Monday, 17 April 2017 19:43

Public Works Internship

Sponsoring Organization

The Public Theater



425 Lafayette St. New York, NY 10003


Until Filled



About Public Works: Public Works is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Each years, working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in theater workshops, to attend classes, to become involved in the daily life of the Public, and most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious workes of participatory theater. Pioneering a new model of engagement, Public Works is rooted in longitudinal, multi-year relationships with its community partners. Partners for the first five years of Public Works are Fortune Society (Queens), Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), DreamYard (Bronx), Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), Casita Maria (Bronx), Children's Aid Society (Manhattan), and Domestic Workers United (all boroughs)> Under the leadership of Director Laurie Woolery and Artistic Director Lear DeBessonet, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members to create theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. 

These partnerships will culminate in the summer of 2017, when Public Works will produce an adaptation of As You Like It in Central Park. This music theatre event will feature 200 people from our 5 community partners, plus cameos appearances by 5 of New York City's most exciting neighborhood-based community arts organizations. Bringing professional artists from the Public Theater into the community, Public Works carries forward this theater's decades-long mandate to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement between artists and audiences. 

About the Internship: The Public Works inter will assist the Director of Public Works team on the administrative and community-related tasks associated with preparing for As You Like It. They will aid in general arts administration, grassroots community organizing, dramaturgical research, event planning, and will intimately involved in the rehearsal process. 

The ideal candidate has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and is organized, detail-oriented, and personable in the face of a fast-paced and at times chaotic environment. 

Requirements: Applicant should have experience making theater and/or previous volunteer or work experience with a community-based organization. Interest in and familiarity with community-based theater/community organizing. 

Encouraged: A previous position or internship with administrative duties in an arts or community-based organization; a second languare, especially Spanish or Chinese, is helpful. 

Ideal Start and End Dates: May 2017 (start date flexible) - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Emily Sophia Knapp, Associate Director of Public Works ( 

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