Pen Players Interns A Continuation of a Dream

For 82 years, Peninsula Players Theatre has thrived amidst the lush woods, vibrant bay and storied traditions that brother and sister founders, Caroline and Richard Fisher built upon in 1935. One of these honored traditions was their dream of a professional company where apprentices and interns learn by doing.

That dream is alive today, as the theater welcomed 10 interns into the community. They live, play and work side-by-side with industry professionals including members of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers; members of United Scenic Artists, the union of scenic, lighting, sound and costume design; and members of the Stage Director and Choreographers Society.


(Left to right) Production interns Caelyn Harris and Derek Foret work on props for “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Submitted.

With home bases in Colorado, Indiana, Utah, Tennessee, Washington D.C., South Carolina and Wisconsin, these recent graduates and current students represent their university programs, which combine to enhance their knowledge with real-world experience in designated fields.

“Getting to work in different departments and learning different aspects of theater work that I haven’t been able to see before has been incredibly fun,” said production intern Alex Rettie.

Rettie is going into his senior year at Utah Valley University where he is pursuing a degree in stage management.

So far this season, Rettie has been involved with the box office, scenic shop and worked as assistant stage manager for Peninsula Players’ second show, Peter and the Starcatcher.

The Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, accredits the Peninsula Players intern program. Interns may earn points toward membership in the union and/or college credit through their summer stage work at Peninsula Players. For more information visit at for an application. To support the intern program, contact Danielle Szmanda at [email protected] or 920.868.3287.

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