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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.

Assistant Manager, Special Events and Junior Council Program

Department: Development

Last Revision: September 11, 2018

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

The Role

The Assistant Manager, Special Events and Junior Council Program, in close collaboration with the Manager of Special Events, will manage all aspects of ABT’s membership events (50+ events per year) and oversee the Junior Council Program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plans, executes, and oversees all ABT membership events, including dress rehearsals, studio visits, spotlight seminars, sneak peeks, Company class viewings, pre- and post- performance receptions, corporate entertainment events, Junior Council focused events and gatherings, and additional events as needed.
  • Maintains and manages the membership events budget.
  • Provides qualitative and quantitative post-event analyses.
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the Artistic/Production and Development departments on matters involving dancer participation, backstage tours/venue use, and class/rehearsal viewings.
  • Oversees ABT’s Junior Council Program targeted events.
  • In close collaboration with the Manager of Special Events, works closely with the Junior Council Executive Committee and the Golden Circle Council to develop, cultivate, and enhance these membership groups through two major annual fundraising events – Junior Turnout and the Golden Circle Luncheon.
  • Assists the Manager of Special Events with the planning and execution of ABT’s Spring Gala, Fall Gala, Holiday Benefit, and ABT Kids.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-4 years of professional special events/fundraising experience is required.
  • Must be extremely organized, attentive to detail, able to multi-task, and meet strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must work collaboratively with all Development department colleagues and other administrative staff working collegially across departments and across the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively with a streamlined staff and resources.
  • Low-ego, hands on, results-driven leadership style with down-to-earth, collaborative, “roll-up-your-sleeves” personality.Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Raiser’s Edge is required.
  • Must be willing to work evening and weekend hours. Travel is required.
  • Strong work ethic strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of New York philanthropic circles is a plus.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Manager of Special Events

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to jobs@abt.org. Include in the subject line “Assistant Manager, Special Events and Junior Council Program.” No phone calls, please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

American Ballet Theatre offers medical, dental, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to ABT performances and events, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

American Ballet Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status.

Technical Support Specialist

Classification: Technical Support Specialist

Department: Information Technology

Last Revision: August 28, 2018

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

The Role

The Technical Support Specialist will report to ABT’s Chief Financial Officer, who oversees the Information Technology function at ABT, and will serve as an important member of the Technology team. This full-time, salaried position is responsible for providing efficient and effective technical assistance for the ABT staff, as well as partnering with contract support vendors to ensure the maintenance and stability of the IT environment. The Technical Support Specialist must have strong technical knowledge and be able to communicate effectively to understand problems and explain solutions. This includes offering a customer-oriented, proactive approach to technical problem-solving.

This role requires an individual who is a team player, willing to learn, share new ideas and accept new challenges and tasks. Ideal candidates are individuals with several years of experience in a technology support role as well as an interest in the nonprofit sector and the performing arts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide high-quality technical support to all users within the organization.
  • Act as a key point of contact with contracted support vendors.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of organizational business requirements and priorities to deliver high-quality service and effective solutions.
  • Collaborate with departmental IT counterparts to proactively maintain and integrate internal and third-party business applications.
  • Manage time effectively to balance support requests and project-based improvement initiatives.
  • Maintain and create technical documentation in support of related systems and processes as needed.
  • Provide regular status reports to management.
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Position Qualifications:

  • Experience with networking, client-server environments, Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, Azure.
  • Strong technical skills and experience on a variety of computing platforms including Mac and PC.
  • Proficiency with the maintenance and support of the Microsoft Office 365 SuiteSolid understanding of computer systems, common productivity software, mobile devices, WiFi, printers, and other technology.
  • Experience with PBX systems preferred but not required.
  • Strong technical problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to pay acute attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as contribute as a strong team player.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Chief Financial Officer

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to jobs@abt.org. Include in the subject line “Technical Support Specialist.” No phone calls, please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

American Ballet Theatre offers medical, dental, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to ABT performances and events, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

American Ballet Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status.

Telefunding Representative

Classification: Telefunding Representative

Department: Development/Membership

Last Revision Date: April 10, 2017

FLSA Status: Exempt

The Role

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. We offer 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

To Apply: 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. There are currently no further open auditions scheduled for the Children’s Division for the 2018-2019 school year. Please check back for updates regarding spring 2019 auditions.

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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 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 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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To audition for ABT Studio Company’s 2019-2020 season, you must be between the ages of 16 and 20 years old by September 1, 2019 and have reached an advanced level of ballet training.

Open Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will take place during the ABT Summer Intensive National Audition Tour in early 2019. Video auditions are accepted on a rolling basis starting on September 1, 2018. Space in ABT Studio Company is extremely limited.

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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

Final Deadline has passed. We are currently only accepting applications for the new ABT JKO School Studio Internship (posted 7/25/18)

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

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

ABT JKO School Studio Internship

American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
Children’s Division Studio Management Internship

Education & Training

General Description: The ABT JKO School Children’s Division is a ballet program for children ages 3-12 that promotes discipline and creativity while encouraging each child to reach his or her highest potential. Classes focus on building a solid foundation in ballet technique with an emphasis on proper placement and safe progressions of movement while remaining sensitive to the developmental needs of younger dancers.

Children’s Division Studio Management Interns are primarily placed in Pre-Primary and Primary Level classes to assist faculty, however, additional classes may be assigned as needed.  The position primarily reports to the Director of Children’s Division and the Coordinator of the ABT JKO School.

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 Director and Artistic Director of the JKO School); and
  • Assisting the JKO School administrative staff as needed. 

Interns may be nominated for a scholarship to attend a 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.

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). Academic credit can be arranged.

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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.

There are no upcoming super audition opportunities at this time. Please check back soon.