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.
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 to your show at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about how to submit to ANT Fest , Showgasm and Play Group can be found below. Due to the volume of submissions we receive for these programs, it may take us up to six months to respond, so please bear with us. These programs are our best opportunity to get to know artists and projects, so we don’t accept unsolicited submissions outside of their application windows. Feel free to invite us to your work around town until the next application period opens!
On Stage Opportunities
An annual festival of All New Talent designed to showcase groundbreaking emerging artists from a range of disciplines.
The submission period for our 12th Annual ANT Fest, a month-long festival of All New Talent showcasing new work from New York’s most adventurous emerging artists, is now closed. ANT Fest 2019 runs from June 3 – 27. To learn more about ANT Fest, click here.
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 2019 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.
We. Are. Family.
Ars Nova accepts resumes on an ongoing basis for reliable, hardworking and creative technicians to work on our year-round programming.
Ars Nova is always in need of technicians & we love expanding our pool of reliable, hardworking & creative folks! Do you want to work for the Production Dept in the future? Please send us your resume by email to email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP, Spring 2019.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE EMERGING LEADERS GROUP, Spring Term 2019.
Ars Nova is looking for the next generation of arts administrators for our Emerging Leaders Group. We are looking for smart, motivated young theater leaders between the ages of 18 and 25. The Emerging Leaders Group is more than just an internship; this hands-on training program makes you an integral part of the day-to-day operations of our office and the discovery, development and launch of our artists. It also provides professional development and networking opportunities that prepare you to launch your career in arts administration.
Check back soon for Fall 2019 Emerging Leaders Group applications.
Here’s a basic breakdown of the Nova experience:
- Emerging Leaders Group participants work and train at Ars Nova 20-35 hours a week during our regular administrative office hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
- The Emerging Leaders Group offers a weekly stipend the equivalent of $15/hour for hours worked.
- You’ll get an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free!
- You’ll participate in weekly seminars with each department @ Ars Nova and members of the larger New York theater community, in addition to mixers where you can get to know the vibrant extended network of our Ars Nova family.
- Need some extra cash? You’ll also have the potential to work part-time front of house and box office shifts for a $15/hour rate.
Current students are not eligible for the Emerging Leaders Group.
HOW TO APPLY
Emerging Leaders Group – Now Closed for Spring 2019.
Applications for Fall 2019 will open in March.
The Emerging Leaders Group is geared towards young leaders making the transition from school to work. Currently enrolled high school or college students are not eligible for the Emerging Leaders Group. A college degree is not required for the program.
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.
EMERGING LEADERS GROUP
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. Working with the Development Team at Ars Nova shows you how to make that happen. Working closely with the Development Director and Development Manager, you’ll be 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 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 young leaders from all areas of the arts – both aspiring development professionals, and artists who want to figure out how the bills get paid. Candidates should have great organizational skills, pay attention to details and have a good rapport with people.
THEATER MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Working closely with, and reporting directly to the General Manager and Business Manager, you’ll gain insight into the day-to-day management of a non-profit theater with a broad overview of the entire organization. This department 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 role blends traditional office tasks with on-your-feet building and theater management & preparation. Excel & Quickbooks skills are a plus!
Working closely with and directly reporting to the Marketing Manager and having daily interaction with the artistic and administrative staff, you’ll work directly with the Marketing Manager on the daily branding and promotion of the theater, both on the institutional and producing levels. On Team Marketing, you’ll 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.
Ars Nova has provided intensive training to over 100 young people who have become leaders throughout the field. Our alumni have gone onto administrative positions at many of the City’s top companies including: The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, BRIC, 59E59, The Flea Theater, Pipeline Theater Company, The Julliard School, The Pekoe Group and Serino/Coyne. Plus many of Ars Nova’s current staff are former interns or emerging leaders!
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