Employment & Internships


The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status


Assistant Lighting Supervisor

The Public Theater seeks Assistant Lighting Supervisor who will be one of three assistants responsible for working on assigned shows. Coordinates with designer to hang, focus and troubleshoot lighting plots; supervise crews to hang and focus lighting equipment; promote safe workmanship and working conditions; help to recruit and train freelance labor; obtain quotes for and orders equipment; maintain and inventory equipment.


  • 3-5 years lighting experience.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and Lightwright 5.
  • Must have an understanding of basic programming of a variety of lighting consoles, focusing on ETC Desks.
  • Knowledge of basic theater rigging and lighting equipment required. Working knowledge of Vectorworks a plus.
  • Supervisory skills, attention to detail, the ability to operate well under pressure in a hectic, fast-paced environment and a sense of humor are a necessity.

ease send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

Associate Director of Special Artistic Projects

The Public Theater is seeking an Associate Director of Special Artistic Projects to work closely with the Director of Special Artistic Projects to oversee the Mobile Unit and Public Forum. This is a senior-level position focused primarily on managing the day-to-day operations of these two artistic programs.


  • Work with the Director of Special Artistic Projects to manage all aspects of the logistical, financial and artistic needs for the Public Forum and Mobile Unit programs, and other special artistic projects as assigned.
  • Collaborate closely with The Public’s marketing team to establish and maintain consistent messaging around all Public Forum and Mobile Unit activity.
  • Lead internal strategy conversations around the creation and dissemination of Public Forum digital content.
  • Establish and monitor internal communication systems for operational support of both programs, including running interdepartmental meetings, liaising with project tracking processes, and ensuring key internal stakeholders are well-informed of all program activities.
  • Manage the logistical and administrative components of pilot projects and ensure the timely dissemination of key learnings to senior management as well as peer team members.
  • Serve as Public Forum point person for external partners as assigned. Past partners have included WNYC Greene Space, The New Yorker, and the International Rescue Committee.
  • Serve as primary liaison to key internal departments such as General Management, Finance and Marketing.
  • Direct the approval of all external facing collateral including playbill materials, press releases and marketing materials.
  • Manage all Public Forum and Mobile Unit program budgets, with focus on forecasting and next season planning.
  • Serve as internal artistic point person on select Public Forums, as well as expanded Mobile Unit activity, helping to curate participants and shepherd creative processes as appropriate.
  • Assist Director of SAP in operationalizing the 12-18 month activity within the Mobile Unit and Public Forum program plans.


  • 7 – 10 years of arts administration experience, including budget management and contract negotiations
  • Communication: The ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others
  • Ingenuity: The ability to develop, sponsor, and support the introduction of new and improved methods, procedures or technologies
  • Cultural Competence: The ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Leadership: The ability to galvanize a team around a common goal, taking initiative, and anticipating needs
  • Problem Solving: The ability to tackle a problem using a logical, systematic, sequential approach
  • Successfully manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org  Please do not contact the hiring manager directly. The deadline for applications is July 10th, 2017.  Interviews will be held throughout July and August.

About the Mobile Unit

The Mobile Unit presents free performances to prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers throughout New York’s boroughs. Over the years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to the community tour, each Mobile Unit show “sits down” at The Public Theater’s Astor Place home to perform for Public audiences and community organizations from all over the city.

About the Public Forum

Public Forum brings together surprising combinations of artists, audiences, and experts to explore the issues and ideas raised on our stages. Forum activity ranges from one-of-a-kind events with some of the most original thinkers of today to post show discussions and online content curation. Past Public Forum participants and partners have included: David Brooks, Anna Deavere Smith, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Matt Damon, Audra McDonald, David Remnick and The New Yorker, The Center for Constitutional Rights, and more.

Director of Applications and Online Services

The Public Theater is seeking an entrepreneurial Director of Applications and Online Services who will be responsible for the creation, enhancement, implementation and support/maintenance of the organization’s application and website environments.  Lead major initiatives, such as digital transformation, to give customers and donors a superior experience and enhance the organization’s brand image.  Online services include the organization’s website, collaborative initiatives, intranet, extranet, and enterprise applications, including Tessitura.  Lead a team of internal professionals and external service providers to create and develop technologies that meet the needs of the organization. 

  1. As a member of the senior management team, guide strategic decisions and resource allocation.  Develop and update 5-year enterprise application plan by projecting future needs of enterprise software, databases and licenses.  Estimate resource requirements to be incorporated into budgets/forecasts for enterprise application initiatives and enhancements.   Manage resources to maximize output and minimize costs.  Create and maintain strong management reporting and analysis tools to measure success of implementing 5-year enterprise application plan.
  2. Identify how specific enterprise applications can improve institutional customer-facing and internal business processes.  Collaborate with stakeholders to develop solutions for the organization to better utilize technologies to improve its capabilities.  Conduct technical reviews of products or solutions to compare and evaluate their applicability.  Direct the development and support of enterprise applications.  Resolve issues related to media platforms and applications.  Ensure that processes meet expectations for federal, state and community privacy and security.
  3. Oversee Tessitura use environment.  Ensure the organization makes the best possible use of Tessitura in its capacity as ticketing, CRM, development, prospecting, and membership system.  Work with departments and technical staff to design, test and integrate Tessitura functionality.  Spearhead Tessitura projects with Power User Group (PUG), collaborating on cross-departmental challenges.
  4. Direct the development, creation, implementation and operations of web services that enhance the user experience.  Manage a web development project list in collaboration with web staff and departments.  Respond to internal stakeholders and customer issues in order to prioritize pipeline for development.  Lead web development team and projects in testing and implementing new features, site improvements and bug fixes.


  • 7+ years of information technology experience.
  • 3+ years of supervisory experience in managing people, projects and budgets.


  • Proficiency strongly preferred in Tessitura and Tessitura-related applications, SSRS, Infomaker, SQL Server Suite, Microsoft Suite.
  • Familiarity with web based software applications 
  • Strong organizational, planning and prioritization skills
  • Ability to manage among multiple concurrent projects with competing and unpredictable schedules.
  • Attention to detail.                                                                                         
  • Expert knowledge in diagnostic data gathering.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and presentation skills.
  • Good verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills especially involving technical subjects.
  • Open to change, embracing innovation and acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively adopt and use digital technology.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

Production Overhire

The Production Department is often on the lookout for qualified overhire technicians and stage managers. Cover Letters and Resumes may be submitted to the addresses below. Please note that we cannot respond to every submission.











Stage Management


Wardrobe Supervisors & Dressers

The Public Theater is now accepting resumes for Wardrobe Supervisors and Dressers for its 2016 – 2017 season.  The Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for the load-in, load-out and set-up of the wardrobe area and dressing rooms, managing the wardrobe crew and overseeing the on-going care, laundry and maintenance of all of the costumes.  Dressers assist the supervisor in the above tasks as well as atten d to all costume changes and back stage needs during the performances. 

Please forward resumes to Luke McDonough at lmcdonough@publictheater.org

Part-time, Seasonal Mobile Unit Program Assistant

The Public Theater is seeking an administrator to assist on the logistics of our Mobile Unit program. This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) that would take place from October 2- May 21. Some evenings and weekends required. 

Specific duties include:

Acting as Community ticket liaison, coordinating community group attendance to Mobile Unit sit-down performances; acting as Marketing liaison with venues for tour performances; acting as tour venue support person, maintaining database of tour venues, helping  prepare surveys and pack programs; working with Mobile Unit alumni by maintaining database and coordinating  invitations; working with program manager to support all extra programming projects, and support the program by tracking receipts, collecting petty cash receipts, etc.

Requirements:  1-2 years of administrative experience or community organizing experience preferred. Excellent organization and communication skills. Experience managing multiple competing priorities. Successful candidates will have experience building collaborative relationships with a people from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Experience working in an environment that prioritizes diversity and inclusion is strongly preferred. Experience in theater is not required. Fluent in Spanish a plus.

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Please send resume and cover letter to mobileshakes@publictheater.org with the subject line “Mobile Unit Assistant application.” 


The Public Theater’s internship program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience in one of the country’s premiere not-for-profit theaters. Internships are offered in a variety of departments, from the creative to the administrative, and interns are encouraged to explore beyond their department to learn more about how the theater functions as a whole. 

The internship program aims to provide individuals with valuable mentorship and expert training, bridging the gap between academic education and practice. Interns play an integral part in the inner workings of the Public. Supporting the Public in its daily activities, interns will gain insight, knowledge, and hands-on experience in all aspects of the theater. We offer tickets to all Public Theater main stage productions, and weekly seminars with Public Theater staff. A stipend is available for all internships unless otherwise specified. 

Ideal intern candidates should be enthusiastic, dedicated workers with an interest in pursuing a career in theater. We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, independent, and able to multi-task. Office experience is a plus as many of the positions require light clerical work. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the appropriate contacts listed below under the description for the desired department. In the subject line, please use the following format: “Intern Application for [season applying for- ex: Fall 2017]” You may apply for multiple internships, but please tailor your cover letters to fit each position. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Company Management Internship

The Company Management department is seeking an intern for the Fall of 2016. Company Management oversees Artist contracting and care for all productions at The Public Theater and Shakespeare in The Park.

The Company Management intern will be responsible for assisting the Company Managers and Assistant Company Manager in day to day tasks including filling house seats, preparing new hire packets, assisting with meet and greets, filing and tracking contracts, running departmental errands and general office duties.  Candidates should have an interest in company or general management,  be organized and enthusiastic, experience with Microsoft Excel, Mail Merge and Tessitura is helpful (but not required).

Hours: Full-time, Monday-Friday, with some evenings and weekends. Only candidates available for a full time internship will be considered.

Please send resumes to Rebecca Sherman at rsherman@publictheater.org

Digital Marketing Intern

The Public Theater’s digital team sits within the Marketing Department, and is responsible for paid and organic communications across search, display and social channels; digital ad creative design, development and distribution; analysis of campaigns and social platform growth; tech vendor and media agency partnerships; and website maintenance and UX/UI. The Public Theater’s Marketing team also is responsible for memberships and audience development initiatives, marketing and sales campaigns, promotions and direct mailings, as well as box office ticket sales and correspondence with patrons.

Responsibilities: Intern will primarily provide administrative, content creation and curation, graphic design, and analytical support for the Associate Digital Marketing Manager. The ideal candidate has an interest in marketing on web-based platforms, is enthusiastic about the internet marketing trends, and has a strong sense of visual design.

Schedule is 10-6pm, Monday through Friday, though some evening events may be required.


  • Passionate about the theater and arts activism, with emphasis on the mission of The Public
  • Demonstrated interest in technology, Internet and/or digital marketing and advertising
  • Understanding of social platforms, and why content on these platforms becomes successful
  • Competence in Microsoft Excel and ability to interpret data
  • Proven analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • High level of attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize demands and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to learn in a fast-paced environment

Position: One full-time beginning September 2017 through December 2017.

To Apply: Submit your resume, as well as the following to edasilva@publictheater.org:

1) A short explanation of why you’d be a good fit for this particular role

2) A list of some of your favorite social media accounts to follow, with a brief explanation (1-2 sentences) about why you think each is great

3) Links to any public personal social channels or digital portfolios you would be willing to share

No formal cover letters, please.

General Management Internship

The General Management department is the liaison between all departments at The Public and our productions. GM handles contracts, budgets, union correspondence, house seats and the day-to-day administration of each production as well as a myriad of other organizational tasks.

Responsibilities: The intern provides crucial office support for this busy department. The main responsibility will be completing house seat orders for all downtown shows as well as company management support for each show. Light filing, answering phones and general office tasks will also be required. If the intern shows initiative and ability, more work and responsibility will follow. It is very important that the intern is a self-starter, can work on their own, but also knows when to ask questions. Sense of humor required. The ideal candidate is interested in a career in theatre administration.  This internship provides an incredibly well-rounded view of what General Management and Company Management departments look like at a non-profit institution. 

Position(s): One full-time GM Intern (Mon-Fri, 10-6)

Time Span: Starting as soon as possible through end of December

E-mail: ehammond@publictheater.org cover letter and resume.  

Press Internship

THE PUBLIC THEATER is looking for a highly-motivated and organized Press Intern with an interest in public relations and communications.


  • Collecting, recording and distributing all media coverage pertaining to The Public Theater
  • Supports Press Team in coordinating media interviews, photo calls, b-roll shoots, and rehearsal photos
  • Maintains the media archives of past productions at The Public
  • Assists with opening night events—including photographer registration, pre and post-show celebrity arrivals, and onsite interviews and photo opportunities with key party attendees
  • Aids the Press Managers and Director of Communications with scheduling press seats for all Public Theater shows and sending digital press kits
  • Additional duties include assistance with editing and organizing information for show Playbills, proofreading press releases, research, and maintaining media contact database
  • Responsible for media ticketing and fulfilling some house seat orders
  • Monitors social media and theater website chat for Industry trends

REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented team player with previous office experience, specifically interested in a career of theatrical press and communications. Must be proficient in Outlook, Excel, and Word, and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Tessitura ticketing experience is a plus.We are seeking a full-time commitment, beginning in early September through the end of January with some select evenings and weekends.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Julie Danni at jdanni@publictheater.org. Please put “Winter/Spring Internship Applicant” in the subject line.

Operations Intern

The Public has produced shows at the Delacorte and its downtown home on Lafayette Street since the 1960s and currently produces a full season of shows year-round including classics, musicals, and new works. The building at 425 Lafayette is a landmark that was initially constructed beginning in 1850 as New York City’s first free public library, and the Delacorte has welcomed over 5 million people to its free Shakespeare in the Park performances. The Operations Department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of both venues as well as tracking building activity and coordinating department work around production needs.

Responsibilities/Tasks: The Operations intern will be exposed to the daily tasks of the Operations Department including administrative functions and systems operations. The ideal candidate has an interest in theater and previous experience in theater production or administration, knows Microsoft Office, and is organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator, and has a positive attitude. An interest in the inner-workings of historic buildings and capital projects is a plus. Time Commitment: Full

Time internship Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Part-Time hours negotiable dependent on candidate

We are looking for someone to start in September with at least a three month commitment.  

Please send resume and cover letter to Mariana Ortiz, Operations Associate at mortiz@publictheater.org. No calls please.

Special Artistic Projects Internship

The Special Artistic Projects Department is looking for two Spring 2017 interns to support the Director of Special Artistic Projects and the SAP team. The Special Artistic Projects Department oversees The Mobile Unit (which tours performances to prisons, shelters, and other unserved communities) and Public Forum (audience engagement activities and one-night-only events). Both interns will have the opportunity to work on both programs, but candidates are encouraged to express a particular interest in Mobile or Forum.

These internship positions are largely to provide administrative and logistical support but will also see opportunities for research, idea generation, and hands-on producorial training. Ideal candidates are capable of handling a high volume of work and have a diverse set of interests both within and outside the theater world.

Time Commitment: January 3 -- May/June 2017 (end date negotiable). Monday through Friday 10-6.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to mobileshakes@publictheater.org.

Special Events Internship

Special Events Internship

The Special Events Intern will assist the department with the daily tasks associated with all of The Public Theater’s fundraising and cultivation events.

Duties include, but are not limited to, maintaining Opening Night, Patron night and Cultivation event RSVP’s lists, confirmation calls and emails, assisting in mailing invitations and letters, event preparation, internet research and working at donor events and Opening Nights. Customer service skills, attention to detail, and computer proficiency. Tessitura experience preferred, but not required. 

This is a full-time internship with occasional weekends and evenings required.  Please send resume and cover letter to events@publictheater.org

Stage Management Internships

The Public Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festival, the nation’s foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, is seeking full-time stage management interns all year-round for our Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons!

Interns will gain valuable firsthand experience by observing and assisting in the mounting of one Public Theater production. The level of responsibility entrusted to Public Theater interns requires that they be mature, self-reliant, good communicators, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment. Flexibility, a sense of humor and interest in a career in stage management are a must. We are dedicated to making each internship an educational experience in a highly professional environment.

Stage management interns support stage management staff during pre-production and all rehearsals, previews, and performances. Long hours including evenings and weekends are required.

We offer a stipend of $25/day and interns are responsible for their own housing. 

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to:stagemanagementjobs@publictheater.org. In the subject line, please include “Stage Management Internship” and any specific shows you are interested in and available for. Please visit www.publictheater.org for information about upcoming shows.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.

Under the Radar Festival Internship

The Public Theater is seeking one full-time intern for the Under the Radar festival. Under the Radar (UTR) is an annual theater festival that spotlights international artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. This internship is designed for candidates pursuing a career in theater producing, especially those interested in experimental and international work. The internship provides a hands-on education in the production of a major theater festival, from the creation of the line-up to the performances themselves. Interns are invaluable members of the Under the Radar team and will learn the ins and outs of the Public Theater through their interactions with other departments.

Responsibilities: Interns will be involved in projects including but not limited to: screening and evaluating video submissions, creating marketing materials, upkeep of website and social media outlets, travel planning, artist hospitality, coordination of the professional symposium, ticket processing, administrative duties, volunteer coordination, and show coverage. Initiative, organization, attention to detail, and good writing and communication skills are musts. Working knowledge of Word, Outlook, and Excel is required. Foreign languages, Mac and Design skills a plus.

The internship is full-time (40hrs), Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stipend is $25/day and interns are responsible for their own housing.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to kkerwin@publictheater.org by August 25, 2017. Due to large volume of applications, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview.

Time Span: Starting in September through end of January.