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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 Movement and Project Plié.

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.

Telefunding Representative

Classification: Telefunding Representative

Department: Development/Membership

Last Revision Date: April 10, 2017

FLSA Status: Exempt

General Description:

ABT seeks part-time representatives to work with our telefundraising vendor for American Ballet Theatre’s fundraising campaign. We’re looking for reliable, articulate representatives to generate support for ABT’s membership programs.

Applicants must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Evening and weekend shifts are available. ABT offers flexible scheduling, a friendly work environment, and the opportunity to help support America’s National Ballet Company®. You’ll earn an hourly base pay plus commission.

Position Qualifications:

Telephone skills and basic computer skills are necessary. Sales or fundraising experience, knowledge of classical ballet, and/or appreciation for the arts is a plus.

Applications and Inquiries: 

Please call 929-358-7002 and leave a message with your name, phone number and why you think you’d be great at the job.

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.

Dancers

Pre-Primary and Primary levels at the ABT JKO School are open enrollment and no prior dance experience is required. 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-3 of the ABT JKO School for the 2018-2019 school year. These levels are for students ages seven to twelve with previous ballet training. All interested students must participate in the open audition class on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Pre-registration will open in Spring 2018.

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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, submitting a video audition, or by attending an ABT Summer Intensive.

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Auditions are open to all male and female 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 male and female 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 22 on June 25, 2018.

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 male and female 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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Space in ABT Studio Company is extremely limited. Open Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will take place during the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour in New York and San Francisco. Video auditions are accepted year-round.

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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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Auditions for the Main Company of American Ballet Theatre are by invitation only. To learn more, please contact us via the link below.

 

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ABT Incubator is two-week choreographic workshop, to be held October 31-November 10, 2018. Freelance choreographers seeking to audition forABT Incubator will be chosen through an application process.

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Internships at ABT

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 Project Plié 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.

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.

Applicants may apply for one of three semesters:

 

Fall

September 7, 2018 December 7, 2018
Priority Deadline: June 15, 2018
Final Deadline: July 20, 2018

Now accepting applications – see available Fall 2018 internships.

Spring

January 25, 2019 May 24, 2019
Priority Deadline: October 15, 2018
Final Deadline: November 15, 2018

Summer

May 31, 2019 – August 3, 2019
Priority Deadline: February 14, 2019
Final Deadline: March 14, 2019

 

To Apply

Submit the following documents:

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

Assemble your application, resume, and cover letter into a single PDF file and send it to internships@abt.org. You will be notified via email when your application is processed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Available Internships - Fall 2018

Development Assistant Intern

Development Assistant Intern

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the Chief Advancement Officer of the development department.

  • Support Chief Advancement Officer and Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer with administrative duties and prospective projects
  • Assist in processing gifts and drafting acknowledgement letters
  • Prepare materials and draft minutes for the Board of Trustees’ Development and Nominating Committees
  • Generate monthly expense reports and reconcile expense accounts of the Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Capital Projects
  • Help process all ticket requests and backstage tours for the Chief Advancement Officer, Trustees, Honorary Trustees, former Trustees, and other VIP guests during the performance seasons
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Support Development Department-wide activities, including special events, on a select basis
  • Research based projects about local institutions and philanthropic donors
  • Oversee and maintain department filing
  • 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 college student or recent graduate, Bachelor’s degree preferred. 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.

Must be able to commit to a schedule of 3-5 days a week.  Academic credit can be arranged.  Internship may be extended for additional months.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Chief Advancement Officer and Assistant to CAO

 

Internship Program Application Form
Major Gifts Intern

Major Gifts Intern

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the Major Gifts Team within the Development Department.

  • Assist Associate Directors of Major Gifts and Major Gifts Associate with administrative duties and projects
  • Conduct in-depth online research of high net-worth 2017 Fall Season 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 processing donor ticketing
  • Assist in creating and processing mailings
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

  • College student or recent graduate (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Knowledge of and interest in ballet and the performing arts desired
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated team player
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Exceptionally attentive to detail with refined communication skills, the ability to interact with a range of personality types, and the necessary poise when interacting with high net-worth constituents.
  • Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with fundraising database systems, such as Raisers Edge, a plus.

Must be able to commit to a schedule of 2-3 days a week. Academic credit can be arranged.  Internship may be extended for additional months.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Major Gifts Associate

 

Internship Program Application Form
Membership Intern

Membership Intern

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting with all facets of the Membership Department operations, and participates in all department fundraising events and activities.

  • 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.

Position Qualifications:

This position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate-level students.  Students must be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week. 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: Director of Membership

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Membership Coordinator and Membership Assistant

 

Internship Program Application Form
Patron Services Intern

Patron Services Intern

Development

General Description: This position is responsible for assisting the Assistant Manager, Patron Services in stewarding members of Golden Circle, Majors, and Board of Trustees. General duties include:

  • Assisting with ticket orders for ABT’s Spring and Fall New York Seasons
  • Helps organize and plan donor trips while ABT is on tour both domestically and internationally
  • Monitors and maintains various schedules and calendars
  • Supports the scheduling of backstage tours, meet and greets, and class viewings
  • Aides with planning dinners while ABT is in Season for cultivation events and benefit fulfillments
  • Maintains accurate information in database involving ticketing and Playbill recognition
  • Assists with the editing and monitoring of all ABT Playbill’s and donor crediting across multiple pieces of literature and publication
  • Supports staff with other assigned duties

Position Qualifications:

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.

Must be at least a sophomore in college. Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a fundraising database is a plus.

Availability to commit to a schedule of 4-5 days per week. Additional nights and weekends outside of regular office hours may be required to assist with staffing cultivation events. Academic credit can be arranged.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Assistant Manager, Patron Services

 

Internship Program Application Form
Special Events Intern

Special Events Intern

Development

General Description: This position is responsible for supporting the Special Events Department in all areas of event planning

  • 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 filing
  • 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:

Must be extremely organized, attentive to detail, and able to work on multiple projects and meet strict deadlines.  Must have excellent telephone manner and interpersonal skills.  Must have strong interest in non-profit industry; knowledge of dance and /or the performing arts preferred.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. Experience with Photoshop and Raisers Edge highly desired.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Manager of Special Events

 

Internship Program Application Form
ABT JKO School Intern

ABT JKO School Intern

Education and Training

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the Director of the ABT JKO School and Director of the ABT JKO School Children’s Division in special projects related to the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, including Pre-Professional Division and Children’s Division.

  • Chaperone and escort Children’s Division students to and from studios for daily classes
  • Act as secondary parent contact/ receptionist during evening hours
  • Assist ABT JKO School Assistant with ABT JKO School Boutique Inventory and Sales
  • Assist ABT JKO School Assistant in recording of student absences
  • Assist with, organize, and manage ABT Studio Company and ABT JKO School wardrobe/ costumes
  • Assist with ABT Studio Company or ABT JKO School performances and departmental events as necessary
  • Oversee and maintain department filing and form processing
  • Update ABT JKO School student profiles through Education Edge
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials for families and faculty
  • Assist in the maintenance and set-up of studios for daily classes
  • Other duties as assigned by the Directors, Coordinator and Assistant of the ABT JKO School

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal/ customer service skills and work well with children and teenagers.  Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, have ability to work well in a pressured environment and be a self-starter.  A strong dance background is a must, as well as an interest in the administrative aspects of running a school.

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

Must be able to commit to a schedule of 2-3 days a week, preferably Monday evenings until 8:00pm, and/ or Saturday mornings. Additional nights and weekends outside of schedule hours may be required. Academic credit can be arranged.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: ABT JKO School Directors

 

Internship Program Application Form
Education and Training Intern

Education and Training Intern

Education and Training

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

  • Assist Associate Director of Education and Training in the organization and execution of ABT’s outreach programs
  • Assist in the preparation of Fall Young People’s Ballet Workshop program
  • Manage dance shoe inventory and sales for students
  • Assist with the maintenance of Educational Outreach 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.  Academic credit can be arranged.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Associate Director of Education and Training

 

Internship Program Application Form
National Training Curriculum Intern

National Training Curriculum Intern

Education and Training

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the National Training Curriculum Manager in organizing ABT’s National Training Curriculum (NTC) Teacher Training Sessions, and assisting the Affiliate Exam Coordinator with Affiliate Examinations.

  • Help organize details related to upcoming teacher trainings and examinations
  • Attend and assist in the teacher trainings
  • Help manage NTC boutique sales
  • Research and update mailing lists for marketing
  • Oversee and maintain department filing
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Assist National Training Curriculum Manager and Affiliate Exam Coordinator as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal skills.  Must be organized, have attention to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  A strong dance background is a must, as well as an interest in the Administrative aspects of running a training program.

Must be at least a sophomore in college. 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.  Academic credit can be arranged.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: National Training Curriculum Manager

 

Internship Program Application Form
Executive Office Intern

Executive Office Intern

Executive Office

General Description: This position is responsible for assisting the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. This intern will be exposed to all facets of the organization through this unique internship and have the opportunity to collaborate with many departments.

Tasks may include:

  • Organizing and preparing research for internal and external meetings
  • Planning and coordinating staff events and large meetings
  • Assisting with managing event invitations and RSVPs
  • Assisting with VIP hospitality for performance seasons
  • Liaising with various departments to ensure smooth guest experience
  • Assisting with greeting ED’s VIP guests at events and performances
  • Assisting the Executive Assistant with managing administrative tasks for the Executive Office
  • Managing calendars and arranging meetings
  • Making travel arrangements and restaurant reservations
  • Organizing contact information/details
  • Ordering office supplies
  • Completing expense reports
  • Maintaining databases and filing systems
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director and Executive Assistant

Position Qualifications:

You must be eager to work in a fast-paced environment, handle confidential information with exceptional care and discretion, have excellent interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude. This candidate must be flexible, very organized, and detail-oriented. You must be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and be solution-oriented. The ideal candidate is sunny, positive and has a sense of humor!

Computer Literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Executive Assistant

 

Internship Program Application Form
Stategic Initiatives Intern

Strategic Initiatives Intern

Executive Office

General Description:

This position is primarily responsible for assisting with the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Executive Office.

  • Work with the Director of Strategic Initiatives on different strategic projects across ABT
  • Projects may include strategic planning, process enhancement, industry research, new business development and special projects as they arise
  • Organize communications and cross-collaboration across departments
  • Assist in preparing for meetings
  • Various administrative duties and other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

This position is available to Undergraduate or Graduate-level students, MBA or Masters preferred, and students in at least their Senior-level year of Undergraduate Studies.  Students must be available for a minimum of 15-20 hours per week (flexible).   Proficiency in Microsoft programs including Excel, Word and PowerPoint as well as a basic knowledge of research, financial modeling, business and/or strategy is preferred.  Must have excellent writing and communication skills.  Must be organized and attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  Knowledge of dance and performing arts industry preferred.  Students seeking academic credit are encouraged to apply.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director of Strategic Initiatives

 

Internship Program Application Form
Marketing Intern

Marketing Intern

Marketing

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting in Social Media and Box Office Strategy in the Marketing Department

  • Drafts social media content
  • Contributes ideas to the social media content calendar
  • Develops reports on social media analytics
  • Researches brand partnership opportunities
  • Assembles and analyzes box offices sales reports to help prepare marketing strategies and objectives
  • Organizes marketing reports and archival documents
  • Researches competitive landscape by identifying and evaluating pricing and marketing best practices in Ballet and other comparable industries
  • Maintains research databases
  • Assists in monitoring season earned revenue budgets by comparing and analyzing actual results with projects and goals
  • Participates in creation of a dynamic pricing algorithm for season performances at Met Opera House
  • Help with day-to-day tasks and other Marketing 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. Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferred.

Primary Reporting Responsibility:                   Marketing Manager, Box Office Strategy and CRM

Secondary Reporting Responsibility:              Associate Director, Brand Partnerships and Social Media

 

Internship Program Application Form

Volunteer Opportunities

It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to efficiently run an organization like American Ballet Theatre. That’s why ABT gratefully welcomes volunteer assistance in its administrative offices. Duties include preparing mailings, making photocopies, filing, and other light office work.

If you are interested in volunteering for ABT, please fill out a volunteer application.

Volunteer application

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.

We are currently looking for supers for the following Spring 2018 productions at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, NY:

Don Quixote

Audition Thursday, June 21st, 5:30pm, Metropolitan Opera House

Whipped Cream

Audition Saturday, June 23rd, 5:00pm, Metropolitan Opera House

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We are currently looking for supers for the following Spring 2018 production at the Los Angeles Music Center in LA, CA:

La Bayadere

Audition Tuesday, July 10, 6:00-9:00pm, LA Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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Click Here to Pre-Register for the LA Audition