Abbey Theatre Internship Application Guidelines
The Villanova University-Abbey Theatre Exchange Program will provide a grant to a Villanova student to intern at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland during the summer season. Junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Villanova University are eligible. A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required.
The paid internship will begin at the end of May and continue for eight weeks into July. The student will work alongside theatre professionals in the day-to-day operations of Ireland’s national theatre and help develop an innovative summer program for theater students.
Founded in 1904, the Abbey Theatre is a world-class institution that actively engages and reflects Irish society. It is also one of the most enduring institutions in literary history and has long occupied an important place in Irish emigrant cultures around the world.
Students studying in any Arts and Sciences discipline—particularly Irish Studies, Theatre, English, Media Relations, and Performance Studies—are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must demonstrate:
- Interest in and/or knowledge of Ireland and Irish culture
- Knowledge of dramatic literature and/or theatre practice
- Excellent research, writing, speaking, and presentation skills
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Applications must include a letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the position; a current curriculum vitae; two letters of recommendation; and a 500-word essay that articulates why theatre is important to the applicant and to society. Materials should be sent as hard copy to Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director, Irish Studies Program, SAC 455, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085.
Applications will be accepted until January 11th, 2013, and the scholarship will be announced at the annual Abbey Theatre lecture on February 18, 2013, when Irish playwright Frank McGuinness will deliver the lecture at Villanova University.