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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.

New York Summer Intensive Counselor

Department: Education and Training

Last Revision: March 2019

FLSA Status: Exempt

The Role

The Summer Intensive Counselor will assist with all aspects of American Ballet Theatre’s New York City Summer Intensive Program from June 24 – July 26, 2019.  This position works closely with the Summer Intensive Director, faculty, students, and ABT administrative staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with a group of 30-35 students attending the New York Summer Intensive to monitor behavior, attendance, and general well-being of the students.
  • Assist staff with planning and daily activities (e.g. scheduling, faculty changes, rehearsals, studio showings, data entry, daily attendance, health of students, etc.)
  • Communicate with parents, students, and faculty regarding schedules, attendance, and final performance information.
  • Act as an on-site chaperone to report any physical or psychological issues or problems that arise with the student body.
  • Monitor dancers’ conduct and behavior and report any problems or concerns to the Summer Intensive Manager.
  • Chaperone students on the subway to the ABT Summer Intensive final performance.
  • Work closely with Production staff to ensure a smooth dress rehearsal and final performance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • College dance and arts administration student.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with artists.
  • Experience interacting with students and parents.
  • Ability to manage multiple activities in a pressured environment.
  • Must be at least 19 years of age and at least a sophomore in college.
  • Knowledge of dance and performing arts is a requirement.
  • Due to a high percentage of international students, proficiency in multiple languages is a plus.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Summer Intensive Manager

Compensation: Honorarium of $200 per/week. Counselors may also participate in ballet technique class with their assigned group when other responsibilities do not interfere. Housing and travel are not provided.

To Apply: Please send application and resume to Elizabeth Aymong at [email protected] or to American Ballet Theatre, 890 Broadway, 3rd Floor, 10003, Attn: Elizabeth Aymong no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

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.

Disclaimer

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.

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California Summer Intensive Counselor

Department: Education and Training

Last Revision: March 2019

FLSA Status: Exempt

The Role

American Ballet Theatre is seeking resident counselors, males and females, for the Orange County Summer Intensive Program. Counselors will reside on the University of California, Irvine campus and supervise young male and female dancers ages 12-18 from July 22 – August 9, 2019. Counselors will be on duty for the entire duration of the program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Enforce dormitory rules and curfews.
  • Plan and organize dorm activities (e.g. movie and game nights).
  • Accompany students to and from the studios, cafeteria, and off-site weekend trips.
  • Assist in the Summer Intensive office (e.g. posting weekly schedules; escorting students to medical appointments; making arrangements for the final performance).
  • Maintain a positive and supportive environment for ABT students.
  • Communicate with parents, students, and faculty regarding schedules, student attendance, and final performance information.
  • Act as an on-site chaperone to report any physical or psychological issues or problems that arise within the student body.
  • Monitor dancers’ conduct and behavior and report any problems or concerns to the Summer Intensive Office.
  • Work closely with Production staff to ensure a smooth dress rehearsal and final performance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated college student, recent college graduate, or equivalent.
  • Previous chaperone and counselor experience and/or work with teenagers, dancers, or education programs are preferred.
  • Due to a high percentage of international students, proficiency in multiple language is a plus.
  • Must have completed at least one year of college.
  • Must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Counselors must reside on the University of California, Irvine campus for the duration of the position from Saturday, July 20, 2019 to Saturday, August 10, 2019.
  • Counselors must provide their own means of transportation to and from Irvine.
  • Counselors are expected to be on duty at all times, and there will be limited off time available.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Summer Intensive Director

Compensation: Counselors will receive room and board consisting of a single room, three meals a day, and a salary of $1,200.

To Apply: Please send application and resume to Elizabeth Aymong at [email protected] or to American Ballet Theatre, 890 Broadway, 3rd Floor, 10003, Attn: Elizabeth Aymong no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.

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.

Disclaimer

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.

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Executive Assistant

Department: Office of the Executive Director

Last Revision: January 2019

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

The Role

The Executive Assistant will provide administrative support to ABT’s Executive Director (ED). The person in this role will interact with Board members, administrative staff, dancers, donors and outside constituents, and act as a resource/liaison between these groups and ABT’s ED. The Executive Assistant position requires a high level of professionalism, good instincts, positive energy, and a can-do attitude. Due to the frequency of internal and external communication, the position also requires discretion with confidential information. Excellent written, interpersonal, problem-solving and organizational skills are required. Success will depend on the ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment.

Primary Responsibilities:

Daily Operations:

  • Manage the ED’s complex calendar of activities: schedule appointments, process correspondence, and arrange agendas and travel itineraries.
  • Answer all phone calls and prioritize communications for ED.
  • Act as a liaison for ED with staff, dancers, donors, and external parties.
  • Provide Executive Office administrative support: complete expense reports, maintain and organize digital and physical files, and maintain office supply inventory.
  • Assemble research and background materials in preparation for meetings and events.
  • Ensure effective and efficient daily operations and meeting arrangements and creatively problem-solve any challenges that arise.

Special Events:

  • Manage ED preparations for Gala and other special events: invitations and follow-up, guest bios, event schedule, and welcoming guests.

Internal Events:

  • Schedule and manage logistics for all-staff meetings, bi-annual retreats, and cross- departmental meetings.

Hospitality:

  • Coordinate tickets and behind-the-scenes experiences for ED’s guests at ABT performances, events, and studio visits.
  • Maintain records of current and future guest entertaining.

Correspondence:

  • Compose and prepare correspondence, polished materials, presentations, and ED meeting follow-up.

Board of Trustees Communication:

  • Serve as a primary contact for members of ABT’s Board of Governing Trustees.
  • Organize and manage logistics for various committee meetings.

Intern Management:

  • Hire and manage 1-2 interns per season with various office and hospitality responsibilities.

Executive Director’s Social Media:

  • Assist ED with maintaining an effective social media presence to promote ABT including preparing regular social media posts.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

Personal Qualities:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Collaborative team player – energetic, enthusiastic, positive and personable – with the ability to build relationships with stakeholders including staff, Board Members and their assistants, ED contacts, external partners and donors.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong writing skills with excellent grammar.
  • Must have tact, integrity, and exceptional judgment in complex situations.
  • Proven ability to interact clearly and effectively with a broad range of people.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion and diplomacy is critical.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the performing arts is a plus.

Experience:

  • Previous administrative and communications experience with substantive responsibility preferred.
  • Basic technology and business skills a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Office, and Adobe Acrobat.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Executive Director

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to [email protected]. Include in the subject line “Executive Assistant.” 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.

Disclaimer

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

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:

 

Summer

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

Fall

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

Spring

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

Thank you for your interest in American Ballet Theatre’s internship program. The application deadline for Summer 2019 has passed. For those that have already applied, ABT is currently in the process of scheduling interviews.

Available internships for Fall 2019 will be posted in April.

Contact Us

For additional information about the ABT internship program, please contact the Internship Coordinator.

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FAQs

To view our most frequently asked questions about the ABT internship program, please click below.

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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.