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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.

Development Assistant

Department: Development

Last Revision Date: May 2019

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

The Role

The Development Assistant will provide administrative support to the Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) and facilitate the day-to-day operations of the Development Department. They will interact heavily with Board members, administrative staff, dancers, donors and outside constituents, and act as a resource/liaison between these groups and ABT’s Development Department. The Assistant position requires a high level of professionalism, good instincts, confidentiality, positive energy, and a can-do attitude. Excellent written, interpersonal, problem-solving, and organizational skills are required.

Primary Responsibilities:

Daily Operations/Departmental tasks

  • Coordinate the Chief Philanthropy Officer’s daily calendar.
  • Manage the Development Department Master Calendar.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for general development inquiries.
  • Process, track, allocate and acknowledge contributions from Trustees.
  • Manage campaign and Board contribution reports through Raiser’s Edge.
  • Code and reconcile Chief Philanthropy Officer’s expenses, as well as departmental expenses.
  • Assist with the process of conducting prospect research and report preparation for various campaigns and special projects.
  • Assist with the creation of various sponsorship presentations.
  • Collect Department timesheets for CPO approval and delivery to Finance.
  • Assist with intern coordination.
  • Maintain Department filing system.

Board of Trustees

  • Serve as the Development liaison for the Board of Trustees.
  • Help prepare materials and coordinate logistics for Executive Committee and full board meetings.
  • Oversee operations for the Board of Trustees’ Development and Nominating Committee meetings.
  • Responsibilities include coordinating meeting dates and locations, preparing materials, taking minutes, and coordinating follow-up actions for Committee members.
  • Responsible for all written communication to Trustees including acknowledgment letters, solicitation letters, invoices, and event invitations.
  • Maintain Playbill listings, in tandem with the Patron Services Coordinator, and other crediting protocols for Trustees, Honorary Trustees, and former Trustees.
  • Work with the Executive Director’s (ED) Executive Assistant on Trustee-related needs as requested.

Special Events

  • Assist with the coordination of cultivation events including dinners, cocktail parties, backstage tours, etc.
  • Assist with the execution of member and special events.

Perform other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Extremely organized, attentive to detail, and able to manage and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent writing skills, telephone manner, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be an adept problem solver and multi-tasker.
  • Must act with discretion and respect confidentiality, in a customer service-oriented 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.
  • 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.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the performing arts is a plus.
  • Must be available to work evening and weekend hours when required.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required with 1-2 years of professional experience.
  • Previous administrative and communications experience with substantive responsibility preferred.
  • Basic technology and business skills are a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Office, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge highly desirable.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Chief Philanthropy Officer

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Development Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls or recruiters, please. We apologize in advance that we can only contact those candidates moving forward in the search.

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

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

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

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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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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

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.

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

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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


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 2019 productions:

Le Corsaire

Audition Saturday, June 1st, 5:00pm, Metropolitan Opera House


Audition Wednesday, June 5th, 6:00pm, Metropolitan Opera House

The Sleeping Beauty

Audition Saturday, June 15th, 7:00pm, Metropolitan Opera House

Click Here for Audition Requirements and Details


Click Here to Pre-Register for Auditions