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 currently seeking an OPERATIONS & FACILITIES ASSISTANT. Learn more here.
We are searching for the next generation of arts administrators for the Emerging Leaders Group.
Applications are now open for a new cohort of Emerging Leaders for November 2, 2020 – June 25, 2021. Learn more here.
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.
We accept submissions for new members of our vibrant and eclectic group of resident playwrights every summer. Click HERE for more info.
Ars Nova CAMP residencies provide a dynamic group of comedy creators with peer support and artistic feedback as they work on developing a new comedic work in weekly meetings. Applications are accepted once a year, click HERE for more info.
We. Are. Family.
Operations & Facilities Assistant
Ars Nova seeks a detail-oriented, determined, reliable Operations & Facilities Assistant to provide on-site custodial services. Reporting to the Operations and Facilities Manager, the Assistant serves as an indispensable support to the theater’s administrative team, serving as their eyes, ears and hands across all maintenance and repair projects in two multi-use, expansive venues across Manhattan.
Ars Nova exists to discover, develop and launch singular theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their careers. We were founded as a playground and launchpad for emerging artists to create new work, with a dual mission to build the next generation of audiences for live entertainment by prioritizing a zeitgeist-forward aesthetic and marrying it with accessible ticket prices. Today, Ars Nova is known for its “pop-culture-savvy experimentation, with a hipness that sets it apart” (New York Times).
The Operations & Facilities Assistant joins the five-person General Management Team, which is responsible for line-producing/company managing our Off-Broadway productions, as well as the finance, facilities, IT and HR functions for our $4m organization with 18 full-time employees.
Ars Nova recognizes both that it is a predominantly white organization and that historic institutional practices have led to an exclusionary and harmful environment for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We are actively working to become a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive organization in all ways, across all our activities. Unraveling systems of power and privilege requires active engagement across our community of stakeholders and we acknowledge the complexity of the work ahead. We strongly encourage candidates of color, and/or from diverse backgrounds/underrepresented groups to apply.
KEY PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Reporting to the Operations & Facilities Manager, the Operations & Facilities Assistant is our custodian, handyperson and solution-finder and helps our team deliver safe, pristine, usable, and professional-grade spaces to Ars Nova’s community of artists, staff, and audiences.
- Deliver exceptional and consistent custodial services at our 5-story Hub on 54th street, including a theater, artist dressing rooms, two floors of offices, a penthouse loft used for rehearsals and events, a small shop, six single-stall restrooms, three kitchens, storage, plus one garden terrace and our front sidewalk/curb and facade.
- Serve as a Handyperson, completing maintenance or repair needs in both venues as applicable, including refinishing or repainting floors, stairwells and walls, changing light bulbs, furniture repairs and overall being the hands-on leader for keeping the building functional and beautiful; collaborating with our Technical Director on any facility notes requiring carpentry work;
- Open the 54th street Hub building every morning and prepare each space for staff & artist use;
- Deep Clean as needed, including steaming/shampooing carpets and couches, cleaning external windows, cleaning refrigerator interiors, and other projects as assigned;
- Inventory and restock all building, first-aid, event and office supplies, ensuring that Ars Nova is always hospitable, including handling deliveries of office, building or bar supplies and unpacking/ restocking them;
- Conduct daily walk-thrus, noting any facilities or equipment irregularities and making sure that Ars Nova is fully functional and arranged for scheduled use and activities
- Assist with large repair, capital improvement, and theater services projects to upgrade the buildings and production spaces;
- Generally assist the Operations and Facilities Manager in ensuring that Ars Nova’s infrastructure and systems are running smoothly and providing the best experience to all, including other tasks as assigned.
- You have prior training and/or experience in a custodial or porter position in a commercial or busy mixed-use building with daily janitorial duties;
- You have a “doer” mentality;
- You value attention to detail;
- You have handy-person skills;
- You have a positive attitude, respectful and polite demeanor;
- You are comfortable working with people from different backgrounds and cultures;
- You have prior training and/or experience at a theater or other live performance or multi-arts venue;
- You have a belief that the physical space in which we welcome artists and audiences directly impacts their experience and a passion for making that experience as positive as possible;
HOW TO JOIN OUR TEAM:
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume or list of prior work experience, and at least one reference to Jake Haungs, Operations & Facilities Manager, by October 2, 2020.
This is a non-exempt, part-time hourly position with an hourly pay rate of $18, a typical schedule of Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm averaging 30 hours per week, and paid sick and family leave. Start date will be on or around November 2, 2020.
Ars Nova is an equal opportunity employer, values equity and inclusion, and prioritizes representation and diversity. People of color, and/or from diverse background/underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Email submission only. (Send only word or PDF files; no web links). Send questions and/or your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Operations and Facilities Assistant” Candidates of interest will be contacted; please no calls.
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 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 NOW OPEN FOR 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.
Ars Nova is now accepting applications for two seven-month Fellowship positions, which will span from November 2, 2020 through June 25, 2021 — with a two-week hiatus from December 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021.
Here’s a basic breakdown of the Fellow experience:
- You’ll work and train as part of the Ars Nova team 35 hours a week
- The majority of your work will be during our regular administrative office hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, with the potential for some occasional evening and weekend hours.
- You’ll receive a weekly stipend of $525 for each week you work.
- The position will start remotely with the possibility for occasional in-person calls under strict social distancing guidelines. Position will transition to in-office once the Ars Nova team begins to work out of our 54th Street Hub Building again.
- You’ll have an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free!
- You’ll participate in seminars and networking coffees with members of the larger New York theater community.
HOW TO APPLY
Fill out our online form, HERE.
Emerging Leaders Group Fellowships are full-time training positions designed as pathway from school to the workforce, so current students are not eligible. A college degree is not necessary to apply. All Fellows should be based in the New York City metropolitan area. Fellows need access to WiFi, and a computer with a camera & microphone for remote work. Accommodations and resources can be provided if this would be a barrier to participation.
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.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM on October 12, 2020.
FUNDRAISING & EVENT PRODUCING FELLOW
If you want to make art in New York City happen, you gotta find the money somewhere. This fellowship will be primarily focused in working with Ars Nova’s Development Team on a broad fundraising strategy to pay for Ars Nova’s wide array of artistic programs — ranging from producing a 24-hour live Telethon to writing grant proposals to hosting Zoom happy hours with artists and donors. In addition to being part of the Fundraising Team, you will also work with the Manager of Artistic Programs to assist the Artistic staff with the daily administration of our artistic development programs, as well as scouting live theater in New York City, and on digital platforms, on behalf of the company and making recommendations. Candidates should have great organizational skills, incredible attention-to-detail and a good rapport with people.
MANAGEMENT & MARKETING FELLOW
Working closely with both the Business Manager & Marketing Manager, this Fellow will gain insight into the day-to-day management of a non-profit theater with a broad overview of the entire organization with a foot in two wide-ranging departments that cover everything from event promotion to accounting; facilities management to audience services. Responsibilities will be wide-ranging, and could include data collection and analysis; drafting contracts; proofreading and editorial work on programs and emails; assisting with weekly finance reports; social network and website updates; light video/photo editing; and inventory management. The ideal candidate will have a can-do attitude and an attention to detail; strong writing, proofreading and organizational skills. Experience with Word, Excel, QuickBooks, Adobe Creative Suite, Google AdWords, Social Media Platforms, WordPress and/or any basic HTML knowledge is a plus, but not required!
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