PROTOTYPE is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.


PROTOTYPE Festival Internship – January 2024

PROTOTYPE: Opera|Theatre|Now, the annual Festival of global opera-theatre and music-theatre works
co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Arts Center, is seeking paid interns to assist with all
areas of this world-renowned festival. Reporting to PROTOTYPE’s Associate Producer, Interns will
support the Festival’s artistic and administrative operations while gaining valuable experience in
producing and arts administration.
The internship will run January 2 – 21, 2024, with the potential opportunity for some hours in December.

Core Responsibilities:
The PROTOTYPE Interns will be assigned to one, or a combination of, the following teams:
Producing/Company Management, Production, Marketing, Development, or Touring. Duties range from
being present at technical rehearsals, theater load-ins and strikes, house and company management / artist relations responsibilities, cultivation event planning and execution, and includes show – specific ASM duties as needed. Interns will also assist with office and festival administration duties, such as running errands, and generating or updating paperwork, receipt management, etc. A large part of the internship involves interfacing with the public and acting in front of house roles such as box office, ushering, etc. Interns must be comfortable interacting with artists, audiences, producers, and
Interns will work with one or more of the following departments.

  • Producing/Company Management/General Management Intern:
    o Support the festival Producing team by building out daily festival schedules and helping
    with administrative tasks as needed.
    o As needed, be present for tasks at rehearsals, theater load-ins, and strikes.
    o Help Company Manger prepare artist welcome packets and opening night gifts.
    o Support the box office and usher on show nights.
  • Production Intern:
    o Be present for tasks as needed at rehearsals, theater load-ins, and strikes.
    o Support the box office and usher on show nights.
    o Support the crew during productions.
    o This is a great role for aspiring stage managers, designers, technicians, or anyone
    wanting hands-on production experience in the rehearsal room.
  • Marketing Intern:
    o Support in the creation of social media posts and copy.
    o Help capture behind-the-scenes content.
    o Knowledge of Photoshop a plus, knowledge of Canva required.
    o This role will likely overlap with Producing/Company Management responsibilities, but if
    you have a special interest in Marketing, we would love to know!
  • Development/Fundraising Intern:
    o Support the Development Department with administrative tasks as needed and learn
    the inner workings of charitable giving.
    o Greet donors and assist with donor ticket pickup at the box office.
    o Help plan for and set up any donor events, and provide support as needed throughout the event.
    o This role will likely overlap with Producing/Company Management responsibilities, but if you have a special interest in Development/Funding raising, we would love to know!
  • Touring Intern:
    o Many PROTOTYPE shows go on to tour around the world! PROTOTYPE overlaps with two
    conferences (APAP and ISPA) where arts presenters from around the world gather to
    learn more about shows they can bring back to their home venues. This intern would
    support the Director of Touring on conference days.
    o Draft daily conference schedule for Director of Touring.
    o Attend Presenter Meetings and take notes.
    o This role will likely overlap with Producing/Company Management responsibilities, but if
    you have a special interest in Touring, we would love to know!

With six events taking place in six different venues, this paid internship offers a great opportunity for
hands-on experience in all areas of performing arts production and management. The intern experience
is tailored to suit an individual’s interests and strengths based on availability and experience.

The PROTOTYPE internship is designed for current college or graduate students, recent graduates, and
early-career professionals. To succeed in the role, the following basic core competencies are expected:
● Background in performing arts: Experience with live performance (as a performer, artist, or
administrator) in an academic, amateur, or professional setting
● Interest in arts administration: The desire to learn more about the various functions that
contribute to a prominent performing arts festival.
● Positive, professional attitude: A “no task is too small” attitude; the ability to interface with the
public in a way that reflects positively on PROTOTYPE.
● Organizational skills: The ability to keep track of multiple details, responsibilities, and
● Project Coordination Skills: The ability to see a task through from start to finish and manage
time effectively.
While not required or expected, the following skills would be an asset for PROTOTYPE interns:
● An Interest or background in opera, contemporary classical music, or experimental music-
● Experience in technical production (“backstage”) work
● Experience working directly with professional artists
● Prior internship or other experience in arts administration, marketing/social media, fundraising.

Schedule and Compensation:
The PROTOTYPE internship takes place from January 2 – 21, 2024, with a few additional dates in late
December if possible. All interns must have full day availability and flexibility for the 19-day duration.

The internship will mostly require in-person work at theater spaces and/or the PROTOTYPE Office in Fort
Greene, Brooklyn, but may also involve some virtual work.

Interns will be paid $15/hour for 30-40 hours of work each week, in addition to an unlimited NYC
MetroCard for the duration of the internship.

Application and Interview Process:
Submit your resume and a brief cover letter as a single PDF document that speaks to your interest
in/qualifications for the role via our online application portal by Monday, October 2nd at 10:00 AM.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage early applications. Selected applicants
will be invited to a Zoom interview with the Associate Producer of PROTOTYPE.

On our stages, the PROTOTYPE Festival is committed to amplifying a diverse array of voices. To do this
effectively and ethically, we believe our staff needs to reflect the identities of the artists we support. We
strive to be an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and respected. We are an equal
opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates whose identities are
systematically underrepresented in the performing arts.

PROTOTYPE: Opera|Theatre|Now, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, is an annual festival of
visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York
City and around the world. The festival is the only one of its kind in the United States – presenting fully
produced premieres, national and international presentations, and showings of original genre-bending
works by both emerging and career artists from the contemporary classical opera-theatre and music-
theatre idiom. Learn more about PROTOTYPE at prototypefestival.org. PROTOTYPE returns for its tenth
iteration January 8-21, 2024.