The Artistic Program Apprentice works with the Director of Onsite Programs and Director of Scouting and Submissions as part of Lark’s artistic team and will receive hands-on experience with various methods of new play development through a wide range of programs designed to support artists working in a variety of ways. Apprentice is expected to attend, observe, and provide artistic and administrative support (corresponding with artists, printing and preparing scripts, and assisting in the set-up and clean-up of meetings and events) for onsite artistic programs, including: Playwrights’ Week, Playwrights’ Workshop, private writers groups and writers’ retreats, public readings and more. Additional responsibilities include processing play submissions and program applications, assisting groups of script readers and selection committees, serving as a script reader for Playwrights' Week, and organizing and coordinating panels and mixers for Lark’s artistic community. This position is a great opportunity for playwrights interested in exposure to a wide variety of new play development processes, or someone beginning a career in producing or arts administration to be an active part of supporting the work of leaders in the field. Semi-regular evening availability (including bi-monthly Mondays) is required in addition to select daytime hours.
Artistic Programs (Roundtable Focus)
The Roundtable Artistic Programs Apprenticeship blends hands-on experience of new play development in the studio with administrative support in the office. The apprentice works with the Roundtable Director. Responsibilities include: supporting the Lark’s Roundtable Program (our 3-hour work sessions with playwrights that occur 1-5 times a week), managing data input, setting up and breaking down rooms for Roundtables, attending Roundtables and taking notes during discussion, reading stage directions, corresponding with artists, printing and preparing scripts, tracking casting submissions and keeping our script library current. The Roundtable Apprentice will divide their time roughly equally between supporting Roundtables in action and providing administrative support to prepare for and follow up on Roundtables. This position is a great opportunity for someone beginning a career in playwriting or dramaturgy or other roles in new work development as it provides opportunities to meet and engage with emerging and established playwrights and opportunities to witness their artistic process while supporting their work. It is a great position for someone who enjoys being around people as the role involves welcoming and hosting close to a thousand artists a year into the Lark space. In addition to day time hours, this position requires semi-regular evening hours and will require a somewhat flexible schedule as the days and times can change week to week.
This apprentice works with the Director of Community Relationships as an integral part of The Lark’s unique Communications team. The work of The Lark necessitates an approach to communications that prioritizes artist experience and fostering conversation over ticket sales, and this apprentice will learn how a new play development center initiates these marketing and engagement strategies from the ground up. Responsibilities include editing Lark’s monthly newsletter and contributing writing for its featured news piece, maintaining The Lark’s voice on Twitter and Facebook, creating e-blasts, collecting data to help measure our organizational impact, documenting rehearsals and programming with photography and/or video, working the box office and front of house at public events, and getting to know the Lark community by attending readings. The Communications Apprentice also has the opportunity to engage directly with artists and artistic leaders and practice curating a program through The Lark’s Artist Hour series and contribute writing for The Lark’s blog, which aims to be a platform for free expression of ideas surrounding topics of Equity, Access, and Inclusion in the arts. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in marketing and communications to get to know Lark’s dynamic community. It will primarily take place during The Lark's business hours of 10am-6pm. Experience or interest in learning about writing, filmmaking, PR, photography and/or social media is a plus!
This apprentice works in and supports the Development Department. With almost all of The Lark’s income stemming from contributed revenue, the Development Department is central to The Lark’s activities. Our focus is to Identify and raise sustainable, flexible funding in order to economically free playwrights to write in a safe environment away from commercial pressures. Apprentice responsibilities include: grant proposal assembly and writing; supporting and conducting mailings, funding research (foundations and individuals); helping to maintain both online and paper data systems; planning and supporting special events and meetings; and supporting the cultivation of and communication with donors and trustees. The apprentice will attend strategy meetings with the Managing, Development, and Artistic Directors, special events for donors, and other Lark activities. A successful apprentice is reliable, enthusiastic, organized, and carefully attentive to details. Solid writing skills are extremely helpful. This position provides the opportunity to gain deep understanding of how a nonprofit works, how to cultivate supporters, and how the artistic and administrative domains intersect. This position will take place during The Lark's business hours of 10am-6pm (although on occasion there will be events to attend after office hours, if possible). It would be a good fit for an individual interested in gaining leadership, communication, and advocacy skills that are critical in today's creative, economic, and political climate.
This apprenticeship works as part of the artistic team, supporting the Artistic Director and General Manager. This apprentice is expected to manage relationships, research, observe, and provide artistic and administrative support (corresponding with artists, engaging in planning, taking and disseminating notes and reports and assisting in the set-up and clean-up of meetings and events) for artistic programs, including the Mexico-U.S. Word Exchange, Middle East America Program, hotINK, Eastern European and Russian Exchange Programs and more. Additional responsibilities include creating and disseminating reports on global programs, organizing projects, scheduling and coordinating partner meetings, upkeep of all program files, data inflow and working with the General Manager to support logistics for programming at the Lark. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in cultural exchange, strategic planning, exploring the global theatrical landscape and interfacing with a variety of theater companies and artists. This position will primarily take place during The Lark's business hours of 10am -6pm. Spanish (or multiple) language skills are preferred.