Employment

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: 

The Public Theater is seeking a highly organized and unflappable administrator to support the Executive Director and keep up with a fast-paced work environment. The individual in this position reports to the Administrative Chief of Staff.

 

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Working closely with Administrative Chief of Staff to keep track of Executive Director’s priorities, ensuring they are appropriately reflected in the calendar
  • Overseeing Executive Director’s calendar
  • Scheduling appointments, working with external and internal groups to coordinate meetings
  • Keeping Executive Director on scheduleo Ensuring Executive Director is prepared for all meetings
  • In collaboration with the Development Department, coordinating all fundraising activity on behalf of the Executive Directoro Supporting the Executive Director at special events
  • Managing Executive Director’s correspondence, reading and prioritizing email messages (determining what can be handled independently) and drafting correspondence
  • Answering phones
  • Reviewing and approving press releases, programs, and other collateral on behalf of Executive Director
  • Representing Executive Director at internal meetings as needed
  • Arranging travel
  • Preparing executive department timesheets
  • Maintaining files
  • Supporting Executive Director with personal assistant duties as assigned
  • Supporting Executive Director’s external engagements including lecturing, teaching, board affiliations, etc.

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, and experience scheduling travel arrangements for management.

 

This is a non-exempt position.

 

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

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 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.

 

Specifically:

  • 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 seeks an entrepreneurial, goal-oriented development leader with demonstrated experience in running comprehensive individual giving campaigns in a crowded cultural marketplace.

 

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator in verbal, written, and presentation forms and will have good interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with marketing, development and membership colleagues to support a busy year-round scheduleThis individual will advise and set strategy for best practices in development, data management, direct mail fundraising programs, small gift efforts, and events to support restricted and unrestricted giving as well as a Major Capital Campaign. 

 

With an engaged Board of Trustees, The Public is planning to launch the largest Capital Campaign in American theater to address its ageing facilities and to secure its future.  

 

This individual in this position will have significant departmental responsibilities and will report to the Chief Advancement Officer.

 

This individual will recruit, train, and mentor an enthusiastic team of Major Gift Officers, and early and mid-career professionals and interns; create best practice training materials and protocols for standard development operations.

 

Working collaboratively with departmental colleagues, strategically support the effective implementation and execution of an annual events schedule, including donor cultivation events, performance receptions, Galas, performance ticketing, and related efforts.   

 

This individual will Partner with the marketing team to build online fundraising capacity and coordinate the creation of new online fundraising initiatives.

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS 

  • A minimum of 10 years of development management experience; 
  • A track record of successfully closing major gifts and exceeding contributed income goals in a competitive fundraising environment; 
  • Experience with Capital Campaigns,  planning and operations to support strategic solicitations for Major Gifts that do not compromise annual giving;
  • Knowledge of theater and a passion for The Public’s mission, programs, and future plans; 
  • Demonstrated experience successfully recruiting, managing and retaining staff; 
  • Strong planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, analytical, and communication skills;
  • Prior experience in marketing will be favorably regarded, as audience development, database mining, prospect research, and the fundraising application of new technologies are all high priorities for the institution.    
  • Proficiency in Tessitura, The Raiser’s Edge, or a comparable fundraising software; and 
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings/weekends to manage The Public’s fundraising events program. 

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 has produced shows at the Delacorte and its downtown home on Lafayette Street since the 1960s and currently produces a full season of shows year-round including classics, musicals, and new works. The building at 425 Lafayette is a landmark that was initially constructed beginning in 1850 as New York City’s first free public library, and the Delacorte has welcomed over 5 million people to its free Shakespeare in the Park performances. The Operations Department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of both venues as well as tracking building activity and coordinating department work around production needs. 

 

Responsibilities:

-Greet guests/patrons & relay information relating to upcoming programs/events

-Accept/Track Deliveries (UPS, USPS, Production Vendors, Restaurant Orders, etc.)

-Answer phone calls

-Ensure security standards are upheld via ID checks and/or monitoring of foot traffic within space

-Point of contact for Public Theater staff on behalf of the Operations Department, relaying building maintenance and other requests

 

The ideal candidate has an interest in theater and previous experience in theater production or administration, and is organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator, and has a positive attitude. 

 

Please send resume and cover letter to Helen Bennett at hbennett@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.

Requirements:

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 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.

 

Audio

AudioJobs@publictheater.org

 

Costumes

CostumeJobs@publictheater.org

 

Lighting

LightingJobs@publictheater.org

 

Properties

PropsJobs@publictheater.org

 

Scenery

SceneryJobs@publictheater.org

 

Stage Management

StageManagementJobs@publictheater.org

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 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

The Public Theater is seeking an administrator to assist on the logistics of our Mobile Unit program. This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) that would take place from March 13- July 31. Some evenings and weekends required.



Specific duties include:



Acting as Community ticket liaison, coordinating community group attendance to Mobile Unit sit-down performances; acting as Marketing liaison with venues for tour performances; acting as tour venue support person, maintaining database of tour venues, helping prepare surveys and pack programs; working with Mobile Unit alumni by maintaining database and coordinating invitations; working with program manager to support all extra programming projects, and support the program by tracking receipts, collecting petty cash receipts, etc.



Requirements: 1-2 years of administrative experience or community organizing experience preferred. Excellent organization and communication skills. Experience managing multiple competing priorities. Successful candidates will have experience building collaborative relationships with a people from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Experience working in an environment that prioritizes diversity and inclusion is strongly preferred. Experience in theater is not required. Fluent in Spanish a plus.



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.



Please send resume and cover letter to mobileshakes@publictheater.org with the subject line “Mobile Unit Assistant application.”