Work With Us!
Ars Nova is is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work. On & off-stage, we value equity and inclusion, and prioritize representation and diversity. If you’re looking for a way to join the Nova family, here’s the three ways to do it!
Whether you’re looking for on stage or off stage opportunities, we want you to show us your stuff!
Open full- or part-time positions are posted here, when available! We accept applications for stage technicians on a rolling basis.
We’re looking for the next generation of arts administrators to join our Emerging Leaders Group.
We. Are. Family.
Ars Nova Technicians
Ars Nova Technicians
Ars Nova is currently accepting resumes for reliable, hard working and creative individuals to work on our year-round programming. Positions available include:
Working within Ars Nova’s Rep. Plot, lighting technicians design, program, and run each performance. Qualified applicants will have experience lighting on the go, and comfort with thinking on their feet. Must have some experience with Studio Spot 250′s; ability to program live from a set of Submasters a plus.
For ongoing programs, sounds technicians are responsible for the set up and breakdown of all microphones and cable, as well as live mixing. Must be capable of handling playback cues, and multitasking. Candidates should have familiarity with a digital board (preferably a DM 1000), and ability to work with several wireless microphones.
Acting as liaison between technicians, talent, and Front-of-House, Stage Managers must be organized and confident in their ability to ensure each show is ready on time. Advanced problem solving skills are a plus.
Ideal candidates will be prepared to work in a fast paced environment and must have availability on evenings and weekends.
Our application process is ongoing. Please submit resumes by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the desired position in the subject line.
Ars Nova is an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to the principle of diversity and encourages applications from persons of color and individuals with disabilities.
Come On Over Baby!
Are you a current student or recent grad hoping to gain hands-on experience at a vibrant, eclectic organization? You’ve come to the right (cyber) place!
Applications for our Spring Internship positions are now open! Apply by October 18th, HERE.
Ars Nova offers Development, Theatre Management, Marketing, Production and Artistic Internships each winter, summer and fall term. Ars Nova is looking for smart, motivated self-starters with strong organizational and communication skills, excellent attention to detail and the ability to multi-task for Spring Internships, running from approximately January 2 through May 25, 2018. Ars Nova interns are integral in the day-to-day operations of our office and execution of our Spring lineup.
Here’s a breakdown of the Nova Intern experience:
- Internships can be part-time or full-time based on department. Welcome to the Gang!
- You’ll get an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free – including our little monthly variety show we like to call Showgasm.
- Interns also get to participate in weekly seminars with each department @ Ars Nova, as well as special seminars with members of the larger New York theater community, all in addition to happy hour mixers to get to know the vibrant extended network of our Ars Nova family.
- Unpaid internship woes? No sweat. All Ars Nova interns are given opportunities for paid hourly Front of House work, and full-time interns receive a weekly travel reimbursement of $50.
Sound up your alley? Learn more about each internship and some of the skill sets that we look for within each department below. Ars Nova is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
ABOUT ARS NOVA
Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theatre, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work. For more information on Ars Nova’s programs, visit ARSNOVANYC.com. Ars Nova is a 501(c)(3) and was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.
Here’s a breakdown by Department:
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, and keep tickets affordable, you gotta find the money somewhere. The Development Internship at Ars Nova shows you how to make that happen. Working closely with the Development Director and Development Manager, this intern works as a vital part of the Ars Nova team, learning about the inner-workings of a non-profit theater and the many ways we raise money to support more than 500 emerging artists a year. Responsibilities for this intern can be wide-ranging and will include working on special events (including two annual galas), managing donor asks and thank you’s and helping put together major grants. Open to interns from all areas of the arts — both aspiring development professionals, and artists who wants to figure out how the bills get paid. Candidates should have great organization skills, pay attention to details and have a good rapport with people.
THEATER MANAGEMENT INTERN
Working closely with, and reporting directly to the General Manager and Assistant General Manager, this intern will join our so-called “solution center” and gain insight into the day-to-day management of a non-profit theater and gain a broad overview of the entire organization. This internship is ideal for those interested in pursuing company/artist management, not-for-profit finance/business, venue/facilities operations or arts administration professionally. The primary responsibilities include assisting the General Management department with artist contract drafting, review & tracking; artist royalty reports; ticketing sales analytics; check processing, credit card reporting & cash reconciliations; budget management and research; rental cultivation and management; inter-department coordination; equipment set up and Front of House staff management; preparing various rooms and theaters for the myriad of activities occurring daily. Attention to detail is required, as well as a can-do attitude towards achieving organization-wide goals. This internship blends traditional office tasks with on-your-feet building and theater management & preparation. Excel & Quickbooks skills are a plus! Full-time applicants preferred, but qualified part-time candidates (2-3 days a week) are also encouraged.
Working closely with and directly reporting to the Marketing Associate and having daily interaction with the artistic and administrative staff, this intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Marketing Associate with the daily branding and promotion of the theater, on both the institutional and producing levels. The Marketing Intern will 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 interesting 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; 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, WordPress and basic HTML knowledge. Video and Photography experience is a plus. Full-time applicants preferred, but qualified part-time candidates (3-4 days a week) are also encouraged.
Working closely with and directly reporting to the Production Manager, this intern’s primary responsibility is to support the production activity of the theater and organize and maintain the technical resources. The production internship is a heavily hands-on position. The Production Intern 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 Intern may also be called upon for research or administrative duties for the production department. Hours may run longer than standard business hours, and some evenings will be required, approximately 40 hours per week, occasionally more during heavy production periods. Previous production experience required. Valid driver’s license a plus.
Working closely with the Artistic Programs Associate and having regular interaction with the Associate Artistic Director, this intern’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 Out Loud readings, developmental workshops, and Play Group meetings; 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 Intern will have 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. Full-time applicants preferred, but qualified part-time candidates (3-4 days a week) are also encouraged.
STILL NOT CONVINCED? DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT, TAKE THEIRS:
“Listening to nearly all of the staff on a daily basis illuminated my understanding of this business in so many ways- I always looked forward to checking in on everyone’s own opinions on new and exciting work. Since college, I’d struggled to find a motivated community. It’s been a treat to find myself surrounded by a group of people I felt challenged by, in the best of ways. It’s caused me to push myself further, and that in itself has been so rewarding.” – Jillian Rorrer, Artistic Intern 2015, Executive Assistant at Ars Nova 2015-16, current Development Manager at Ars Nova.
“My expectation was that I was going to get pretty good technical theater experience and meet new people. What I walked away with was being introduced to an incredible family of people/artists and had the opportunity to be an integral part of brand new shows.” – Kristin Goehring, Production Intern 2013.
“When you intern here or work here or do a show here you’re instantly part of a very welcoming and warm community… I felt like it was a home away from home for me when I was an intern here, as it continued to be after I left.” – Megan Lacerenza, Marketing Intern 2013/14.
“I did not realize just how much work goes into running a non-profit. Everyone works their butts off, which is really inspiring. Also, I was exposed to an entirely new world of theater, one I had no idea existed. I walked away with a huge appreciation for this world.” – Jason Eisner, Artistic Intern 2013.
“[At Ars Nova] I met dozens of people who’ve drifted back through my life, and left with a really great, wide-angle understanding of theater in New York and its many nooks, crannies, and trends.” – Cory Finley, Artistic Intern 2011.
“The seminars are the best, come intern at Ars Nova for the seminars.” – Taylor Edelhart, Theater Management Intern 2014.
“I made significant visible contributions to this organization of dedicated arts managers and artists. I was welcomed into a family that always puts the work, the PEOPLE first. And no one ever really leaves this family once they pass through the Ars Nova doors…” – Brittany Mashel, Marketing Intern 2017