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17 Sep 2019

Internship Spring 2020 Emerging Leaders Group Fellowships + Apprenticeships

Ars Nova  New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

Ars Nova is looking for smart, motivated young cultural leaders who are underrepresented in the theater field for our Emerging Leaders Group.

More than just an internship, this hands-on training program makes you an integral part of the day-to-day operations of our office and the discovery, development and launch of our artists. It also provides professional development and networking opportunities that prepare you to launch your career in arts administration or theater production.

Ars Nova is committed to building an equitable, diverse and inclusive community, and the Emerging Leaders Group is designed to offer a foot in the door to groups who have been historically underrepresented, whether by race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, age, disability status, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristic.

There are two tracks within the Emerging Leaders Group:

Fellowships are 6-month, full-time training positions designed for those making the transition from school to the workplace. Apprenticeships are part-time training positions designed for current students looking to get some hands-on experience for school credit.

Ars Nova is now accepting applications for the SPRING 2020 Fellows on our Artistic Administration, Development (Fundraising), Marketing and Theater Management (Business & Operations) Teams running from January 6, 2020, through approximately June 30, 2020.

Here’s a basic breakdown of the Fellowship experience:

  • Fellows work and train at Ars Nova 35 hours a week during our regular administrative office hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Fellows earn a weekly stipend of $525.
  • Fellows get an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free!
  • Fellows participate in weekly seminars with each team at Ars Nova and members of the larger New York theater community, in addition to mixers where you can get to know the vibrant extended network of our Ars Nova family.
  • As a Fellow, you’ll also have the potential to work part-time front of house and box office shifts for a $15/hour rate.
  • Fellowships are designed as a pathway from school to the workforce, so current students are not eligible. A college degree is not necessary to apply.

Ars Nova is now accepting applications for our SPRING 2020 Production Apprentice, running from January 6 through May 22, 2020. Ars Nova Apprentices are integral in the day-to-day operations of our office and execution of our programming.

Here’s a basic breakdown of the Production Apprentice experience:

  • The Production Apprentice is a part-time position, designed for current students earning school credit. Hours can be flexible. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Apprentices receive a weekly travel reimbursement of $50 and you’ll also have the potential to work part-time front of house and box office shifts for a $15/hour rate.
  • Apprentice’s get an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free!
  • Apprentice’s will participate in weekly seminars with each team at Ars Nova and members of the larger New York theater community, in addition to mixers where you can get to know the vibrant extended network of our Ars Nova family.

Position Descriptions

  • DEVELOPMENT FELLOW (Fundraising)
    Bold, innovative and genre-defying work doesn’t happen magically out of thin air. It takes time, it takes space, it takes money — them’s the facts. And if you want to make art in New York City happen, you gotta find the money somewhere. Working with Ars Nova’s small-but-mighty Development Team introduces you to the practices and tools used to raise money to support 500+ emerging artists each year — ranging from throwing galas to writing grant proposals to making face-to-face connections with donors. Responsibilities can be wide-ranging and include working on special events, researching prospects, and helping write and assemble major grants. Open to young leaders from all areas of the arts — both aspiring fundraising professionals and artists who want to figure out how the bills get paid. Candidates should have great organizational skills, incredible attention-to-detail and a good rapport with people.


  • THEATER MANAGEMENT FELLOW (Business and Operations)
    Working closely with, and reporting directly to the General Manager and Business Manager, you’ll gain insight into the day-to-day management of a non-profit theater with a broad overview of the entire organization. This department is ideal for those interested in pursuing Producing, company/artist management, not-for-profit finance/business, venue/facilities operations or arts administration professionally. The primary responsibilities include assisting the General Management team with drafting artist contracts from templates; preparing artist royalty reports using our ticketing sales information; basic ticketing sales analytics; helping the Business Manager with weekly finances & counting cash inventory; helping make sure that spaces are set up for artists by doing daily building walk-thrus and keeping office supplies tidy and stocked; and Facility inventory management. Attention to detail is required, as well as a can-do attitude towards achieving organization-wide goals. This role blends traditional office tasks with on-your-feet building and theater management & preparation. It’s a great way to become a pro at Excel, understand working with theatrical unions, and learn how to use Quickbooks.


    Working closely with and directly reporting to the Marketing Manager and having daily interaction with the administrative staff, you’ll work directly with the Marketing Manager on the daily branding and promotion of the theater, both on the institutional and producing levels. On Team Marketing, you’ll have a heavy amount of exposure to Ars Nova’s vibrant and diverse array of programming, making this an ideal opportunity for a young professional interested in learning about the day-to-day promotion of a small, yet incredibly active non-profit theater company. Other responsibilities include marketing research; membership program assistance; press and cross-promotional outreach; data collection and analysis; program layouts; proofreading and editorial work; social network and website updates; light video/photo editing; and basic graphic design. The ideal candidate will have strong writing, proofreading and organizational skills; and some experience with Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, Google AdWords, Social Media Platforms, WordPress and basic HTML knowledge. Video and/or Photography experience is a plus!


    Working closely with the Manager of Artistic Programs and having regular interaction with the Associate Artistic Director, this role’s primary responsibility is to assist the Artistic staff with the daily administration and artistic development of the theater. Responsibilities include logging, tracking and evaluating submissions; assisting with and attending Play Group meetings, supporting the producing of Play Group Out Loud readings and Makers Lab developmental workshops; scouting theater and other live performance in New York City on behalf of the company and making recommendations; and general administrative support for the artistic staff. The Artistic Department’s Emerging Leader will additionally be instrumental in the administration of the ANT Fest application process. Working in the Artistic Department will include a heavy amount of daily interaction with Ars Nova’s artist community as well as with all staff, making this an ideal opportunity for a young professional hoping to gain hands-on experience in artistic development and producing.


    Working closely with the Production Team and directly reporting to the Production Manager and Associate Production Manager, this apprentice’s primary responsibility is to support the production activity of the theaters and organize and maintain the technical resources. The Production Apprenticeship is a heavily hands­-on position. The Production Apprentice has daily interaction with the design and technical staff for the shows and projects and will be expected to participate in all areas of production – scenery, lighting, sound, video, stage management, costumes, as well as other tasks that may come up in the course of putting together a production. Responsibilities may include hanging and focusing lights; setting up microphones and speakers; hanging curtains; carpentry and painting; serving as PA or backstage crew; loading and unloading trucks; running errands; maintaining the gel stock and other production inventories. The job can be physically demanding and will require comfort working on a ladder. The Production Apprentice may also be called upon for research or administrative duties for the production department. Some evenings or weekends may be required & schedules can be adjusted accordingly. Some prior experience in one or more of the areas of technical theater outlined above required. Valid driver’s license a plus.


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In your application, you’ll be asked some basic questions and to upload a cover letter and resume. Ars Nova staff will be in touch if we’d like to schedule an interview.

Currently enrolled high school or college students are not eligible for the Artistic Administration, Development (Fundraising), Theater Management & Marketing Fellowships. A college degree is not required for the program.

Ars Nova values equity and inclusion and prioritizes representation and diversity. Applications from persons of color are strongly encouraged. Ars Nova is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Ars Nova exists to discover, develop and launch singular theater, music and comedy artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending work. Dubbed by The New York Times as a “fertile incubator of offbeat theater,” Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Internship. Job Tags: arts administration, development, management, marketing, performing arts, and theatre. States: New York.

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