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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 are three ways to do it!

SUBMIT WORK

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 artistic@arsnovanyc.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!

ANT Fest

An annual festival of All New Talent designed to showcase groundbreaking emerging artists from a range of disciplines.
The submission period for ANT Fest 2022 will open in Winter 2021! To learn more about ANT Fest, click here.

SHOWGASM.

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.

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.

Play Group

Applications are closed for Play Group 2022. 
We accept submissions for new members of our vibrant and eclectic group of resident playwrights every summer. Click HERE for more info.

CAMP

Applications are closed for CAMP 2022. 
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.

EMPLOYMENT

Open full- or part-time positions are posted here, when available!

Ars Nova is always in need of technicians & we love expanding our pool of reliable, hardworking & creative folks! We accept applications for Stage Technicians on a rolling basis. Do you want to work for the Production Dept in the future? Please send us your resume by email to jobs@arsnovanyc.com

Lighting Technicians

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.

Sound Technicians

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.

Stage Managers

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

Applications are now closed for Spring 2022. Stay tuned for more information about applications for future programs.

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.

Here’s a basic breakdown of the Fellow experience:

  • You’ll participate and train as part of the Ars Nova team 35 hours a week.
  • The majority of your time 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 of the program.
  • The position may include some remote office days, and we anticipate the need for at least some on-site days each week at our 54th Street Hub building in Hells Kitchen. In accordance with our phased reopening safety plans, when the Ars Nova team transitions back to a more permanent on-site working schedule, so will these positions.
  • You’ll have an all-access pass to see everything we produce for free!
  • You’ll participate in seminars and networking opportunities with members of the larger New York theater community.
  • You’ll serve on at least one of our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Justice (EDIJ) Working Groups (Accessibility; Culture & Community; Partnerships & Outreach and Planning & Publications) and contribute to the advancement of cross-team EDIJ projects in addition to collaborating with the rest of your team on their assigned annual EDIJ goals.

Emerging Leaders Group Fellowships are 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 possible remote work if they prefer, but can also come into the office every day and use technology provided onsite. 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.

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:

KIMBERLY SEARSMarketing Fellow, Fall 2018
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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.
KRISTIN GOEHRINGProduction Intern 2013
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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.
NICHOLAS LEUNGMarketing Fellow, Summer 2018
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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.
CHELSEA BARKERDevelopment Fellow, Fall 2018
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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.
RYAN DOBRINArtistic Fellow, Fall 2018
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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.
CAROL ALMONTEProduction Apprentice 2018
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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.
CHRIS VOEGELSProduction Apprentice 2019
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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.
ARJUN BIJUProduction Apprentice 2019
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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!
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