Roundabout provides hands-on learning opportunities for students and aspiring arts professionals interested in theatre administration careers through full-time season-long apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships at a Glance

  • Season-long Apprenticeships run from September to June.
  • Apprentices are paid the hourly rate of minimum wage. 
  • Successful apprenticeship candidates have generally completed an internship or two and have graduated college or have comparable work experience.
  • Apprenticeships are available in the following administrative departments: Artistic, Company Management, Development, Education, Finance, General Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, and Special Events. More information about each department’s position and job requirements can be found below.

     

Applications for season-long 2020-21 apprenticeships are now open! Applications are due by Thursday, March 5, 2020, 11:59pm EST.

ARTISTIC APPRENTICE

The Artistic Apprentice will support all the work of Roundabout’s Artistic Department. Responsibilities include:

  • Reading new play submissions and attending external staged readings of new work
  • Writing script coverage
  • Assisting with the preparation and execution of Roundabout’s readings and workshops
  • Assisting in the maintenance of Roundabout’s literary database
  • Completing dramaturgical research for each production and writing articles for Roundabout’s Upstage Guides
  • Helping with the planning and organization of Roundabout’s Opening Nights
  • Completing administrative tasks that support the day-to-day operations of the Artistic Department

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, preferably with theatre/literary background. Previous administrative and/or leadership experience preferred. Strong writing, research, phone, and organizational skills are imperative.

Physical demands: Able to lift 50 lbs.; Job requires the transport of materials to and from training and work sites.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT APPRENTICE

The Company Management apprentice will work towards assisting the General Manager and Company Manager of the Steinberg Center and American Airlines Theatre in all day-to-day operations of the building and Roundabout productions that take place in the theatre. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing support to the Steinberg Center General Manager, Company Manager, and House Manager
  • Assisting in coordination of ground transportation and ticketing for celebrity artists and out-of-town actors
  • Helping to organize and provide all pertinent Production information to the Press Office, primarily for Playbill printing, including weekly proofing of Playbill for corrections/revisions
  • Assisting Company Manger in tracking production expenses: invoice tracking, credit card reconciliation, petty cash reconciliation
  • Assisting General Manager and Company Manager with executing all Opening Night events in conjunction with Artistic and Development personnel
  • Assisting House Manager in pre-show, front of house procedures

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience. Experience in the field will be taken into consideration if candidate is not degreed or pursuing a degree. Experience with Microsoft Office, strong phone and organizational skills, and an interest in theatrical management/arts administration are imperative.

DEVELOPMENT APPRENTICE

Responsibilities include supporting all areas of Roundabout's fundraising efforts. The apprentice is given staff-level responsibilities and will take ownership of several projects, working closely with the staff to:

  • Research prospective individual and institutional funders
  • Assist with grant proposals and reports
  • Maintain development files
  • Carry out other special projects as needed, including direct assistance to the director of development
  • Work on special events with premium volunteer opportunities for the annual gala and opening night performances and parties

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience. Experience in the field will be taken into consideration if candidate is not degreed or pursuing a degree. Candidates must be detail-oriented with strong writing and communication skills. They must be poised and sophisticated over the phone and in person as they will regularly speak with donors. The ideal candidate is able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and is interested in fundraising or not-for-profit management. Experience with Tessitura database, internet research applications and mail merges a plus.

Physical demands: Able to lift 50 lbs.; Job requires the transport of materials to and from training and work sites.

EDUCATION APPRENTICE FOR COMMUNITY Partnerships

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in programming of Community Partners events
  • Assisting with pre- and post-show talk logistics for Theatre Plus programming
  • Preparing content for the publication of Upstage Guides
  • Transcribing and editing interviews for the Upstage Guides as well as the Lecture Series
  • Coordinating workshop materials and working toward being the on-site person for workshops
  • Contributing to engagement and development of new community partnerships
  • Research and awareness of Roundabout’s current community partnerships
  • Shadowing a teaching artist in a community partnerships programming and working toward co-facilitating opportunities
  • Assisting in the coordination of various on-site programs including student matinees, on-site workshops, and various education events

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience. Experience in the field will be taken into consideration if candidate is not degreed or pursuing a degree. Ideal candidates will be self-starters, have strong organizational skills, and an interest in education and community partnerships.

Physical demands: Able to lift 50 lbs.; Job requires the transport of materials to and from training and work sites.

EDUCATION APPRENTICE FOR TEACHING & LEARNING

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the coordination of various education programs, including classroom residencies, student matinees and professional development workshops for teachers and administrators
  • Assisting in the facilitation of Roundabout’s afterschool program: Roundabout Youth Ensemble (RYE)
  • Attending and taking notes at meetings with school partners
  • Maintaining the calendar of teaching artist visits at partner schools
  • Coordinating workshop materials and working toward coordinating workshops
  • Shadow a teaching artist in a residency and working toward co-teaching opportunities
  • Coordinating documentation for school programs and documenting at school performances
  • Conducting dissemination and collection of teacher and student surveys for school programming

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience. Experience in the field will be taken into consideration if candidate is not degreed or pursuing a degree. Ideal candidates will be self-starters, have strong organizational skills and an interest in education.

Physical demands: Able to lift 50 lbs.; Job requires the transport of materials to and from training and work sites.

EDUCATION APPRENTICE FOR THE THEATRICAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (TWDP)

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Theatrical Workforce Development Program (TWDP) Manager and Education Coordinator with the set up and facilitation of workshops and training sessions. This includes sourcing materials (online, in-store, rentals), communicating with teaching artists, and assisting in day-to-day tasks.
  • Assisting with tracking attendance, data collection and reporting for the program and participants
  • Assisting with payroll and other necessary administrative tasks related to TWDP
  • Assisting with special events including info sessions, fellow recruitment, networking mixers, etc.
  • Helping maintain the Education Studio space and materials used for TWDP
  • Assisting with other departmental events on an as needed basis

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience. The ideal candidate will have excellent administrative and interpersonal skills. A general knowledge of all aspects of professional theatre is preferred. Interest and experience in technical theatre a plus. The ideal candidate will be comfortable interacting with young adults, theatre professionals, and artists, as well as working in collaborative settings. Also, a sensitivity towards, and ability to, work with a low-income, high-barrier to employment population. They need to have strong organizational skills, as well as a strong understanding and proficiency with computer software programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Create Suite. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, problem solver, and able to work independently as well as in a group setting.

Work hours include some evening and weekend hours to be determined based on program needs.

Physical demands: Able to lift 50 lbs.; Job requires the transport of materials to and from training and work sites.

FINANCE APPRENTICE

Responsibilities include assisting the Staff Accountant, Finance Administrator, Payroll Managers, as well as the Finance Director, with the following responsibilities:

  • Creating daily wraps (ticket sales reports) and projections for our rentals
  • Processing incoming mail, invoices, check requests and related receipts for Accounts Payable
  • Maintaining daily contact with vendors and RTC staff
  • Creating and maintaining files, spreadsheets, and various reports, including maintenance of digital files
  • Completing various financial projects and providing overall administrative support to the finance office

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree, preferably with coursework in accounting and/or other finance-related subjects, or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience. Experience in accounting/finance positions is a plus. The ideal candidate will have the ability to meet deadlines, multitask and handle a large volume of work, and have excellent people skills. The following computer skills are helpful: Microsoft Office, Excel and accounting software.

GENERAL MANAGEMENT APPRENTICE

Note: This position encompasses work with both the general management and administrative management teams

The General Management Apprentice will have the opportunity to work closely with all members of the Management Department as they prepare for the upcoming season. The Apprentice will aid in both production-specific and long-term institutional management projects. Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining artist contracts
  • Drafting correspondence with agents, unions, and other collaborators
  • Answering and redirecting phone calls
  • Maintaining an extensive filing system
  • Tracking Broadway grosses and industry trends, and other special projects
  • Filling house seat requests
  • Completing special projects such as preparing research for various production and administration needs.
  • Providing support to the administration staff, general managers, and various production and facility personnel

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience. Experience in the field will be taken into consideration if candidate is not degreed or pursuing a degree. Experience with Microsoft Office, strong phone and organizational skills, and an interest in theatrical management/arts administration are imperative.

HUMAN RESOURCES APPRENTICE

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with new hire and termination processes in ADP Workforce Now and other vendors; preparing and reviewing new hire and orientation paperwork
  • Running background checks on new administrative staff
  • Maintaining company-wide staff list for administrative use and Playbill listings
  • Editing Roundabout’s employee newsletter
  • HR file maintenance: updating I9 database, keeping employee files current, and organizing files to be sent to storage
  • Coordinating with Company Managers to ensure employee paperwork is up to date
  • Assisting with implementation and use of Reviewsnap, the employee performance appraisal system
  • Researching and collecting data for various HR initiatives
  • Organizing staff committee meetings; attending and participating in these meetings
  • Coordinating employee events including All Staff Meeting and Health Fair, and assisting in the coordination of other parties and events
  • Observing interview process and shadowing HR Director in day-to-day activities
  • Working on various short and long-term HR projects

IT APPRENTICE

Responsibilities include assisting the IT Support Team with the following:

  • Learning how to troubleshoot IT issues and resolve service requests.
  • Providing technical support in person and over the phone as needed.
  • Assisting the IT department in deploying, upgrading, and repairing computers, printers, phones, and peripherals.
  • Working closely with the IT team to maintain our IT documentation surrounding daily tasks and major issues/projects.
  • Assisting web development team members in keeping our in-house application running and our website bug-free.

Experience/understanding of basic computer operations is a must:

  • Mac OS
  • Networking technologies and protocols, such as IP addressing, DNS, DHCP, and remote-access (VPN, etc.)
  • Microsoft Windows OS (10 and beyond)
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Support and troubleshooting PC Hardware/Software
  • Imaging and provisioning Workstation
  • Active Directory
  • Office 365 Administration
  • Virtualization (VMWare)

Physical Demands:

  • Able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Able to travel between multiple sites within the Theater District.
  • Able to work in confined spaces.

MARKETING APPRENTICE

Note: Two apprenticeships are available in the Marketing department.

Marketing Apprentices will have the opportunity to independently manage projects related to subscription campaigns, advertising, and direct mail. Apprentices also prepare for and help to execute numerous pre- and post-show Marketing events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Marketing and sales reporting
  • Routing internal and external advertising materials to various departments and communicating with outside creative agencies
  • Coordinating pre and post show Marketing events and representing Roundabout at promotional events (ex: BroadwayCon, Broadway Flea Market, etc.)
  • Independent planning and execution of Hiptix parties for young professionals program
  • Maintaining press and advertising files
  • Coordinating strategic outreach for show campaigns
  • Taking part in advertising and marketing meetings
  • Support digital content team by assisting with content creation and social media monitoring
  • Additional projects as assigned

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, working towards a Bachelor's degree, or comparable experience in the field. The ideal candidate for this position will be an outgoing self-starter with the ability to multitask. Experience with Microsoft Excel a must; experience with Tessitura database, Google Suite, online email deployment programs and the Adobe Creative Suites a plus.

SPECIAL EVENTS APPRENTICE

The Special Events Apprentice will work toward taking RSVPs for events, organizing volunteers, and coordinating the online auction for the annual Gala fundraiser. The apprenticeship will culminate with the experience of being the main point person for a Roundabout play reading. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the planning and coordination of all special events, including Gala fundraisers, opening night parties, donor dinners, institutional events, and play readings.
  • Organizing mailings
  • Drafting correspondence
  • Updating records and inventory
  • Creation of event timelines

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or working towards a Bachelor’s degree, or comparable work experience, Experience in the field will be taken into consideration if candidate is not degreed or pursuing a degree. The ideal candidate for this position will be an outgoing, incredibly detail-oriented individual with the ability to multitask. Strong computer and phone skills are a must. Previous experience with Tessitura, event execution, and mail merges, a plus.

Applications for season-long 2020-21 apprenticeships are now open! Applications are due by Thursday, March 5, 2020, 11:59pm EST.


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Questions may be sent via email to internships@roundabouttheatre.org. No phone calls, please.

Roundabout Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to represent individuals from all walks of life in its workforce. We want our employment community to be a representation of the diverse world we live in. As such, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply, and we ensure that every candidate who applies for a position at Roundabout Theatre Company is treated equally and fairly without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status and any other factor prohibited by law. We believe diversity in our teammates is paramount to our success as a not-for-profit theatre serving all communities in New York.