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



The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival is seeking an experienced costume draper/cutter.  This seasonal position will work with the Costume Shop Manager and Foreperson on all productions performing at the five theaters located in the Public Theater as well as The Delacorte Theater’s Free Shakespeare in Central Park.  The applicant should have 5 years of experience as a draper/cutter, strong knowledge of costume history, extensive background in costume construction, proficient in interpreting costume sketches and the ability to manage a team of technicians with a scheduled deadline.

Responsibilities include:  creating costumes based on the designers’ sketches, fitting actors in custom made and purchased clothing, supervising a team of first hands and stitchers in the sewing and altering of garments and coordinating fitting schedules with Costume Shop Manager.  Resumes should be forwarded to Luke McDonough at lmcdonough@publictheater.org  

The Public Theater seeks a Development Manager, Research and Prospect Management to support development officers across all channels of giving in the identification and cultivation of high level prospects.  The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of research mining and prospect moves management techniques, as well as the ability to analyze data to properly assess prospect capacity and interest to align with The Public Theater’s existing funding priorities.  The development manager is part of the Development Operations team and reports to the Director of Development Operations.  The Development Manager oversees a part-time Development Research Associate. Specific responsibilities include:


Research and Prospect Management:

  • Compile, write and edit confidential research briefs on both individual and institutional prospects by using a variety of biographical, organizational, and financial research resources.
  • Create and provide strategy briefings that highlight prospect meeting purpose, individual donor strategy, and talking points to prepare development staff, executive and artistic staff, and Board members for key donor meetings.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data, including business interests, giving history, wealth, relationships, and philanthropic tendencies to assess prospects’ capacity and interest in The Public Theater’s funding priorities.
  • Rate donors and prospects in terms of inclination and capacity, and consult with fundraising staff on cultivation and solicitation strategies, including participation in portfolio review meetings.
  • Proactively manage research workflow, including tracking and ensuring timely completion of requests.
  • Maintains policies, procedures, templates, request system, and rating formulas relative to prospect research to ensure consistency and quality in all generated materials.
  • Keeps up-to-date of daily, weekly and monthly news publications to uncover timely information and effectively communicate all relevant information to frontline fundraising staff.
  • Attends prospect portfolio meetings and prepares all necessary reports and materials as well as follow up materials.
  • Advocates the highest standards of performance and ethical behavior related to prospect research and confidentiality consistent with federal and state laws and Public Theater policy.


Database Maintenance:

  • Ensures the database supports the research needs of the Development activities of the organization and ensures that pertinent research information is up-to-date in database records.
  • Enters and ensures the accuracy of all research information input into Tessitura, and produces reports requested by Development Officers.
  • Works with the Director of Development Operations to conduct projects that proactively identify new prospects from the database.
  • Conduct special projects including preparation for all wealth screenings and data appends.
  • Add new constituent records to the database for prospecting procedures and analyze information from data collection to populate all appropriate data fields as needed.
  • Participate in discussions and evaluations of the Development department’s data entry processes to propose and implement solutions for research and prospect tracking efforts.


Department Support: 

  • Act as department guru for the maintenance, integrity and accuracy of all research profiles and tracking systems.
  • Assist the Special Events team and Development Officers at donor events throughout the year, as needed.


Requirements:  Minimum 3 years of experience with prospect research, preferably in a non-profit organization. Experience with prospect research tools including Wealth Engine, iWave PRO, Foundation Center, and LexisNexis preferred. Familiar with a broad range of research techniques, including traditional text and periodical-based research, searching of electronic databases, and the use of other sources such as court records, real estate data, internet and census data. Computer skills: experience with fundraising database software, Tessitura; proficiency in MS Word and Outlook, with advanced knowledge of Excel. Fostering teamwork:  as a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others.  Oral and written communication: This position requires excellent writing skills; the ability to express oneself clearly and concisely in conversations and in business writing.  Strong attention to detail and accuracy in recording information.


Please send resume and cover letter to:  Liz Sharp, Human Resources Director at jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater seeks an executive to oversee all Capital Projects efforts and manage all tasks related to capital improvements for the organization’s facilities. Reporting to the Executive Director, this individual oversees details related to The Public’s multi-million dollar capital projects in order to complete construction projects in a cost-efficient and timely manner.



  • Interview, negotiate and finalize the selection of architects, owner’s representatives, construction managers, consultants, and contractors as necessary
  • Serve as primary point of contact for all capital project related consultants (coordinate meeting activity; drive internal project management timeline)
  • Identify future scope items and develop long-term capital projects to ensure an institutional strategic plan of capacity, growth and expansion
  • Prepare and review bid packages, construction schedules, design documents, change orders, punch-lists, registration documents, requisitions, and closeouts.
  • Deliver projects on time and within budget.
  • Ensure communication flow with the theater’s staff and Board of Trustees by providing regular updates and attending Executive, Capital Projects & Facilities Committee, Executive and Full Board meetings; bring resolutions forward when necessary.
  • In collaboration with Administrative Chief of Staff, work with the various city agencies, including but not limited to, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Design and Construction, Economic Development Corporation, Office of Management and Budget, Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, Landmarks Commission, Arts Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, etc. to provide long and short term capital improvement strategies.
  • Coordinate with finance department and development staff in managing capital revenues and expenses.
  • In collaboration with Administrative Chief of Staff, represent theater at town hall and community board meetings related to proposed capital projects.
  • Manage smaller institutional capital expense projects as needed.
  • Monitor construction activities including contractors’ site safety plans and proper separation of contractors’ workforce from Public staff and visitors.
  • Coordinate Obtaining project approvals and proper work permits and sign offs from various city agencies, such as Department of Buildings, Department of Design and Construction, Con Edison, etc.

Requirements: 10 years’ experience in construction project development and management. Knowledge of City Departments and governmental procedures and agencies and New York City building code. Hands on experience with architectural design and development and project managing complex projects. Experience developing and managing budgets. Experience supervising staff as well as contractors, architects and construction managers. Experience with NYC funded projects and agency procedures (Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Design and Construction, Economic Development Corporation, etc.) is a plus.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater is seeking a highly organized and unflappable administrator to support the Artistic Director and keep up with a fast-paced work environment. The individual in this position supervises the Executive Office Assistant and reports to the Artistic Director.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Prioritizing correspondence (determining what can be handled independently) Managing Artistic Director’s calendar,
  • Strategizing scheduling priorities, working closely with senior staff Ensuring the Artistic Director has all materials for meetings
  • Oversight of writing deadlines. Researching and making opening night gift recommendations
  • Coordinating the Artistic Director’s local transportation and travel
  • Assist with logistics for classes at both NYU and St Anne’s (draft syllabus, scheduling)
  • Handle all speaking engagements, acting as liaison with hosting organizations


Requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience handling a wide range of executive support related tasks and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. Must be exceedingly well organized and flexible. The ability to interact with staff at all levels, sometimes under pressure, remaining proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important. Must be simultaneously assertive and diplomatic, and able to work as part of a team. Knowledge of the industry a plus. Strongly prefer: 2+ years’ experience in executive level support, excellent calendar management skills, strong knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook , experience scheduling travel arrangements for management.


Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater is seeking a full-time Finance Assistant to support the daily operations of a high-volume department. We are an eight-member team that is comprised of both accounting and human resources employees. The Finance Assistant will support the Finance Team with data entry and office upkeep, assisting with the Accounts Payable cycle and miscellaneous journal entries and office organization.


Specific Responsibilities include:


Data Input

  • Journal entry into Financial Edge, including Box Office Statements, Contributed Revenue, and Cash Managemento Revenue reconciliation for Joe’s Pub and Show ticket revenueo Union Benefit Payments – AP entry for 30+ payments weekly
  • Purchase Order Processing – entry and coding review for Production department expenses

Filing & Office Management

  • Distribution and Sorting of Accounts Payable checks – 250+ payments weekly
  • Filing Accounts Payable – Paid and Payment Pending invoices
  • Filing and organization of posted Journal Entries Office supply inventory and mailroom/copy room managementAssist Controller with general accounting and finance duties
  • Support with bank and cash reconciliations and miscellaneous journal entries
  • Support the annual audit by maintaining and creating schedules as needed and pulling required support paperwork
  • Serve as backup for AP Administrator when sick or on PTO
  • Monthly uncashed checks reconciliation and postage allocationo Other Finance or Human Resources tasks as assigned



  • One year of basic office experience
  • Technical skills: familiar with online banking; Excel; accounting softwareo Excellent Written and Verbal Communication skills
  • Project management skills: prioritization, attention to detail


To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater is looking for an experienced Manager of Community Partnerships to join the Public Works program. The Manager of Community Partnerships will steward relationships with all community partner organizations, particularly the leaders of these organizations. This individual acts as a year-round liaison between community partners and The Public, and oversees a portfolio of current and alumni partner organizations. In addition, the manager will research and maintain database profiles on prospective partner organizations.


The manager will oversee the development of community classes and curriculum, designing and overseeing all classes at community sites. They will coordinate and communicate class information, and Public Works-related activities to the leaders in the community partner locations. The manager will also be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of all teaching artists. This individual will have the capacity to teach theater practice (acting, script-writing and reading, dramaturgical research, and aspects of directing etc.) for individuals from diverse backgrounds and experience levels.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Maintains portfolio of current and alumni partner organizations, keeping contacts, history and agreement terms up-to-date and organized. Builds relationships with, and develops profiles of prospective partner organizations.
  • Leads marketing and promotion of community partner performances and events. Guides the design and preparation of all community collateral pieces (class and potluck posters, audition fliers, slideshows, etc.)
  • Works with Public Works Coordinator to organize and successfully execute monthly community Potlucks and Affinity groups.
  • Coordinates schedule of auditions for ACTivate and summer pageant at community partner sites. Manages/facilitates travel for community ensemble to/from audition and rehearsal locations (as needed).
  • Researches, scouts and creates database for potential Cameo Groups for Public Works pageant productions.
  • Creates visual dramaturgy materials for rehearsal room and community participants in the annual Public Works pageant production.
  • Collaborates with Special Events teams on First Previews and Opening night events.
  • Works with the Development department on grant-writing and building relationships with funders.
  • Maintains list of community-based and artistic guests for Public Theater performances and coordinates House Seats for community participants with the General Management department.
  • Assists Associate Director of Public Works with the creation of a Public Works Playbook through research, archiving work and documentation of classes at community sites.
  • Manages all Public Works interns and volunteers.
  • Throughout all of these activities, Manager should expect to include individuals and groups from the community partners. The Manager will work closely with the Director of Public Works and the staff of The Public who have some part in the production and marketing of Public Works performances.


The successful candidate will have 4-6 years of experience in the professional theater, or a community-based arts program and be adept at building collaborative relationships with a diverse array of people; the ability to see a problem from different angles and to build consensus, working with a wide range communities; have facility with community organizing; ability to work with people from all different backgrounds; Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills in the professional theater and/or community based art programs; a strong interest in and/or experience with community based arts; a keen sense of humor and affability in the face of fast-paced and sometimes chaotic environment, the ability to speak Spanish a plus.


Public Works is the community based theater program here at the Public. Public Works’s mission is to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working deeply with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances at The Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.


ACTivate is a new tier of the groundbreaking Public Works initiative designed to bind our community together by connecting us to the great issues and dilemmas of our time. ACTivate fills in the gap between the year-round classes and annual Delacorte pageant in September by expanding a participant’s role in the artistic process, engaging an ensemble in every aspect of the creative process, and culminating this experience in an original piece.


Public Works Goes National - The Public will be working with affiliated theaters throughout the U.S. to shape a working model for national and international use. The three affiliate theaters are Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with the Meadows School of the Arts; Mosaic Youth Theater in Detroit; and Seattle Repertory Theater.


Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org  

The Public Theater is looking for a full time Marketing Manager to work in Joe’s Pub. The Marketing Manager will strategize and execute marketing for 800 annual performances within the venue and will handle brand promotion in connection with Joe’s Pub’s commission program, artist working group, social media presence and national curatorial series.


Specific responsibilities:

Oversee promotion of Joe’s Pub programming, ensuring alignment with Public Theater and Joe’s Pub brand and strategies:

  • Conceptualize and execute print and digital promo tools with in-house graphic designers.
  • Manage Joe’s Pub digital ads, cross promotion and dedicated e-blasts.
  • Collect and analyze audience metrics and feedback to develop audience analysis and suggest opportunities for improvement within department processes.
  • Set ticket sales goals while tracking marketing efforts across all platforms and monitor performance trends.
  • Research and coordinate cross-promotion with other organizations and ad placements.
  • Manage the design and promotion of Joe’s Pub events and collateral.
  • Coordinate print and online advertising.
  • Collaborate on promotion on all social media platforms with Press Manager and Communications Assistant.

Manage Joe’s Pub media and digital presence:

  • Hire videographers to capture and edit content as necessary.
  • Manage technical aspect of streaming Joe’s Pub performances via YouTube page and capturing archival video.
  • Build and grow Joe’s Pub’s online presence and content.

Manage Joe’s Pub website and department digital needs including content management and ticket information:

  • Build relevant sub-pages for new programming initiatives and projects as needed.
  • Represent Joe’s Pub in organization-wide web, digital and web project management meetings and workflow.
  • Work with Public Theater digital services department to identify, prioritize and implement Joe’s Pub-specific goals.

Work with Press Manager and Associate Director to oversee schedule and workload of Communications Assistant:

  • Conceptualize and work with Communications Assistant on large-scale branding and marketing campaign ideas.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have 5+ years marketing experience and be highly organized, detail-oriented and systematic with strong time management skills and the ability to work well in a team; have strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly copywriting and editing. Proficiency with programs within Microsoft Office suite; Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator; and social media platforms required, including but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as well as also analyzing social media metrics and advertising.

Have a working knowledge of New York City music/arts scene and be a self-motivated, creative, forward thinker.


ABOUT JOE’S PUB: Joe’s Pub at The Public is one of New York City’s most celebrated venues for emerging and established performance artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.


To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater seeks a full-time Production Logistics Coordinator to join our dedicated, friendly,

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 production departments.


This is a full-time salaried position with overtime and benefits. The schedule is typically 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.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Supervise trucking for the Production Department: coordinate vehicle rentals, hire and manage overhire truckers, create and communicate daily schedules, monitor and adjust schedules in response to changing circumstances
  • Manage shared Production Department resources: maintain up-to-date inventory, track current and future needs, and coordinate storage and maintenance of selected shared equipment
  • Work with Operations and Production staff to coordinate access and use of shared support spaces including alleys for loading and storage
  • Continually develop and improve systems for organizing and managing shared resources



  • Excellent organization of schedule and inventory information
  • Proactive and collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to respond to changing circumstances quickly and with a positive attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Forward thinking and anticipation of future resource needs
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel; ability to learn other inventory and schedule software as required
  • At least two years professional experience in technical production for theater or entertainment
  • Ability to work occasional early morning, evening, and weekend hours


Additional Skills (preferred but not required):

  • At least one year experience in production management for theater or entertainment, and/or experience scheduling and supervising production crews
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Experience driving trucks and vans in New York City; familiarity with New York City parking and traffic regulations for trucks and commercial vehicles
  • Experience working with commercial shipping and trucking companies


To Apply:  Please send resume and cover letter to:  jobs@publictheater.org.


For more information: Please visit www.publictheater.org.

The Production Department is often on the lookout for qualified overhire technicians and stage managers. Cover Letters and Resumes may be submitted to the addresses below. Please note that we cannot respond to every submission.

















Stage Management


The Public’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Shakespeare, which he began in 1957, evolving into the New York Shakespeare Festival and ultimately becoming The Public Theater. Joseph Papp had a simple idea—that Shakespeare belongs to everyone—and this idea remains at the heart of the Public Theater’s work to this day. The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues throughout the five boroughs. Over the past three years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to a three-week tour to eighteen venues, each Mobile Unit production then “sits down” at The Public Theater downtown, providing New York audiences with low cost tickets to world-class Shakespeare.

Past Mobile Unit tour venues include: Rikers Island, The Fortune Society, Park Avenue Armory Women’s Shelter, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Community Centers throughout the city, Charlotte’s Place, Borden Avenue Veteran’s Shelter, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center


Position available from February 2017 through May 2017, for an experienced Company Manager for the spring touring Mobile Shakespeare Unit as part of the General Management office of The Public Theater.  Primary responsibilities include day to day company management duties for these productions including:  union payroll, fee payments, tracking budgets, and contract drafting & negotiations. Company Manager for the Mobile Unit must have a valid driver’s license and will be responsible for driving a 15 passenger van to and from tour locations around the NYC area. Other opportunities include assisting with opening night planning, house seat coordination, artist hospitality, and working with the GM on day to day operations and management of The Public Theater. Company manager must have an understanding of, and appreciation for, the unique responsibilities of a touring company.  Prior theatrical company management experience required, this position is non union. Nights and weekends required. Minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Please email cover letter and resume to rsherman@publictheater.org, Attn: Rebecca Sherman.  No phone calls please.

 The Public Theater is seeking a proactive individual to support the Director, Web and Data Services, by providing training for, customizing, and documenting Tessitura, the customer relationship management database at The Public Theater. This position is part of the Web and Data Services team, and reports to the Director, Web and Data Services. We are looking for a problem-solver, who is interested in devising creative database solutions to enhance productivity.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Work with Director, Web and Data Services and other departments to leverage existing Tessitura functionality and develop customizations accordingly to serve stakeholder needs.
  • Act promptly to all support tickets relating to Tessitura database, exhibiting patience while working to find solutions. Know when to utilize resources, such as Tessitura Network Help Desk and internal IT department.
  • Play integral role in Tessitura training for approximately 100 users across all levels. Work with department power users to identify needs within departments and create curriculum specific to the skill. Lead ad hoc training for new users and with new feature releases.
  • Lead efforts to increase database integrity by creating, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures that will ensure the stability of the database, the security of customer data, and efficient operations.
  • Design new and improve existing database reports, working cross-departmentally to identify reporting need. Use SQL Server Reporting Services and Infomaker to build custom reports, enhance existing report design, trouble-shoot bugs, and test with new releases.
  • Create, maintain, and debug database objects in SSMS including tables, views, and stored procedures for reporting, web customization, and other user support processes as needed.
  • Create and maintain well-written documentation, including but not limited to documenting custom reports, internal processes, and database objects
  • Proactively monitor how other licensees are using the system; make recommendations to improve usage or configuration.
  • Keep abreast of new Tessitura releases and features by participating in the wider Tessitura community
  • Work with web developers to customize website, contributing custom SQL procedures as necessary.
  • Act as member of Tessitura Power User Group to resolve issues, plan projects, test new reports and functionality, and guide database upgrades.
  • Participate in required system upgrades, acting as user advocate and leading testing and training on new features.
  • Additional ad hoc data analysis, querying, and troubleshooting as required by Director, Web & Data Services.

Requirements: 2-3 years’ experience working in a non-profit; Tessitura experience strongly preferred. Proficiency in T-SQL scripts, SSRS, Infomaker, SQL Server Suite, MS Visual Studio, and the Microsoft Suite required; experience working in or managing a help desk a plus. Ability to translate technical issues for the end user and translate user requirements into technical requirements required.


To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to: jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater is now accepting resumes for Wardrobe Supervisors and Dressers for its 2016 – 2017 season.  The Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for the load-in, load-out and set-up of the wardrobe area and dressing rooms, managing the wardrobe crew and overseeing the on-going care, laundry and maintenance of all of the costumes.  Dressers assist the supervisor in the above tasks as well as atten d to all costume changes and back stage needs during the performances. 


Please forward resumes to Luke McDonough at lmcdonough@publictheater.org