DANCENOISE, photo by Ian Douglas


Production Apprentice


POSITION TITLE: Production Apprentice

DEPARTMENT: Production

REPORTS TO: Production Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Full-time mid August 2019 – mid June 2020, Non-Exempt


The Apprentice Program at New York Live Arts serves as an opportunity for those interested in the production side of movement-based performing arts, to gain strong hands-on technical skills in the field of production. Through immersion in the production environment, apprentices will experience technical and administrative aspects of presenting shows and running a theater. Schedules vary as per the needs of each production and are scheduled by the Production Coordinator. Hours will vary based on the season but average around 42 per week and can range anywhere from 20 – 70 hours per week (during peak festival times). The schedule changes according to our season calendar and there will be some weeks off. Apprentices will be notified two weeks out if there is an off week. Confirmed schedules will be received one week out. Apprentices are required to work on every season production and most rentals. Apprentices rotate through lighting, audio/video and deck roles from production to production, providing technical support for all organizational activities. Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn how to be a well rounded stagehand working as an electrician, light board operator, sound operator, deck audio, video operator and basic carpentry skills (soft goods, dance floor, minor construction). The goal of this opportunity is to train young professionals to be successful overhire stagehands and find their niche in technical theater. Additional opportunities for learning, shop visits, and visits to other theatres are also made available to apprentices. Outside work must first be approved in writing by the Production Coordinator. The more you engage in your on the job training,  the larger the return. 
This apprenticeship provides a great framework to launch your technical career in New York City.

This is a full- time position with an hourly stipend. Workers Comp and Disability Coverage is also provided with the apprenticeship. There is no housing stipend; all applicants must be able to secure housing within commuting distance to New York City.


Serve as part of the load-in and load-out crew under the supervision of the LIVE ARTS Technical Director, Lighting Supervisor and Production Coordinator.

Serve as part of the run crew for all rentals and season productions. Responsibilities include but are not limited to Light Board Operator, Sound Operator, Deckhand, Video Operator or other tasks as assigned.

Actively engage in monthly meetings with Director of Production, Production Coordinator, Technical Director and Lighting Supervisor reviewing past productions and discussing upcoming productions.

Learn about LIVE ARTS policies, procedures and safety regulations.

Serve as part of the LIVE ARTS family in hosting visiting companies and rentals.

Promote a positive, respectful, inclusive and supportive work environment.

Work closely with the rest of the production department (
Production Coordinator, Technical Director and Lighting Supervisor) to maintain the high standards that New York Live Arts is known for throughout the community.


Interest in the production side of dance and the arts, especially in lighting, audio, video, and production management.

Self-motivated, hard working, team player who is eager to learn.

Minimal production/technical experience is required.





New York Live Arts is accepting ushers. Volunteers contribute to the success of our performances and receive free admission in exchange. For more information and to sign-up, please call the box office at 212.924.0077.



New York Live Arts seeks creative and forward-thinking candidates for competitive administrative and production internships. All applicants are expected to be independent, computer-literate workers who are passionate about the arts; prior experience in the dance field is not required. Related educational or work experience is preferred.

Benefits include complimentary tickets to New York Live Arts events and, often, to events at other cultural venues. A close view will be afforded of the workings, both administrative and programmatic, of a major New York cultural institution that is active in local, regional, and global arenas.

Internships are offered year-round. The schedule and weekly hours are flexible. Applicants should be able to house themselves in the NY metro area. Internships are unpaid and targeted towards those seeking academic credit or work experience in a fast-paced arts organization.

Intern applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please send your resume and cover letter to: . Please include the internship position you are applying for in the subject line.



This position works directly with the Director of Communications, Digital Media Coordinator, and Communications Assistant. The intern will participate in and support the full range of the department’s activities, including market research, departmental archiving and organization, and front of house duties.


  • File, post and archive all press
  • Update institutional and individual artist press kits
  • Index and update institutional archive of images and videos
  • Research press and marketing opportunities
  • Distribute postcards, flyers and posters as directed
  • Assist with research for social media and blog posts
  • Restocking the lobby with resource materials and discarding expired materials
  • Assist within the Communications Department and Front of House department as needed


  • 10-12 hours a week. May require some evenings.


  • Strong organizational skills
  • Eye for detail
  • Proficient understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive and Suite

All candidates should email their cover letter and resume to with the subject line: Comms intern


Department: Development

New York Live Arts is seeking an intern to work with its development staff at its offices on 19th Street in Chelsea.

The intern will participate in and support the full range of the department’s activities, including special events, membership, institutional giving, and individual giving. Depending on the department’s workload at any given time, the intern may work for a sustained period with one area or rotate among projects in each area.

In addition to the qualifications below, the position requires discretion and confidentiality with regard to donor information and other activities of New York Live Arts. The position is unpaid, and we welcome applicants seeking academic credit or community service hours in accordance with their institution’s requirements. The intern will have opportunities to attend performances and other events at Live Arts and some affiliated organizations.


  • Support preparations for fundraising and member events
  • Draft correspondence and other written materials; prepare mailings and assemble collateral materials
  • Research individual and institutional donor prospects
  • Enter and maintain information in Patron Manager database


  • Strong written and verbal skills in English
  • Good attention to detail and ability to synthesize information
  • Ability to prioritize and meet hard deadlines
  • Proficient understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook


  • A minimum of eight hours a week or longer, with some late evenings and long days to staff events or participate in other activities outside business hours.

All candidates should email their cover letter and resume to with the subject line: Development Intern


Department: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
Position Reports to: Lighting Supervisor

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company seeks a lighting intern for a dynamic season of new work creation, touring, education, and humanities events. The intern will gain experience in lighting supervision for dance and will assist in the touring adaptation of a new piece premiering this fall. The intern will work directly with the production team to create documents in Vectorworks, Lightwright and Excel for a 15-theater fall tour. The intern will have the opportunity to observe and assist with the load-in, lighting focus and touring of several pieces.

Production Internships run from August to April.

Inquiries can be submitted to:
Lauren Libretti
Lighting Supervisor
212-691-6500 x218