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 programs cultivate children’s growth in the areas of emotional intelligence, community building and responsible decision-making. The result is empathetic, creative and independent thinkers who make a positive impact on their world.

We believe a city as culturally rich as New York needs a children’s theater that produces high-quality original productions and develops robust arts-in-education programs, serving children in all communities across the five boroughs.

Our mission is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. We reach children and their communities with a wide range of programming, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies, and engage with them in traditional theater spaces, school auditoriums, classrooms and cultural venues in their neighborhoods. We demonstrate that engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development, and furthers a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

We are now accepting Apprenticeship Applications for the 2019-20 Season!

Education Apprenticeship

NYCCT seeks two Education Apprentices for the 2019-2020 school year. The Education Apprentices will work closely with the Director of Education and Education Associate. The Apprentices will divide their time between teaching the Literature at Play theatre and music residency program in Pre-K to 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. NYCCT’s Education Programs annually serve an average of 100 elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters per year. Current outreach programs include Literature at Play, a theatre and music residency program for Pre-K-5th grades, a multi-sensory musical named FIVE that is designed for students with disabilities and the very young, and two interactive anti-bullying applied theatre workshops for 1st-5th grades.

Education Apprentice responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

o   Participate in extensive professional development workshops in the areas of NYCCT’s Literature at Play curriculum design, trauma-informed training, racial justice pedagogy, and various other arts education topics

o   Create lesson plans for and lead theatre and music residency programs during the school day and/or in after-school residencies for Pre-K to 5th grade classes in elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters

o   Provide additional administrative support to education staff

o   Provide on-site support at NYCCT events including mainstage shows for school groups and the annual NYCCT gala


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

o   Willing to travel to all five boroughs of New York City and neighboring communities

o   Background and experience in theatre education and/or music education

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 NYC Department of Education Public School system

o   Experience working with students with disabilities

o   Bilingual

o   Familiarity with and passion for children’s literature

Time Commitment:

September 2019-June 2020 (willing to negotiate a different time schedule for the right candidates)

Minimum 10-15 hours per week split between in-office work and in-school teaching (must be available to teach during the 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 NYCCT programming. 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 2019.

Artistic Apprenticeship

NYCCT seeks a part-time Artistic Apprentice for the 2019-20 season. The Artistic Apprentice will work closely with the artistic director, 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 Maintaining the website and social media accounts for our licensing division TYA Show Rights, and managing TYA Show Rights outreach efforts

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 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 2019-June 2020 (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 2019.  

Additional Perks of the Apprenticeship 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 and training programs for teaching artists and professional auditions

o Working for a small non-profit theater which allows Apprentices to work alongside full-time staff in artistic, education, development and marketing

o  Personalized Mentorship by staff members

o Attending the annual NYCCT gala

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

o Access to networking and professional development events through NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Museum Arts and Culture Access Consortium, and other various membership 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.

NYCCT offered me the opportunity to take on projects and responsibility while giving me an environment in which I was supported. I was folded right into the team, and made to feel welcomed and appreciated. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work on varied projects, spending time both in the rehearsal room and with the administrative staff. More importantly, this apprenticeship felt meaningful in that I knew my work was directly supporting NYCCT’s mission of childhood literacy and social development through the arts, and using theater as an active force for good.

Jenna DohertyArtistic Apprentice

NYCCT has been pivotal to my preparedness as an educator and leader. During my time with NYCCT, I lead multiple residencies and was included on many other projects through both the education and production departments. The relationships I built during my time at NYCCT will certainly last far past the ending of the apprenticeship and I am extremely grateful for the many mentors I have supporting me into my professional career.

Claire FleitzEducation Apprentice

Being an NYCCT Education Apprentice is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It connected me to a network of supportive, caring, intelligent, and passionate individuals. I’ve grown so much over the past year as a teaching artist. I now feel prepared to take on whatever challenges arise in a classroom. I’ve learned what it means to collaborate with teachers, administration, and students. NYCCT opened so many doors for me. I’ve been able to attend numerous conferences and workshops, meet other professionals from arts education programs from all over the world, and I’ve gotten job offers because of my NYCCT connections. I cannot recommend this program highly enough.

Lily LipmanEducation Apprentice

My education apprenticeship with NYCCT was truly the highlight of my year! Before the apprenticeship, I knew I had a passion for educating through theatre, but didn’t quite know how to go about doing it. The NYCCT apprenticeship gave me the tools to be a growingly skilled educator by provided me with opportunities to practice these skills under knowledgeable and passionate leadership.

Caitlyn McCainEducation 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

“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 TottenEducation Apprentice