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Research Intern

HIGHLY INNOVATIVE NEW PLAY BEING DEVISED ON A CRITICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE TOPIC – WE NEED YOUR RESEARCH TALENT

Green Room Theatre Company Coachella Valley (GRTCCV) seeks a Graduate Historical Research Intern to conduct research on topics pertaining to the story of  Section 14 in Palm Springs. 

In the 1960s, the City of Palm Springs forcibly evicted hundreds of Black, Latino, and Filipino families from a square mile of land called  Section 14, in what is now the heart of modern Palm Springs. Many families’ homes were bulldozed or burned down without compensation or arrangements for new housing options.  

A  team of playwrights, researchers, and theatre artists has been developing the theatrical production since November with a grant from Creative Corps Inland SoCal.  A first draft of the play will be performed in June 2024 as a staged reading in Palm Springs and the City of Coachella. Green Room Theatre Company expects to win additional funding to refine the play for a fully produced version in our 2025-2026 season. 

The nonprofit Green Room Theatre (https://grtccv.org/), now in its fifteenth season,  is the only company in the region that brings professional theatre and ballet folklorico performances directly to people in under-resourced neighborhoods.  GRTCCV has a tradition of providing highly innovative productions in unusual venues.   

INTERN'S ROLE

You will work closely with the project’s artistic team and  Advisory  Committee, including Executive Artistic Director David Catanzarite, to conduct research from various sources, including public and private archives, public records, videos, and journalistic publications.  

Your internship will begin as soon as possible and continue for 8 weeks. You will work an average of 10 hours per week. 

DUTIES
  • Review existing archival materials compiled by the artists team and advisory committee
  • Complete some secondary source readings
  • Identify gaps in archival materials and pursue new modes of inquiry, such as newspaper research, city archives research, secondary source research
  • Compile an internal archive of research as well as a working reading list/resource list
  • Report regularly to the artistic team on research findings 
  • Pull language and statements from archival material to inform dialogue and character development
  • Provide transcriptions of video content, as needed
  • Identify and secure permissions needed for content to be used in the production
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Note: This production will only use existing archival and publicly available content. No oral histories will be conducted.
STIPEND

The stipend for this internship will be up to $2000 and requires the availability for meetings on Tuesdays 6 pm – 8 pm in Palm Desert. The intern will also be asked to attend some Tuesday evening rehearsals. 

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

As a successful candidate, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of the Inland Empire.
  • Hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in history, ethnic studies, social sciences, or a related field.
  • Be able to provide two work samples of past research.
  • Must not be funded by Creative Corps for any other project.
  • Participate in an interview process and provide names and up-to-date contact information for three references, of which at least two must be from employment or higher education.
APPLY

E-mail your resume, a cover letter, two writing samples, and a list of references to info@grtccv.org.  The search will continue until the position is filled. 

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