Programs & Internships


Cultural Awareness Program

This program began in 2005 and was created by Torn Space Theater’s associate director, Melissa Meola Shanahan. The Cultural Awareness Program (CAP) introduces Buffalo city high school students to arts and cultural events. In conjunction with these events, students meet to read, discuss, research, and investigate for themselves the performances they experience. Through this program, Torn Space has become an active partner with Lafayette High School providing free tickets and transportation to performances, supplemental materials for teachers and students, and discussion with Torn Space artists created specifically for students. Through this program area students are able not only to see new theater, but to engage with the ideas, creative process, and people who bring theater from the page to the stage.

Experiential Learning Program (Pilot)

Torn Space occupies a unique position within the theater community in Buffalo by integrating multiple disciplines and techniques within its innovative productions. The Experiential Learning Program at Torn Space Theater offers interested students the opportunity to gain valuable experience by participating in the creation of one or more productions each season. This program broadens student knowledge of contemporary theater and TST’s original creative process; integrates arts development with an educational curriculum; and demonstrates the ways in which theatrical production connects with other disciplines in the arts and sciences. Contemporary theater has become increasingly interdisciplinary and Torn Space Theater is the most prominent company exploring these connections in WNY. By participating in this program, area college and university students are not just learning theater techniques of the past, but helping to build the new theaters of tomorrow.


Torn Space accepts volunteer interns on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The work consists of administrative support, audience development, assistance with our technical and design crews in both pre-production and performance; in addition we want to begin archival work of our video, photography, and sound scores and we will need assistance with this.

The internship program at Torn Space does not have a defined format; each project can be tailored around the proficiencies of the individual and the current needs of Torn Space. We want this experience to be rewarding and meaningful for everyone involved so let us know what interests you; if you have an idea for an internship we would be interested in learning about it.

Torn Space is a small company and your work will make a real difference in helping us bring exciting and original work to WNY.

To Apply

To apply for an internship, please send an email outlining your interests and a resume to