New York City Children’s Theater Apprenticeship Program

Pictured, from left: Education Apprentice Christopher Ritz-Totten, Education Apprentice Rachel Benjamin, and Artistic Apprentice Danielle Pampinella at the 2015 NYCCT Gala.

NYCCT 2015 Apprentices

New York City Children’s Theater is a nonprofit organization that creates original, entertaining and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together. Our mission is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs.

Join the NYCCT team as an Education or Artistic Apprentice for the 2018-19 School Year.

Education Apprenticeship

NYCCT seeks Education Apprentices for the 2018-2019 school year. The Education Apprentices will work closely with the Director of Education and Education Associate. The Apprentices will divide their time teaching in our Literature at Play residency program in PreK-5th grade school classrooms, community centers, and homeless shelters across the five boroughs of NYC, and providing administrative support to the education department at the NYCCT office. Each Apprentice will be matched with a special project based on their interest and experience. Past projects include assistant-teaching a family program for 0-5 year olds and their caretakers, and assistant-teaching a literacy program in homeless shelters.

NYCCT’s Education Programs annually serve an average of 85 elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters per year. Current programs include an inclusive theatre and music residency program for Pre-k-5th grades, a multi-sensory touring musical that is designed for students with disabilities and the very young, and two interactive anti-bullying theatre workshops for 1st through 5th grades. In 2018-2019, NYCCT will continue to expand its brand-new public program called “Boogie Woogie Books,” a storytelling and music program for children ages 0-5 and their caretakers.

Education Apprentice responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

o   (During training) Shadowing and co-teaching theatre workshops with senior teaching artists in residency programs

o   (After training) Leading theatre workshops for Prek-5th grade students during the school day and/or in after-school residencies and public programs for families

o   Assisting in outreach efforts to potential, past and existing schools and community partners

o   Providing additional administrative support to education staff

o   Must be willing to travel to all five boroughs of New York City and neighboring communities


o   Applicants should have some experience in or knowledge of arts in education

o   Experience in and passion for working with children, grades PreK-5th

o   Background and experience in theatre and/or music

o   Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

o   Experience using PC based Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred but not required:

o   Experience working within the Department of Education Public School system

o   Experience working with students with disabilities

o   Bilingual

Time Commitment:

September 2018-June 2019 (willing to negotiate a different time schedule for the right candidates)

Minimum 10-15 hours per week split between in-office and in-school teaching (must be available to teach during school day and/or after school hours on at least two days of the week)

Candidates must be fingerprinted and cleared through the Department of Education in order to teach in a NYC public school. NYCCT will cover the cost of the application fee.

To apply for the Education Apprenticeship, please send resume and cover letter to with “Education Apprentice” as the subject line.  Interviews will take place in July and August 2018.

Artistic Apprenticeship

NYCCT seeks a part-time Artistic Apprentice for the 2018-19 season. The Artistic Apprentice will work closely with the artistic and co-artistic directors, as well as other administrative staff. Their focus will be to support the organization’s producing activities and season planning. They will also be exposed to the work of surrounding departments including marketing, development, and general management.

Apprentice responsibilities/areas of exposure will include but are not limited to:

o Production assistant duties on our three mainstage shows for the 2018-19 season

o Stage managing workshops, readings, and New York City Children’s Theater’s Middle School Playwriting Competition

o Preparing dramaturgical materials and actor research packets for our mainstage shows

o Maintaining cross-promotional partnerships with other nonprofits

o Researching potential new source material for future productions

o Preparing contracts and scheduling production meetings

o Administrative support for our work with TYA/USA, the national organization for theaters for young audiences

o General support as needed in the following areas: special events, annual appeals/mailings, membership program, coverage of other children’s theater shows/affiliated artist shows, box office hotline, and front of house coverage during the run of a show


o A love and passion for theater and/or arts-in- education

o Experience or interest in nonprofit management

o Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

o Proactive, high-energy, and creative

o Computer literacy –fluency with PC-based Microsoft Office Programs

o Basic office skills

Preferred but not required:

Skills or experience in video editing, Photoshop, Excel or fundraising software

Time Commitment:

September 2018-June 2019 (willing to negotiate a different time schedule for the right candidates)

15-20 hours a week, occasional evenings and/or weekends during tech or the run of a production.

To apply for the Artistic Apprenticeship, please send resume and cover letter to with “Artistic Apprentice” as the subject line.  Interviews will take place in July and August 2018.

Additional Perks of the Apprenticeship Program:

All NYCCT Apprentices will be compensated with a monthly NYC Metrocard for the duration of the program.

o Monthly NYC Metrocard for the duration of the apprenticeship

o Free tickets to NYCCT’s theatre season

o Behind the scenes access to NYCCT’s staged readings, production workshops, training programs for teaching artists and professional auditions

o Attending the annual NYCCT gala

o Potential to be hired onto NYCCT’s Teaching Artists roster upon completion of the apprenticeship program.

o Access to networking and professional development events through NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and NYCCT’s cultivation events

NYCCT aims to create a diverse workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

“Since beginning my apprenticeship at NYCCT, I have grown exponentially as both an artist and educator. As Education Apprentice, I was given the opportunity to co-lead six in-school and after-school residencies for students ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade. Through these residencies, I was able to vastly improve my ability to effectively plan lessons for diverse populations. This experience has been truly educational, enlightening, and most importantly, FUN! I am grateful to have had this opportunity and to be a part of the NYCCT family.”

Christopher Ritz-TottenEducation Apprentice

“NYCCT demonstrates immense devotion to making the arts more accessible to young children, and is also a warm and welcoming place to work. I am extraordinarily thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of NYCCT this past year as it was an amazing place to grow creatively. The education apprenticeship is uniquely special because it opens up the door to become a better teacher, and provides the opportunity to discover the inner workings of a non-profit organization. I would highly encourage anyone interested in learning more about arts education to apply for this apprenticeship!”

Rachel BenjaminEducation Apprentice

“NYCCT is an ideal place to work, learn and grow. During my time at NYCCT, I had the unique opportunity to take on both small and large scale projects. All of the work that I did was valued and I always felt my efforts made a major impact on the company. Working at NYCCT gave me the confidence and the experience necessary to be a competitive applicant for positions on the management side of theater companies.”

Danielle PampinellaArtistic Apprentice