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 are currently seeking an Individual Giving and Special Events Manager. 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 our Emerging Leaders Group in 2020.
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 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.
We are currently seeking an Individual Giving and Special Events Manager. 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.
Individual Giving and Special Events Manager
- Raise over $1.5M in donations annually from individuals through major gifts, our Super Nova program, and ticket sales to benefit events.
- Lead the cultivation and stewardship of Super Nova donors of $500 to $5,000, including greeting donors at the theater and scheduling pre-theater coffee/drinks with folks 3-4 nights a week during our productions (appx. 5 months out of the year).
- Discover new individual prospects and innovate ways to attract new Super Nova donors.
- Serve as a key liaison to our Board of Directors, including sending updates on institutional news, managing scheduling, taking minutes at key meetings, and partnering with Board Members to plan cultivation events after Off Broadway performances.
- Drive forward the team’s research and moves management system for major donors and partner with the Development Director, Managing Director, and Founding Artistic Director to secure those gifts.
- Spearhead all benefit events, including the annual Nova Ball, and grow event revenue through partnering with our Board of Directors and Co-Chairs, crafting strategic invitation lists, and creating marketing campaigns for single tickets, as well as being the point-person for all event logistics.
- Strategize individual giving campaigns through both print and digital appeals, including drafting campaign language and crafting distribution lists of current and prospective donors.
- Manage relationships with in-kind sponsors, including our airline, beer & pizza sponsors, and explore new sponsorship and partnership opportunities.
- Supervise the Development Intern, and work with them in a hands-on way throughout the semester to gradually build skills and provide learning opportunities.
- Be a key part of the Ars Nova Team to support over 500+ artists each year and connect them to adventurous young audiences, which will include many other ‘duties as assigned.’
PREPERATION, SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE
- Someone with 3-6 years of experience in fundraising for an arts or creative organization;
- A strategic thinker with a knowledge of industry best practices for raising money, and the curiosity to bend the rules and try new things;
- A people person who can passionately advocate for emerging artists and understands Ars Nova’s unique role within the NYC theater scene;
- A flexible detail-oriented multi-tasker, who can prioritize a variety of projects in an ever-changing environment with skill and precision;
- A go-getter who will generate new ideas and can drive large projects forward on their own.
AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY:
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 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.
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 INTERNSHIPS.
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 FALL 2019 PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP will go live in July.
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 Fall 2019 will open JULY
EMERGING LEADERS GROUP – Applications for Spring 2020 will open in SEPTEMBER
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.
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
EMERGING LEADERS GROUP
- DEVELOPMENT TEAM – 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.
- THEATER MANAGEMENT TEAM – 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 TEAM – 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 TEAM – 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.
- 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.
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 interns or 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