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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

Note: The Public is currently participating in remote work unless otherwise noted in the job description, but will require all candidates to reside in NYC upon the Public’s return to in-person work.

As a condition of employment, the Public will require all who report to work on site (either at the Public Theater or any other workspace or performing location) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Public will provide exceptions only for employees with an approved medical or religious exemption.

Human Resources

  • Human Resources Director

    Reporting to the Senior Director of Human Resources, the Director will be a key member of a highly collaborative team of HR professionals and manage at least one person in a full-time capacity. They will bring strategic talent skills, expertise in core human resource functions, a systems building orientation, and a deep commitment to supporting organizations and people in being actively anti-racist. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced human capital leader to develop systems and implement best practices designed to enhance the overall employee experience at The Public Theater.

    Qualified Individuals, please apply: https://www.on-ramps.com/open-positions/2258

Marketing and Communications

  • Graphic Designer

    Reporting to the Senior Graphic Designer & Photographer, The Public Theater seeks a full-time Graphic Designer to join our in-house team. Brand Studio develops all internal and external materials with The Public’s signature visual identity. Our range of work includes Free Shakespeare in the Park, Joe’s Pub, and a full season of new musicals, plays, events, and programs at The Public’s landmarked six-venue building at Astor Place. The ideal candidate will uphold the visual consistency of the brand, while supporting and contributing to the creation of a variety of materials including print and digital, with a desire for motion. Projects include research and design for show artwork, social media, programs, development materials, signage, advertisements, brochures and booklet, postcards, flyers, motion graphics, merchandise, installations, presentations, and more.

    Please send cover letter, resume, and either: portfolio website, or link to portfolio with "[Last Name, First Name] Graphic Designer" in the subject line to graphicdesign[email protected].


  • Wardrobe Crew

    New York City’s Public Theater is looking for run-of-show wardrobe crew for its upcoming 2021-22 season. The wardrobe team is responsible for assisting actors with costumes changes, loading-in/out of the wardrobe and dressing rooms, developing and updating the costume dressing lists and change plot, setting up the backstage change areas, as well as coordinating the care and maintenance of all costume pieces. Experienced wardrobe personnel as well as those new to the field are encouraged to apply.

    Please send resumes and cover letter to Costume Shop Manager Vanessa Watters at [email protected]

  • Production Logistics Coordinator

    The Public Theater seeks a Full-Time Production Logistics Coordinator to join our dedicated, fast-paced Production Department in support of the full range of production activity at The Public. The Production Logistics Coordinator manages trucking for the Production Department and coordinates storage, allocation, and maintenance of shared Production equipment. The Production Logistics Coordinator reports to the Associate Director of Production and works closely with the Production Management office and the six technical departments.

    This position is full-time salaried, overtime, and benefit-eligible; the standard schedule is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, though the hours fluctuate in response to the trucking schedule. Occasional early mornings, evenings, and weekend hours are required.

    Salary begins at $45,000 annually. Click here for more details on this position.

    Please send cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

  • Assistant Technical Director

    The Public Theater seeks a skilled and enthusiastic Assistant Technical Director to join a tight-knit, dynamic team. The Assistant Technical Director will report to the Technical Director and will work closely with other department staff to coordinate the scheduling, budgeting, and construction for multiple shows in 6 theaters. They will work directly with designers, directors, and the rest of the production department to ensure all scenery meets the needs of the design as well as the budget in a safe and efficient manner.
    We expect everyone on our team to have a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and an ability to take direction. The environment we work in is always changing, so we need you to be adaptable and able to stay calm under pressure. Reliability, integrity, and strong communication skills are required.

    Salary starts at $65,000 annually. Click here for more details on this position.

    To apply, please visit this link to fill out our survey and submit your resume.

  • Overhire, Scenery Department

    The Scenery Department of The Public Theater is looking for energetic and hard-working carpenters, scenic artists, and run crew to expand its overhire crew list.  We are interested in creating a team with a variety of skills and knowledge and will prioritize enthusiasm, flexibility, reliability, and a willingness to learn above theater experience.  Our typical starting rate is between $25-$27/hr. 

    If you would like to join our list for any of the positions below please read over our ideal skills and apply by submitting your resume and indicating your interest using this survey

    Ideal Specialty Skills:  
    • Scenic Carpenter  
      • Knowledge of standard (wood) construction practices and techniques  
      • Knowledge of job site safety  
      • Ability to read a construction drawing 
      • Proficient in the safe operation of saws, power tools, pneumatics, and hand tools  
      • Comfortable working on ladders, genie lifts, and scaffolding (training will be given)  
      • Able to lift/carry 50lbs   
      • Experience with rigging, automation, welding (MIG), or general metalworking a plus  
    • Scenic Artist  
      • Proficient in the application of paint and other surface treatments (texture, glaze, stain, etc.)  
      • Knowledge of appropriate cleaning techniques for scenic tools (brushes, rollers, trays, sponges, etc.)  
      • Ability to apply highlight and shadow, texture, age, grime, and other faux treatments to various build surfaces, usually wood, metal, or foam.  
      • Knowledge of color theory and color mixing a plus  
      • Experience with foam carving or stretching and painting soft goods a plus  
    • Run Crew  
      • Show Cues may include operating any moving scenic elements, striking or setting Props, or assisting with quick changes or backstage movements 
      • Ensure preset of the stage, including sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping of stage deck and backstage areas  
      • Organizing and ensuring that on-stage and off-stage areas are clean, organized, and “actor safe” at all times
      • Minor repairs and paint touch-ups of the set throughout the run as necessary
      • Continual safety check and upkeep of all moving parts and constructed scenery



Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak New York is navigating, we have put all internships on hold at The Public Theater. We will update this section of our website when we resume hiring, so please check for updates in the future.