Fall 2021 Business Internship

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Manhattan Theatre Club
New York, NY
Published 18 days ago

Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), a Tony Award-winning nonprofit theatre dedicated to producing innovative theatre of the highest quality by American and international playwrights, with a focus on presenting New York, American, and world premieres, invites individuals to apply for the Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program full-time Fall 2021 Business internship. For 50 years, MTC has been the creative and artistic home for America’s most gifted theatrical artists, producing works of the highest quality by contemporary American and international playwrights. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work both on and off the stage.

MTC will produce six plays during the 2021-22 season in Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and off-Broadway at the historic New York City Center complex. Writers represented in the season include Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Dominique Morisseau, Paula Vogel, Simon Stephens, Joshua Harmon, and Anchuli Felicia King.

The Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program provides a unique opportunity to learn about producing not-for-profit theatre both on and off-Broadway through intensive on-the-job training. Interns are assigned projects and responsibilities that contribute to the day-to-day running of the company. Additionally, interns’ relationships with their supervisor and mentor ensure that they are not only gaining valuable skills but also receiving continuous support and feedback. The training experience is further enhanced by an educational seminar series led by the industry experts on MTC’s staff as well as career development coaching with our human resources team. Program alumni go on to work in the industry at theatre companies producing on Broadway, off Broadway, and regionally; in casting offices, production companies, and theatrical advertising agencies; and, in allied arts and cultural organizations across the country.

The Business Office is responsible for managing Manhattan Theatre Club’s fiscal operations and human resource needs. With an eye toward our annual audit, our responsibilities include maintaining internal controls, following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and keeping meticulous records. Additionally, we strive to serve all company personnel with a level of excellence, whether addressing a Human Resource-related issue or simply answering a question about day-to-day business operations.

The Business intern is an integral part of helping us achieve our goals. This person will gain a broad overview of the entire organization. During this internship, you will learn what goes into preparing for the annual audit of a non-profit company. You will learn and expand your knowledge of accounting principles and have hands-on experience with advanced financial software (Microsoft Dynamics GP). You will learn how to prepare weekly Box Office statements through analyzing and populating data from Tessitura into Excel and you will gain an understanding of ADP payroll software by assisting Human Resources with weekly payroll processing for 400+ employees. Other responsibilities include mailroom management, daily trips to our Broadway theatre, daily subscription and fundraising data entry, and oversight of our paper filing system, all while honing your administrative and customer service skills. Furthermore, you will have opportunities to assist in various government and industry surveys, gain an understanding of organizational budgets, learn the ins and outs of MTC’s theatrical union contracts, and assist the Business team with numerous projects.

We are seeking a candidate who has strong attention to detail, a passion for being organized, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel. As the Business intern does interact with almost every department and many vendors, strong communication skills are necessary.

Previous Business interns have gone on to work in administrative roles at theatrical institutions including The Broadway League, The Nederlander Organization, and The Public Theater.

Compensation is $525 per week with the option for additional weekend and evening work which pays $15 per hour. Applicants who identify as an individual belonging to a community historically underrepresented in the theatre workforce are invited to apply for a limited number of supplemental living allowances in the amount of $140 per week. All interns are offered complimentary tickets to MTC’s productions, paid time off (sick and personal), and access to pre-tax commuter benefits.

The Business internship is full-time and in-person, 35 hours per week, beginning September 2021. MTC’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All components of the application must be received in order for the application to be considered complete.

A completed application includes:

professional work résumé that may include: education and training, work history, theatre/arts experience, and computer skills.

Personal Statement: Our mission at MTC is to produce innovative theatre of the highest quality by American and International playwrights, with a focus on presenting New York, American, and world premieres. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work both on stage and off. Please write a personal statement of not more than 750 words responding to the questions below: 

  • Why are you interested in the Business department? What skills do you hope to further develop as a result of on-the-job training at MTC?
  • What specifically about MTC’s mission and history speaks to you and why?
  • Given your background and life experiences, how do your ideas and attitudes towards equity, diversity, and inclusion inform your aspirations as an arts administrator?

Two references (professors, employers, etc.)

Submit your Business Internship application: 

Submit your Living Allowance application (optional):

Manhattan Theatre Club believes that equity, diversity and inclusion should be essential elements of all activity within the organization. We have made it a priority to create and maintain an environment that is attractive to and supportive of all individuals regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender identity, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, military or veteran status, etc. MTC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), a Tony Award-winning nonprofit theatre dedicated to producing innovative theatre of the highest quality by American and international playwrights, with a focus on presenting New York, American, and world…

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