The Artistic Programs Apprentice works as part of the artistic team, supporting the Director of Artistic Programs, Director of Scouting and Submissions and Artistic Coordinator and 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. Apprentice is expected to attend, observe and provide artistic and administrative support (engaging in planning, corresponding with artists, 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: Playwrights’ Week, Playwrights’ Workshop, Playground, writers' groups and retreats, public readings, Mexico/U.S. Playwright Exchange, Middle East/U.S. Playwright Exchange and more. Additional responsibilities include processing play submissions and fellowship program applications, assisting groups of script readers and selection committees, coordinating global programming logistics and scheduling partner meetings. This position would be a great fit 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 actively work with leaders in the field. Semi-regular evening availability (including bi-monthly Mondays) is required in addition to select daytime office hours.
Artistic Roundtables and Casting
The Artistic Roundtable & Casting Apprenticeship blends hands-on experience of new play development in the studio with administrative support in the office, with a special focus on casting. The apprentice works with the Roundtable & Casting Director. Responsibilities include: supporting the Lark’s Roundtable Program (our 3-hour work sessions with playwrights that occur 1-5 times a week), assisting casting for Roundtables and other Lark programs, 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 & Casting Apprentice will divide their time between supporting Roundtables in action, providing administrative support to prepare for and follow up on Roundtables, and assisting casting for Roundtables and other Lark programs. This position could be a great fit 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 actors 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 Lark’s Communications and People 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 would be a good fit for someone interested in marketing and communications and who wants 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 team, which consists of the Development Manager, Development Assistant, Executive Liaison, 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 highly collaborative with other Development team members. 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 individuals); and preparing for and working at special events. The apprentice will attend strategy meetings with the Development team, weekly one-on-one check-in meetings with the Development Manager, special events for donors, and other development-related Lark activities. A successful apprentice is reliable, enthusiastic, and organized. Solid writing skills are extremely helpful, and attention to detail is a priority. 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). The position 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.
The theater management apprentice supports the General Management Department. This position is instrumental in the day to day operations of The Lark and offers hands-on experience in logistical program planning and execution. Responsibilities include prepping logistical needs for onsite programming, running the volunteer program, working as a house manager for public events, assisting with artist contracts and equity correspondence, booking travel arrangements for artists, assisting in the maintenance of Lark’s facilities, front desk reception, and archival projects. This apprenticeship would be a great fit for those who are interested in a career in theater management and producing and want to learn the nuts and bolts of executing new play development programs. This apprentice will be asked to carry boxes/items of up to 40 lbs. The apprenticeship will primarily take place during The Lark's business hours of 10am-6pm, with occasional evening hours required during public events.
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 not be offered 2018-2019 season. Many of the responsibilities have moved to the Artistic Programs and Theater Management apprenticeships. Please check them out!