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Summer Job Training for Youth is an 8-week program designed to increase the employment capabilities of inner-city youth ages 16-21 equipping them with skills that will enable them to have a career in the technical theater arts. Student employees are also trained in job search skills, including resume development, interviewing skills and other necessary competencies to successfully obtain employment.

Students will:

  • Explore areas of theater production including; set design and construction, lighting, costume design and stage management.
  • Create, produce and market their own script to be performed on the stage of the Black Ensemble Theater.
  • Perform, and film an on-camera project which will be featured in the culminating show.

We would like to thank the following supporters for making this valuable program possible.  

  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Boeing
  • Caerus Foundation
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • Ivanhoe Theater Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Leo S. Guthman Foundation
  • Shirley & David Sykes Family Foundation

For more information contact Gwen Sea at 773-754-3912 or at

The summer internship has been in action for 7 years.
21 students took part in the 2021 program.
It has served 132 students total.