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Symphony Space is a not-for-profit performing arts center in New York City presenting over 600 performances per year in music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and children's programs, reaching 120,000 highly diverse audience members per year. We also produce the popular PRI program Selected Shorts, which is carried on public radio stations throughout the country. In addition, our acclaimed education programs annually reach 6,000 public school students and 2,000 adult literacy students. In addition to its theatres, Symphony Space also operates a studio and a bar/cafe.


Benefits for full time employees include three weeks annual vacation, medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, flexible spending plan, employee-contributed annuity plan through TIAA-CREF.

Current Openings

Artistic Director-Symphony Space seeks a dynamic, visionary Artistic Director to create an inspiring culture within the institution and the local community, and to promote the institution’s position of artistic leadership in the national and international cultural scene. The new Artistic Director will be joining Symphony Space during a pivotal time of change and growth as the organization moves from founder-based artistic leadership into a new and exciting phase of expansion. The Artistic Director, taking the helm for the 2014-15 season, will be charged with upholding Symphony Space’s core mission to “offer artistic leadership that promotes innovation, excellence, engagement, and accessibility to artists and audiences alike,” and will be expected to spearhead initiatives to advance creative direction, collaborative decision-making, audience development, community development, fundraising, and brand trust.

The successful candidate must have a proven record of artistic leadership; stature in, and deep engagement with, the arts world; access to a wide network of esteemed collaborators and partners; experience with and high regard from the funding world; a passion for innovation; and the ability to impact people deeply through a shared vision—inspiring artists, colleagues, board members, volunteers, and other important constituents. This position is best suited for someone who can play the role of impresario, while successfully unifying the artistic team, insisting upon great artistry, and simultaneously engaging and growing audiences, press interest, funding dollars, and creative and financially successful partnerships. The Artistic Director must be able to work closely with the President & CEO, Program Directors, Marketing, Development, and Production, as well as with Finance, Rentals, and Operations.

Symphony Space—consisting of an 800-seat theatre (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), an intimate 170-seat hall (Leonard Nimoy Thalia), a 600-square-foot rehearsal studio, and bar/café (Bar Thalia)—is a multi-disciplinary organization, with a $6 million budget, that produces and presents over 300 events a year in literature, music, film, family programming, comedy, theatre, and education (which includes Global Arts for school age students and the All Write program for adult literacy students). Perhaps best known for the literature-in-performance series Selected Shorts, which is both a live show at Symphony Space and on tour, as well as a nationally-broadcast radio and podcast program, Symphony Space has also received accolades for adventurous programming across the board. The Artistic Director must bring an intimate understanding of the needs of a multi-disciplinary facility, and have familiarity with each discipline, in order to help identify and promote the through lines between programs, encouraging cross-pollination in all its forms. Symphony Space also supports a rental program that accounts for 55% of our artistic activity—an additional 350+ events per year. While the Artistic Director will largely focus on the Symphony Space-produced events, he/she will bring a curatorial approach to the rentals in order to assure that all events at the venue are aligned with our mission and aesthetic standards.

The Artistic Director, in consultation with the President & CEO and Board, assures that all activities at Symphony Space reflect the aesthetic values of the organization. Candidates should be well-established and highly-regarded in the arts, whether through music, theatre, film, literature, education, another relevant professional focus, or as a generalist. He or she should have demonstrated leadership capabilities in one or more of the areas described above, and must be well acquainted with the challenges and opportunities associated with running a mid-sized performing arts center. He/she must have superior communication and negotiation skills, extensive experience in developing and managing budgets, a deep understanding of the cultural landscape of New York City, and a reputation as a tastemaker and trendsetter in the field.

Please send your cover letter and resume via email only to:

Cynthia Elliott
President & CEO
Symphony Space
No phone inquiries, please.

Operations Manager-Symphony Space, a not-for-profit performing arts theatre producing/presenting events in dance, music, film, theatre, family programming, literary readings, seeks an Operations Manager to oversee operational aspects of its facility which includes an 800 seat theatre, 170 seat theatre, studio, offices, café/bar. See our website;

The Operations Manager will: 

-Work hands-on with staff, vendors, and inspectors;
-Negotiate service contracts for maintenance of HVAC, sprinkler, security system, office equipment, etc.
-Insure code compliance;
-Supervise maintenance and security staff;
-Develop and track budgets related to facility;
-Purchase equipment and maintain inventory;
-Train staff in operation of Fire and Security panels and safety procedures;
-Manage the key system throughout the building.

Prior facilities operations or related experience necessary; basic understanding of mechanical systems (HVAC, plumbing) and power tools desirable to troubleshot and make simple repairs. Must be well organized, have sound financial management skills, computer skills (Excel) and work well with a variety of people.

Benefits include health and life insurance, 15 vacation days/ year, voluntary annuity plan, flexible spending plan.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing courteous customer assistance, greeting, directing and escorting patrons to their seats; stuffing and distributing programs; providing general direction, answering questions, light clean-up after shows. Must be very dependable, neat, interested in interacting with the general public, willing to work a changing schedule. Training is provided. Uniform to be worn on the job is long sleeve black shirt, black pants and dark shoes. Weekly schedule of 5 to 20 hours generally available, daytime and/or evening. Starting wage: $8.00/hour.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Brian Davis, Head of House Management, at



Literary Department


Graphic Design

Social Media

Development/Individual & Institutional Giving

Special Events Intern

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About the Internship Program

The Symphony Space Internship Program offers excellent professional/educational experience and training in the areas of arts administration and production. All interns are individually supervised by department staff and will have regular consultations with our Internship Program Consultant. All interns are involved in our day-to-day operations and attend departmental meetings and monthly staff meetings. Additionally, there are career development seminars led by Symphony Space professionals and guests. College credits may be available.

Time: Our fall/spring internship program runs from September 2013 to May 2014. Hours vary - see descriptions below.

Candidates: Undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates.

Stipend: Summer internships are unpaid. There is a stipend for fall/spring internships. College credit may be available.

How to apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter indicating area of interest. Please put "Internship in ___" filling in the name of the internship that interests you in the subject line, as well as time period of interest. For example: "Summer Internship in Education."

Send to:

Maren Berthelsen, Intern Consultant
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY
No calls, please.

Internships are offered in the following areas

Audio/Video - The Audio/Video Intern works with the Marketing Department on recording, taping, editing and publishing various audio and video projects, including Symphony Space Live (archival audio recordings of Symphony Space shows), intros for story downloads in the online Shop, and promotional podcasts and video promos for events. Tasks include editing video and audio projects, uploading audio files for online streaming, administrative management of media files and inventory, and occasionally writing copy and recording talent. The Audio/Video Intern works with the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media. Experience with online content management tools, Adobe Premiere and ProTools preferred. 30 hours per week.

Literary Department - The Literary Intern provides assistance to the producers in all aspects of the literary department programs which include Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, a 12 program live reading series; the Thalia Book Club, a series that brings authors into conversation with the audience about new books and classics, with readings by actors; the Thalia Kids' Book Club for kids ages 9-12; the Selected Shorts Radio Series, a 52-week series co-produced with WNYC and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide; Selected Shorts on CD; Selected Shorts on Tour; Bloomsday on Broadway; and a program produced with the Education Department, Selected Shorts: All Write! 30 hours per week.

Education - The Education Intern assists in the administration of Symphony Space's education programs: The Curriculum Arts Project, an arts education program focusing on the social studies curriculum that serves New York City public school students and their teachers; and Selected Shorts: All Write!, an adult literacy program modeled on Symphony Space's nationally acclaimed Selected Shorts program, which serves New York City adult literacy students and their teachers. The Education Intern works closely with the Education Director and Manager of Education Programs. 30 hours per week.

Graphic Design - The Graphic Design Intern works with the Marketing Department to create digital advertisements, flyers, house programs, posters and other promotional materials (both print and web). This person also helps the department with general marketing tasks (posting listings, poster rotation, etc) in support of a busy calendar with 200 events annually produced by Symphony Space. Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Creative Suite required. Please provide a portfolio of work (either personal work or professional) that demonstrates these skills. 30 hours per week.

Social Media - The Social Media Intern assists the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media to increase the visibility of Symphony Space via multiple online channels. This person writes and posts material for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and other social media outlets; participates in live-event coverage; prepares and sends newsletters and e-cards; collects and monitors data, traffic and other stats; helps build campaigns for increasing audience engagement (e.g., contests and polls); and maintains cross-promotional relationships with artists and other arts organizations in the New York arts community. Should have experience with short-form writing, basic photo editing skills, and knowledge of social media tools and strategies. Please provide writing samples (can be from personal blog, academic work or published clips). 20 hours per week.

Development/Individual & Institutional Giving - The Individual & Institutional Giving intern works in a hands-on way within the development department to facilitate donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The internship involves a heavy amount of prospect research and drafting letters, reports, and internal documents. Strong research and writing skills needed. Administrative and office experience a plus, but not required. The Individual & Institutional Giving intern will also work closely within the Raiser's Edge database. Training and lots of hands-on experience with Raiser's Edge will be provided (a critical resume point for an emerging Development professional). Candidates should be responsible, self-motivated, inquisitive, and quick on their feet. 20-30 hours per week.

Development/Special Events - The Special Events intern works closely on the planning, research, and execution of Symphony Space's two large-scale fundraising events: the Artful Dining series in the fall and the spring Gala. The Special Events intern works closely with guest lists, invitations, a live and silent auction, and volunteer coordination; as well as dealing directly with venues, caterers, and many departments within Symphony Space. The Special Events intern will also work closely within the Raiser's Edge database. Training and lots of hands-on experience with Raiser's Edge will be provided (a critical resume point for an emerging Development professional). Candidates should be responsible, self-motivated, inquisitive, and quick on their feet. 20-30 hours per week.

Business Administration - The Business Administration Interns work on the sales and distribution of CDs from our literature series, Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story and the development and marketing of additional Symphony Space-related merchandise. This position is a great opportunity to learn about the overall operation of Selected Shorts branding activities involving the publishing industry, program distribution, and public radio. The interns work closely with the Senior Manager of Business Development and assist with general administration. 30 hours per week.

Accounting - The Accounting Intern works closely with the Director of Finance in providing general administrative support and also assisting in the weekly accounts payable. The position is a good opportunity to gain skills in bookkeeping and non-profit administration in general. 20 hours per week.

IT - The IT intern works with the Director of Information Technology on the business of running an IT support organization for a non-profit. Candidates should be organized, capable of general administration duties (data entry, filing etc.) and willing to 'roll up their sleeves' and learn/sharpen support skills for Windows and Mac OS computers, printers etc. in a 30+ user environment. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basic skills required for support IT as well as an introduction to the business of support IT. 30 hours per week.

Film/Booking - This combined internship offers two unique insights into Symphony Space.
The Booking department is responsible for the rentals of both of Symphony Space's theaters, our rehearsal Studio, and Recording Studio. The intern would work with the Booking Department as well as directly with renters on making sure their show is a success. Responsibilities include submission of internal event notices, communicating with renters, and data entry for development purposes amongst other things. This internship is a great way to learn about the process of renting a theater and the work that goes in to making a show a success. It is an exclusive chance to see the production of events from a renter's first inquiries through their final productions.

Film at Symphony Space consists of a Sunday documentary program, 15 sneak preview screenings with special guests, 12 film classes showing a classic film and discussing the various elements of filmmaking, and special premiere screenings. The Film Intern helps the Director of Film Programs through the notification of staff about our programs, printing of flyers, shipping and receiving of 35mm film prints, digital media and support materials, updating our web-site, and data entry of income and expenses. 30 hours per week.

Hospitality - The Hospitality Intern's focus is Bar Thalia, the food and beverage hub of Symphony Space. The Intern, exposed to all aspects of bar management, focuses his/her efforts on assisting in marketing and promotional offers (including updating the Bar's website), creating and distributing fliers, keeping the Bar well connected with the broad social media world (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc), booking and following-up on parties, and performing administrative tasks. Candidates with a strong interest in hospitality management, marketing, social media or event planning will find this internship of interest. Computer skills, especially familiarity with Word and Excel, are helpful, as well as knowledge of Photoshop/InDesign/Microsoft Publisher. Will include evening hours. 30 hours per week.

See How to Apply above. For questions, contact Maren Berthelsen, Internship Program Consultant, at