Category Archives: Philadelphia

The Painted Bride

The Painted Bride Art Center collaborates with emerging and established artists to create, produce and present innovative work that affirms the intrinsic value of all cultures and celebrates the transformative power of the arts.

The Bride is especially committed to Philadelphia-based artists and to linking them to community groups and issues. The Bride’s core programs include world premieres, substantial commissioning support, and new work that challenges artists to further develop their work while also daring audiences to experience these artistic voices.

A Multi-media performance by TPO Compagnia – World Tour with stops in Italy, Russia, France and Mexico
Philadelphia Premiere at Painted Bride

Would you like to volunteer with the Bride? Learn more here:


Phone: 215.925.9914


Location: 230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.


FringeArts amplifies the vibrancy of Philadelphia as a renowned cultural destination and an unparalleled place to live, work, and visit. FringeArts experiences are entertaining, intellectually challenging, provocative, and moving.

For 18 days every September, the annual Festival creates a cityscape filled with theater, dance, music, visual art, and everything in-between – an explosion of wild creativity and daring performances. From local pioneers to international legends, it’s your once-a-year chance to see the newest and most thrilling theater, dance, and music performances.

FringeArts internships offer empirical training for students and emerging professionals whose career interests include performing and visual arts administration, arts production, and all facets of nonprofit administration and management.

Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Ushering
  • Selling Tickets
  • Fire Watch
  • Special Events

Click here for more information about volunteering: and for more about internships:



Phone: 215-413-9006

Location: 140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Headlong Dance Theater


photo: Cylla von Tiedemann
photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

Headlong Dance Theater’s mission is to create and perform new and visionary works of dance theater that use the entire body including the voice, the face, and the mind; to create accessible dances that are relevant beyond traditional dance audiences; to bring audiences closer to dance by performing informally, in nontraditional venues, and for free; to develop and propagate training techniques that bridge dance and theater and empower performers to be co-creators; to provide mentoring and leadership in the local and national arts communities; and to dance our way into the blind spots of our strange times.

photo: Kevin Monko
photo: Kevin Monko

Volunteers and interns are accepted in the spring and summer. In the Fall, internships are provided only to students attending Headlong Performance Institute (HPI), a program accredited through Bryn Mawr. Those who are interested in interning/volunteering during those times are more than welcome to email for details.


Phone: (215)-545-9195


Location: 1170 South Broad Street Philadelphia PA 19146

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Girls Rock Philly



Girls Rock Philly (GRP) is an initiative to bring Philadelphia a girls-only, week-long summer day camp serving junior rockers ages 9-17. Led by a team of all female instructors & band coaches, girls in the program learn how to play musical instruments, write songs, make their own band merchandise, discover other women in rock & finesse their on-stage jump kicks.

Want to get involved? They need the year-round help of reliable, dedicated people to make camp happen. Some positions require musical experience, but there are many positions that do not. All positions are available to female & female-identifying volunteers, with opportunities available for men as well!10372122_10152419004606469_3102449847992644327_n

For more information, click here:


Phone: (215) 789-4879


Location: 1867 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Lantern Theater Company

©2014 Lantern Theater Company
©2014 Lantern Theater Company


Lantern Theater Company is committed to an authentic and intimate exploration of the human spirit in their choice of classics, modern, and original works. They create an innovative and stimulating theatrical experience that evokes thoughtful reflection and discussion long after the play ends.

Lantern Theater Company seeks interns in various departments, including:
  • stage management,
  • phone sales representatives,
  • production interns
  • audience services
©2014 Lantern Theater Company
©2014 Lantern Theater Company

Learn more about volunteer opportunities here:


Phone: (215) 829-9002

Location: St. Stephen’s Theater,
10th & Ludlow Streets,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

iHamlet with Melissa Dunphy - photo by Kendall Whitehouse
iHamlet with Melissa Dunphy – photo by Kendall Whitehouse


The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre was founded as The Red Heel Theatre in 1989, initially focusing on classic works of English theatre. In 1993, Carmen Khan became the Artistic Director of Red Heel and in 1996 focused the company’s efforts on the works of Shakespeare, renaming it The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival. Since that time, The Festival has produced 30 plays, reached nearly 30,000 High School students and nearly 70,000 adult audience members. They now have several programs for adults and students including a lecture series featuring world-renowned Shakespeare Scholars, Shakespeare School Tour which also tours in schools, and a Classical Acting Academy providing early actors with intense classical training culminating in a free Shakespeare play for the public.

Photo by Plate 3 Photography
The Two Noble Kinsmen,    Photo by Plate 3 Photography

Please contact and visit their Career Opportunities page for more information on jobs and internships.


Phone: (215) 496-9722


Location: 2111 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy

The Philadelphia Theatre Company

© 2014 Philadelphia Theatre Company
© 2014 Philadelphia Theatre Company


Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) produces, develops, and presents entertaining and imaginative contemporary theatre focused on the American experience that ignites the intellect and touches the soul. PTC is a leading regional theater company committed to balancing its Philadelphia roots with a national point of view that combines a taste for adventure with a dedication to new American plays and musicals.

Philadelphia Theatre Company has intern positions available in every facet of production and administration. Internships can be catered to the specific educational goals and interests of the student, or there are formalized internships available in the following areas:

© 2014 Philadelphia Theatre Company
© 2014 Philadelphia Theatre Company
  • Production
  • Literary
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • General

Learn about internships and volunteer opportunities here.



Phone: 215.985.1400

Location: 215 S. Broad Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens


Copyright © 2014 Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Copyright © 2014 Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a folk art environment, gallery space, and nonprofit organization that showcases the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar. Located at the site of Zagar’s largest public mosaic installation, the Magic Gardens includes a fully mosaiced indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic sculpture.

You can support Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens by donating your time and energy. PMG is most interested in volunteers who can contribute their time on a regular basis, such as weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. They also hire Garden Guides.

Volunteer and internship opportunities include:

  • Visitor Services – Greet and educate visitors about Isaiah Zagar’s techniques and the history of the Magic Gardens
  • Grounds and Garden Maintenance – Assist with daily operations of the Gardens; may include tending the flower garden, organizing the office, and some light cleaning.
  • Special Events – Set up and break down of concerts, fundraisers, film screenings, and more.
  • Writing and Research
  • Photography and Graphic Design
Copyright © 2014 Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Volunteers can be as involved as they want to be at Magic Gardens; they are open to ideas and eager to meet you! All volunteers must schedule a time to meet with PMG staff prior to their first volunteer shift. Interested volunteers should email with their interests and background.


Phone: (215) 733-0390


Location: 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

*This site is accessible via public transportation from the Bryn Mawr campus.

Please see transportation reimbursement policy.

Mural Arts Program


Diego Rivera E3 West and E3 North Broad Photo by Steve Weinik
Diego Rivera
E3 West and E3 North Broad
Photo by Steve Weinik

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest public art program in the United States. The Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

Mural Arts’ award-winning art education programs annually serve 1,500 youth at neighborhood sites throughout the city. Mural Arts’ programs are offered free and are targeted to at-risk youth. Educational programs use an intensive curriculum that involves mural-making as a dynamic means to engage youth and to teach transferable life and job skills such as taking personal responsibility, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. The Mural Arts Program has also become a national leader in arts in criminal and restorative justice, currently offering educational programs in local prisons and rehabilitation centers using the restorative power of art to break the cycle of crime and violence in communities.

All the Way Live from the 215 2nd and Norris Streets Photo by Steve Weinik
All the Way Live from the 215
2nd and Norris Streets
Photo by Steve Weinik

Interested volunteers can check out opportunities at:

To find out more about the Summer Internship Program, click here.



Phone: 215.685.0750

Address: Lincoln Financial Mural Arts Center,
Thomas Eakins House
1727-29 Mt. Vernon Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

*This volunteer opportunity is also available as a Community-Based Work Study program through Bryn Mawr.


The Write Club students reading National Geographic Kids’ Weird But True book together.

PhillySpells runs the Spells Writing Lab, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization that develops the creative and expository writing abilities of school-age children through free, fun, and imaginative writing programs and teacher development opportunities. From the PhillySpells website:

“At Spells, we believe that literacy is a cornerstone for future success, and that personalized attention and unconventional learning opportunities can inspire students to greater triumphs, both in the classroom and in life. To further these ends, we offer the following programs:

  • after-school drop-in tutoring
  • weekend writing workshops
  • in-school assistance with student publications
  • partnerships with non-profits
  • professional development opportunities for teachers

All of our programs are free, and many incorporate other artistic disciplines such as music, film, or the visual arts to inspire young writers.”

The cast and crew of Monster Madness, one of three silent films made during the summer writing camp.
The cast and crew of Monster Madness, one of three silent films made during the summer writing camp.

—-Volunteer Opportunities—-

Whether you’re interested in becoming a tutor, a workshop leader, a lab assistant, or another kind of helper, the process begins when you submit our online volunteer application. On the form, be sure to indicate which volunteer orientation you’d like to attend. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted to confirm your orientation session.

Once you’re a trained Spells volunteer,  you’ll recieve occasional emails letting you know what’s been going on at the lab, giving you additional training support, and listing upcoming volunteer opportunities.

To sign up to volunteer, visit
For more information, email

—-Other Volunteer Opportunities—


Are you a graphic designer, artist, copyeditor, or publishing professional? Volunteer to help out with PhillySpells publications!

Spells Writing Lab offers in-school assistance for newspapers and literary magazines, which includes copyediting and layout. They also produce end-of-semester writing collections with tutoring students and occasionally need illustration or design expertise for writing workshops. (There are also opportunities for designers who would like to create promotional materials such as bookmarks, posters, and brochures.)

Whether you’ve been in the business for years, or are still in art school, you can use your art to make a difference. Sign up to be a Spells volunteer today!


Do you absolutely love event planning? Are you interested in helping out during a fundraiser? Want to earn money for PhillySpells programs with your grant writing prowess? Spells could definitely use your help! Simply indicate your interest on our volunteer application or email

Visiting the Insectarium for monster writing inspiration
Visiting the Insectarium for monster writing inspiration

—-Internship Opportunities—

Check out internship opportunities at PhillySpells, too!

For college students who would like to turn their volunteering into an educational experience and can commit at least 5–10 hours per week to our organization, we offer the Spells Writing Lab Internship.

As a Spells Writing Lab Program Intern, you will work one-on-one with young authors, guiding them through the writing process and helping them realize their full creative potential. Additional responsibilities include providing homework support to students in our after-school program, developing and presenting writing workshops or other educational programming, and assisting with volunteer management, community outreach, fundraising, or other areas of running a non-profit.

Design Interns will work closely with our programming director to help students with digital media projects such as animations, short films, and visual novels; manage the creation of chapbooks and other final projects during our writing workshops; capture and edit photos and video from our programs; and work with our staff to produce flyers, newsletters, event materials, and promotional materials as needed.

Website: more info about volunteering or internships, see


Phone: 267-670-0869

Location: 2526 N. Alder Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133