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New York City Children’s Theater Apprenticeship Program

  • New York City Children’s Theater or NYCCT (formerly Making Books Sing) is a nonprofit organization that cultivates children’s growth in the areas of emotional intelligence, community building, and responsible decision-making. The result is empathetic, creative and independent thinkers who make a positive impact on their world.
  • Our mission is to promote children’s literacy and social development through accessible professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. We reach children and their communities with a wide range of programming, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies, and engage with them in traditional theater spaces, school auditoriums, classrooms and cultural venues in their neighborhoods. We demonstrate that engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development, and furthers a lifelong appreciation of the arts.
  • To learn more about the New York City Children’s Theater Apprenticeship Program, please visit

Additional Perks of the Apprenticeship Program:

  • Monthly NYC Metrocard for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Free tickets to NYCCT’s theatre season
  • Behind the scenes access to NYCCT’s staged readings, production workshops and training programs for teaching artists and professional auditions
  • Working for a small non-profit theater which allows Apprentices to work alongside full-time staff in artistic, education, development and marketing
  • Personalized Mentorship by staff members
  • Attending the annual NYCCT gala
  • Potential to be hired onto NYCCT’s Teaching Artist roster upon completion of the Education apprenticeship program
  • Access to networking and professional development events through NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Museum Arts and Culture Access Consortium, and other various membership events
  • NYCCT aims to create a diverse workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard trace, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

2019-2020 Artistic Apprenticeship

  • NYCCT seeks a part-time Artistic Apprentice for the 2019-20 season. The Artistic Apprentice will work closely with the artistic director, as well as other administrative staff. Their focus will be to support the organization’s producing activities and season planning. They will also be exposed to the work of surrounding departments including marketing, development, and general management.

Apprentice responsibilities/areas of exposure will include but are not limited to:

  • Production assistant duties on our three mainstage shows for the 2018-19 season
  • Stage managing workshops, readings, and New York City Children’s Theater’s Middle School Playwriting Competition
  • Maintaining the website and social media accounts for our licensing division TYA Show Rights, and managing TYA Show Rights outreach efforts
  • Maintaining cross-promotional partnerships with other nonprofits
  • Researching potential new source material for future productions
  • Preparing contracts and scheduling production meetings
  • General support as needed in the following areas: special events, annual appeals/mailings, membership program, coverage of other children’s theater shows/affiliated artist shows, box office hotline, and front of house coverage during the run of a show


  • A love and passion for theater and/or arts-in- education
  • Experience or interest in nonprofit management
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Proactive, high-energy, and creative
  • Computer literacy –fluency with PC-based Microsoft Office Programs
  • Basic office skills

Preferred but not required:

  • Skills or experience in video editing, Photoshop, Excel or fundraising software

Time Commitment:

  • September 2019-June 2020 (willing to negotiate a different time schedule for the right candidates)
  • 15-20 hours a week, occasional evenings and/or weekends during tech or the run of a production.
  • To apply for the Artistic Apprenticeship, please send resume and cover letter with “Artistic Apprentice” as the subject line. Interviews will take place in July and August 2019.

Artistic Apprenticeship Application


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