1812 Productions is the only professional theater company in the country dedicated solely to comedy. We believe the world needs more comedy. Based in Philadelphia and now in our 28th season, we produce a three-show mainstage theater series each year as well as several limited engagement comedy events. We also run an educational outreach program in two Philadelphia public schools, using comedy as a teaching tool. We are perhaps best known for our annual political humor show, This is the Week That Is, which is a mix of the Carol Burnett Show meets The Daily Show for the live stage. While we also produce comedic plays by established playwrights, we create most of our work ourselves and dedicate a good portion of our season to the development and production of new theatrical works of comedy.

What to expect

This RealArts@Penn Internship at 1812 provides an interested and capable candidate with the opportunity to explore the inner workings of a professional comedy theatre company and to get a holistic look at what it means to run a non-profit arts organization.


Summer internships will include hands-on experience in the following areas:
  • Administrative — marketing, fundraising, box office management
  • Production — contracting and planning for upcoming season
  • Artistic — new play development, literary management, research
  • Education — assisting actor/educators for our two-week summer outreach program at the Widener School for Children with Disabilities

Who We are Looking For

Our office staff is small and functions very collaboratively. We are looking for another collaborator, someone who is unafraid to contribute to our conversation. That conversation is sometimes about strategic planning, how to generate more earned income, cultivate new donors, improve our social media presence, or connect our work to a national audience. And sometimes it is about how to work a monkey into our next show. We take comedy very seriously and are looking for someone who brings a strong work ethic as well as a sense of humor.