Show Us Your Stuff!
New work for the stage isn’t always created around a table. Ars Nova has a number of programs and performance series designed to provide opportunities for artists to see their work in front of an audience throughout the stages of a development process. More information is below, with links to submission details when applicable.
The Ars Nova artistic team is always out seeing new work. Please feel free to send us an invitation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about how to submit to our various programs can be found below. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, it may take us up to six months to respond.
On Stage Opportunities
An annual festival of All New Talent designed to showcase groundbreaking emerging artists from a range of disciplines.
Our raucous variety show-meets-party with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate! We’re always on the lookout for new performers to showcase. Have a five-minute act you’d like to try out? Please fill out this form.
Off Stage Opportunities
Our efforts to keep Ars Nova an active artist hub go beyond the shows we produce; a variety of initiatives and programs help establish and engage a thriving community of artists.
A vibrant and eclectic group of resident playwrights who gather biweekly to share new work and get peer feedback. Applications for Play Group 2018 are now closed.
Our dynamic group of generative theater artists are provided with individually tailored residencies designed to holistically support their careers and develop their new works. The application period for Makers Lab 2017 has closed.
Ars Nova Rentals
The Ars Nova Theater and Loft are available to rent for private events and rehearsals. Click here for more info!
ARS NOVA FLINGS
The Ars Nova Fling program is Ars Nova’s unique way of interacting with producers and artists who are interested in more than just a “four-wall” rental of our theater and green room. It’s geared towards multi-week productions, workshops and developmental activities. Rentals participating in the Fling program can select from a menu of consultation and select services from Ars Nova’s in-house marketing, general and production management departments, artistic consultation, as well as the opportunity to bill their production as “An Ars Nova Fling” occurring at “Theater 511 at Ars Nova”.
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Associate Production Manager
Ars Nova Technicians
Associate Production Manager
ABOUT ARS NOVA’S ASSOCIATE PRODUCTION MANAGER:
The Associate Production Manager reports directly to the Production Manager and supervises a part-time Technical Director, Crew Heads, and Production Intern. They provide key administrative support to ensure the Production Department runs smoothly, serve as the Production Manager for all developmental programming including Showgasms, One Night Stands, ANT Fest and Makers Lab performances and as the Associate Production Manager on all Off Broadway Premieres.
In support of the Production Department, you will:
- Maintain the production department budget, including processing weekly payroll, overseeing purchasing, and maintaining tax-exempt business accounts;
- Update space calendars to reflect all programmatic activities and venue changeovers;
- Cultivate relationships with technicians and designers, and maintain those lists;
- Work closely with the Assistant General Manager to maintain Ars Nova’s building and ensure rooms are properly prepared for various daily programming activities;
- Provide mentorship and supervision to Production Interns and high-school mentees;
- Assist fellow staff members as necessary and appropriate, including décor for our rockin’ Opening Night Parties; and
- Serve as the production contact for renters of Theater 511 at Ars Nova, including consulting on use of space, clearly communicating equipment available, training renters on venue start-up and shut-down procedures, and ensuring the theater is well-cared-for and undamaged by renters.
As Production Manager of Developmental Programming, you will:
- Hire technicians, designers and stage managers, communicating job duties/expectations, budgets, schedules, etc. and generally serving as liaison between our producing team, the artists, and the technicians to creatively bring ambitious & often complex designs to fruition;
- Schedule design and production meetings, preparing meeting agendas;
- Manage production budgets, tracking and approving expenses for production lines;
- Maintain tech riders with information about schedules, our rep inventory, and staging configurations, and clearly communicate those expectations and options to the artists and technicians;
- Welcome artists into our space, greeting them & answering questions as they arise; and
- Troubleshoot interdepartmental issues.
As Associate Production Manager of Off-Broadway Premieres, you will:
- Schedule design and production meetings, taking notes and ensuring follow-ups occur;
- Hire run crews, and crew heads as needed;
- Conduct specialty project research for unique production elements (we’ve been known to say yes to onstage Jacuzzis, a dress that becomes a tent, and a two-story percussive-steam-brain… to name a few);
- Coordinate acquisition of all production materials;
- Support Stage Management by acquiring rehearsal materials, taping, AV assistance, etc;
- Maintain archives of production documents; and
- Provide general support to the Production Manager, as needed.
ABOUT YOUR PREPERATION, SKILLS AND APPROACH:
The ideal candidate has training and experience in a production department at a theater or other live performance or multi-arts venue; possesses a strong facility to multi-task; is highly detail-oriented and able to retain new information quickly; enjoys meeting new theater-makers and takes a “get to yes” approach; has excellent communication skills (knowledge of the Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite essential, proficiency in Vectorworks & QLab a plus); has the ability to drive projects forward with little supervision while also collaborating on final outcomes; is a creative problem solver and has a team mentality, ready to jump in and help others whenever its needed; and will thrive in a go-big-or-go-home environment.
- 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.
- Our Associate Production Manager will join our team in early to mid January 2018.
- This is a Full-Time Exempt position with a competitive annual salary of no less than $47,000 plus unlimited vacation policy and optional benefits, including 403B, FSA, and TransitCheck.
- Please e-mail cover letter, resume, three references and contact information to Jes Levine, Production Manager: email@example.com. No phone calls please.
January 8, 2018 –
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