|Internships typically last three to nine months, during which interns are assigned to a specific department and staff supervisor. Our internships are geared toward college students and post-graduates interested in learning from theatre professionals, contributing to a vibrant downtown community of artists, and connecting with other like-minded young professionals.
NYTW interns receive a monthly unlimited MetroCard, plus academic credit if applicable. Interns are required to work a minimum of three full days per week, 10am-6pm, with occasional extra hours for assisting with productions and events.
NYTW is committed to providing interns with structured and substantive experiential learning. Interns meet regularly with their departmental supervisors and are occasionally asked to fulfill duties or projects for other departments. This gives interns a taste of multiple aspects of NYTW and its operations, and we encourage interns with varied interests to explore them.
The entire company of NYTW interns gathers every month for a lunchtime or evening mentoring event with an invited guest from the NYTW staff or theatre community to discuss their work and share ideas. Interns have met with artists such as Elizabeth Marvel, Alex Timbers, Leigh Silverman, Michael Greif, Betty Shamieh, Jessica Blank, Donyale Werle, Rinde Eckert, Young Jean Lee, and many others.INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTIONS
Artistic and Casting Interns are required to work on Mondays in the Fall/Spring, due to our Mondays @ 3 reading series.
All Artistic, Casting, Literary and Education Interns are strongly encouraged to attend Artistic staff meetings on Friday mornings.
Artistic Interns work closely with the Artistic staff, providing support for all Artistic, Workshop and Education programming. Responsibilities include helping to facilitate our Mondays @ 3 reading series in the Fall and Spring; helping to coordinate and attend meetings and events for our extended community of artists, the Usual Suspects; helping to run casting sessions; helping prepare dramaturgical support materials for our season productions; and to provide general administrative support to the Artistic and Education departments. Summer Artistic interns assist in the coordination of NYTW’s annual summer residency at Dartmouth College, which includes company management activities such as arranging travel and lodging for artists. A strong work ethic and attention to detail, as well as enthusiasm for our various programs, is highly encouraged. Interns participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings. Artistic internship terms run September through May and May through August; extensions and flexibility are possible.
Casting Interns work directly with our Casting Director to help coordinate and run auditions and maintain our casting databases. The casting intern communicates directly with agents, managers, and actors to arrange general auditions, EPAs, summer residency casting and auditions for workshops and season productions. The casting intern assists with making appointments, preparing audition materials and facilitating auditions. Strong communication and organization skills are required. Interns participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings along with the other artistic interns and staff members. Previous casting experience is helpful and preferred, though not required. Casting internship terms run September through May and May through August; extensions and flexibility are possible.
Literary Interns, under the supervision of the Literary Associate, read scripts, write reader reports, and, on occasion, correspond with writers regarding individual works. Interns contribute input to the selection of plays for the Mondays @ 3 reading series, and prepare for Larson Lab projects by maintaining communication with Usual Suspects and other artists, and providing support as needed. Literary interns also help prepare dramaturgical support materials for our season productions and participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings. Candidates who have or are currently pursuing an advanced degree in dramaturgy, playwriting or a related field are preferred for this internship. The literary internship is available September through May.
Education Interns work closely with the Director of Education, helping to facilitate and document Learning Workshop programs, such as in-school residencies, mentoring workshops, student matinees, Mind the Gap Intergenerational Theatre Workshop, and Public Programs such as AfterWords and panel discussions. Education interns also coordinate the application and interview process for incoming interns and fellows, and provide dramaturgical and historical research for student and teacher guides for NYTW productions. Interns participate in Friday morning Artistic staff meetings and provide general administrative support to the Education department. Education Interns interested in teaching often have the opportunity to observe, lead, and assist in workshops taught at our partner schools, as well as participate in the lesson planning process with teaching artists. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, ability to handle multiple projects at once, and a passion for working with young people in the arts. Education internship terms run September through May and May through August; extensions and flexibility are possible.
Marketing/Special Events Interns at NYTW are key members of the Marketing team of a cutting-edge off-Broadway theatre. Interns get hands-on experience with all aspects of the Marketing & Communications department, assisting with press relations, opening nights, research, VIP ticket requests, advertising, and social media. Interns help communicate with NYTW members and the public about productions, special offers and programs through mailings and email blasts. They also gain experience with grassroots marketing techniques, including Facebook, Twitter, and web-based video. Marketing interns help plan and execute special events and parties with NYTW’s young patrons group, the 4th Street Bar Association, and maintain NYTW’s press archive of articles, features and reviews. Applicants should have an interest in NYTW’s work and an enthusiasm for marketing and outreach. Experience with social media and technology a plus.
Fund Development Interns at NYTW have the unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of fundraising for one of the country’s leading nonprofit theatres by assisting the Development Department with individual, foundation, corporate and government fundraising initiatives. Working within a busy department at the heart of the organization, Development interns interact with every NYTW department and gain significant insight on some of the most important aspects of nonprofit management. Responsibilities include assisting with the coordination of special events such as opening night parties, benefits and receptions for NYTW’s young patrons group the 4th Street Bar Association; understanding donor research; processing gift acknowledgements; updating our fundraising database Raiser’s Edge (used by many nonprofit development offices); learning grant writing and helping with other general administrative support. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, knowledge of Excel, and an interest in fundraising. Completion of coursework in fundraising or development and experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus. Development internship terms run for three to nine months depending on start date; extensions and flexibility are possible.
General Management Intern
General Management Interns work directly with the Managing Director and General Manager to gain hands-on experience with all aspects of management of one of the country’s leading non-profit theatres. General Management interns will gain relevant experience and immediately applicable skills for a career in producing or arts management, including budgeting, contract administration, human resources, and Box Office and Front of House management. Interns will also learn the ins and outs of communication with all major theatrical unions, and attend meetings with leaders in the field. Interns will assist with company management for each NYTW production, interacting with the cast and creative team to help arrange travel, housing and other needs. Applicants should have strong attention to detail and a desire to learn about theatreical management.
Production Internship terms run for three to six months, depending on start date and production needs; extensions and flexibility are possible.
Production Management Interns work closely with the Production Manager, assisting in the daily operations of the extremely active production team at NYTW. The Production Management intern works in an intimate environment with ample opportunities for hands-on learning and contact with top designers, stage managers, and crew members, including access to all production meetings and tech rehearsals. Production Management interns conduct research into all aspects of production, keep track of production and facilities budgets, prepare payroll forms, coordinate trips to the theatre’s prop and scenic storage units, and take on responsibilities of communication and coordination with the numerous daily rentals in our Fourth Street Theatre. Applicants should be extremely well-organized and interested in learning the day-to-day coordination of all scenic, lighting, costume, and sound needs for NYTW productions. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is a plus, and a positive attitude and sense of humor are also strongly encouraged. Production Management internships are geared towards those who are interested in developing management and administration skills.
Technical Direction Interns assist the Technical Director with carpentry, coordination of builds and strikes, and maintenance of spaces, equipment, and materials. The Technical Direction intern has the unique opportunity to work at the heart of an intimate production team, with ample possibilities for hands-on learning and projects. The Technical Direction intern also has contact and networking opportunities with top designers and theatre professionals. Interns should have schedule flexibility due to the variable production schedule. Strong applicants are self-motivated, have a sense of humor, and a desire to pursue a career in technical direction. Carpentry experience, the ability to lift 50 lbs., and a valid driver’s license are required. Knowledge of VectorWorks is a plus. Technical Direction internships are appropriate for those considering a career in technical direction and are focused specifically on assisting with construction of scenic elements and developing carpentry and technical skills.
Costume Shop Interns assist the Shop Manager with coordination of builds and strikes, and maintenance of costumes, shop space, equipment, and materials. Costume Shop interns create and maintain NYTWâ€™s database of costume rentals, completing research, and cataloguing costume pieces by fabric type, color, style and period. Costume Shop interns have the unique opportunity to work at the heart of an intimate production team, in a brand-new facility with ample possibilities for hands-on learning and projects. Costume Shop interns also have contact and networking opportunities with a wide range of theater professionals, including top costume designers. Candidates should have computer knowledge, research skills, strong attention to detail, and an interest in learning about costume styles and periods. Basic sewing a plus, but not required. Interns should have schedule flexibility due to variable production needs. Strong applicants are self-motivated, have a sense of humor, and a desire to pursue a career in costume design and/or wardrobe management.