The New Vic/New 42 Youth Corp: Apprenticeships


Apprentices take on a wide variety of responsibilities within the daily operations of The New 42nd Street and its projects. In addition to providing hands-on involvement in the business of running a nonprofit performing arts organization, these paid employment opportunities also include weekly seminars and workshops on such topics as professionalism, interview skills and resume writing.

The program operates for 12-week terms during the fall, spring and summer. Work schedules are flexible between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday; Apprentices are paid for 18-20 hours of work per week.


College Summer Applications due: April 18, 2014
Apprenticeship runs May 28 - August 15.
*We will not be taking any applications for high school apprentices for the Summer 2014 semester.*

 
Thank you to everyone who applied for the Spring semester.*
We are currently recruiting college students for the 2014 Summer semester.


Apply online.

If you have any questions, please contact 646.223.3095.

All applicants MUST be enrolled in school and must complete the New 42nd Street Apprentice Application, as well as submit a resume and cover letter/personal statement.

Questions? Contact us at ApprenticeProgram@New42.org or 646.223.3095


Apprenticeship Descriptions by Department

Communications (Digital Services, Marketing & Public Relations)
Applicants should have an interest in marketing or public relations and an understanding of social media platforms. Successful applicants will have basic computer and writing abilities and good interpersonal skills, as well as an interest or experience in the communications industry. Communications Apprentices will work with fulltime staff members of the Digital Services, Marketing and Public Relations departments, and will assist in the following projects:
 
  • Positioning shows to appeal to New Victory Membership and prospective ticket buyers, including print and online advertising/promotional campaigns
  • Planning and execution of special events, including off-site workshops, performances and street fairs
  • Researching community partners and liaisons for upcoming productions and maintaining community outreach efforts
  • Analyzing sales data, web analytics and buying trends to report on the effectiveness of multi-media marketing and promotional campaigns
  • Assisting with the content creation for our digital media platforms (The New Victory Theater blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Drafting press materials (media alerts, pitches, etc.) and communicating with listings editors regarding upcoming shows/events
  • Shadowing on-site or off-site broadcast opportunities (television/radio)
  • Developing end-of-show marketing and press reports
  • Monitoring press outlets for relevant trends and recent media breaks
  • Fact-checking and proofing documents for grammar and consistent messaging



Development
The Development department raises contributed income to support the nonprofit projects of The New 42nd Street: The New Victory Theater and The New 42nd Street Studios. The Development Apprentice will help plan special events, oversee the Friends individual giving program, identify new funding sources and assist with assembling grant materials. Applicants should be creative and detail-oriented with strong writing skills. The Apprentice collaborates on projects such as:


  • Helping to plan large- and small-scale special events, including receptions for Friends of The New Victory, the Family Benefit and/or the Gala. Includes:
    • Coordination of invitation design and mailing
    • Event design and set-up
    • Brainstorm and organize children's activities
    • Solicit in-kind donations and working on the day of events
  • Other tasks include:
    • Research information on prospective donors
    • Work with other departments to gather accurate show-related details to be used for grant and corporate sponsorship proposals
    • Develop and finalize donor correspondence




Education
The Education department works with kids, teachers and families to watch, learn, play and engage in the performing arts. Apprentices in the Education department will have the opportunity to participate in the planning and maintaining of various New Victory Educational Programs, such as:


  • Provide program support for all New Vic Education Programs by working alongside staff, teaching artists, classroom teachers and students
  • Research and develop educational materials (New Victory School Tool™ research guides) to correspond with the productions being presented at the theater
  • Assist with the coordination, box office, house management and Talk-Backs for the school time performance series
  • Support the coordination and implementation of Classrooms Workshops and Public Engagement programs
  • Conduct research on partner schools and community organizations that participate in the New Victory Education Partnership
  • Attend Teaching Artist training sessions as scheduled
  • Attend and support Teacher Professional Development opportunities



Finance 
The Finance Department is responsible for finance and human resources for The New 42nd Street and its projects, including vendor payments and relations, payroll and benefits administration, external financial reporting, and internal financial analysis, budgeting and controls. As the department provides services for the entire organization, Apprentice projects may include:


  • Participating in preparation of financial analysis
  • Prepping accounting tasks and performing reconciliations
  • Tracking paid time-off and assisting with other benefits-related tasks
  • Providing overall departmental support as needed



New Victory Operations
Applicants should have an interest in General Management at a large nonprofit cultural institution. Successful applicants will have some math skills and good interpersonal skills. The Apprentice in Operations will work with the Director of Operations, the Company Manager and the Operations Associate to become familiar with the full breadth of theater operations:


  • Company Management:
    • Hospitality for visiting companies (research, writing, copying, mailing)
    • Opening night gifts and event planning
    • Contract fulfillment (reading the standard theater contract and becoming familiar with the issues)
  • Artist Management:
    • Learn about negotiation of artist contracts (discussion, copying, filing, mailing)
  • Administration:
    • Office policies and procedures (phones, fax, photocopying, email, interoffice mail)
    • Finance - how budgets are created and tracked
    • Inter-office relations with the variety of departments that serve the theater



Production Management
Applicants should have an interest in Production Management at a large nonprofit cultural institution. A background in Stage Management, Design or Technical Production is helpful, as is an interest in observing and understanding the workings of a busy production department. The production office at The New Victory operates seven days a week, presenting a varied season of different types of theatrical performance (including circus, music, dance and theater). This Apprenticeship is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the many facets of the production process. Apprentices will divide their time between work in the office and backstage at The New Victory. Production Apprentices will have the opportunity to experience the various aspects of production management responsibilities as they apply to the production process in a presenting house including, but not limited to:


  • Maintaining computerized calendars and schedules
  • A working knowledge of scheduling, budgeting and budget tracking for productions
  • Sourcing materials and production supplies for productions
  • Procuring materials from various technical vendors
  • Maintaining equipment inventory for the department
  • Helping maintain communication with incoming companies about our technical specifications and their needs
  • Basic production office management (including vendor lists, filing, etc.)
  • Understanding the basics of working with unionized stage labor
  • Exposure to plans, drawings and paperwork of incoming shows (including Vectorworks, AutoCad, Lightwright. Experience with any of these programs is a plus but not a requirement.)
  • Observing and assisting on a production process from load-in to load-out.
  • Shadowing opportunities of technical departments (lighting, sound, rigging) to gain an understanding of the various elements of an incoming production



Programming
The Programming Department is responsible for identifying and selecting artists/companies to present during each New Victory season. Programming Apprentices are involved in many facets of the department, including:

  • Research specific shows in the season for additional, pertinent background information and assist in the development of internal materials for current and future seasons
  • Plan and implement show-related public enrichment materials for several shows in the season with fellow Apprentices
  • Scan periodicals, read reviews and track artists
  • Assist Programming Department with special events, travel arrangements and other duties as they arise
  • Attend, discuss and review productions



Studio Operations
The Operations department of the New 42nd Street Studios is responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of 14 rehearsal studios and a blackbox theater (The Duke on 42nd Street). Apprentices in this department will be involved in all aspects of the Studio building operations. The bulk of duties will be administrative and office-related such as:


  • Helping to maintain current records of studio rentals, department expenses and equipment
  • General telephone and clerical work (Apprentices will be instructed on proper use of all office equipment)
  • Helping with preparation for special events
  • Ongoing research to ensure that the Studios are meeting the needs of the performing arts companies in the building
  • Some interaction with performing artists and stage managers
When show and programming schedule permits, there are also occasions for some production and technical opportunities such as:
  • Assisting with maintenance of theatrical technical equipment
  • Assisting with load-ins and load-outs for the Studios and The Duke
  • Learning some basic theatrical lighting design and technical skills with hands-on experience during special events