contact Ben Dillon, Director of Marketing and Communications: tdps@berkeley.edu