Employment, Apprenticeships, & Internships

Work at the O'Neill

200x200interns2014.jpgThe O'Neill has 30 permanent staff members as well as 8 Apprentices across multiple departments during the academic year. Additionally, a full complement of Interns, Junior Staff, and Seasonal Staff join each summer, creating the next generation of American theater.

Staff and Interns work alongside industry professionals in the National Puppetry Conference, National Musical Theater Conference, National Playwrights Conference, and the Cabaret & Performance Conference.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a theater resume and a straight resume with contact information for at least two references to jobs@theoneill.org. Email submission preferred for all positions.

The O’Neill is committed to diversifying the future of the American theater through the stories we tell and the people we hire. We invite and encourage applications from talented artists, technicians, and administrators from all underrepresented groups.

    

FULL TIME POSITIONS

    

INSTITUTIONAL GIVING ASSOCIATE - Now Hiring!

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, a two-time Tony Award-winning developmental theater and education center, seeks an Institutional Giving Associate. The Associate will report directly to the Director of Development and work closely with the Executive Office to maximize income from Foundations, Corporations, and Government sources to the O'Neill. Duties ensuring organizational compliance with grant terms and deliverables, researching new funding opportunities, and assisting in the cultivation of institutional relationships.

  • Maintain a complete working knowledge of all O’Neill programs and plans in order to identify needs and opportunities for financial support through grants.
  • Research grant opportunities through on-line subscription to The Foundation Directory, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and other trade publications and sources.
  • Maintain and build a master grant calendar in donor database, recording deadlines, status, results and reporting requirements, as well as recording of key contacts and cultivation strategies.
  • Work confidently and comfortably independently, after input from the Director of Development, General Manager, Executive Director, and Artistic Staff to complete grant drafts in a timely manner, with time for review to follow.
  • Bring grant opportunities to the attention of the Director of Development and other appropriate staff members in order to reach a consensus on application and report specifics.
  • Work with the General Manager and Business Office as necessary in order to secure program/project budgets and other information required for application and report submission.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Artistic Staff as necessary in order to secure “case for support” information to support compelling general operating and program specific support.
  • Write all grants in format, clearly and concisely relaying information required by grantors, making the strongest possible case for support; ensure inclusion of all required organizational documentation.
  • Submit all required reports to grantors on an accurate and timely basis.

Bachelor's degree and/or 3-5 years experience in development required. Experience in grant writing/reporting a must. Experience with Salesforce/PatronManager highly preferable. A successful candidate will have superior writing and organizational skills, a sense of humor, strong eye for detail, and must be able to work independently.

The position is full-time. Medical/Dental/403(b) available. The O'Neill is an equal opportunity employer.

Application deadline is September 15, 2016. To apply, send cover letter, resume, references and two writing samples:  1) a letter/correspondence and 2) a brief ‘letter of intent to apply,’ addressed to a real/hypothetical foundation, outlining why the O’Neill is a good fit with their program funding. 

Apply to: jobs@theoneill.org

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT - Now Hiring!

The Director of Development, part of the senior management team and reporting to the Executive Director, is responsible for the successful planning and execution of an annual and strategic development plan, ensuring optimal resources to serve the mission, programs, and operations of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Major tasks include the successful organization, tracking, and completion of the annual campaign and membership program, timely management of grant activities, and oversight of fundraising events, in conjunction with department staff. The Director of Development will be expected and required to attend all major O’Neill events, be a regular presence during our summer performances, and take a leadership role in identification and cultivation of donors.


Located in Waterford, Connecticut, on a scenic campus overlooking Long Island Sound, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (www.theoneill.org) is dedicated to the development of new work and new artists for the theater, and creates and operates programs which advance and complement that goal, for the enrichment of theater artists, students, teachers and audiences, in the tradition of bold exploration embodied in the work of its namesake. Crucially, for more than 50 years, the O’Neill has served as a creative home for the nation’s most talented playwrights, directors, actors, composers, and other theater professionals. Many artists nurtured here at an early stage in their career have gone on to achieve the highest recognition in the creative fields, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Academy Award, the Tony Award, the Emmy, the Obie, the Golden Globe, and the Richard Rodgers Award. The O’Neill itself has achieved great distinction, having been named recipient of the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award, a special Tony Award in 1979 for Theatrical Excellence, the National Opera Award, the Jujamcyn Award of Theater Excellence, and the Arts and Business Council Encore Award.

Principal Duties, Director of Development:

Individual Giving (30%)

  • Lead the development and active solicitation of prospects for various mid/major giving initiatives.

  • Devise and implement an individual giving plan.  Create and manage action plans and guide overall strategy, including membership.

  • Progressive development of a planned giving program.

  • Ensure regular contact (qualified and unqualified) and stewardship of donors utilizing moves management best practices, tracking correspondence and “moves” as appropriate.

  • Ensure integrity of donor records in Salesforce donor database, including updating of relevant donor address and contact info, gift information, etc.

  • Ensure timely processing of donations into donor database, and upkeep of donor files.

  • Oversight and management over all donor mailings, appeals, and regular communications for timeliness and accuracy.


Institutional Support (25%)

  • Oversee ongoing moves management and cultivation of new and existing sources of institutional support, including foundation, corporate, and government sources.

  • Development of donor profile reports in the donor database.

  • Assistance with preparation for donor ask meetings as needed, including assembly of case and briefing materials.

  • Conduct research on new and existing donors to properly place them within the broader cultivation and stewardship activities.

  • Ensure integrity of donor records in Salesforce donor database, including updating of relevant donor address and contact info, gift information, etc.


Special Events (20%)

  • With Executive Director and Events Manager, supervise all event related planning and implementation, including adherence to timelines and budgets.

  • Seek and obtain various levels of sponsorship for events, and ensure viable sales strategy for tickets and tables.

  • On-site support (registration, auctions, etc.) for all development related events, including donor cultivation receptions, fundraising galas, alumni receptions, etc.

  • Ensure invitation/participation of key prospects to appropriate O’Neill events & performances.


Administrative/Other (25%)

  • Actively develop, implement, and evaluate progress of annual development plan to ensure resources for all areas of contributed income and key initiatives.

  • Serve as senior staff member, participating and contributing to executive level planning and discussions, and attending quarterly Board of Trustee Meetings, and serving as a public advocate at the O’Neill and within the community.

  • Produce regular activity and analysis reports on the status of contributions and fund-raising efforts vs. performance goals to ensure Development Team and Board members target efforts for maximum effectiveness, including Board reports.

  • Supervision and management of full-time staff of three, including Institutional Giving Associate, Special Events Manager, and Development Intern and any future interns or staff assigned to the Development Department.

  • Continually ensure optimal evaluative tools for various artistic and educational programs, for the purposes of developing compelling cases for support and evaluative reports for donors and supporters.

  • Ensure the Development Department conducts monthly reconciliations with the Business Office for all transactions.


Skills and Experience:

  • 3 or more years of development experience demonstrating success in multiple facets of fundraising (annual campaigns, major gifts, institutional giving, special events, etc.), preferably in a performing arts or other cultural environment

  • Bachelor’s degree highly recommended

  • Endowment or capital campaign experience highly desirable

  • Organizational skills: Strong capacity for organization, keeping sensitive donor information secure and filed appropriately.

  • Computer skills: Salesforce/PatronManager; MS Office, Google Apps suite

  • Prioritization: Should be able to balance multiple projects simultaneously, using judgment to determine priorities, and successfully moving multiple high-priority projects forward together.

  • Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the best course of action.

  • Customer Service: Interfacing with O’Neill constituents with a focus on excellent customer service and stewardship.

  • Presentation: Comfort with public speaking, fluency with mission, and ease and elegance in written communication.


Attributes and Expectations:

  • Ability to work independently

  • Discretion: The O’Neill has many successful and notable alumni and donors. Director of Development is expected to be respectful and represent the O’Neill in such interactions, maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Results-oriented: Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, results oriented environment.

  • A passion for the performing arts and a commitment to the mission of the O’Neill and the advancement of American theater.

  • Ability to work nights and weekends, especially during the concentrated period of special events and performances in the spring and summer months.

  • Ability to travel for Board of Trustee meetings, donor cultivation and solicitation, and special events – including frequent domestic and occasional international travel.

  • Personal transportation required.


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Generous vacation, sick leave, and personal leave policy, plus two paid “dark” weeks

  • Medical and dental plan

  • Optional 403(b) plan

 

To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, and salary history & requirements to Charles Owens, Executive Search Consultant, Resonate Search Group: cowens@resonatesearchgroup.com, indicating “O’NEILL DEVO” in the subject line, by September 9, 2016. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Title: Director of Development

Department:Development

Reports to: Executive Director

Category: Full-time Exempt, Permanent

Revised:August 22, 2016

    

YEAR ROUND APPRENTICESHIPS

    

  • Comprehensive on-the-job training
  • Opportuinity to work with artists from around the world
  • Housing, Meals, and a $150/week stipend
  • Full integration with O'Neill staff
  • Opportunities to assist in other departments as schedule allows
  • Most will work 10-16 hour days, 6 days per week
  • Vehicles recommended, but not required
  • Some positions can lead to further employment 
Business Office Apprenticeship -- (position filled for 2016-2017)

Responsibilities: 

The Business Office Apprentice will serve a vital role in the daily operations of the Center’s Business Office. This position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to; assisting with the processing of weekly compensation, receiving and reconciling daily deposits from the Box Office, Monte Cristo Cottage, and Pub, monthly reconciliation of bank and investment accounts, and office supply ordering/distribution. The ideal candidate will have a basic knowledge of accounting and finance, as well as strong and data entry skills, excellent communication and problem-solving skills and understands the value of being a team player. This is an ideal opportunity for Theater Management degree holders.

Apprentices work up to six days/week and share "on-call" duties for the National Theater Institute. These include, but are not limited to: driving responsibilities, attendance at special events, and being on response in case of emergencies. On-call shifts will include evenings and weekends on a rotating basis.

This is a year long position that starts August 30, 2016 and goes through August 18, 2017.  

We offer our Apprentices:
Housing, meals, $150/week stipend, the opportunity to attend select classes of the O’Neill’s National Theater Institute, and an invaluable opportunity to work with professional theater artists from around the globe. 

Requirements:
Requires good communication skills, the ability to skillfully handle sensitive material, ability to multi-task, and proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word. Experience with Quickbooks is a plus. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

To apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and contact info for at least three references to Bonnie Kramm, Business Manager, at bkramm@theoneill.org. Applications due by July 15. 

Development Apprenticeship -- (position filled for 2016-2017)

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Development Apprentice, reporting to the Director of Development, is responsible for day-to-day operational support, ensuring seamless operation of activities, mailings, communications, and business functions within the department.  In addition, he/she will be responsible for oversight of a broad series of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship programs, particularly Annual Fund and Membership, to inform and engage existing donors and prospects, encourage sustained and increased giving, and broaden the organization's circle of supporters.

This position also supports the National Theater Institute, with apprentice duties that include student on-call responsibilities, transportation support, and other duties as assigned.

Start Date:  August 30, 2016    End Date:  August 18, 2017

Donor and Patron Management (50%):

  • Serve as point-of-contact relating to questions from donors and constituents regarding their support for the O’Neill.

  • Implement annual membership and Annual Fund plans, ensuring timely creation of content, communications, and collateral.

  • Lead support for donor mailings, appeals and event invitation mailings, including printing and collating of appropriate materials, writing and securing approval for appeal letters, and coordination/execution of in-house mailings.

  • Produce regular activity and analysis reports on the status of contributions and fund-raising efforts vs. performance goals to help Development Team members target their efforts for maximum effectiveness.

  • Processing of donations into donor database on a daily basis.

  • Ongoing stewardship of member and tracking of benefits across all membership programs at the O’Neill, including advance ticket orders, welcome materials, etc in donor database

  • Acknowledgement of all contributions to the O’Neill, including through the Annual Fund, Membership, Special Event, and Foundation donors.

  • Maintaining and filing hard-copy records of relevant donor information, including check copies, acknowledgement letters, cultivation notes, etc as per O’Neill records policies.

  • Ongoing maintenance of donor records in donor database, including updating relevant donor address and contact info, gift information, etc, importing of individual records.

  • Collaboration with Box Office during summer months to ensure proper stewardship of member benefits.

  • Ensure regular communication and stewardship of O’Neill donors.

  • Experience with PatronManager is a plus. 

Special Events (25%):  

  • On-site support (registration, auctions, etc.) for all development related events, including donor cultivation receptions, fundraising galas, alumni receptions, etc as assigned by Special Events Manager.

  • Participation in event related planning and implementation.

  • Timely acknowledgement of event attendees, auction donors and participants, etc.

Other (25%):

  • Importing and exporting of relevant reports and lists of constituents as assigned.

  • Ongoing reconciliation of gifts received with the Business Office, and as needed in preparation for year-end and board meeting reporting.

  • Intern duties as assigned.

  • Other administrative duties as assigned by senior-level staff.

Skills:

  • Organizational skills – Strong capacity for organization, keeping sensitive donor information secure and filed appropriately.

  • Prioritization – Should be able to balance multiple projects simultaneously, using judgment to determine priorities.

  • Customer Service – Interfacing with O’Neill constituents with a focus on excellent customer service and stewardship.

Attributes:

  • Independent Worker – Intern should be able to work independently without the need for constant direction.

  • Discretion – The O’Neill has many successful and notable alumni and donors. Development Intern is expected to be respectful and represent the O’Neill in such interactions.

  • Results-oriented – Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, results oriented environment.

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to arothfus@theoneill.org by July 15.

Media Apprenticeship - (position filled for 2016-2017)

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center seeks a creative and detail-oriented individual for the position of Media Apprentice. A skilled visual content generator, the Media Apprentice will work as part of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Marketing Department supporting the O’Neill Center’s many programs, including the National Theater Institute.

Founded in 1964 the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, develops new works and new artists for the stage through the: National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Critics Institute. The flagship educational program of the O’Neill, the National Theater Institute (NTI), trains college-aged students through six distinct semester-long, credit-earning theater intensives.

The Media Apprentice will archive the numerous productions, classes, and events that take place at the Center through photography and video. Content will be primarily be distributed via print, web, national press outlets, and social media.

 UNMATCHED OPPORTUNITY:

  • The perfect position for aspiring photographers, videographers, marketing professionals, designers, and entrepreneurs.   
  • Incredible portfolio-building experience.
  • As America’s preeminent developmental theater, hundreds of new works for the stage began at the O’Neill including: In The Heights, Fences, Violet, Avenue Q, House of Blue Leaves, The Nether, Wild Party, Nine, Uncommon Women and Others, and [title of show]. Students who have studied with NTI include: Josh Radnor, Rachel Dratch, Adam Bock, Elizabeth Olsen, John Krasinski, Rebecca Taichman, Jennifer Garner, and Jeremy Piven.
  • Live and work in a retreat-like atmosphere on the Connecticut shoreline, steps away from the beach.
  • Interact with staff across departments and gain hands-on experience in arts administration.

 WE LOOK FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE:

  • Interested in theater, event, and journalistic photography, with a flair for visual composition.
  • Organized, creative, efficient team players with a genuine interest and demonstrated background in photography, marketing, social media, performing arts and/or education.
  • Excellent written and verbal communicators and effective collaborators.
  • Preferably experienced with photographing for publication, either at a student newspaper or a professional publication.
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator,Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail, Google Docs/Drive, and iMovie. Experience with basic HTML/CSS is preferred.
  • Experienced with professional use of social media (maintaining institutional voice, scheduling posts, and ad creation).
  • Jugglers of multiple projects, meeting strict deadlines and working well under pressure. Able to efficiently manage a wide-range of tasks in a fast-paced office environment with accuracy, grace, and humor.
  • Discrete, able to handle sensitive information and situations with reliability, maturity, and confidence.
  • Able to spot opportunities to make a positive difference. Upbeat with a “let’s-do-this” attitude regardless of the situation or hours remaining in the day.
  • Driven dreamers, O’Neill interns have big aspirations beyond this role and plan to achieve them by being the best he/she can be, right now in this position.

MEDIA APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES VARY AND INCLUDE:

  • Planning, creating, and distributing engaging content to our audiences.
  • Serving as the official photographer for the O’Neill’s summer season. Covering rehearsals, productions, cast photos, Theatermakers classes, as well as special events and receptions.
  • Shooting, editing, and archiving photos and videos.
  • Writing articles for the website and social media.
  • Conducting video interviews with artists and staff to be used in publicity and archival formats.
  • Coordinate photo shoot schedules with production manager and/or stage management.
  • Working up to six days a week including evening and weekends.
  • On a rotating basis with eight other Apprentices, the Media Apprentice will be responsible for “on-call” duties including: transportation of faculty and guests and being available to respond in case of emergencies; answering phone calls and taking messages for the O’Neill’s Executive Assistant lunch break; locking and unlocking the campus buildings; driving large capacity passenger vans (Driver’s License Required).
  • Must uphold all of the O’Neill’s employment policies as well as the student code of conduct, including the zero-tolerance policy for the use of alcohol, drugs, or open flame on campus.

This position reports to the Director of Marketing and supports a Marketing and Communications Associate. 

The Apprenticeship runs February 1 - August 19, 2016. Start date is flexible. The O’Neill provides apprentice with free housing, three meals daily, a weekly stipend of $150, the opportunity to attend select classes and performances throughout the school year and summer season.

Interested candidates should forward a resume, detailed cover letter outlining his/her qualifications and professional goals, as well as a link to a portfolio (Examples of photography, videos, writing, design, or other relevant work) to aritchie@theoneill.org with “MEDIA APPRENTICE 2016” in the subject line. Materials are due by January 15, 2016.  Candidates with personal photography equipment during their internship is a plus.

Learn more at www.TheONeill.org and www.NationalTheaterInstitute.org as well as on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram (@ONeill_Center) and (@NTIRiskFailRisk).

    

PART TIME POSITIONS 

KITCHEN ASSISTANT -- Now Hiring!

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center seeks part-time Kitchen Assistant to support Chef in preparing and serving healthful meals for artists and staff in O'Neill cafeteria.

8-16 hours/week (12-8pm, 1-2 days/week), starting Saturdays, immediately. Possible to go full-time for summer season, from late May - mid August.

Prep, cleanup, dishes, etc.

Serving approximately 200 people, 3x/day during summer season. Previous kitchen experience preferred. Kitchen Assistant must be able to carry up to 50 lbs and stand for extended periods of time. All finalists subject to background check.

For an application, email gm at theoneill dot org. Alternately, send cover letter, resume and references to Jill A. Anderson, General Manager at gm@theoneill.org .

Hourly wage, plus meals while working. Complimentary admission to O'Neill programming.

The O'Neill is committed to diversifying the future of the American theater through the stories we tell and the people we hire. We invite and encourage applications from talented candidates from all underrepresented groups.

    

Summer Internships (Accepting applications for 2017)

• Dates vary June - August 
• Fully integrated as part of the staff/crew in each 
  department 
• Opportunities to assist in other departments as schedule 
  allows 
• Most will work 10-16 hour days, six days per week 
• Q&A sessions with conference artists and guest speakers
• Occasional performance and design opportunities 
  possible 
• Vehicles are recommended, but not required 
• If your school offers credit for independent study or 
  financial aid for internships, O’Neill staff will complete the 
  school’s required paperwork for such credit or assistance. 
• A fee of $2,800 is charged for housing/meal costs

Box Office/House Management Internship

Interns will assist in staffing the Box Office, processing ticket and merchandise orders in person and over the phone, and will staff shows as House Manager, Assistant House Manager, or selling merchandise.  Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Excel and have excellent customer service skills and attention to detail.  Experience with Patron Manager software is a plus.  Interns work 8-14 hours, six days per week, so an eager and positive attitude and the ability to perform under pressure are vital.    

Dates: Early June - Mid August 

Lighting/Electrics Internship

Interns will work as electricians for each Conference and will have the opportunity to assist designers and program lighting consoles for the National Playwrights Conference and Cabaret & Performance Conference.
Interns will have abundant opportunity to learn from designers, lighting staff, and conference staff regarding design process, industry standards, career options, and new work development. The ideal applicant will have an interest in lighting for the theater and new work development. Basic technical theater skills are preferred, but design experience is not mandatory. A planned career in lighting is not required.
Dates: Mid June-Mid August

Sound Internship

Each Sound Intern will have the opportunity to work with the engineer in constructing, focusing, and maintaining the equipment package as well as serving as an assistant to all designers throughout the course of the summer. Each Intern will also get to participate in production meetings, rehearsals, and performances (both playback and live mixing) for the National Playwrights Conference, The National Musical Theatre Conference, the Summer Gala, and the Cabaret and Performance Conference. Applicants are expected to have a basic knowledge of sound systems (digital and analogue), equipment maintenance, sound manipulation software, and backstage etiquette. Musical knowledge and design experience are very helpful as well. Interns are also expected to bring a laptop computer with basic editing software to assist the designers when needed.  Intern must be able to lift 50lbs over their head.

Dates Vary: June-August

Props Internship

Intern will work with National Playwrights Conference Prop Co-ordinator in both organizational and practical aspects of a properties department.  Responsibilities will include assisting in creating props lists and attending design meetings and technical rehearsals for all Conference plays.  Daily responsibilities will include working with Stage Management to provide rehearsal props, and with Scenic Designers to research and provide appropriate props for all workshop performances.  Intern will have the opportunity to work with theatre professionals in all departments, learning about the design process, industry standards, career options, and new work development.  Interns should be willing to work long hours, have the ability to organize multiple shows at once, and have an interest in props craft and construction.  Experience and interest in stage management and technical theatre is preferred, but not required.

Dates Vary: June to August

Monte Cristo Museum/Library Internship

Intern will assist the Executive Assistant in archival projects relating to the O’Neill’s long history in American Theater.  Intern will give tours of the Monte Cristo Cottage, Eugene O’Neill’s former homestead and the setting for his play Long Day’s Journey Into Night.  Intern will also take shifts at the O'Neill Front Desk, answering the main line and directing calls.  Intern may be asked to organize archival materials at the Monte Cristo Cottage.  Applicants should have excellent written and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, and a passion for theater.   Familiarity with Eugene O’Neill’s works are a plus.

Dates:  Early June-Mid August

Company Management Internship

Intern will assist in staffing Company Management front desk, answering phones, assisting with room changeovers, distributing badges and welcome information to guests, completing supply runs, checking in guests, and data entry. Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Excel, have the flexibility to tackle challenges as they arise, and attention to detail. Experience in an office environment and/or customer service experience is a plus. Every member of the Company Management team is vital to keep the office running, so an eager and positive attitude is a must. Company Management Interns work 8-10 hours, six days per week.

Dates Vary: June to August

Literary Internship

A vital member of the Literary Office, the Literary Intern will assist in reproducing and tracking the scripts and revisions that occur during the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference, as well as offering literary support to the other Conferences on the grounds. In addition to working as a team member in the Literary Office, Interns will also have the opportunity to observe rehearsals and readings of the scripts. The Literary Interns will serve as a Literary Representative on at least two weeks of rehearsal. The ideal candidate is interested in dramaturgy, playwriting, or directing. The position requires excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

Dates Vary: June to August

Scenic Design Internship

Intern will work with National Playwrights Conference Set Designer to help facilitate the staged readings as well as find image research for the plays that are developed at the conference.  Intern must have a passion for design and be willing to work long hours, both in rehearsal as well as in the studio helping to prepare design presentations for multiple shows each week.  Interns will have opportunity to learn from designers and conference staff regarding design process, industry standards, career options, and new work development. The ideal applicant will have an interest in set design for the theater and new work development. Basic technical theater and set design skills are preferred, but design experience is not mandatory.

Dates Vary: June to August

Artistic Director Assistant Internship (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

This position offers the opportunity to participate in and observe first-hand the overall activities of the National Music Theater Conference, National Puppetry Conference, and the Cabaret & Performance Conference. The Intern will attend rehearsals, discussions with the creative artists and public readings of the works in progress over a four- week period.

The Internship requires computer skills in Word, ability to read music, organizational skills, and an eagerness to learn more about the development of new music theater works.

Dates: Mid June-Late July

Production Management Internship (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

The Production Intern will work out of the production office. They will have hands on learning of office operations, while working with the Production Manager and Assistant Production Manager. Through this internship, the intern will receive an overall look into the role of a Production Manager and how the O'Neill operates. The PM Intern will be the pinch hitter of the department, working with the lighting, sound, and house management teams, when necessary.  Should be able to lift 75lbs.


Stage Management Internship (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

Interns will assist the Production Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers on all aspects of the presentation of the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference and Cabaret & Performance Conference. This Internship offers the opportunity to learn alongside industry professionals and gain a better understanding of Actors Equity Association (LORT contract); tracking blocking; text changes; scene breakdowns; prop tracking; and other overall duties of the Conferences.

Dates: Mid June - Mid August

    

SUMMER JUNIOR STAFF (No Longer Accepting Applications for 2016)

 

• Dates vary June - August
• O’Neill Intern experience preferred
• Most will work 10-16 hour days, six days per week
• Fully integrated as part of the staff/crew in each department
• Opportunities to assist in other departments as schedule allows
• Positions are unpaid; room & board provided
• Housing is generally double occupancy off-site
• Frequent shuttle service provided to and from campus
• Vehicles recommended, but not required

Information Technology

This position will serve Helpdesk functions for our vibrant campus community of artists, staff, interns, and guests.  Duties will include managing user accounts for a continuously changing company of guest artists and staff and troubleshooting hardware, software, and networking problems.  The ideal candidate will be proficient in working with both Macs and PC's, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Dates:Early June - Mid August

Bartenders (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

Bartenders will work in a fast paced and high volume bar experience, serving drinks and cocktails to patrons, performers, and staff at Blue Gene's Pub on the O'Neill campus.  Responsibilities include receiving and stocking beer and liquor shipments, tending bar during regular pub hours, staffing special events throughout the summer, and performing general pub maintenance and cleaning. Candidates must be clean, friendly, high energy, and outgoing.

Bartenders work six days a week, which may include day shifts as well as 5pm - 2am. 

Music Assistants (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

Music Assistant positions offer intensive time in a developmental rehearsal process, and close collaboration with top-tier composers and music directors. The Music Assistant is responsible for tracking and distribution of changes in the score, working closely with the composer and music director.
Candidate must be proficient in Finale/Sibelius and have compositional piano skills. A proper candidate is likely a student or early-career music theater composer or music director.

Dates: Mid June - Mid July 

Assistant Technical Director (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

Duties of this position entail set-up and up-keep of multiple theater spaces, events coordination, and special projects. ATD will not be building scenery in a rep environment, but will be working with designers and others in the production of staged readings of new work with small budgets and less than a week of rehearsal. Candidates should be interested in the technical side of theater (carpentry, run crew, etc.) and able to lift 75 lbs. The ideal candidate works well in a team environment, but also on their own - motivated, bright, able to perform under pressure and come up with non-standard solutions to just about any kind of problem.

Dates: Early June-Mid August 

Assistant Audio Supervisor (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

The Assistant Audio Supervisor reports to the Audio Supervisor. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with paperwork and scheduling of the sound department;
  • Ensuring the safety and functionality of the sound systems for the two outdoor and two indoor performance spaces as well as the annual summer gala;
  • Occasionally supervising, training, and mentoring a team of two interns.

Ideal candidates:

  • Organized, flexible, and responsible with an attention to detail;
  • Possess excellent communications skills, a positive attitude and strong leadership skills;
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment;
  • Interest in new work development is a plus;
  • Experienced in supervising others or leading a team.
Assistant Master Electrician (Position has been filled for Summer 2016)

The AME will work on the National Puppetry Conference, National Musical Theater Conference, National Playwrights Conference, the summer Theatermakers program, National Theater Institute, and the Cabaret & Performance Conference. The AME will assist with paperwork, scheduling, and ensuring the safety and functionality of lighting rigs for four spaces and the annual summer gala. Additionally, the AME will help to oversee a crew of 5-7 lighting interns. Applicants should be proficient in LightWright 5, drafting and reading light plots, and using drawings to create a working system. Must be friendly, able to troubleshoot, work with ETC consoles, have strong leadership skills, and work well in a fast-paced environment. An interest in new work development is a plus.

    

SUMMER STAFF (No Longer Accepting Applications for 2016)

 

• Requires relevant professional or educational experience
• Dates vary June - August
• Most will work 12-18 hour days, six days per week
• May supervise Junior Staff and Interns
• Housing, Meals & Stipend are provided
• Housing may be in offsite facilities
• Frequent shuttle service is provided to and from campus
• Vehicles encouraged, but not required

Housekeeping Staff

Housekeeping staff will work with both the Company Management Department and Faciliites Department to perform duities which include room changeovers, weekly linen service, and routine cleaning of housing and office facilities. Applicants must be able to stand for long periods of time and are expected to work 40 hours per week with a flexible schedule.

Dates Vary: June to August  

Van Drivers

Van drivers will drive regular shuttles routes between the O’Neill Theater Center and the local universities where conference participants are housed.  Shuttles run in the early morning, in the evening, and late at night.  Drivers work frequent nights and weekends and may occasionally be required to drive shuttles for special events or to airports/train stations during the Summer Conference Season.  Candidates must have a clean driving record and feel comfortable driving a van in Manhattan. Candidates must be 25 years of age or older and/or have a Commercial Driver’s License.  The ideal candidate will be personable, responsible, and outgoing.

Dates Vary: June to August

Props Coordinator

The Prop Coordinator reports to the Scenic Designer. Responsible for all day-to-day props duties for the National Playwrights Conference which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising, training, and mentoring a Props Intern;
  • Creating props lists for each of the eight NPC shows;
  • Attending all design meetings and technical rehearsals for the plays;
  • Renting, creating, or purchasing of props;
  • Maintaining of a small props budget for the duration of the Conference;
  • Working with Stage Management to provide props for rehearsal;
  • Working with the Scenic Designers to research and provide appropriate props for all performances.

Ideal candidates:

  • Background in prop construction and design is a plus;
  • Organized, flexible, and responsible with an attention to detail;
  • Excited about the opportunity to mentor interns;
  • Possess excellent communications skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to multitask;
  • Willingness to adapt in a fast paced environment;
  • Interest in new work development is a plus;
  • Skills in creative problem solving of just about any problem.
Kitchen Assistants

Kitchen assistants will be responsible for prep work associated with three meals each day in the O’Neill’s cafeteria, as well as for some special events throughout the summer.  Assistants will also be responsible for stocking and preparation of salad bar and desserts, cleaning and maintaining kitchen areas, and cleaning dining areas for meals.  Kitchen assistants will work varying shifts five to six days each week for the summer conference season.

Dates Vary: June to August

Box Office & House Manager

The Box Office & House Manager reports to the General Manager. Responsible for all day-to-day box office and front of house duties which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising, training, and mentoring a team of 2-4 Box Office & House Management interns;
  • Managing ticket sales online, over the phone and in person;
  • Staffing and scheduling box office and house management assignments;
  • Maintaining inventory and selling O’Neill merchandise;
  • Generating daily and weekly sales reports;
  • Serving as House Manager for public performances;
  • Collaborating with Production for the upkeep of the O’Neill’s two outdoor and two indoor performance spaces;
  • Monitoring and ensuring patron safety and relations before, during and after performances;
  • Working with the Development and Marketing departments;
  • Managing membership relations;
  • Ensuring programs are prepped each night with inserts.

Ideal candidates:

  • Organized, flexible, and responsible with an attention to detail;
  • Excited about the opportunity to mentor interns;
  • Provide exceptional customer service to patrons;
  • Possess excellent communications skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to multitask;
  • Familiarity with Patron Manager is appreciated, but not required;
  • Experienced with supervising others or leading a team. 
Facilities Staff

Facilities staff will work under the direction of the Facilities Manager to assist in the care of the grounds, buildings, and  public facilities before performances.  Staff will also be expected to work with the Company Management office to ensure housing needs are met.  Applicants should be comfortable using power tools and mechanical equipment able to work on their feet for long periods of time, and capable of lifting 50lbs over their head.  Staff are expected to work 5-6 days per week including weekends and second shift.  

Dates Vary: June to August

Audio Supervisor

The Audio Supervisor reports to the Production Manager. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating the rental of the summer sound equipment package with the Production Manager;
  • Installing sound systems in the O’Neill’s two indoor and two outdoor performance spaces;
  • Supervising, training and mentoring a team of an Assistant Audio Supervisor and two interns;
  • Working efficiently while also adhering to all rules and safety guidelines;
  • Maintaining house equipment in performance spaces and in the on-site Pub;
  • Coordinating with Master Electrician and Production Manager to set a daily working schedule;
  • Supervising load in and run of the O’Neill’s summer gala;
  • Working with designers and artistic staff from each of the O’Neill’s four summer Conferences;
  • Creating and maintaining sound department bible and paperwork.

Ideal candidate:

  • Organized, flexible, and responsible with an attention to detail;
  • Possess excellent communications skills, a positive attitude and strong leadership skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience in selecting a rental package is a plus;
  • Interest in new work development is a plus;
  • Experienced in supervising others or leading a team.
Assistant Company Managers

The Assistant Company Manager coordinates all travel and housing for visiting guests and artistic residents. The ACM is responsible for reserving train/plane travel and tracking travel expenses, submitting mileage reimbursement requests to the business office, completing housing audits, and communicating with housekeeping to manage daily room changeovers. The ACM manages the office in the Company Managers absence and helps with pick-ups and drop-offs for guest arrivals and departures.

The Assistant Company Manager must have excellent communication skills, strict attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and leadership skills in a team environment. Company Management staff generally work 10-12 hours, six days per week and share on-call duties for after-hours arrivals/emergencies.

Dates: Late May – Mid August 

Company Management Associate

The Company Management Associate will be in charge of in-town transportation. They will work with the Assistant Company Manager in charge of travel on daily dispatch of shuttles, arrange van schedules, routes, and driver schedules with Company Manager, and manage logistics for Sail Fest and bike race weekends. CoMa Associate will be responsible for overseeing the daily airport/train station pick-ups and drops offs, coordinating the drivers, vehicle maintenance and will function as a driver whenever the full time drivers are not available.

The Company Management Associate must be over 21, have a valid driver's license, keen attention to detail, proficiency with Microsoft Excel, strong communication skills, and a positive customer service attitude. Company Management staff generally work 10-12 hours, six days per week and share on-call duties for after-hours arrivals/emergencies.

Dates: Memorial day –  August 16

 
Technical Director

The Technical Director reports to the Production Manager. While not constructing scenery in a traditional rep environment, the TD will be working with designers and others in the production of staged readings of new work with small budgets and less than a week of rehearsal. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the setup and breakdown of multiple theater spaces, including risers, masking, and staging elements;
  • Communicating with the City of Waterford Parks & Recreation Department about use of large parking field adjacent to campus;
  • Responsible for setting up campus traffic flow before outdoor performances;
  • Collaborating with Facilities department on projects and issues relating to rehearsal and performance spaces;
  • Maintaining house equipment where applicable;
  • Assisting with event coordination and special projects;
  • Supervising an Assistant Technical Director;
  • Working efficiently while also adhering to all rules and safety guidelines;
  • Working with designers and artistic staff from each of the O’Neill’s four summer conferences;
  • Maintaining technical direction department bible and paperwork.

Ideal candidate:

  • Organized, flexible, and responsible with an attention to detail;
  • Possess excellent communications skills, a positive attitude and strong leadership skills;
  • Skills in creative problem solving of just about any problem;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to lift 75 lbs.;
  • Interest in new work development is a plus;
  • Experienced in supervising others or leading a team.
Master Electrician

The Master Electrician reports to the Production Manager. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating the rental of the summer lighting equipment package with the Production Manager;
  • Installing lighting systems in the O’Neill’s two indoor and two outdoor performance spaces;
  • Supervising, training and mentoring a team of an Assistant Master Electrician and 5-8 interns;
  • Working efficiently while also adhering to all rules and safety guidelines;
  • Maintaining house equipment in performance spaces and in the onsite bar Blue Gene’s Pub;
  • Coordinating with Audio Supervisor and Production Manager to set a daily working schedule;
  • Supervising load in and run of the O’Neill’s summer gala;
  • Working with designers and artistic staff from each of the O’Neill’s four summer conferences;
  • Creating and maintaining lighting department bible and paperwork.

Ideal candidate:

  • Organized, flexible, and responsible with an attention to detail;
  • Possess excellent communications skills, a positive attitude and strong leadership skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must be proficient in LightWright5, drafting and reading light plots and using drawings to create a working system;
  • Must have experience with load calculations;
  • Experience in selecting a rental package is a plus;
  • Interest in new work development is a plus;
  • Experienced in supervising others or leading a team.

 

Assistant Production Manager

The Assistant Production Manager will serve a vital role in the daily operations of the O’Neill Theater Center.  Duties will include assisting on the upkeep of internal calendars for the Summer Conferences, National Theater Institute, and special events; helping to coordinate the flow of information within the Production Department; expediting support requests from production departments and artistic staff; liaising for the Production Department with all other departments; and providing support in the planning, coordination, and set-up of all rehearsal rooms, stages, offices, and meeting rooms.  Assistant Production Manager will also work closely with House Management staff to provide support in preparing spaces for performances.   Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Excel and work well both in a team environment and independently.  The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, a high attention to detail, strong ability to multi-task, and a positive attitude.  

Dates Vary: June to August

Pub Manager

The Pub Manager reports to the General Manager. This person is responsible for all day-to-day operations of Blue Gene’s Pub—The O’Neill’s on-site seasonal pub. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Opening and shut down of the Pub at the beginning and end of season;
  • Maintaining inventory and stocking;
  • Providing daily financial reports and other financial data in conjunction with the Business Office;
  • Working with distributors, ordering, and receiving shipments;
  • Supervising and scheduling a team of 3-4 bartenders;
  • Tending the bar during regular Pub hours in a fast paced and high volume environment serving drinks and cocktails to patrons, performers, and staff;
  • Staffing and setting up special events throughout the summer;
  • Performing general Pub maintenance and cleaning;
  • Working with Box Office staff during performances to best serve patrons.

Ideal candidates:

  • Clean, friendly and energetic;
  • Familiarity with Revel POS is appreciated, but not required;
  • Experience in a bar or restaurant is a plus;
  • Organized, flexible, and responsible with an attention to detail;
  • Exceptional customer service skills;
  • Possess excellent communications skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to multitask;
  • Experienced in supervising others or leading a team.