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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 four six-month-long Fellowship positions, which will span from January 4 – July 2, 2022.
Here’s a basic breakdown of the Fellow experience:
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.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM on October 17, 2021.
Working closely with and directly reporting to the Audience Engagement Manager, this Fellow will join Team Marketing to dive into all things audience experience, branding and promotion at Ars Nova. This is an ideal opportunity for a young professional interested in learning about how to engage and connect audiences with the early-career artists we champion. Responsibilities will be wide-ranging and could include market research; ticketing management; data collection and analysis; assisting front-of-house operations; social media tracking and engagement; marketing communications calendaring; website updates; proofreading and editorial work; and basic graphic design. The ideal candidate will have a can-do attitude and an attention to detail; combined with strong proofreading and organizational skills. Experience in graphic design, web design and/or social media management is always a plus, but not required!
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.
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, administrative operations or arts administration professionally. The primary responsibilities include assisting the General Management team with artist contract drafting, review & tracking; artist royalty reports; check processing, credit card reporting & cash reconciliations; budget management and research; inter-department coordination; office set up and company culture & hospitality. 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!
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 work 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.
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!