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Opportunities at ABT

Opportunities at ABT

As America’s National Ballet Company®, American Ballet Theatre is proud to represent the apex of performing arts, community, and dance education. Our mission is to preserve and expand the worldwide repertoire of ballet by presenting delightful performances, providing the highest quality dance education, and by incorporating programs that augment diversity and inclusion such as the ABT Women’s Movement and ABT RISE.

It takes a top-notch team of innovators, problem-solvers, and art enthusiasts to make our mission successful. That’s why we employ the best and brightest minds in the business from seasoned performing arts professionals to recent college graduates. Whether you’re looking for your first job or your next career, joining the ABT family gives you the opportunity to channel your passion, challenge convention, and most importantly, to make an impact in the global performing arts industry.

This page is continually updated with our current available positions. Take a look below to see how you can get involved today!

Jobs at ABT

Are you interested in working for a vital and thriving arts organization? American Ballet Theatre has exciting job opportunities for experienced arts professionals as well as enthusiastic first-time employees. If you’re ready to make an impact on the performing arts industry by joining an organization of global renown, search our available positions below. Remember, this page is updated as openings become available, so keep checking back.

American Ballet Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

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Audition Opportunities

Whether you have yet to put on your first pair of pointe shoes or you have been dancing for years, we invite you to take part in one of ABT’s many training programs. Click below to explore audition opportunities.

Auditions for the main Company of American Ballet Theatre are by invitation only.

ABT is not accepting main Company audition inquiries at this time.

Dancers auditioning for ABT Studio Company should ideally be between the ages of 17 and 20 years old and exhibit an advanced level of ballet training. Space in ABT Studio Company is extremely limited.

Video auditions for the 2024-2025 season are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

An in-person audition will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2024 from 3-5pm in New York City, as part of ABT’s Summer Intensive National Audition Tour.

Other than submitting a video audition or attending an open audition, auditions are by invitation only.

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Pre-Primary and Primary levels at the ABT JKO School ​require no prior dance experience. Placement in each level is based solely on student’s date of birth.

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Auditions are required for students intending to enroll in Levels 1A through 3B of the ABT JKO School. These levels are for students ages seven to twelve with previous ballet training. Upon acceptance, students will be placed into the appropriate level by the Artistic Faculty.

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Acceptance to the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is by audition only. Prospective students may audition by attending an open audition, select Summer Intensive auditions, submitting a video audition, or by attending an ABT Summer Intensive.

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Auditions are open to all students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Young Dancer Summer Workshop applicants must be between 9 and 11 years old, or 12-year-olds at the beginning pointe level.

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Auditions are open to all students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Applicants for all Summer Intensives must be at least 11 years old by their audition date and no older than 20.

Applicants over the age of 18 will be considered for the New York and Collegiate Intensives only.

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Auditions are open to all students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Collegiate Summer Intensive applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24.

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Audition and enrollment information for the ABT William J. Gillespie School is available on the ABT Gillespie School website.

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Acceptance into the program is by application and audition only. The audition is open to applicants for the NYU Master’s Program only and prospective students must have already attained an advanced level of ballet training. Audition registration is required.

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ABT Incubator, a two-week choreographic program, provides a focused lab to generate and inspire ideas for the creation of new work.

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The ABT Orchestra performs with American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Click below to find information about upcoming auditions.

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Internships

American Ballet Theatre’s Internship Program was established in Fall 2010 to provide pre-professional nonprofit work experience for university students and recent graduates. To further expand ethnic and cultural diversity in classical ballet, ABT is committed to facilitating inclusive programs through its ABT RISE initiative.

Each year, approximately 30 interns join the ABT family, where they partner with a mentor and gain valuable work experience in their areas of interest.  The program is coordinated by Naomi Gewanter and Julie Solomon.

In addition to working with their mentors, interns participate in weekly meetings that promote professional development and provide opportunities to hear from leaders within the organization. Interns may also assist with a variety of special events; gaining exposure to important figures in the arts community.

ABT’s Internship program is held in Spring, Summer and Fall semesters:

Fall 2024

September 13, 2024 – December 13, 2024
Final Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2024

Spring 2025

January 31, 2025 – May 16, 2025
Final Deadline: November 15, 2024

Future semesters will be listed as they are confirmed. Please note that all internships will require a degree of in-person availability and participation.  Please review the job descriptions carefully.

To Apply

Submit the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter specifying the internship position(s) for which you are applying
  • Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not required
  • ABT RISE Scholarship essay, if applicable

Please note that the Resume and Cover Letter are required and should be submitted in a single PDF format.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email internships@abt.org.

Internship Information Session

Curious to learn more about the ABT Internship program?  RSVP below to join ABT’s Internship Program Coordinators to hear more about the program, the application process and answer any questions you may have!

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm Eastern Time (New York)

Location: Zoom (link sent to registered participants)

To join – please RSVP via the link below!

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Available Internships - Fall 2024

Strategic Marketing Internship

Strategic Marketing Internship

Marketing

General Description:  This position is a flexible and creative role, assisting the entire Marketing department with a primary focus on Audience Development, Research, and Data Analysis. Projects and tasks include: 

  • Research performing arts landscape, evaluating pricing and marketing best practices in ballet and other arts industries; 
  • Draft copy and content for web, email, and social media; 
  • Develop reports on ticket sales data and social media analytics; 
  • Research brand partnership opportunities; 
  • Copyedit and review drafts of marketing documents; 
  • Organize marketing archival documents; 
  • Maintain and grow audience development databases; 
  • Attend weekly meetings with Marketing mentors and team to discuss ongoing projects, ask questions, and learn more about ABT; 
  • Help with day-to-day tasks and other Marketing duties as assigned 

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skillsMust be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starterThis position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies, post-graduation, and Graduate-level studentsProficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferredHybrid work environmentWeekly In-person availability required. 

Primary Reporting Responsibility:Associate Director, Sales Strategy & Customer Relationship Management

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Manager, Creative Services and Design

Internship Program Application Form
Social Media Marketing Internship

Social Media Marketing Internship

Marketing Internship

General Description: This position is a digital and social media role, assisting the Digital Marketing Coordinator with a primary focus on content creation, media production. Projects and tasks include:

  • Drafting social media content and language
  • Contributing ideas to the social media content calendar
  • Develop reports on social media analytics
  • Copyedit and review posts/language
  • Curate social media ideas for various ongoing campaigns
  • Attend weekly meetings with the full Marketing team to discuss ongoing projects, ask questions, and learn more about ABT
  • Assist with any ongoing video productions
  • Upload content and curate appropriate thumbnails
  • Participate and aid in production and editing of short and long-form content

Position Qualifications:

Looking for a creative individual to contribute fresh and unique perspectives. Must have excellent writing and communication skills. Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter. This position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies, post-graduation, and Graduate-level students. Proficiency in all social media platforms, plus the back-ends, Meta Business Suite, Google Analytics, and Adobe Suite preferred. Hybrid work environment. In-person availability required on a weekly basis.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Coordinator, Digital Marketing

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Creative Services & Design Internship

Creative Services & Design Internship

Marketing Internship

General Description:  This position focuses on graphic design and video and photo editing, contributing to the development of visual materials that showcase the beauty and artistry of ballet.

  • Assist in the creation of visually compelling designs for print and digital materials, including brochures, posters, social media graphics, advertisements, and promotional materials.
  • Support ABT’s visual identity and brand guidelines across the organization, ensuring consistency in creative materials that align with ABT’s artistic vision and marketing objectives.
  • Assist in photo and video shoots capturing high-quality images and footage to promote one of ABT’s upcoming New York City seasons.
  • Assist in editing and retouching photos to meet professional standards.
  • Liaise across internal ABT departments for coordination of creative assets requests.
  • Communicate effectively with external vendors, printers, and partners to ensure the timely production and delivery of materials.
  • Organize and catalogue ABT’s photo and video archive.

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent communication and collaboration skillsMust be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter with a strong eye for design, typography, and composition.  This position is available to those pursuing or having recently completed a degree in graphic design, visual arts, digital media, or a related field OR have experience in design and creative services. Preferred proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom and other graphic design applications, such as Canva . Preferred proficiency in social media channels including Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, etc. Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferredHybrid work environmentWeekly In-person availability required. 

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Manager of Creative Services and Design

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Engagement Internship

Engagement Internship

Education & Training

General Description: This position is responsible for assisting the entire Department of Education and Training.

  • Assist the Engagement Manager in the organization and execution of ABT’s engagement programs
  • Assist in the preparation of ABTKids and Pre-Performance Workshops
  • Manage dance shoe inventory and sales for students
  • Assist with the maintenance and update of community partnership contacts and school database
  • Organize schedules and general communication between patrons
  • Assist in archival of department audio and video
  • Oversee and maintain department filing
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal skills and work well with children.  Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  A strong dance background is recommended, as well as an interest in the administrative aspects of Family Programming.

Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Knowledge of dance and performing arts is a requirement.

Must be able to commit to a schedule of 2-3 days a week.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Engagement Manager

Internship Program Application Form
National Training Curriculum Internship

National Training Curriculum Internship

Education and Training

This position is primarily responsible for assisting the National Training Curriculum Assistant in organizing ABT’s NTC Teacher Training Sessions and assisting with ABT Student Examinations. Weekend hours are required, specifically during the following dates: May 30-June 22, and July 27-August 4.

 

  • Help organize details related to upcoming teacher trainings and examinations
  • Attend and assist in the teacher training sessions
  • Help manage NTC materials invoicing, payments and shipping
  • Research and update mailing lists for marketing
  • Oversee and maintain database and website updates
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Print ABT Certificates for teachers and students
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as attention to detail, the ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  The ideal candidate has a strong interest in learning the administrative aspects of running a training program.

Must be at least a sophomore in college. Computer literacy is expected, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Knowledge of dance and performing arts is a requirement.

Must be able to commit to at least 20 hours a week.  Academic credit can be arranged.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: National Training Curriculum Assistant

Internship Program Application Form
Finance Internship

Finance Internship

Finance

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the Finance Department

  • Assist with bank reconciliations
  • Analyze balance sheet schedules
  • Assist with journal entry preparation
  • Assist with the preparation of files needed for annual audit
  • Assist the bursar with recordkeeping for school tuition and scholarships
  • Process manual credit card payments
  • Assist the Senior Director of Finance on any other reports as requested
  • Help with day-to-day tasks and other financial duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skills. Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of dance and performing arts are helpful.

Hybrid work environment.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Controller

Internship Program Application Form
ABT JKO School Internship

ABT JKO School Internship

Education and Training

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the ABT JKO School Children’s Division faculty and are primarily scheduled in Pre-Primary and Primary Level classes, however, additional classes may be assigned as needed.  In addition to being in the studio with faculty, ABT JKO School interns will serve as administrative liaisons between faculty, students, and staff and will provide support on special projects related to the ABT JKO School throughout the school year.  The position reports to the Children’s Division Staff, with secondary reporting into the Pre-Professional Division Staff.

This position is primarily responsible for the following:

  • Taking attendance
  • Demonstrating classroom exercises
  • Keeping order in the classroom
  • Assisting in taking students to and from their classes, as well as in the transition between classes, at the JKO School
  • Assisting at Children’s Division performances and demonstrations, dates to be provided
  • Supporting the JKO School administrative staff in the management of studio space & equipment (i.e. ballet barres, pianos, A/V equipment)
  • Substitute teaching as necessary when full-time faculty is unavailable (at the discretion of the Children’s Division/Pre-Professional Directors and Artistic Director of the JKO School)
  • Creating records that track attendance and behavior and facilitating communication between artistic faculty and JKO Administrative Staff
  • Research projects associated with Education and Training programs
  • Assisting the JKO School administrative staff as needed

Interns may be nominated for a scholarship to attend an ABT National Training Curriculum Teacher Training Intensive or “Raising the Barre” Weekend Workshop to further their education and development in the classroom upon successful completion of the internship.

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal skills and work well with children.  Ideal candidate is interested in teaching ballet and the key elements of the ABT National Training Curriculum and is currently enrolled in a Dance Education ore Pre-Professional training program in the tri-state area.  Computer literacy is a must.

Applicants who are interested must be able to commit to three to five days per week for the entire academic year (September through May).  Most Children’s Division classes are in the afternoon/evening hours (4:00-8:00 PM).  Saturday mornings are also preferred.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: ABT JKO School Directors

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Press Internship

Press Internship

Press

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the Press and Public Relations Department.

  • Maintains media lists
  • Collects and distributes press clippings to staff
  • Assists in researching press kit materials and assembling press kits
  • Assists in distribution of approved photos to press
  • Greets media crews and members of the press for interviews, photo shoots, or filming, and assists as needed
  • Attends and assists at Company performances and special events
  • Proofreads press releases and other materials
  • Helps with day-to-day tasks and other Press duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skills. Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter. This position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate-level students. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Experience in Photoshop and Mailchimp (or similar email platform) a plus. Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferred. May require occasional evening and weekend hours.

Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Press Coordinator
Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Director, Press and Web Development

Internship Program Application Form
Institutional Support Internship

Institutional Support Internship

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the Institutional Support division within Development. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist Institutional Support Manager with preparing foundation, corporate, and government proposals for submission
  • Assist with drafting reports and acknowledgment letters for funders
  • Assist with preparing Institutional Support mailings
  • Assist with donor cultivation by tracking and processing ticket requests and event RSVPs
  • Help organize and maintain accurate records in Raiser’s Edge
  • Assist with researching prospective funding opportunities
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Support Development Department-wide activities, including special events, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skills.  Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  Must be at least a sophomore in college at time of application and be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus.  Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferred.

Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Institutional Relations Manager

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Major Gifts / Donor Relations Internship

Major Gifts / Donor Relations Internship

Development

General Description: This position is responsible for assisting the Major Gifts Team and Manager of Donor Relations in stewarding members of Golden Circle, Majors, and Board of Trustees. General duties include:  

  • Assist Major Gifts Associate with administrative duties and projects 
  • Conduct in-depth online research of high net-worth single-ticket buyers for cultivation and addition into ABT’s Major Donor portfolio 
  • Assist in managing portfolio of current and prospective donors, including the organization and maintenance of accurate records for files, Raisers Edge, and Playbill 
  • Support Major Gifts and Development Department-wide activities and special events in conjunction with ABT’s annual seasons at either the Metropolitan Opera House or David H. Koch Theatre on a select basis as needed 
  • Assist in processing gifts and drafting acknowledgement letters 
  • Assist in creating and processing mailings 
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials 
  • Assisting with ticket orders for ABT’s Summer and Fall New York Seasons 
  • Assist with phone calls to donors to verify and collect ticket-related information  
  • Helps organize hundreds of patron ticket orders in Excel and patron databases 
  • Maintains accurate information in database involving ticketing, ticket order fulfillment, patron reports 
  • Supports the organization and physical mailing of tickets 
  • Assists with the editing and monitoring of all ABT Playbill’s and donor crediting across multiple pieces of literature and publication 
  • Optional assistance with Met on-site Summer season, including Summer Gala, performances, Membership table 

Other duties as assigned  

Position Qualifications:  

Hybrid work environment. In-person availability required. College student or recent graduate (Bachelor’s degree preferred) with availability to commit to a schedule of 3-5 days per week. Additional nights and weekends outside of regular office hours may be required to assist with staffing cultivation events.  

The ideal candidate has enthusiastic energy, a keen attention to detail, is highly organized and self-sufficient. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Must have stellar interpersonal/customer service skills, the ability to meet strict deadlines, as well as multitask. Database experience a plus. Knowledge of and interest in ballet and the performing arts desired.  


Primary Reporting Responsibility: Major Gifts Associate
Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Manager of Donor Relations

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Membership / Special Events Internship

Membership / Special Events Internship

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting with all operational facets of the Membership and Special Events Departments and will participate in all department fundraising events and activities.  The Membership and Special Events Intern will support both departments in the following: 

Membership: 

  • Work with Membership Assistant and Coordinator to collaborate on new ways to steward donors, generate acknowledgement letters, and update membership records accordingly.  
  • Work with Assistant Manager of Special Events to assist with logistics of member events including studio visits, receptions, and special lectures.  
  • Work with Database Manager to maintain integrity of database and analyze and edit data to ensure accuracy.  
  • Work with Membership Coordinator on various ways to target specific donor groups and ensure effective workflow within the department.  
  • Supports Membership Associate with member subscriptions and ticketing, preparing, proofing, and customizing orders, data entry, database tracking, mailings, managing and reconciling expenses, and donor confirmations.   
  • Help clean and maintain Raisers’ Edge, our Donor Database.  

Special Events: 

  • Assist with mailings such as invitations, photos, acknowledgement letters, etc. 
  • Format and edit mailing labels, envelopes, invitation lists, etc. 
  • Maintain inventory of supplies (letterhead, brochures, invitations, stamps, seating charts) for Events department; responsible for ordering new materials as required 
  • Manage distribution of departmental mail; update contact information for returned mail 
  • Coordinate all departmental filings
  • Assist in designing all in-house event materials such as place cards or event signage 
  • Draft event descriptions for ABT website and update all events web pages 
  • Prospect research as assigned 
  • Produce Special Events acknowledgement letters 
  • Track RSVPs for events 
  • Serve as contact for patron event inquiries 
  • Staff all special events 
  • Other duties as assigned     

Position Qualifications:  

This position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate-level students.  Proficiency in Microsoft programs including Excel, and familiarity with databases preferred but not required. This internship will provide a great opportunity to experience how a Membership and Development Department runs in a successful non-profit organization. Students seeking academic credit are encouraged to apply.   

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Assistant Manager, Special Events and Membership Assistant  

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FAQs

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Supernumeraries

Thank you for your interest in being a Supernumerary with American Ballet Theatre. Supernumeraries also called supers” are background characters used to help create full and lively scenes during our full-length ballets.

Please see below for more information and to register for an audition.

Romeo and Juliet - Metropolitan Opera House - New York, New York

ABT Orchestra

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the ABT Orchestra. Below please find information about upcoming auditions.

Cello (1st stand)

September 11, 2024

Please click here for audition form and repertoire list.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Orchestra Personnel Manager Matt Dine at mdine@mac.com.

Audition Form