The Apprentice Corps is one of the four separate creative youth development programs within the New 42nd Street Youth Corps.
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. Apprentices are paid for 18-20 hours of work per week.
Apprenticeship Descriptions by Department:
Expand by department for position descriptions.
Communications (Digital Services, Marketing & Communications, Public Relations)
The Communications team is comprised of three departments that work closely together to establish, promote and maintain appropriate messaging about the organization and its programs via paid, owned and earned media. Applicants should have proficient research practices, strong visual design or writing abilities, familiarity with social media and good interpersonal skills.
Apprentices will work closely with full-time staff members in order to build an understanding of New 42nd Street communications strategy, from conception to completion. Projects and responsibilities may include:
- Brainstorming and drafting online content (press materials, web and social media copy/visuals)
- Understand how to position shows to appeal to New Victory Membership, prospective ticket buyers or media (print and online advertising/promotional campaigns, press releases and pitches, social copy)
- Planning, execution and documentation of special events (off-site workshops, performances and street fairs)
- Researching community partners and maintaining relationships (promotional partnerships, listings, and social following)
- Shadowing on-site or off-site broadcast and social media opportunities
- Fact-checking and copy-editing documents and ad proofs (grammar, brand guidelines and consistent messaging)
- Cataloguing show-specific and institutional visual materials in print and online
- Analyzing and compiling web analytics and end-of-show marketing and press reports to report on the effectiveness of multi-media marketing and promotional campaigns
The Development Department raises funds to support the nonprofit projects of The New 42nd Street: The New Victory Theater and the New 42nd Street Studios. The Development Apprentice will assist with Special Events, Individual Giving, Institutional Giving and Information Systems projects. Applicants should be creative and detail-oriented with strong writing and interpersonal skills. The Development Apprentice must be comfortable greeting and communicating with VIPs and donors, both face-to-face and on the phone, and should be able to juggle many projects at the same time. The Apprentice collaborates on projects such as:
Help plan large and small-scale special events, including receptions for donor groups and the annual Family Benefit and Gala. Specific responsibilities include:
- Lead a team of fellow apprentices in planning the Family Benefit
- Assist in the coordination of invitation design and mailing
- Participate in event design, set-up, execution and breakdown
- Brainstorm and organize activities appropriate for varying age groups
- Solicit in-kind donations
- Research prospective donors
- Manage donor correspondence, welcome packages and acknowledgements
- Work with Institutional Giving staff to research and assemble grant proposals and reports
- Help update and maintain the organization’s Tessitura Database
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 Artistic Programming
The Artistic Programming Department is responsible for identifying and selecting artists/companies to present during each New Victory season. Artistic 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 Artistic Programming Department with special events, travel arrangements and other duties as they arise
New Victory 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 Resource Guide) 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
New Victory Theater 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:
- 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)
- Learn about negotiation of artist contracts (discussion, copying, filing, mailing)
- 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
New Victory 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
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 on 42nd Street
- Learning some basic theatrical lighting design and technical skills with hands-on experience during special events
The Application Process
All applicants must:
- Be enrolled in school.
- Be able to work 18-20 hrs/wk; schedules are flexible between 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.
- Be able to attend Wednesday afternoon seminars. Submit a resume and cover letter/personal statement as part of their application.
- For Summer 2019, be able to work May 29 – August 16.
Application deadline for Summer 2019 is March 29.