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.

Our apprenticeship program in our Artistic and Education departments is a unique opportunity for the right candidate to learn the inner workings of a producing theater in New York City, learn how theater can be used in education to reach children and make a positive impact, or to hone her or his craft as an artist.

Perks of ALL Apprenticeship Programs:

  • Monthly NYC Metrocard for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Free tickets to NYCCT’s theatre season
  • Behind the scenes access to NYCCT’s staged readings, production workshops, training programs for teaching artists and professional auditions
  • Attending the annual NYCCT gala
  • Access to networking and professional development events through NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and NYCCT’s cultivation events

If applying for more than one apprenticeship, please email each contact individually.

2017-2018 Education Apprenticeship

NYCCT seeks Education Apprentices for the 2017-2018 school year. The Education Apprentices will work closely with the Director and Associate Director of Education. The Apprentices will divide their time teaching in our Literature at Play residency program in PreK-5th grade classrooms across the five borough of NYC, and providing administrative support to the education department at the NYCCT office.

Responsibilities

Education Apprentice responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • (During training) Shadowing and co-teaching theatre workshops with senior teaching artists in residency programs
  • (After training) Leading theatre workshops for Prek-5thgrade students during the school day and/or in after-school residencies
  • Leading outreach efforts to potential, past and existing schools and community partners
  • Providing additional administrative support to education staff
  • Must be willing to travel to all five boroughs of New York City and neighboring communities

Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • Applicants should have some experience in or knowledge of arts in education
  • Experience in and passion for working with children, grades PreK-5th
  • Background and experience in theatre and/or music
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Experience using PC based Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred but not required

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience using PatronManager
  • Experience working with students with special needs
  • Experience working within the DOE Public School system
  • Bilingual

Time Commitment

September 2017-June 2018 (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 the school day)

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.

Apply Now

Please send resume and cover letter to education@nycchildrenstheater.org with “Education Apprentice” as the subject line.

Interviews will take place in July and August 2017. 

2017-2018 Artistic Apprenticeship

2017-2018 Artistic Apprenticeship

NYCCT seeks two Artistic Apprentices for the 2017-18 season. The Artistic Apprentices 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.

Responsibilities

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

  • Production assistant duties on our two mainstage shows for the 2017-18 season
  • Stage managing workshops and readings
  • Preparing dramaturgical materials and actor research packets for our mainstage shows
  • Researching potential new source material for future productions
  • Content creation, such as e-blasts, social media posts, and taking photos and video recording company programs and events
  • Maintaining cross promotional relationships with other non-profits
  • Working with our database system PatronManager to update contacts, build shows, and qualify donations and ticket orders
  • Assist the development director by managing calendar of grant proposal deadlines, helping with grant submissions, and preparing institutional and individual donor gift acknowledgements
  • Administrative support for our work with TYA/USA, the national organization for theaters for young audiences
  • 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

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • A love and passion for theater and/or arts-in- education
  • Experience or interest in non-profit management
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Proactive, high-energy, and creative
  • Computer literacy –fluency with PC-based Microsoft Office Programs
  • Basic office skills

Preferred but not required

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

Time Commitment

2 days a week, occasional evenings and/or weekends during tech or the run of a production

Apply Now

Please send resume and cover letter to artistic@nycchildrenstheater.org with “Artistic Apprentice” as the subject line.

Interviews will take place in July and August 2017. 

“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

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