Production Internships

Application Deadline February 1, 2019.

download Internship description and application instructions.

ADF is held in Durham, North Carolina. The studios and administrative offices are spread across Duke University’s East Campus. Performances by visiting dance companies occur in Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke University’s West Campus, the Rubenstein Arts Center and Page Auditorium on Duke University, Durham Performing Arts Center, and various local venues. Learn more about Downtown Durham here!

ADF’s Production Manager, David Ferri, directs the production internship program. David Ferri is the Lighting Designer and Technical Director at Vassar College. He has worked with prominent choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Jane Comfort, Eiko and Koma, David Rousseve and Ballet Preljocaj. He has been the Production Manager for the prestigious American Dance Festival since 1996. Recipient of 1987-1988 Bessie Award for his design of Doug Varone’s “Straits”, and 2000-2001 “Bessie” Award for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design, Mr. Ferri was also resident lighting designer and technical director at PS 122 in NYC from 1985-1991.

Production interns’ responsibilities will vary from show to show, including stage management, wardrobe, sound, electrics, and carpentry. Experience in dance production is preferred.


  • Tickets: A complimentary ticket to each program in the ADF season, which features over 18 performances by the top dance companies from around the world. See more about performances.
  • Academic Credit: Please contact your university’s career center for this information. ADF will fill out any necessary forms for the completion of credit.
  • Stipend: Each production intern receives a $1,150 stipend.


Interns are responsible for their own transportation, food, and housing.

  • Interns will be required to purchase a parking permit to park on Duke University’s East and West Campus. Price TBD by Duke University.
  • Apartments and rooms are available for rent or sublet in the local area, and it is the intern’s responsibility to arrange accommodation.
  • More information about housing resources will be provided upon acceptance to the program.


The dates for the 2019 Production Internships are June 6 – July 24. All interns are expected to be available for the duration of the program.

download Internship description and application instructions.

Questions? Contact or call 919-684-6402.




My name is Yuta Kataoka and I am a senior at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I am majoring in Liberal Arts Multidisciplinary Studies, concentrating in Dance Production Management and Hospitality Management. This summer at the American Dance Festival being a production intern was the best learning experience I could have ever wished for. Every week we worked about two shows while working with professional companies and their production crews. Throughout the summer I was able to connect with these people in the industry. I got to work with a group of talented interns and crewmembers who are also aspiring to enter the dance world. Working as a production intern helped me understand what it is like to work in this industry and it made me want to keep working in this profession.

I was fortunate enough to experience most of the elements that are included when working in the theatre; deck crew, wardrobe, rail, light board operator, sound board operator, lighting design, and stage management. As we work on the shows throughout the summer, the production crew comes together and anything is possible; from making it rain in the theatre to laying down and taking up the marley floor within ten minutes during the show.

7:00am – Get ready for the day!
8:00am – Dance class of the day.
10:00am – Head to assigned theatre.
10:15am – Arrive at theatre.
10:30am – Coffee Break!
10:45am – Back to work.
12:30pm – Lunch break!
1:30pm – Continue cueing, spiking the floor, assisting
3:45pm – Break time
4:00pm – Run through pieces
6:00pm – Dinner break!
7:00pm – Dress rehearsal
9:00pm – Clean up and set up for top of the show tomorrow
10:00pm – The company leaves the theatre and we do one last sweep.

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