2050 Administrative Fellowships

NYTW is proud to announce the 2020/21 Season 2050 Administrative Fellowship program—a sister program to our successful 2050 Artistic Fellowship, which supports emerging playwrights and directors. Replacing our old internship program, the fellowship represents one of several NYTW initiatives to address the economic barriers that may prevent talented individuals from pursuing careers in the theatre.

For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States. This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

We’re seeking enthusiastic candidates who are underrepresented in theatre administration. We encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age and physical ability to apply. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and off stage. NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), and all qualified applications will receive consideration.

The third fellowship program will run from July 2020 through June 2021.

The 2050 Administrative Fellowship Program is made possible by American Express Philanthropy, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

As a 2050 Administrative Fellow, you will:

  • Commit to a year-long paid part-time fellowship in one field of interest including Artist Workshop, Casting, Development, Education, Executive, Finance & Operations, Literary, Marketing, Producing, and Production Management.
  • Work directly with the department head and their team in the respective area of focus.
  • Attend a three-day intensive seminar where you will be introduced to the field of arts administration, meet industry professionals, and begin to develop your fellowship goals and plans.
  • Take on significant responsibilities in your department, including day-to-day tasks and long-term collaborative and individual projects.
  • Participate in monthly seminar meetings to discuss your work, share ideas and receive specialized career-development training.
  • Participate in brown bag lunches with members of the NYTW staff and invited guests and attend industry networking and social events.

2020/21 Fellowship Application Timeline

  • March 13           Application Deadline (by 5pm EST)
  • Mid-April            Fellowship Interviews
  • Late April           Fellowship offers extended
  • July 8                 Fellowship begins

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you offer internships?

The 2050 Administrative Fellowship replaces our old internship program. However, this expanded paid fellowship is similar in scope to our prior full season internship. If you are seeking a hands-on learning experience and are available for a yearlong commitment (30 hrs./week), we encourage you to apply.

What are the details of the 2050 Administrative Fellowship?

NYTW will accept up to eleven 2050 Administrative Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a year-long commitment from July to June.

As a 2050 Administrative Fellow, you will:

  • Commit to a part-time fellowship (30hrs/week, Monday-Friday) in one the NYTW departments including Artist Workshop, Casting, Development, Education, Executive, Finance & Operations, Literary, Marketing, Producing and Production Management.
  • Work directly with the department head and their team in the respective area of focus.
  • Attend a three-day intensive seminar where you will be introduced to the field of arts administration, meet industry professionals, and begin to develop your fellowship goals and plans.
  • Take on significant responsibilities in your department, including day-to-day tasks and long-term collaborative and individual projects.
  • Participate in monthly seminar meetings to discuss your work, share ideas and receive specialized career-development training.
  • Participate in brown bag lunches with members of the NYTW staff and invited guests and attend industry networking and social events.
What are the 2050 Administrative Fellowship job descriptions?
  • ARTIST WORKSHOP
    The Artist Workshop Fellow works closely with the Artistic staff, providing producing and administrative support for all artistic and workshop programming. The Fellow helps to facilitate NYTW’s readings and workshop programming; assists with the coordination of all departmental events; participates in Artistic staff meetings; organizes and reads proposals; and may attend performances on behalf of NYTW. The Fellow also assists with the coordination of NYTW’s summer residencies, which includes company management responsibilities. Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple projects at once are essential. This Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in artistic direction, artistic producing and new work development.
  • CASTING
    The Casting Fellow works directly with the Casting staff to coordinate and run auditions, and to maintain casting databases. The Fellow communicates regularly with agents, managers, and actors to arrange general auditions, EPAs, summer residency casting, and auditions for workshops and season productions. The Fellow also participates in Artistic staff meetings and attends our weekly reading series. Strong communication and organization skills are required. This Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in learning how a casting department at a leading non-for-profit theatre functions.
  • DEVELOPMENT
    The Development Fellow works directly with the Development staff to learn the ins and outs of fundraising at a non-for-profit theatre company by assisting with all facets of the department including individual giving, grant writing, and benefit and event planning. The Fellow will gain an understanding of data collection and reporting, prospect research, and cultivation strategies. Strong communication and organization skills are required. Completion of coursework in development and experience with fundraising databases are a plus. This Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in learning about day-to-day operations and strategic fundraising at a development department within an arts institution.
  • EDUCATION
    The Education Fellow works closely with the Education staff to facilitate, document and evaluate all education initiatives, including in-school classroom residencies, student matinees, student mentoring workshops, and community-based programs. The Fellow has the opportunity to participate in lesson planning activities with NYTW teaching artists and to observe, assist, and lead workshops across all programs, including NYTW’s flagship intergenerational playwriting program: Mind the Gap. The Fellow also contributes to the creation of study guide materials for our season’s productions; contributes articles to The Brief—NYTW’s online dramaturgical and educational audience resource—and attends Artistic meetings and occasional readings and developmental workshops. This Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in pursuing a career in theatre or arts education within schools, producing organizations or community-based settings.
  • EXECUTIVE
    The Executive Fellow works with the Artistic and Managing Directors to learn how a not-for-profit theatre company is run from a leadership perspective. The Fellow will become familiar with each department within NYTW through its relationship to the Directors and gain an understanding of the role of management at an ambitious not-for-profit arts institution by completing special projects both department-specific and organization-wide, attending and participating in meetings of the full staff, individual departments, and Board of Directors, and collaborating with the Executive Assistant to ensure smooth communication between the Directors and NYTW’s various constituents. Strong communication and organizational skills and discretion are required. This Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in not-for-profit arts management.
  • FINANCE/OPERATIONS
    The Finance/Operations Fellow assists the Internal Operations staff with financial reporting, receivable & payable processing, box office & development reconciliations, and day-to-day operations. The Fellow will work often in Microsoft Excel, and the financial and ticketing databases. This person will also work on special projects in the area of facilities management/operations and IT management that could include research, planning, and organizing. Candidate should be organized, independent, detail-oriented and discreet. This is an ideal fellowship for a candidate seeking a career in not-for-profit finance, operations or human resources.
  • LITERARY
    The Literary Fellow works closely with the Literary staff, engaging in dramaturgical conversations to identify work that is of interest to NYTW. Responsibilities include reading and evaluating scripts; attending readings and productions; scouting for emerging writers and writing coverage reports; researching and providing dramaturgical support for current and upcoming seasons; maintaining the script database, managing and corresponding with script readers and occasionally corresponding with artists and agents. The Fellow also attends weekly readings; and participates in Artistic staff meetings. Candidates should have a sense of NYTW’s aesthetic and a strong writing background. This Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in literary management or producing.
  • MARKETING
    The Marketing Fellow works closely with the staff to gain hands-on experience with all aspects of the Marketing department. The Fellow assists full time staff with a variety of marketing activities including the planning and execution of special events; engaging audiences through social media, online and grassroots marketing; customer service and audience support; and maintaining NYTW’s press and advertising archives. The Marketing Fellow gains experience with graphic design software, box office and ticketing platforms, and an understanding of advertising and audience development strategies for one of the country’s leading Off-Broadway theatres producing challenging and exciting work. This Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate seeking a career in marketing and communications within a performing arts organization.
  • PRODUCING
    The Producing Fellow works directly with the Producing Manager to gain relevant experience and immediately applicable skills for a career in producing or arts management, including budgeting, contract administration, payroll, and company management. The Fellow will also learn the ins and outs of communication with all major theatrical unions; attend meetings with leaders in the field; and special projects as they arise. Candidates should have strong attention to detail and a desire to learn about theatrical management. This Fellowship is ideal for an individual seeking a career in producing or arts administration.
  • PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
    The Production Management Fellows work closely with the Production staff, getting hands on experience assisting in the daily operations of a very active department. Fellows conduct research into all aspects of production, assist in the management of production and institutional budgets, help coordinate physical needs for NYTW mainstage productions as well as productions in the Fourth Street Theatre, including Next Door @ NYTW, and conduct general administrative duties within the production department. The Fellows also receive ample opportunities to interact with top designers, stage managers, and crew members, including access to production meetings and rehearsals. Candidates should be well-organized and interested in learning the day-to-day coordination of all scenic, props, lighting, costume, and sound needs for NYTW productions. There are two production positions open this season.
What makes a competitive applicant?

We’re seeking enthusiastic candidates who are underrepresented in theatre administration. We encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age and physical ability to apply. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and off stage. NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), and all qualified applications will receive consideration.

What is the application process?

All interested candidates must submit the following materials by the announced deadline:

  • Online application form
  • A personal statement addressing your unique perspective (750 word limit)
  • A résumé or CV that lists both administrative, theatre or relevant experience
  • Two letters of recommendation

After reviewing applications, NYTW will begin sending out interview invitations. Fellowship interviews will take place in mid-April only. Candidates must be available for an in-person or video-chat interview during the interview period. Fellowship decisions will be announced by late April.

Can I apply to multiple departments?

Yes, every applicant is encouraged to apply to two departments. Please be sure to indicate both in your application form and in your personal statement which two departments you wish to be considered for.

What should I address in my personal statement?

Your statement should answer the following questions:

  1. How do your personal experiences address the 2050 Fellowship goals of diversifying the field of theatre administration?
  2. What about NYTW specifically appeals to you?
  3. What specific skills can you bring to each of the departments you are applying for?

Your statement should not exceed 750 words and must be submitted along with your other supporting materials through our online application form.

Can my recommenders send their letters directly to NYTW?

All recommendations must be submitted with your online application in a single PDF. If for some reason you are unable to submit your letter online, recommenders may send their letters by email directly to adminfellowship@nytw.org as a PDF attachment. If we are missing a letter of recommendation, your application will be considered incomplete. Please make sure that your recommenders submit your materials before the application deadline.

Do I need to live in New York City to apply?

We accept applications from candidates not currently living in New York City; however, applicants must be available to travel to NYC at their own expense for the fellowship, and also must be willing and able to relocate to the NYC metro area for the duration of the fellowship. NYTW is unable to provide housing, relocation or further employment assistance.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?

Yes; however, international applicants must take full responsibility for arranging their travel, travel documents, and housing accommodations. Inquire with the U.S. Embassy or the consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence about visa application procedures. Receipt of fellowship payment is dependent upon the type of visa secured. If awarded a 2050 Administrative Fellowship, you must provide Employment Eligibility Verification as detailed on Form I-9, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in order to receive the Fellowship stipend. If you cannot provide appropriate documentation, we will be unable to offer payment.

What happens if I'm invited to interview?

Candidates will be contacted early April to schedule a fellowship interview. This interview can be completed in person or through video chat. Fellowship decisions are announced in late April.

When is the 2050 Administrative Fellowship Boot Camp?

The three-day intensive seminar takes place July 8-10, 2020 from 10am-6pm. All Fellows must complete this seminar before the start of their year-long fellowships.

How much do 2050 Administrative Fellows get paid?

At present, Fellows are paid NYC minimum wage.

Further questions?

Direct all inquiries to adminfellowship@nytw.org.