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About Education Apprentice

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 Education Apprenticeship

  • NYCCT seeks two Education Apprentices for the 2019-2020 school year. The Education Apprentices will work closely with the Director of Education and Education Associate. The Apprentices will divide their time between teaching the Literature at Play theatre and music residency program in Pre-K – 5th-grade school classrooms, community centers, and homeless shelters across the five boroughs of NYC, and providing administrative support to the education department at the NYCCT office. NYCCT’s Education Programs annually serve an average of 100 elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters per year. Current outreach programs include Literature at Play, a theatre and music residency program for Pre-K-5th grades, a multi-sensory musical named FIVE that is designed for students with disabilities and the very young, and two interactive anti-bullying applied theatre workshops for 1st-5th grades.

Education Apprentice responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Participate in extensive professional development workshops in the areas of NYCCT’s Literature at Play curriculum design, trauma-informed training, racial justice pedagogy, and various other arts education topics
  • Create lesson plans for and lead theatre and music residency programs during the school day and/or in after-school residencies for Pre-K t5th grade classes in elementary schools, community centers, and homeless shelters
  • Provide additional administrative support to education staff
  • Provide on-site support at NYCCT events including mainstage shows for school groups and the annual NYCCT gala


  • Experience in and passion for working with children, grades PreK-5th
  • Willing to travel tall five boroughs of New York City and neighboring communities
  • Background and experience in theatre education and/or music education
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Experience using PC based Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience working within the NYC Department of Education Public School system
  • Experience working with students with disabilities
  • Bilingual
  • Familiarity with and passion for children’s literature

Time Commitment:

  • September 2019-June 2020 (willing to negotiate a different time schedule for the right candidates)
  • Minimum 10-15 hours per week split between in-office work and in-school teaching (must be available to teach during the school day and/or after school hours on at least two days of the week)
  • Candidates must be fingerprinted and cleared through the Department of Education in order to teach NYCCT programming. NYCCT will cover the cost of the application fee.
  • To apply for the Education Apprenticeship, please send resume and cover letter to with “Education Apprentice” as the subject line. Interviews will take place in July and August 2019.

Education Apprentice Application


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