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.
This Fall, we will begin our search for the next generation of arts administrators to join us in 2020, through 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 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 2020 are now open, and will be accepted through midnight on the July 21st! 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.
We are currently seeking a Technical Director. Ars Nova accepts resumes on an ongoing basis for reliable, hardworking and creative technicians to work on our year-round programming. See below for more information.
Ars Nova exists to discover, develop and launch singular theater, comedy and music artists who are in the early stages of their careers. We were founded as a playground and a launch pad 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 TD joins us in the midst of executing a three-year strategic plan, designed in part to greatly expand our programming through activities across two buildings: our flex-seat development Hub uptown and our 199-seat Off-Broadway theater downtown. As we grow, the TD will ensure we are executing the ambitious designs of our artists at a high level and supporting the work of our developmental programming with a “yes and” attitude. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and ambitious leader advancing in the field of Technical Direction to make an impact on Ars Nova, the Off-Broadway community, and most importantly, on the lives and careers of the next generation of performing-art makers.
Ars Nova recognizes that historic institutional practices lead to a non-inclusive environment, and we are actively working to address diversity and inclusion in all forms, 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/GOALS:
The Technical Director is the CEO of fabrication, and is directly responsible for all our Scenery and Rigging planning, construction and installation, and the maintenance and upkeep of all production spaces. Specifically, you will:
- Serve as the TD for our Off-Broadway Productions, planning the build, coordinating with shops, hiring crews, and overseeing the installation, maintenance, and load out of all scenic elements, including:
- Ensuring the set is installed on schedule and within the budget
- Maintaining a safe working space for the staff and overhire crews
- Working with designers, directors, and production management to manage and maximize the artistic impact of financial resources.
- Maintaining the show throughout the run, potentially including show calls.
- Provide Scenic and Rigging support for developmental programming, building scenic elements, collaborating with artists to find creative solutions to their technical challenges as they build and develop their new projects.
- Support the Production Team with Rentals and other programming including fundraising events, communicating with renters and other venues about technical needs, helping plan, build, deliver, set up and load out fundraising or other special events, providing coverage for the Production Team during rentals and serving as the “House Technician.”
- Maintain Building and Production Spaces and Materials, including:
- Working with other crew heads to ensure the Production spaces (workspaces, storage spaces, and venues) are efficiently managed including keeping tools and materials organized, and maintaining an active inventory of each department’s tools and equipment;
- Handling maintenance and repairs throughout both buildings including general carpentry fixes, patching/painting, changing light bulbs, furniture repairs and overall being the hands-on leader for keeping the building functional and beautiful;
- Leading large repair and theater services projects to improve and upgrade the building and production spaces;
- Cleaning, maintaining, and repairing production equipment as needed when it is within your skillset;
- Restoring and maintaining storage areas;
- Working with Facilities, Operations, and Production Teams to make sure all rooms are in working order, set up and ready for active use by our staff and artists as needed.
- Develop innovative solutions for improvements to the venues, working with the Production Manager to plan and implement upgrades to our Production Spaces and buildings.
AN IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL DEMONSTRATE:
- A passion for collaboration, for theater-making, for artists of all stripes, and a strong desire for experimentation;
- A belief that the physical space in which we welcome artists and audiences directly impacts their experience and cares deeply about making that experience as positive as possible;
- A willingness to let the best idea rise to the top and adeptness at navigating authority/responsibility within a highly collaborative framework;
- An ability to toggle back and forth between creative problem-solving and getting in the mud to make it happen, without sacrificing attention to detail;
- Maturity, drive and enthusiasm;
- Flexibility and entrepreneurship;
- An affinity for full speed/all-out/go-big-or-go-home environments.
A COMPETITIVE CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:
- 5 years training and/or experience in technical direction or as a master carpenter at a theater or other live performance or multi-arts venue;
- A strong facility to focus and prioritize in an ever-changing environment with an ability to meet multiple, competing deadlines;
- A robust background in carpentry, rigging, welding, and other forms of stagecraft and fabrication;
- Knowledge of Vectorworks or AutoCAD;
- Experience managing and leading crews.
AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY:
Ars Nova offers fair pay: we compensate both fairly and competitively within the not-for-profit entertainment industry, as well as on a transparent level salary system within the organization. The salary floor for the Technical Director position is $58,500. Full Time Exempt. Benefits include health and dental insurance, an open and unlimited vacation policy, opt-in 403B, FSA, and TransitChek plans, and more. Ars Nova also offers a congenial and supportive environment conducive to professional growth and development. Start date: September 1, 2019.
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Jes Levine, Production Manager, without delay. We want you to ditch the form letter and speak from the heart: what excites you about this job. Don’t worry about selling us on your skills: the resume will tell us what you can do, let your cover letter tell us who you are.
Ars Nova is an equal opportunity employer, values equity and inclusion, and prioritizes representation and diversity. People of color, and/or from diverse backgrounds/underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Email submissions only. (Send only word or PDF files please; no web links). Send questions and/or your submission to Jes Levine at email@example.com with the subject line ‘Technical Director’. 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 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.
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 FELLOWSHIPS.
Applications for the SPRING 2020 EMERGING LEADERS GROUP will go live in September.
Who should apply 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.
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. The Emerging Leaders Group is designed as pathway from school to the workforce, so current students are not eligible. A college degree is not necessary to apply. The Emerging Leaders group offers a weekly stipend the equivalent of $15/hour for hours worked.
Applications for the Spring 2020 PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP will go live in September.
Who should apply for the Production Internship?
The Production Internship is an unpaid, part-time internship, designed for current students earning school credit. Hours can be flexible. Production Interns receive a weekly travel reimbursement of $50 and have the potential to work part-time front of house and box office shifts for a $15/hour rate. Ars Nova Interns are integral in the day-to-day operations of our office and execution of our programming.
HOW TO APPLY
PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP – Applications for Spring 2020 will open in SEPTEMBER.
EMERGING LEADERS GROUP – Applications for Spring 2020 will open in SEPTEMBER
The Emerging Leaders Group is 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 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
- Working closely with and directly reporting to the Production Manager and Associate 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 handson 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. Some evenings or weekends may be required & schedules can be adjusted accordingly. Previous production experience required. Valid drivers license a plus.
EMERGING LEADERS GROUP
- 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, managing the individual giving database, leading the donor acknowledgment process and helping write and assemble 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, incredible attention-to-detail and a good rapport with people.
- GENERAL MANAGEMENT FELLOW – 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 team with artist contract drafting, review & tracking; artist royalty reports; ticketing sales analytics; check processing, credit card reporting & cash reconciliations; budget management and research; inter-department coordination; equipment set up and Front of House staff management; 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. Excel & Quickbooks skills are a plus!
- 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 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; 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 Photography experience is a Plus.
- ARTISTIC 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 Play Group 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!
“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