The Artistic Programs Apprentice 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. This apprentice works as part of the artistic team, supporting the Director of Artistic Programs, Director of Scouting and Submissions, Roundtable and Casting Director, 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, Global Exchange readings, Roundtables, 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. Semi-regular evening availability (including bi-monthly Mondays) is required. In addition, Thursday afternoon availability is required to support The Lark's largest artistic program: Roundtables.
Artistic Programs (Roundtables & Casting Focus)
The Artistic Programs (Roundtable & Casting Focus) Apprenticeship 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. This apprentice works with the Roundtable & Casting Director to support The Lark's largest artistic program: Roundtables. Roundtables are our three hour table-reads and work sessions of new plays that we hold about 80 times per season. The Artistic Roundtables & Casting Apprentice will be in the room with each Roundtable hearing all the new work that comes through the program. Responsibilities include: assisting casting for Roundtables and occasionally for other Lark programs, managing artist 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 on casting. In addition to day time hours, this position requires regular Monday evening hours and will require a somewhat flexible remote working schedule to respond to casting needs.
This position would be a good fit for someone interested in learning marketing skills and/or who is passionate about advocating for the voices and profiles of playwrights in the public sphere. An interest in exploring different types of creative work including writing, filmmaking, PR, photography and/or social media is a plus! If you really just like The Lark (or new plays) this is a good place to be. It is a position that allows you to touch all aspects of the organization and interact with artists, staff, and community members. This apprentice works with The Lark’s Communications and People team. Our work prioritizes community engagement and artist experience above ticket sales, and this apprentice 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 the box office and 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 write for The Lark’s blog, and 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 (although on occasion there will be events to attend after office hours, if possible).
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 a career in producing or theater management and 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 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, front desk reception, assisting with artist contracts and equity correspondence, assisting in the maintenance of Lark’s facilities, and archival projects. This apprentice will be asked to carry boxes/items of up to 30 lbs. The apprenticeship will primarily take place during The Lark's business hours of 10am-6pm, with occasional evening hours required during public events.