Employment & Internships

Employment

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

 

Available Positions


Internships

The Public Theater’s internship program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience in one of the country’s premiere not-for-profit theaters. Internships are offered in a variety of departments, from the creative to the administrative, and interns are encouraged to explore beyond their department to learn more about how the theater functions as a whole. 

The internship program aims to provide individuals with valuable mentorship and expert training, bridging the gap between academic education and practice. Interns play an integral part in the inner workings of the Public. Supporting the Public in its daily activities, interns will gain insight, knowledge, and hands-on experience in all aspects of the theater. We offer tickets to all Public Theater main stage productions, and weekly seminars with Public Theater staff. A stipend is available for all internships unless otherwise specified. 

Ideal intern candidates should be enthusiastic, dedicated workers with an interest in pursuing a career in theater. We are looking for people who are detail-oriented, independent, and able to multi-task. Office experience is a plus as many of the positions require light clerical work.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the appropriate contacts listed below under the description for the desired department. In the subject line, please use the following format: “Intern Application for [season applying for- ex: Fall 2017]” You may apply for multiple internships, but please tailor your cover letters to fit each position. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
General Management Internship

The General Management department is the liaison between all departments at The Public and our productions. GM encompasses contracts, budgets, company management, union correspondence, house seats and the day to day administration of each production as well as a myriad of other organizational tasks. This internship provides an incredibly well-rounded view of what a General Management and Company Management department look like at a non-profit institution. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the many aspects of how the department functions within the organization
  • Shadow company managers at occasional first rehearsals, production meetings, tech rehearsals and performances to see the role of a company manager throughout the production
  • Shadow GM Planning and Programs manager in Production/GM and Show team meetings
  • Observe the process of contract drafting depending on individual interest
  • Gain insight in to our budgeting process
  • Assist in House Seat ticketing for all shows
  • General filing and upkeep of departmental files

 

Requirements:

It is very important that the intern is a self-starter, can work on their own, but also knows when to ask questions. Sense of humor required. The ideal candidate is interested in a career in theatre administration.

 

Position(s): One full-time GM Intern, (Mon-Fri, 10-6)

 

Time Span: We have three slots per year to fill: Fall (roughly Aug-Dec), Winter/Spring (roughly Jan-May) and Summer (roughly May-August) 

 

E-mail: ehammond@publictheater.org cover letter and resume. We accept applications on a rolling basis for any of the above three slots. 

 

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

New Work Development Internship

The Public has produced shows at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and its downtown home on Lafayette Street since the 1960s and currently produces a full season of shows year-round including classics, musicals, and new works. The building at 425 Lafayette is a landmark that was initially constructed beginning in 1850 as New York City’s first free public library, and the Delacorte has welcomed over 5 million people to its free Shakespeare in the Park performances.

The New Work Development Intern will be exposed to the daily tasks of the New Work Department including a variety of administrative functions and various day to day tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Reading and evaluating synopsis submissions and corresponding with playwrights
  • Logging new plays
  • Attending and reporting back on readings and performances of new plays and musicals
  • Reading and covering new work submitted to the Public
  • Writing pass letters
  • Collecting oral reports
  • Helping on various productions and projects in the office and around the theater
  • Drafting excel sheets
  • Printing documents for the office
  • Watching the front desk in the absence of the front desk attendant
  • Maintaining the New Work office's database of scripts and theater coverage

Please send submissions to jmoore@publictheater.org

Production Internships

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival is seeking full-time summer production interns with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Internships are available in Scenery, Audio, Lighting, Props, Costumes, Production Management, and General Production. The level of responsibility entrusted to Public Theater interns requires that they be mature, self-reliant, good communicators, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment.

The summer season provides interns with valuable firsthand experience assisting and observing top professionals in mounting the 2019 summer seasons of Shakespeare in the Park at the nation’s premiere not-for-profit theaters at our Delacorte Theater in Central Park and our downtown theater at Astor Place. The internship will involve long hours outdoors, late nights, early mornings and weekends so flexibility and a sense of humor are a must. 

For more details on each type of internship, please see below.

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Internship start and end dates can be flexible depending on the department. Interns must be available for the majority of the Shakespeare in the Park programming, which starts as early as the beginning of April and ends as late as the middle of September. School schedules, international travel needs, availability and any other variable will be taken into account. We offer a stipend of $25/day. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and housing.

Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.

For all internships, your application must:

- Include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (no letters of recommendations)

- Be in PDF Format

- Use the subject line “Summer Production Intern” and the internship or internships you’re applying for. Please only send one email even if you are applying to more than one type.

- Be submitted to prodinterns@publictheater.org by February 18th.

Audio

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival’s Audio Department is seeking full-time summer interns, in both Sound Design and Audio Production. Interns will gain valuable firsthand experience by observing and assisting in the load-in, maintenance, and changeover of the audio system for the 2019 season of Shakespeare in the Park. Each candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside the staff of the Public Theater’s Audio Department as well as some of the industry’s foremost theatrical sound designers. The summer season involves long hours mounting immense outdoor productions. Interns will spend time learning about audio gear and theory, while running cable, hanging speakers, loading in bands with microphones & related gear, installing com & video gear, as well as all other aspects of audio. Flexibility and a sense of humor are a must.  Applicants must be willing to work in a fun and fast paced environment. Full-time positions available from April through September. Late nights, early mornings and weekends should be anticipated.

Costumes

Costume internships at the Public Theater provide opportunities to work in all areas of the Costume Department.  Interns will have a chance to work with Costume Designers and their design teams, the wardrobe crew, and the costume shop, and will also perform administrative duties.

Interns will develop skills in costume research, swatching, shopping/returns, crafting/dyeing, costume construction, and managing a production and financial budget. Ideal interns are those who have experience in and who are passionate about costume design, wardrobe, or costume construction.  Internships are available from April to September.

General Production

General Production interns work with the production management team to support all production departments developing and maintaining resources at the Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Interns will gain hands-on experience in mounting large scale productions outdoors. We welcome applicants with experiences in all fields of theater; whether technicians, stage managers, or performers looking to develop their technical skills.

Lighting

Lighting interns work with the Lighting Department to support all lighting aspects of productions at the Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Interns will gain hands-on experience loading in and focusing large scale productions outdoors. They will work together with the Public Theater lighting staff to install and maintain moving, practical, and conventional lighting fixtures, as well as atmospherics. We welcome applicants of various levels of experience interested in developing their technical skills. Positions available from early April through early September.

Props

A summer internship with the Props department offers a well-rounded exploration of all that it takes to prop a show from research, paperwork and production meetings, to construction, installation, and tech. The ideal candidate is curious, hardworking, and has a fundamental skill set and knowledge base that can be built upon. Applicants should have experience or interest in carpentry, upholstery, soft goods (sewing), shopping, paper props, and paint. Internships are available May through September.

Production Management

The Production Management Intern will assist the production management team in supporting productions and readings/developments at our Astor Place location as well as outdoors at the Delacorte Theater. Applicants should expect to do a combination of office tasks and hands-on experience mounting large-scale productions, working at times with the General Production Interns. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented with strong verbal and written communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is a plus.

Scenic Artist Intern

Scenic Artist Interns are involved in the artistic treatment of the scenic elements for the summer season of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in scenic artistry and will be working with professional scenic artists, guided by the Charge Artist and the Scenery Office Staff. Interns will gain knowledge in scenic tools, textures, carving, faux finishes, and the unique experience of painting for the outdoors. One year of college experience or previous scenic artist work experience is preferred. Applicants should have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and be willing to work in a fun and fast-paced environment. Positions available from March through September.

Scenic Carpenter Intern

Scenic Carpenter Interns are involved in the construction and load in of all scenic elements for the Summer Season of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. These individuals work with the Scenery Department and will get hands-on experience in all aspects of scenic construction including carpentry, welding, and rigging. Applicants must be comfortable working with power tools, lifting up to 50 lbs., and working outdoors. Applicants should have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and be willing to work in a fun and fast-paced environment. Positions available from March through September.

Stage Management Internships

The Public Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festival, the nation’s foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, is seeking full-time stage management interns all year-round for our Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons!

Interns will gain valuable firsthand experience by observing and assisting in the mounting of one Public Theater production. The level of responsibility entrusted to Public Theater interns requires that they be mature, self-reliant, good communicators, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment. Flexibility, a sense of humor and interest in a career in stage management are a must. We are dedicated to making each internship an educational experience in a highly professional environment.

Stage management interns support stage management staff during pre-production and all rehearsals, previews, and performances. Long hours including evenings and weekends are required.

We offer a stipend of $25/day and interns are responsible for their own housing. 

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to:stagemanagementjobs@publictheater.org. In the subject line, please include “Stage Management Internship” and any specific shows you are interested in and available for. Please visit www.publictheater.org for information about upcoming shows.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will only be contacted if we wish to schedule an interview. No phone calls please.