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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’s Movement and ABT RISE.

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.

ABT JKO School Accompanist

Department:                Education and Training

Last Revision:             December 2019

FLSA Status:                Non-Exempt

The Role

The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is seeking experienced accompanists (pianists and drummers) to join its team to provide services for the year-round school (September-May) and the NYC-satellites of the ABT Summer Intensive, Collegiate Summer Intensive, and the Young Dancer Summer Workshop (June-August).  This is a part-time position primarily serving the ABT JKO School at the ABT 890 Broadway Studios, although master classes, workshops, and other events may become available in the schedule and may take place at other locations.

The successful candidate will be energetic, musical, experienced, flexible and have the skills necessary to interact productively and collegially with a wide variety of individuals such as teachers, students, artists, administrators, and ABT leadership.  Accompanists experienced in playing for classes from the Pre-Primary (age 3) level through the Pre-Professional training level, including variations, modern, and character classes are invited to submit their materials.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide accompaniment during ABT JKO School classes throughout the school year with the possibility of taking advantage of opportunities to provide accompaniment for other ABT education and outreach programs.
  • Attend Faculty and Accompanist professional development sessions as well as any relevant planning meetings as scheduled by the ABT JKO School and ABT Education Staff.
  • Work closely and communicate with Education Staff and collaborating faculty to coordinate final performance rehearsals and showings, when necessary.
  • Work alongside and in concert with the Education Staff and Faculty to help provide a high level training experience to all students attending ABT programs.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Proven ability to play for all levels (age and technical) including Primary-age students (3-7), elementary and middle school age (8-12), and Pre-Professional dancer (12-18) in a variety of classes including ballet technique, pointe/variations and men’s class, pas de deux, character class, modern, and repertoire.
  • Strong commitment to playing and a demonstrated interest in the field of arts education.
  • Knowledge of ABT’s classical repertoire and classical ballet.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to engage and work effectively with diverse youth and adult populations.
  • Afternoon and evening hours (through 7:30 PM) during the work-week with additional Saturday hours during the academic year required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Directors of the ABT JKO School Pre-Professional and Children’s Divisions, respectively

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Associate Director of Education and Training

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and a references to [email protected] include in the subject line “ABT JKO School Accompanist.” Optional: portfolios or other samples of professional materials.  No phone calls or recruiters, please.  We apologize in advance that we can only contact those candidates moving forward in the search.

Note: All employees will be subject to a background check. If you have already been fingerprinted through the DOE, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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.

Teaching Artist

Department:                Education and Training

Last Revision:             July 2019

FLSA Status:                Non-Exempt

The Role

Teaching Artists primarily serve the ABT at School residency programs within the five boroughs of New York City. This part-time position will facilitate school residency programs through the facilitation of short-term and long-term ballet programs designed to guide student experiences at ABT performances and cultivate engagement with the art form of ballet.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Engage students in the seven movements of classical ballet and classical vocabulary.
  • Create age appropriate lesson plans in line with ABT’s education mission.
  • Follow program guidelines as designated by the Artistic Coordinator for Educational Outreach.
  • Design movement exercises which foster critical thinking literacy and facilitate exploration and creation.
  • Attend Teaching Artist professional development sessions and any relevant planning meetings.
  • Complete administrative duties including the submission of evaluations, schedules, etc.
  • Work closely and communicate with ABT Education department staff and partnering school teachers/personnel to coordinate aspects of presentations, schedules and rehearsal periods.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Strong commitment to teaching and a demonstrated interest in the field of arts education.
  • Proven ability to interact clearly and effectively with a diverse youth population.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout NYC’s five boroughs.

Experience

  • Relevant teaching experience in artist-in-school programs, ballet studios, public schools or similar community-based programs (Relevant teaching in NYC public schools is preferred).
  • Experience teaching with diverse populations, i.e., early childhood, special needs, participants with disabilities, and multilingual learners is a plus.
  • Awareness of social issues affecting NYC youth; background in social justice work is a plus.

Personal Qualities

  • Collaborative team player – energetic, enthusiastic, positive, and personable.
  • Extremely organized, attentive to detail, and able to manage and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Education/Training

  • Knowledge of classical ballet; dance degree preferred or equivalent professional dance training/experience.
  • Familiarity with the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Dance, and the New York State Arts Standards.
  • Knowledge of ABT’s classical repertoire is a plus.
  • Ability to teach in Spanish, Mandarin, and/or other languages is a plus.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Associate Director of Education and Training

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Artistic Coordinator for Educational Outreach

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references through August 2019 to Amanda Tomera, Education Associate, [email protected]. Optional materials: Samples of professional and teaching materials. No phone calls or recruiters, please. We apologize in advance that we can only contact those candidates moving forward in the search.

Note: All Teaching Artists will undergo fingerprinting with the NYC DOE. If you have already been fingerprinted, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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

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 ​require no prior dance experience. 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 through 3B of the ABT JKO School. These levels are for students ages seven to twelve with previous ballet training. Upon acceptance, students will be placed into the appropriate level by the Artistic Faculty.

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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, select Summer Intensive auditions, 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 2021-2022 season, you must be between the ages of 16 and 20 years old on September 1, 2021 and have reached an advanced level of ballet training.

Video auditions are accepted on a rolling basis starting on September 1, 2020. 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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ABT Incubator, a two-week choreographic program, provides a focused lab to generate and inspire ideas for the creation of new work.

 

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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 ABT RISE 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 28, 2021 – August 6, 2021
Priority Deadline: February 12, 2021
Final Deadline: March 12, 2021

*Please note that summer 2021 internships may be held virtually. 

Fall

September 10, 2021 – December 10, 2021
Priority Deadline: June 18, 2021
Final Deadline: July 23, 2021

Spring

January 21, 2022 May 20, 2022
Priority Deadline: October 14, 2021
Final Deadline: November 16, 2021

 

To Apply

Submit the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • ABT RISE 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 2021

Thank you for your interest in American Ballet Theatre’s internship program. The application deadline for Summer 2021 has passed. For those that have already applied, ABT is currently in the process of scheduling interviews.

Available internships for Fall 2021 will be posted in May.

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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 currently no supernumerary opportunities available. Please check back soon for upcoming auditions.