The Lark will be hiring two Artistic Apprentices for the 2020-2021 season. The Artistic Programs Apprenticeships would be a great fit for someone beginning their career in playwriting, dramaturgy, producing, or arts administration. Apprenticeships will provide opportunities to meet and engage with emerging and established playwrights and actors, and opportunities to witness their artistic process while supporting their work. They are great positions for those who enjoy being around people. The role involves welcoming and hosting close to a thousand artists a year into the Lark space. The apprentices will work with the Artistic staff at the Lark providing support across many of the Lark’s artistic programs. Apprentices will receive practical experience with multiple methods of new play development through a wide range of programs designed to serve artists working in a variety of ways. Apprentices are expected to attend, observe and provide artistic and administrative support (engaging in planning, corresponding with artists, regular casting assistance, printing and preparing scripts, taking and disseminating notes and reports, assisting in the set-up/clean-up of meetings and events) for artistic programs including: Roundtables, Playwrights’ Week, Playwrights’ Workshop, Playground, writers' groups and retreats, public readings, Global Exchange events, and more. Additional responsibilities include processing play submissions and fellowship program applications, assisting groups of script readers and selection committees, coordinating programming logistics and scheduling partner meetings. Hours can be irregular and ebb and flow around programming needs. Regular Monday evening availability and semi-regular Tuesday evening availability is required.
This position would be a good fit for someone interested in arts advocacy, community building, and/or social media. We welcome both experienced applicants and those who are new to marketing and want to learn more. An interest in exploring different types of creative marketing strategies including blogging, photography and/or video is a plus! The Communications Apprentice will use the marketing skills they learn to work directly with our artists on executing their visions for audience engagement, as well as to raise the profile of The Lark’s playwrights, programs, and work towards equity in the arts. This apprentice will be part of The Lark’s Communications and People team, whose work prioritizes community engagement and artist experience above ticket sales, and will learn how a new play development center initiates these strategies from the ground up. Responsibilities include editing The Lark’s monthly newsletter, maintaining The Lark’s voice on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, collecting data to help measure organizational impact, documenting rehearsals and programs with photography and/or video, working front of house at public events, and getting to know The Lark’s community by attending readings. The Communications Apprentice also has the opportunity to engage directly with artists and artistic leaders by curating The Lark’s Artist Hour program - a series of informal, weekly lunches during which the apprentice cohort can meet and converse with a range of artists and theater professionals. This position will primarily take place during The Lark's business hours of 10am-6pm (though may shift on occasion to accommodate evening or weekend readings).
This apprenticeship 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 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 apprentice works with and supports the Development team, which consists of the Institutional Giving Manager, Development Assistant, and Artistic Director. With almost all of The Lark’s income stemming from contributed revenue, the Development team 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 will be primarily geared towards supporting and collaborating with the Institutional Giving Manager. Tasks will include: assembling and writing grant proposals; supporting fund appeal and other mailings; supporting board-led initiatives; helping to maintain both online and paper data systems; conducting research (foundations and corporations); and preparing for and working at special donor events. The apprentice will attend weekly strategy meetings with the Development team weekly check-ins with the Institutional Giving Manager and Development Assistant, special events for donors, and other development-related Lark activities. A successful apprentice is reliable, organized, and enthusiastic about The Lark's mission and vision. Solid writing skills are extremely helpful, and attention to detail is a priority. 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).
The Theater Management Apprentice would be a great fit for those who are interested in gaining leadership skills and exploring a career in producing, theater or non-profit organizational management, or want to learn the nuts and bolts of executing new play development programs. As the first face guests will see upon entering The Lark, it is an excellent position for someone who wants to meet and welcome the hundreds of artists we serve annually. This apprentice supports the Operations Team. This position is instrumental in the day to day operations of The Lark and offers hands-on experience in logistical program and financial planning and execution. Responsibilities will likely include prepping logistical needs for onsite programming, providing front desk reception and hospitality, managing the volunteer program, working as a front of house manager for public events, assisting in planning and offering hospitality for artist workshops and special events, assisting with union clearances and contracts (AEA), engaging in efforts to further explore EAI initiatives within the Operations department and The Lark community, assisting in the maintenance of Lark's facilities and office resources, and archival projects. This apprentice will be asked to carry boxes/items of up to 30 lbs. The hours of this apprenticeship are between 9:30pm-5:30pm, with occasional evening hours required for public events and major festivals.