Work With Us!
Ars Nova 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 are searching for the next generation of arts administrators for the 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 email@example.com. 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 ANT Fest 2021 will open in Winter 2020! 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 2021 will go live in June 2020. Click HERE for more info.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 LED fixtures and be well versed on the ETC Ion Console.
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 programming playback cues in QLab and multitasking. Candidates should have familiarity with a digital board (preferably a Yamaha DM 1000) and the 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.
Emerging Leaders Group
Hoping to gain hands-on experience at a vibrant, eclectic organization? You’ve come to the right (cyber) place!
APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR ALL POSITIONS IN THE EMERGING LEADERS GROUP.
Ars Nova is looking for smart, motivated young cultural leaders who are underrepresented in the theater field for our Emerging Leaders Group. 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 or theater production.
Ars Nova is committed to building an equitable, diverse and inclusive community, and the Emerging Leaders Group is designed to offer a foot in the door to groups who have been historically underrepresented, whether by race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, age, disability status, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristic.
There are two tracks within the Emerging Leaders Group: FELLOWSHIPS and APPRENTICESHIPS. Fellowships are 6-month, full-time training positions designed for those making the transition from school to the workplace. Apprenticeships are part-time training positions designed for current students looking to get some hands-on experience for school credit.
Ars Nova offers fellowships in the following Teams: Artistic Administration, Development (Fundraising), Marketing and Theater Management (Business & Operations).
Here’s a basic breakdown of the Fellowship experience:
- Fellows work and train at Ars Nova 35 hours a week during our regular administrative office hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
- Fellows receive a weekly stipend of $525.
- Fellows get an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free!
- Fellows participate in weekly seminars with each team at 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.
- As a Fellow, you’ll also have the potential to work part-time front of house and box office shifts for a $15/hour rate.
Fellowships are designed as a pathway from school to the workforce, so current students are not eligible. A college degree is not necessary to apply.
Ars Nova offers a Production Apprenticeship that serves an integral role in the day-to-day operations of our office and execution of our programming.
Here’s a basic breakdown of the Production Apprentice experience:
- The Production Apprentice is a part-time position, designed for current students earning school credit. Hours can be flexible. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
- Apprentices receive a weekly travel reimbursement of $50 and you’ll also have the potential to work part-time front of house and box office shifts for a $15/hour rate.
- Apprentices get an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free!
- Apprentices will participate in weekly seminars with each team at 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.
HOW TO APPLY
In your application, you’ll be asked some basic questions and to upload a cover letter and resume. Ars Nova staff will be in touch if we’d like to schedule an interview.
Currently enrolled high school or college students are not eligible for the Artistic Administration, Development (Fundraising), Theater Management & Marketing Fellowships. 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.
Working closely with the Production Team and directly reporting to the Production Manager and Associate Production Manager, this apprentice’s primary responsibility is to support the production activity of the theaters and organize and maintain the technical resources. The Production Apprenticeship is a heavily hands-on position. The Production Apprentice 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 Apprentice may also be called upon for research or administrative duties for the production department. Some evenings or weekends may be required & schedules can be adjusted accordingly. Some prior experience in one or more of the areas of technical theater outlined above required. Valid driver’s license a plus.
- DEVELOPMENT FELLOW
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, you gotta find the money somewhere. Working with Ars Nova’s small-but-mighty Development Team introduces you to the practices and tools used to raise money to support 500+ emerging artists each year — ranging from throwing galas to writing grant proposals to making face-to-face connections with donors. Responsibilities can be wide-ranging and include working on special events, researching prospects, and helping write and assemble major grants. Open to young leaders from all areas of the arts — both aspiring fundraising professionals and artists who want to figure out how the bills get paid. Candidates should have great organizational skills, incredible attention-to-detail and a good rapport with people.
- THEATER MANAGEMENT FELLOW
(Business and Operations)
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 Producing, company/artist management, not-for-profit finance/business, venue/facilities operations or arts administration professionally. The primary responsibilities include assisting the General Management team with drafting artist contracts from templates; preparing artist royalty reports using our ticketing sales information; basic ticketing sales analytics; helping the Business Manager with weekly finances & counting cash inventory; helping make sure that spaces are set up for artists by doing daily building walk-thrus and keeping office supplies tidy and stocked; and Facility inventory management. 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. It’s a great way to become a pro at Excel, understand working with theatrical unions, and learn how to use Quickbooks.
- MARKETING FELLOW
Working closely with and directly reporting to the Marketing Manager and having daily interaction with the 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 interested 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; data collection and analysis; 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, Google AdWords, Social Media Platforms, WordPress and basic HTML knowledge. Video and/or Photography experience is a plus!
- ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION FELLOW
Working closely with the Manager of Artistic Programs and having regular interaction with the Associate Artistic Director, this role’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 and attending Play Group meetings, supporting the producing of Play Group Out Loud readings and Makers Lab developmental workshops; 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 Department’s Emerging Leader will additionally be instrumental in the administration of the ANT Fest application process. Working in the Artistic Department will include 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.
STILL NOT CONVINCED? DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT, TAKE THEIRS:
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 emerging leaders!
“In addition to making a career in New York possible, Ars Nova also gave me many tools and training opportunities to really prepare me for a full-time, entry-level position. The office culture at Ars Nova is a very positive place of constant improvement — I never felt afraid to ask a ‘dumb’ question or to join a conversation being had by full-time staff members. Emerging Leaders have direct access to everyone on the team and it started to feel like a family by the end of the program.” – Kimberly Sears, Marketing Fellow, Fall 2018.
“My favorite parts of the summer were the many seminars we had with theater professionals from across the professional spectrum. The team at Ars Nova ensured that we were always talking with the most interesting and exciting people: from casting directors to award-winning playwrights to theater critics to entertainment lawyers (the list goes on). Every conversation gave me a new perspective on how to navigate this exciting and volatile industry.” – Nicholas Leung, Marketing Fellow, Summer 2018
“Ars Nova’s Emerging Leaders Group program was one of the best first steps I could have taken as a first-time arts administrator. Not only was it an opportunity that dropped me right into a 40-hour work week, but it was one that helped me better clarify and specify what I wanted to do as a career within a safe and supportive team of professionals… If it weren’t for the people at Ars Nova, I would not have left with the confidence and ability to feel like I am ready to get to work and make a difference. [Ars Nova] gives voice and prepares a new generation of art administrators to help support and make the creation of live entertainment possible through their ELG program.” – Chelsea Barker, Development Fellow, Fall 2018
“As a member of the Emerging Leaders Group, I was fully a member of the Ars Nova team. While my position was temporary and designed to be educational, my role was vital to the inner-functioning of the Artistic team. By being assigned real responsibilities and having my voice be listened to by my supervisors, I was being told my work mattered and that they trusted me to get it done efficiently and well. I could never have learned as much as I did if my hand was held throughout my months in the office. Instead, I was gently trusted, and with check-ins, intentional assignments, and being asked my opinions, I was told that I could represent the company in the integrity of my work.” – Ryan Dobrin, Artistic Fellow, Fall 2018
“I felt really included in the Production department – like I was part of the team and that helped my development more than anything. I felt comfortable enough to ask questions. And to that point, I felt like I could learn from mistakes and that Jes and Kris would take the time to help me grow. And having done this internship, I’m a part of the Ars Nova family and I’m so grateful for that.” – Carol Almonte, Production Apprentice 2018
“Being a production intern during ANT Fest was as crazy, hectic, and wonderful as I thought it would be. What I didn’t expect was the family of kind, welcoming, and genuine people I would get the chance to work with and be a part of…Once you’re a part of the Ars Nova community you never really leave it!” – Arjun Biju, Production Apprentice 2019
“My internship had me do a little bit of everything in production – sometimes all in one day! It really showed how much and how many people it takes to produce a piece of theater, and it really let me take ownership of my role in that process. It’s a fantastic experience for anyone who can roll with the punches and does “a little bit of everything” in their theatermaking.” – Chris Voegels, Production Apprentice 2019
“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.