INTERNS AT MTC:
- Receive $385 per week
- Have optional opportunities for evening and weekend work that pay $11/hr
- Have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of living allowances to be used as a supplement to weekly compensation (READ MORE)
- Have their own desk, computer, phone and email account
- Are given intensive training as well as specific duties and projects in one department under the guidance of experienced supervisors
- Attend weekly educational seminars taught by MTC Department Heads and guests from the MTC extended creative family
- Receive free tickets to all MTC productions
- Receive free and discounted tickets to other Broadway and Off-Broadway performances
- All MTC internships, with the exception of the Friedman positions, are full time. MTC’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am – 6pm. The Friedman Intern work hours correspond with the performance schedule (i.e. evenings, weekends and Wednesday matinees).
Unless otherwise noted, the following internships are available during the Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer Semesters.
Interns provide administrative support in the Artistic Director’s and Artistic Production offices. Both offices are responsible for programming and producing all MTC shows. The Artistic Intern provides the highest level of support to MTC’s Artistic Director, Artistic Producer and Artistic Line Producer. The position is ideal for someone who is looking to gain experience in theatre administration as well as get an inside look into the mechanics of season programming and the artistic production process for both new plays and revivals at a major NYC institutional theater. Strong communication, telephone, organizational, and writing skills are a must. Attention to detail is essential, as is a good attitude and an ability to work efficiently under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Ideally this person would have some previous administrative experience, and a working knowledge of the New York theatre landscape. Must be proficient in Windows, Microsoft Word, and Outlook. Understanding of Microsoft Access a plus.
Interns are integral to the theatre’s day-to-day fiscal operation. The intern interfaces with all departments, gaining a broad overview of the entire organization. Specific tasks include the daily processing of accounts payable, preparation of box office statements, recording entries for subscription and single-ticket income, assisting with bank reconciliations, assisting with payroll and other human resources projects, and light office management/upkeep. Great opportunity to learn the business processes relevant to today’s non-profits. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and working knowledge of Microsoft Excel a must.
Interns assist in the administrative process of casting for MTC productions, special events, and in-house readings. Duties include heavy phone work with agents and managers, assisting at auditions, reading scripts, responding to submissions, and viewing productions throughout the New York City area. Working knowledge of Windows and MS Office Suite is required.
Interns gain insight into the details of theatrical management on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Responsibilities include assisting the company managers with the drafting and execution of actor contracts, coordination of show/actor-related travel needs (transportation, housing, etc.), and opening night planning. Interns also work closely with box office staff handling house seat orders and arranging all Tony Voter tickets for productions at the Friedman. Interns may gain experience assisting company managers at the theatre, for which occasional evening hours would be required. Strong communication skills and attention to detail are essential.
DEVELOPMENT - INDIVIDUAL GIVING
Understanding how to raise funds and please donors is essential to anyone pursuing a career in arts administration. Former interns and staff from this department have gone on to become managing directors at some off NYC most prestigious theatre companies. If you have customer service, box office, and/or front of house experience, and are a “people person” with a passionate interest in theatre, the individual giving internship may be a good match for you. The Individual Giving Intern is an essential part of a dynamic, five-person team that is responsible for the highly successful Patron Program, which raises a quarter of MTC’s annual budget. Responsibilities include: providing backup and support to our full time Patron ticketing agent; scheduling and maintenance of Patron Lounges at MTC’s Broadway and off-Broadway theatres; supporting Patron cultivation events; general marketing and promotion of Individual Giving programs; and researching prospective donors. Strong communication, telephone, and organizational skills; attention to detail; a good attitude; and an ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment a must.
DEVELOPMENT - INSTITUTIONAL GIVING
Interns gain practical knowledge of how MTC cultivates prospective donors, sustains current partnerships, and increases current giving levels with foundation, corporate, and government funders. Duties include, maintaining written correspondence with contributors, drafting grant proposals and reports, completing online corporate and government applications, researching prospective donors and updating institutional databases. Institutional giving interns receive a thorough understanding of theatre company structure, budgets, and fundraising strategies.
DEVELOPMENT - SPECIAL EVENTS
Interns assist the department with the daily tasks associated with all of MTC’s fundraising/cultivation events, including Patron dinners, receptions, meetings, opening night parties, and the annual Winter Benefit and Spring Gala. Responsibilities include: maintaining guest list spreadsheets; making confirmation calls; Internet research; assisting with seating for and ticketing of events; conducting large-and-small scale mailings; drafting correspondence; general office duties.
EDUCATION (FALL AND SPRING ONLY)
Interns work with the Education staff in administering classroom residencies, student matinees, professional development workshops, and family workshops. Specific responsibilities include coordinating our after-school playwriting residency, interacting with our classroom teachers and teaching artists, and taking reservations for our various programs. In addition, interns will have opportunities to observe our seasoned teaching artists in action. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills a must; previous office experience a plus.
Two part-time interns assist in Theatre Management at the Friedman with performance-related activities from pre-show to final curtain including: general theatre operations; customer service; patron and subscriber service support; preparation of performance reports; and coordinating, maintaining, and operating the gift shop. Hours are scheduled according to the Friedman performance schedule.
The Literary Department reviews over 1,200 scripts annually to program a season of productions. Interns are involved with all aspects of departmental activities, including script evaluation, season programming, and production coverage. Duties include clerical support, database upkeep, and attendance at in-house and out-of-house readings. Knowledge of Windows and MS Office Suite strongly recommended.
The Marketing Department is responsible for supporting all eight productions across MTC’s three venues, maintaining MTC’s website and social media channels and spearheading the subscription campaigns. Interns serve as valuable team members and are directly involved with a wide variety of marketing efforts. Depending on the skill set of the applicant, work includes production-specific research; staffing of opening nights, press events and subscriber nightcaps; maintenance of front-of-house displays at all venues; routine website updates, subscriber correspondence and social media promotions; and management of ticket donation requests and redemptions for the organization. In addition, Interns manage office calendars and meeting scheduling; maintain department and institutional archives; and provide general office support to the department. Knowledge of Windows, MS Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and HTML are preferred but not required.
Interns will play an active role in supporting the production staff and the needs of MTC. As the production intern, you will be afforded the opportunity to take part in the “behind the scenes” work of Manhattan Theatre Club. Interns will be involved in the creation of schedules and budgets, assisting the department with the technical needs of productions and coordinating the needs of designers. Interns will also play a supportive role within the MTC offices, offering general office support and maintaining the needs of studios. Applicants should have a desire to learn more about the aspects of production management or be pursuing a career in theatre. Excellent organizational skills and comprehension will be needed to serve in this fast-paced office.
STARGATE THEATRE INTERN (SUMMER ONLY)
Each summer, MTC Education runs Stargate Theatre, a workforce readiness and theatre-making program for court-involved teens. The Stargate Theatre intern serves as a rehearsal assistant, supporting the artistic leadership team and company members throughout the writing, devising, and production phases. Additionally, the intern works with the project administrator on all administrative aspects of the program including company member recruitment, budget tracking, scheduling, and line production of the final performance. The position is ideal for someone looking to gain hands-on experience learning how to manage a creative project at the intersection of theatre and positive youth justice. Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills are essential. This internship runs from early June through early September. The hours generally are 1:30-8:30pm during the week with some weekends required.