Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), a Tony Award-winning nonprofit theatre dedicated to producing innovative theatre of the highest quality by American and international playwrights, with a focus on presenting New York, American, and world premieres, invites individuals to apply for Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program full-time Winter/Spring 2022 internships. For 50 years, MTC has been the creative and artistic home for America’s most gifted theatrical artists, producing works of the highest quality by contemporary American and international playwrights. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work both on and off the stage.
MTC is producing six plays during the 2021-22 season in Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and off-Broadway at the historic New York City Center complex. Writers represented in the season include Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Dominique Morisseau, Paula Vogel, Simon Stephens, Joshua Harmon, and Anchuli Felicia King.
The Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program provides a unique opportunity to learn about producing not-for-profit theatre both on and off-Broadway through intensive on-the-job training. Interns are assigned projects and responsibilities that contribute to the day-to-day running of the company. Additionally, interns’ relationships with their supervisor and mentor ensure that they are not only gaining valuable skills but also receiving continuous support and feedback. The training experience is further enhanced by an educational seminar series led by the industry experts on MTC’s staff as well as career development coaching with our human resources team. Program alumni go on to work in the industry at theatre companies producing on Broadway, off Broadway, and regionally; in casting offices, production companies, and theatrical advertising agencies; and, in allied arts and cultural organizations across the country.
MTC’s Institutional Giving team, and the Development team as a whole, are crucial to ensuring that MTC has the resources to continue to produce exciting new works, support playwrights throughout their careers, and connect young people with transformative free theatre and playwriting programs. The Institutional Giving team is responsible for raising about 10% of MTC’s annual revenue — close to $2.4 million — through donations from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
The Institutional Giving intern will be a critical member of a tight-knit and focused team of three. Through this role, you will gain hands-on experience writing a wide variety of fundraising materials, from grant proposals and reports to thank you letters. You will also learn to conduct thorough research on potential donors using popular industry tools like the Foundation Directory Online and RelSci. Lastly, by maintaining donor records in MTC’s database, you will have the opportunity to work with another crucial tool in the performing arts world: Tessitura software. By the end of your time at MTC, you will have touched on all the basics of institutional giving and built a strong foundation as an arts administrator and nonprofit development professional.
You are a great fit for this position if you are someone who pays very close attention to details, can juggle multiple deadlines and assignments with ease, researches with a critical eye, and writes with panache. Previous Institutional Giving interns have gone on to full-time fundraising jobs at Juilliard, Ars Nova, the Flea, and other organizations.
This position is full-time, 35 hours/week, and begins in-person on January 3, 2022.
Compensation is $525 per week with the option for additional weekend and evening work which pays $15 per hour. Applicants who identify as an individual belonging to a community historically underrepresented in the theatre workforce are invited to apply for a limited number of supplemental living allowances in the amount of $140 per week. All interns are offered complimentary tickets to MTC’s productions, paid time off (sick and personal), and access to pre-tax commuter benefits.
The application deadline for the Winter/Spring 2022 semester is Sunday, October 17 at 11:59pm EST. All components of the application must be received by this deadline in order for the application to be considered complete.
A completed application includes:
A professional work résumé that may include: education and training, work history, theatre/arts experience, and computer skills.
Personal Statement: Our mission at MTC is to produce innovative theatre of the highest quality by American and International playwrights, with a focus on presenting New York, American, and world premieres. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work both on stage and off. Please write a personal statement of not more than 750 words responding to the questions below:
- Why are you interested in the department(s) you selected? What skills do you hope to further develop as a result of on-the-job training at MTC?
- What specifically about MTC’s mission and history speaks to you and why?
- Given your background and life experiences, how do your ideas and attitudes towards equity, diversity, and inclusion inform your aspirations as an arts administrator?
Two references (professors, employers, etc.)
To learn more and submit an application, please visit https://manhattantheatreclub.com/education/internships
Manhattan Theatre Club believes that equity, diversity and inclusion should be essential elements of all activity within the organization. We have made it a priority to create and maintain an environment that is attractive to and supportive of all individuals regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender identity, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, military or veteran status, etc. MTC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.