High School Internships Spotlight: The Apollo
Are you a NYC high school student who is interested in (or curious about) the arts or the entertainment industry? Do you want to get hands-on experience programming or producing a theater performance? If so, you should look into the paid Technical Stage Production and Administrative Arts internships at The Apollo!
What is The Apollo?
The Apollo, located in Harlem, New York City, is one of the most famous theaters in the world. The Apollo is known for its rich history of showcasing African American performers and launching the careers of many legends of music, dance, and comedy. Over the decades, The Apollo has hosted countless famous artists, from Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, James Brown, and Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Drake, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, and Machine Gun Kelly. Many successful artists have debuted at The Apollo’s Amateur Night, a weekly talent show that has been running since 1934 and has become a cultural phenomenon in its own right.
The Apollo is also an important part of the history of Harlem, a neighborhood that has played a crucial role in the development of African American culture and identity. In the early 20th century, Harlem was a vibrant community of black artists, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs, who sought to create their own spaces of expression and affirmation in a society that denied them equal rights and recognition. The Apollo was one of these spaces, providing a platform for black performers to showcase their talents and connect with their audiences.
The Apollo Offers Hands-On (and Paid!) Internships for High School Students
Although The Apollo is proud of its history, its amazing staff members are also intensely focused on the future. Part of the mission of The Apollo is to help the next generation of young artists and creatives — especially those from underrepresented groups — become thought leaders, skilled technicians, and producers of artistic excellence.
We spoke with Yanira Gonzalez, the Manager of The Apollo Theater Academy, who told us that, “The Apollo loves young people. We’re serious about giving young people the opportunity to learn about the entertainment industry and experience all the work that goes on behind the stage at a major performance venue like The Apollo. That’s why we offer high school internships in programming and production.”
Ms. Gonzalez is describing The Apollo Theater Academy High School Internship Program, a paid professional development opportunity for high school seniors. The Apollo offers two different high school internships: an Administrative Arts Internship and a Technical Stage Production Internship. Each of these internships provides students with hands-on training from industry professionals and career development in the two main areas of the theater business.
The Apollo Theater Academy Technical Stage Production Internship (Summer)
The Technical Stage Production Internship runs for six weeks during the summer and focuses on the physical and artistic skills needed to bring a stage production to life. There are three parts to the technical internship. First, interns shadow and assist employees responsible for putting on the world-famous Amateur Night at The Apollo. In the process, they learn about audio/sound boards, projection, lighting, and set construction. Second, they use these skills to execute on the planning done for Teen Takeover by the administrative interns in the spring (see below). Third, the technical interns also create their own live, immersive technical stage production on The Apollo sound stage.
The Apollo Theater Academy Administrative Arts High School Internship (Spring)
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