Employment & Internships

Employment

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

 

AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
Assistant Scenery Supervisor

The Public Theater seeks a skilled and enthusiastic Assistant Scenery Supervisor to join a tight knit, dynamic team. The Assistant Scenery Supervisor will work closely with the Scenery Supervisor and 2 Associate Scenery Supervisors to coordinate the scheduling, budgeting, and construction for multiple shows in 6 theaters. They will work directly with designers, directors and the rest of the production department to ensure all scenery meets the needs of the design as well as the budget in a safe and efficient manner.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Generate working drawings
  • Calculate, design, and execute weight bearing methods for scenery build and install
  • Design and execute safe configuration and rigging for all moving set pieces
  • Ensure safe and conscientious workmanship and working conditions
  • Generate and maintain scenery budgets
  • Develop and maintain scenery department over-hire pool
  • Develop and manage work schedules for the scenery department
  • Train and manage freelance crew as necessary
  • Work some late nights and weekends

 

Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years of theater experience managing people and running crews, experience in creating, working with, and maintaining budgets, comprehensive knowledge of scenery technologies, processes and equipment, and proficiency in technical theater construction, rigging, and safety. The ideal candidate will also possess proficiency in common computer skills including Excel, Word, and Acrobat, a calm demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills, strong organization and communication skills, and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment overseeing multiple projects at once. Experience with automation is preferred, and proficiency in AutoCAD, knowledge of Vector Works is 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, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

 

This is an Exempt position, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Position is available immediately.

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

Costume Draper

The Public Theater Costume Shop is in search of theatrical drapers from January – August 2018. This has the potential of becoming a full time position.

The primary responsibility of the Draper is the creation of costumes; interpretation of original design work and custom patterning based on the design, and all facets of the construction process for the costumes as well as alterations, fittings and maintenance of pulled or rented clothing items.

The Draper works with the Costume Shop Manager and Costume Shop Foreman to meet construction and fitting deadlines; may assist in other costume production areas as directed by the needs of the production.

Examples of Duties:

  • Discusses assigned projects with Designer, Costume Shop Manager, and Costume Shop Foreman.
  • Serves as a communication link for designers, Costume Shop Manager, and Costume Shop Foreman.
  • Calculates yardage estimates and needs (notions, zippers, etc.) for each costume.
  • Instructs the stitchers on the accurate construction of the costumes.
  • Performs drafting or draping of costume pieces for rendered designs.
  • Tailors or alters costumes, as needed.
  • Supervises and/or attends fittings of constructed costumes.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy and clean work environment.
  • Performs other related work as required.

 

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of textiles and costume history.
  • Thorough understanding of the costume design and construction processes.
  • Specialized training or experience with tailoring, altering and original pattern creation.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral, visual.
  • 2-4 years of experience in a similar position required

 

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

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.

Experience:

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

Skills:

  • 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

Director of Human Resources

The Public Theater seeks an experienced Director of Human Resources who will be directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the Human Resources department, including setting the strategic direction of the HR function and ensuring its alignment with organizational goals.

The Public Theater is a $40 million organization which has180 full-time, year-round employees, and 1000 part-time and seasonal employees who work at our downtown locations at 425 Lafayette Street and 740 Broadway, and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.  The Public Theater campus will soon be expanding to include studio and office space at 440 Lafayette St as well.

The Director of Human Resources will:

  • Oversee the planning and development of Human Resources initiatives, diagnose critical areas for attention, build consensus with stakeholders, and implement decisive, clear strategies that anticipate and address problems with effective solutions
  • Ensure compliance with Federal, State and City labor law; and work with legal counsel as appropriate
  • Develop the internal structures and systems to support our employees and the work on our stages; recommend and implement efficiencies in all HR processes; evaluate, execute, measure, monitor and control business processes; work to ensure that business process outcomes are in harmony with the organization’s strategic goals
  • Oversee the management of HR information systems and technologies; create and maintain metrics related to staffing and data resources
  • Provide conflict resolution, mediation and facilitation upon request; conduct workplace investigations and act as a resource regarding disciplinary action and terminations
  • Update all employee handbooks and HR related procedures
  • Devise recruitment strategy to further reflect the Public’s commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization; oversee high volume recruitment processes
  • Assess the Public’s labor market competitiveness by researching compensation and benefits comparisons
  • Recommend and lead the implementation and maintenance of an improved compensation strategy
  • Oversee the administration and clear communication of employee benefits and policy changes to employees; work with health insurance broker and Chief Financial Officer to negotiate benefit contracts
  • Ensure the Public’s commitment to organizational development continues:
    • Develop comprehensive and appropriate training programs for staff that are timely and relevant
    • Oversee performance management and staff surveys, work with management on local and organizational responses to employee concerns
    • Oversee Worker’s Compensation claims process, and administer leaves of absence
    • Oversight of staff celebration events (picnic, holiday party, tenure lunch)
    • Serve on the Work Life Balance, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Emergency Preparedness committees
    • Act as liaison with colleges with whom the theater has partnerships regarding internships
    • This position oversees the HR Systems Manager, the HR Manager, and a Payroll Administrator

 

Requirements: 

Successful candidates will have

  • At least 10 years of relevant, progressive experience in human resources with administrative and supervisory experience
  • Experience working in a fast paced setting is required, experience in a performing arts environment preferred
  • A high level of professional and proven Human Resources experience, an acumen for human resources leadership, and the demonstrated ability to lead and manage this area for a complex organization
  • The desire to work in an environment that is mission based, values transparency and has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Familiarity with compensation administration
  • The proven ability to understand, analyze and interpret complex challenges
  • The ability to understand and balance a complex array of constituent needs
  • The ability to manage change, with a thorough, detailed and wide-ranging perspective on the impacts of these changes on the culture and community
  • The ability to provide stability and inspire confidence when faced with important and quickly-changing circumstances, including through analyzing and evaluating various scenarios from a budgetary perspective

 

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 cover letter and resume to: jobs@publictheater.org

Front Desk Attendant/Gate Attendant Overhire

The Public has produced shows at the Delacorte Theater 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 Theater has welcomed over 5 million people to its free Shakespeare in the Park performances.

The Operations Department, responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of both venues as well as tracking building activity and coordinating department work around production needs, is seeking seasonal overhire Gate Attendants for the Delacorte Theater to provide exceptional customer service and security support. 

Responsibilities:

  • Greet guests/patrons & relay information relating to upcoming programs/events
  • Accept/Track deliveries (UPS, USPS, production vendors, catering deliveries, etc.)
  • Answer phone calls
  • Ensure security standards are upheld via ID checks and/or monitoring of foot traffic
  • Serve as the point of contact for Public Theater staff on behalf of the Operations Department, relaying building maintenance and other requests
  • Perform additional duties, as assigned

 

Requirements:

The ideal candidate has an interest in theatre and previous experience in theatre production or administration, and is organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator, and has a positive attitude. 

 

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.

 

This is a Part-Time Hourly, Non-Exempt position, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

Please send resume and cover letter to Mariana Ortiz, mortiz@publictheater.org.

Graphic Designer

The Public Theater seeks a full-time Graphic Designer to join our in-house team. The Brand Creative Studio develops all internal and external materials with The Public’s signature visual identity. Our range of work includes: Free Shakespeare in the Park, Joe’s Pub, and a full season of new musicals, plays, events and programs at The Public’s landmarked six-venue building at Astor Place. We are a passionate team that is deeply invested in the performing arts and The Public’s mission that culture belongs to everyone.

 

Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate will uphold the visual consistency of the brand, while supporting and contributing to the creation of a variety of materials. Projects may include: key artwork, programs, development materials, signage, digital and print advertisements, brochures
and institutional booklets, postcards, flyers, motion graphics, merchandise, installations, presentations and more.  

 

Requirements:

Applicants should have 3+ years of experience as part of an in-house team, design studio, or agency environment. Those considered must have outstanding and ambitious typography skills—strong, dynamic type is the core of our branding. Additional competencies include: solid communication skills, the ability to collaborate with a team, mock up skills, project and time management skills, prepress knowledge, and the ability to work quickly under pressure, are all essential to success in this role. Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite programs are required, primarily: Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. After Effects, and Premiere knowledge is a bonus. Interest in Shakespeare and theater also a plus.

 

The Public is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants 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. 

 

This is an Exempt Position, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Position is available immediately.

 

Please send cover letter, resume and portfolio website or pdf (less than 10mb) to:

jobs@publictheater.org


Part Time Call Center Representative

The Public Theater is excited to announce that we are seeking part-time Call Center Representatives to join our team as soon as possible. Successful candidates are expected to offer the highest level of customer service to our patrons, members, donors and any other member of the public, based on the Public Theater Policies and Procedures Handbook. Our team is responsible for ticketing all venues at The Public Theater, as well as Joe’s Pub and Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Phone sales of tickets to the general public, Members, and Partner level donors
  • Answering queries about our programming, special events, facilities, and website
  • Performing administrative duties including mailings, notifying patrons of changes to performance schedules, data entry/cleanup and replying to/preparing patron emails
  • Staying up to date on Member/Partner benefits, promotions, and programming at all venues
  • Additional duties, as assigned

 

Requirements:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time using a desktop computer
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy while multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated ability to listen, elicit information efficiently, comprehend, and resolve complex patron requests
  • Deal effectively with a wide variety of personalities and situations requiring diplomacy, friendliness, positivity, and courteousness
  • Experience with credit card transactions
  • Previous Call Center or Box Office experience preferred
  • Knowledge of/experience with Tessitura or other ticketing platforms is strongly preferred
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Ability to work varied shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays
    • High School Diploma or equivalent

 

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, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

 

This is a Part-Time, Non-Exempt position, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Position is available immediately.

 

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to: TicketServicesJobs@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.

Audio

AudioJobs@publictheater.org

Costumes

CostumeJobs@publictheater.org

General Production/Production Management

pmjobs@publictheater.org

Lighting

LightingJobs@publictheater.org

Properties

PropsJobs@publictheater.org

Scenery

SceneryJobs@publictheater.org

Stage Management

StageManagementJobs@publictheater.org

Trucking

pmjobs@publictheater.org

Video

VideoJobs@publictheater.org

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


Internships

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

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. Main responsibilities will be assisting with house seat orders for all downtown shows as well as company management support in various capacities 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: Winter/Spring 2018, roughly Jan-May 2018

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

 

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.

New Work Development Internship

The Public Theater is seeking one full-time intern in the New Work Development Department, which is responsible for the cultivation and shepherding of new plays and musicals at the Public Theater and Joe’s Pub.

 

Responsibilities:

Duties include but are not limited to facilitating telephone, email and other correspondence, attending and evaluating new plays and musicals on behalf of the Department. Other duties will be assigned as needed to support the Director of New Work Development and the New Work Department.

 

Requirements:

Candidates should possess exceptional written communication skills, be highly organized and detail oriented, and appreciate the fast-pace of a professional theater environment. Professional theater experience is preferred, but not necessarily in theater administration. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook is a plus. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in theater administration and enthusiasm for new play development. 

 

Hours: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to Jack Moore: jmoore@publictheater.org

 

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.

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.

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.