2050 Administrative Fellowships

NYTW is proud to announce the 2021/22 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 over 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, economically and artistically—now and in the future. They are a catalyst for broader questions about the direction of our field. But we’re not waiting for the year 2050 to make the change we wish to see. Instead, we’re working to reflect our evolving and beautifully diversifying society now—to ensure there’s space for those who will lead us into the future to build the skills they need now.

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 applicants will receive consideration.

The 2050 Administrative Fellowship Program is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, American Express 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 yearlong paid part-time fellowship in one field of interest including Artistic, Development, Education & Engagement, Executive, Finance & Operations, Marketing, Producing, and Production Management.
  • Work directly with the department head and their team in the respective area of focus.
  • Attend a two-day intensive seminar where you’ll be introduced to the fellowship program, meet NYTW staff, 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, meet other professionals in the field 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.

2021/22 Season Application Timeline

  • Application Deadline: May 10, 2021
  • Application Review: Mid/Late May
  • Candidate Interviews: Early/Mid June
  • Fellowship Offers: Late June
  • Fellowship Start: September 13, 2021
  • Fellowship Orientation: September 13–14, 2021
  • Fellowship Conclusion: August 2022

RSVP for a free Virtual Information Session on April 12 from 6–7:30pm EDT

APPLY NOW (Deadline: May 10 at 5pm EDT)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you offer internships?

The 2050 Administrative Fellowship has replaced our previous internship program. However, this expanded paid fellowship is similar in scope to our prior full-season internships. If you are seeking a hands-on learning experience and are available for a yearlong commitment (20-30 hrs./week), we encourage you to apply.

Will the Fellowship take place in-person or remotely this year?

Our hope is that the 2050 Administrative Fellowship will take place in-person this year starting in September. We will update candidates should our circumstances not allow for the program to proceed as planned. Note: If accepted into the program, all candidates must be available to travel to NYC at their own expense to participate in the Fellowship and must be willing and able to relocate to the NYC metro area for the duration of the program year. NYTW is unable to provide housing, relocation or further employment assistance. However, Fellows will receive a $500 monthly stipend which can be used to offset housing, living or personal professional development expenses.

What are the details of the 2050 Administrative Fellowship?

NYTW will accept up to eight 2050 Administrative Fellows this season. These fellowships will entail a yearlong commitment from September to August.

As a 2050 Administrative Fellow, you will:

  • Commit to a part-time fellowship (20-30hrs/week, Monday-Friday) in one the NYTW departments including Artistic, Development, Education & Engagement, Executive, Finance & Operations, Marketing, Producing and Production Management.
  • Work directly with the department head and their team in the respective area of focus.
  • Attend a two-day intensive orientation seminar where you will be introduced to the fellowship program, meet NYTW staff, 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, meet other professionals in the field 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?
  • ARTISTIC
    The Artistic Department Fellow will support artistic producing, literary, and casting projects to holistically work with all aspects of artistic life at NTYW. Responsibilities include reading scripts and proposals for all department programs, organizing Mondays @ 3 and other developmental workshops, including advance artist communication, day-of management, note-taking, and follow up. The Fellow will assist with production dramaturgy research and artistic production support and attend readings on behalf of NYTW. The Fellow will also assist with Artistic Department day-to-day initiatives, projects and management (such as our Open Office Hours initiative). There will be opportunities for the Fellow to observe casting processes and to attend production meetings. This fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in artistic direction, artistic producing and new work development.
  • 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 & ENGAGEMENT
    The Education Department Fellow works closely with the Education and Engagement staff to facilitate, document and evaluate all education and engagement initiatives, including in-school classroom residencies, student matinees, student mentoring workshops, masterclasses, audience engagement activities and community-based programs, including Open Mic Nights. 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 Mind the Gap—NYTW’s flagship intergenerational playwriting and devising program—and the new Youth Artistic Instigators program. The Fellow also assists in the creation of study guide materials for our season’s productions, contributes to online dramaturgical and educational resources and attends occasional readings. This fellowship is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in pursuing a career in arts education within schools, theaters, or community-based settings.
  • EXECUTIVE
    The Executive Fellow works with the Artistic Director, Managing Director, and Executive Assistant 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. The Executive Fellow assists in the planning of full staff and Board of Trustees meetings and trainings and attends these meetings as well as Board Committee and individual department meetings. The Fellow also collaborates with the Executive Assistant to ensure smooth communication between the Directors and NYTW’s various constituents, including drafting correspondence and materials for the Artistic and Executive departments. Strong communication, 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 and Operations Fellow assists the Internal Operations staff with financial reporting, including the preparation and maintenance of financial statements, accounts receivable and payable processing, box office and development reconciliations, and other day-to-day operations. The Fellow will work often in Microsoft Excel and NYTW’s financial and ticketing databases. They will also have the opportunity to explore special projects in the Finance and Operations fields, which could include start to finish objectives involving research, planning, organizing, and execution. Candidate should be organized, independent, detail-oriented, and able to handle discreet information. This is an ideal fellowship for a candidate seeking a career in not-for-profit finance, operations, or human resources.
  • MARKETING
    The Marketing Fellow works closely with the Marketing staff to gain hands-on experience and practical skills in all aspects of the Marketing department’s responsibilities. The Fellow assists full time staff with a variety of marketing activities including brainstorming and developing audience engagement strategies for social media, online and grassroots marketing; customer service experience shadowing the box office staff; member retention and cultivation campaigns; the planning and execution of special events; data analysis projects; and maintaining press and advertising archives. The Marketing Fellow frequently collaborates with other departments and Fellows to execute the branding and aesthetic of the organization for special projects. 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 or looking to gain experience in marketing, audience services, digital content creation, and data analytics 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, general management, or company management.
  • PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
    The Production Management Fellow works 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 the 199 seat mainstage theatre as well as the Fourth Street Theatre, 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.
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 applicants 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, experiences, values and goals (750 word limit)
  • A résumé or CV that lists any theatre, administrative or relevant experience
  • One letter of recommendation

After reviewing applications, NYTW will begin sending out interview invitations to select candidates. Fellowship interviews will take place in mid-June only. Candidates must be available for a video-chat interview during the interview period. Fellowship decisions will be announced by late June.

Can I apply to multiple departments?

Yes, every applicant is encouraged to apply to two departments. Please be sure to indicate both in your online 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 experiences and values align with the goals of the 2050 Fellowship to diversify 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.

What are you looking for in a recommendation letter?

Your recommendation letter should come from someone who knows you well in a professional or academic capacity. This could be a past or recent supervisor, teacher, mentor or collaborator. The letter should highlight your most important strengths and areas for growth, as well as support them with examples. Please also ask your recommender to address what attributes, in their assessment, make you the ideal candidate for the 2050 Administrative Fellowship at this stage of your career.

Can my recommenders send their letters directly to NYTW?

We prefer that all recommendations be submitted with your online application in a single PDF. If for some reason you are unable to submit your letter online, your recommender may send their letter by email directly to adminfellowship@nytw.org as a PDF attachment. If we are missing your letter of recommendation, your application will be considered incomplete. Please make sure that your recommender submits 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 program year. NYTW is unable to provide housing, relocation or further employment assistance. However, Fellows will receive a $500 monthly stipend which can be used to offset housing, living or personal professional development expenses.

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 in early June to schedule a fellowship interview. This interview will be conducted through video chat. Fellowship decisions will be announced in late June.

When is the 2050 Administrative Fellowship Orientation?

The two-day intensive seminar takes place September 13–14, 2021 from 10am-6pm. All Fellows must complete this seminar before the start of their yearlong fellowships.

How much do 2050 Administrative Fellows get paid?

At present, Fellows are paid $16.50/hr. They also receive an additional $500 monthly stipend.

Further questions?

Direct all inquiries to adminfellowship@nytw.org. At this time, we’re unable to respond to phone calls.