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About Theatre for a New Audience

Founded in 1979, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is an award-winning off-Broadway LORT C theatre whose mission is to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama alongside other new work.  TFANA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented populations. The position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.

Values and Strategies:

We are guided in our work by five core values: a reverence for language, a spirit of adventure, a commitment to diversity, a dedication to learning, and a spirit of service. These values inform what we do with artists, how we interact with audiences, and how we manage our organization. Language is at the heart of all we do. We focus on the language and ideas of writers. We believe that hearing great language powerfully expressed improves our listening skills, opens our eyes, and deepens our perception and understanding of the world around us. We infuse our work with adventure—provocative ideas, visual boldness, and a sense that we are on a lifelong journey with Shakespeare and classic drama. We are committed to diversity—diverse approaches to dramatic material, diversity on our staff, in our casting and audiences, and multifaceted relationships with uniquely different communities. Learning is a fundamental principle of the Theatre, and we value learning as a process that takes place over time—a process that depends on our ability to promote curiosity, reflection, study, research and dialogue in all our work. We are dedicated to service. Inspired by our civic role, we seek to create broad public access and to bond the diverse New York community through the language, pleasure and ideas of classical drama.  To advance our mission and values, Theatre for a New Audience:

  • produces Shakespeare alongside other plays of classic stature and major contemporary plays, creating a dialogue over centuries between Shakespeare and other authors about our contemporary world;
  • builds long-term associations with artists and offers programs for their growth and ongoing development;
  • promotes the humanities by presenting dynamic discussions with leading artists and scholars in a variety of fields in conjunction with the plays we present;
  • programs for wide-ranging audiences—from connoisseurs of diverse repertory to young people who are seeing groundbreaking productions for the first time;
  • promotes access for diverse audiences by offering economically-priced tickets;
  • provides rich arts-in-education programs, including teacher training and the largest in-depth program in New York City to introduce Shakespeare to Public School students;
  • uses its facilities and intellectual resources to serve the local artistic, educational and social communities where the Theatre operates, and contributes to the international theatre community through touring, artistic exchanges and partnerships.

 

INTERNSHIPS

We are currently seeking applications for Summer 2018 internships. Theatre for a New Audience offers internships in several areas for college students, graduate students, and students between terms. Please see below for a description of internships offered at Theatre for a New Audience.  

To apply for an internship, please fill out the INTERNSHIP APPLICATION 2018 FORM and send with a professional resume (rather than an actor resume) and a cover letter specifying the internship for which you are applying. Some internships may require additional materials, as indicated in their description. Email materials to Soriya Chum at schum@tfana.org with the subject line “Internship.” You may also contact Soriya Chum via email with any questions related to your application. No phone calls please! Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

 

Marketing & Press Internship

Theatre for a New Audience’s Marketing Department is responsible for all sales, marketing, and audience development initiatives for the company, as well as working with our Press Representative to publicize the theatre and productions. The Marketing and Press Intern will work closely with the Director of Marketing & Communications and the Marketing Manager.

Materials required: Application form, professional resume, cover letter, and two references.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in implementing marketing and audience development initiatives.
  • Research emerging technologies and social media platforms and report to Marketing staff on possible new initiatives.
  • Assist in generating content for the organization’s social media channels.
  • Conduct outreach to Brooklyn community partners, including Local Perks partners and neighborhood non-profits.
  • Research new industry and community media outlets.
  • Assist in the design and creation of digital and printed promotional materials.
  • Maintain the digital and print press archives.
  • Report to TFANA staff on industry and community news.
  • Attend and assist in the coordination of special events as needed, both at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center and off-site.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for theatre and possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, proficiency with computers, attention to detail, be comfortable in the digital space and social media, and can work efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite a plus. He or she might be asked to run errands outside the office, and should be comfortable navigating public transit. Some evenings/weekends may be required, and office hours will be adjusted accordingly. This is an ideal position for individuals interested in pursuing marketing or press careers in the theatre. Approximately 16 hours per week (2 days per week; availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays preferred).

 

 

Pictured above: Kathryn Hunter and cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, photo by Joan Marcus.