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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.

Senior Director of Philanthropy

Department: Development

Last Revision: December 14, 2018

FLSA Status: Exempt

The Role

The Senior Director of Philanthropy will be a member of the institution’s senior staff and leadership team. The individual in this role will collaborate with the Executive Director, Board of Governing Trustees, colleagues in the Development Department and across the organization to develop and implement an ambitious and innovative plan to expand ABT’s base of support (approximately $21 million in contributed income for FY2018) to enable the Company to achieve its financial, cultural and educational objectives.

In addition, the Senior Director of Philanthropy will play a key strategic and leadership role in the planning and oversight of an anticipated $150 million capital/endowment campaign linked to a potential relocation or renovation of facilities and a much needed increase of the endowment fund. ABT’s 80th anniversary in 2020 provides a springboard for strategic and philanthropic outreach to existing and new prospective supporters.

In this leadership role, the Senior Director of Philanthropy will be expected to be a collaborative colleague, a thought partner for the Executive Director in addressing institutional challenges, opportunities and priorities, and a leader and mentor for the Development team.

The Senior Director of Philanthropy reports to the Executive Director, Kara Barnett, and also works closely with the Artistic Director, Chair, President, and committee leadership of the Board of Trustees. The current Development team is comprised of 13 individuals who seek contributed annual funds via four major fundraising areas: Major Gifts, Membership, Institutional Support and Special Events.

Specific responsibilities include:


  • Work with the Executive Director, Trustees and staff leadership to build and execute a comprehensive and compelling strategy to expand philanthropic and external support, both domestically and internationally, and create a thriving, sustainable culture of philanthropy in support of ABT’s programming and operations.
  • Develop strong relationships with ABT’s senior leadership team and across the Company that foster institution-wide initiatives.
  • Track, anticipate, respond to and institute appropriate trends and best practices in philanthropy.
  • Serve as an active, contributing member of the senior management team to help steward the institution’s resources. Serve as an advocate for philanthropy at all levels of the Company—help engage and educate the entire organization, from artistic and education team to board and staff at all levels about fundraising priorities and opportunities.


  • Direct, expand, institute and implement all aspects of ABT’s philanthropic activities, including Board recruitment and retention, major gift cultivation and stewardship, individual annual giving, membership, corporate giving and sponsorships, foundation and government grants and digital philanthropy.
  • Lead and motivate a team to identify new prospects and deepen relationships with the existing donor base.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage ABT’s uniqueness and expand its traditional base of philanthropic support, employing both traditional and emerging tactics that include digital and social fundraising campaigns and legacy giving.
  • Identify new prospective donors and create an engagement plan to cultivate and solicit their financial support.
  • Identify, manage, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of major gift prospects. Expand the pool of national and global donors.
  • Play a strategic role in the development and implementation of a major comprehensive campaign with capital, programmatic and endowment components. Educate and engage the entire ABT community in propelling a successful campaign.
  • Collaborate with marketing, press and special events colleagues to enhance institutional communications and build the brand profile for America’s National Ballet Company. Manage and oversee the planning and execution of all special events, including event participants and honorees, budgets, revenues, sponsors, invitations and materials.

Board Relations:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Chairman, and President to maintain positive and proactive relationships with ABT’s trustees.
  • Collaborate with ABT’s various board committees (especially Development, Nominating, and Finance) to recruit and cultivate members, structure and manage activities, lead meetings and present reports.


  • Train, inspire, guide and provide leadership for the Development department staff, creating short-term and long-range plans to meet goal-oriented outcomes;
  • Assess, support and motivate the Development team—encourage professional development and serve as a mentor.
  • Set clear, ambitious performance goals for individual team members and the group as a whole.
  • Ensure that ABT is positioned to support aspirational fundraising efforts through “best-in-class” solicitation processes, events, marketing communications, and information and data-driven decision making.
  • Collaborate with the CFO to develop budgets, track revenue, and manage expenses.
  • Ensure that digital and database systems are meticulously managed and updated for prospect tracking, research, acknowledgement and stewardship.
  • Conduct weekly team meetings to assess progress and lead regular cross-departmental meetings with colleagues.



  • 10+ years of demonstrated success in development/philanthropy leadership preferably in a major cultural, academic or not-for-profit organization.
  • A track record of success as a front-line major gifts solicitor and as a manager of high-functioning teams.
  • Successful campaign planning and leadership experience.
  • Experience interacting with potential major donors, working with them to create tailored engagement strategies and sustainable relationships that support institutional initiatives and long- range planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships, motivate and work effectively with board members, colleagues, donors and volunteers.
  • Successful leadership of multi-disciplinary, high-performing teams, including experience setting strategic direction, establishing goals and measuring performance.
  • Experience leveraging innovative technology, including digital and social media; Technologically savvy and comfortable with big data.
  • Track record of raising funds nationally and internationally and cultivating a global network beyond New York City.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management and follow-up skills.
  • Awareness of innovations and new trends in philanthropy, and willingness to implement best practices.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • A commitment to benchmarking, transparency and accountability.
  • Able to strategically integrate the issues and needs of multiple constituencies, aligning individuals and groups to serve ABT’s mission.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to try new approaches.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Personal Qualities:

  • A good listener and effective communicator.
  • Emotional intelligence and discretion.
  • Exceptional judgment and unquestioned integrity.
  • A high Emotional Quotient (EQ) relationship-manager at all levels.
  • A quick-thinker who is politically astute.
  • Detail oriented with an understanding and appreciation for the importance of time spent in research and planning.
  • A team-oriented, collaborative Managing people is crucial to the success of this role. Ability and desire to mentor, provide inspirational leadership, build strong teams, and to work cross-departmentally to achieve results are essential.
  • High energy; “can-do, will do” ‘’roll up your sleeves’’ spirit.
  • A healthy sense of humor, abundant optimism, and resilience.
  • Affinity for the ABT mission and an appreciation of the performing arts.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree in arts administration or business is preferred

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Executive Director

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to [email protected]. Include in the subject line “Senior Director of Philanthropy.” 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.


The job description above is intended to set forth the general nature of the work that will be expected of the person who takes on this role. The job description is not, however, meant to be construed as an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities required for this role.  From time to time, all personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities as needed.

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.


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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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:



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


September 6, 2019  December 6, 2019
Priority Deadline: June 14, 2019
Final Deadline: July 19, 2019


January 24, 2020 May 22, 2020
Priority Deadline: October 15, 2019
Final Deadline: November 15, 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 [email protected]. You will be notified via email when your application is processed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Available Internships - Summer 2019

Major Gifts Intern

Major Gifts Intern


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 project
  • Conduct in-depth online research of high net-worth 2018 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

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Associate Director of Major Gift

Internship Program Application Form
Membership Intern

Membership Intern


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


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: Patron Services Coordinator


Internship Program Application Form
Special Events Intern

Special Events Intern


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 Training Programs Intern

ABT Training Programs Intern

Education and Training

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

  • Assist with, organize, and manage ABT Studio Company and JKO School wardrobe/ costumes
  • Update 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 drafting of contracts for faculty and accompanists
  • Assist in preparations for the start of the new school year including, but not limited to: locker reassignments, creation of student files, creation and updating of ABT JKO School handbooks and forms, and process incoming enrollment paperwork
  • Research projects associated with Education and Training programs
  • Assist with departmental events and filing as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by the Directors of the 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.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: ABT JKO School Director



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: Director of Training Programs


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
Marketing Intern

Marketing Intern


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
Finance Intern

Finance Intern


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

  •   Assist with bank reconciliations
  • Analyze balance sheet schedules
  • Assist with the preparation of files needed for the annual audit
  • Assist the bursar with record keeping 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.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Senior Director of Finance

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: TBD

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


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.