The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status



The Public Theater seeks an experienced Building Engineer who will be responsible for the daily operation, maintenance and repair of all of the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, fire alarm, fire suppression, and other systems at 425 Lafayette Street.  This position reports to the Director of Facilities & Operations Management and oversees an Assistant Building Engineer and a team of Operations Assistants. This is a hands-on role with supervisory duties but is not solely a management position. 



  • Conducts inspections of buildings, grounds, roofs, and equipment
  • Responsible for periodic general preventative maintenance on mechanical, electrical, HVAC, fire alarm and fire suppression and plumbing systems. These systems include, but are not limited to, air handling units (both rooftop and built-up units), re-circulating air systems, water pumping systems, cooling plant and all plumbing system components. 
  • Performs and/or oversees electrical and plumbing repairs; water treatment and testing, and repairs of doors and locking mechanisms, and basic maintenance tasks throughout the building. 
  • Oversees testing and repairs of fire alarm and fire suppression systems and trains all Operations staff in theater security, fire alarm systems, HVAC and theater maintenance procedures.
  • Coordinates with vendors, outside contractors, the Department of Buildings, FDNY, and the Environmental Protection Agency in maintaining compliance with building codes and preventing violations and acts as internal lead for inspections. 
  • Maintains fire alarm and fire suppression logs, maintenance logs and records; conforms to all written operating procedures and coordinates maintenance efforts with outside contractors and technicians when work cannot be performed in-house.
  • Responds to emergency maintenance requests as required.

Requirements: The individual in this position must be available for emergency calls as needed.  Must have 2-5 years of experience and a working knowledge of all building mechanical, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, life safety, fire protection and security systems to ensure proper operations and be able to act upon any conditions that are out of the ordinary.  Must have the ability to read and understand mechanical drawings, manuals and blueprints and be proficient with Microsoft Office suite.  Must either have or be able and willing to get the following training certifications: F03 fire guard  certification, S12 city wide sprinkler, S95 supervision of fire alarm systems, P99 boiler operation, and 200 hour Certificate for completion for Operating Engineer and an EPA  Refrigerant transition and recovery course.


Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival is seeking an experienced costume draper/cutter.  This seasonal position will work with the Costume Shop Manager and Foreperson on all productions performing at the five theaters located in the Public Theater as well as The Delacorte Theater’s Free Shakespeare in Central Park.  The applicant should have 5 years of experience as a draper/cutter, strong knowledge of costume history, extensive background in costume construction, proficient in interpreting costume sketches and the ability to manage a team of technicians with a scheduled deadline.

Responsibilities include:  creating costumes based on the designers’ sketches, fitting actors in custom made and purchased clothing, supervising a team of first hands and stitchers in the sewing and altering of garments and coordinating fitting schedules with Costume Shop Manager.  Resumes should be forwarded to Luke McDonough at lmcdonough@publictheater.org  

The Public Theater seeks an executive to oversee all Capital Projects efforts and manage all tasks related to capital improvements for the organization’s facilities. Reporting to the Executive Director, this individual oversees details related to The Public’s multi-million dollar capital projects in order to complete construction projects in a cost-efficient and timely manner.



  • Interview, negotiate and finalize the selection of architects, owner’s representatives, construction managers, consultants, and contractors as necessary
  • Serve as primary point of contact for all capital project related consultants (coordinate meeting activity; drive internal project management timeline)
  • Identify future scope items and develop long-term capital projects to ensure an institutional strategic plan of capacity, growth and expansion
  • Prepare and review bid packages, construction schedules, design documents, change orders, punch-lists, registration documents, requisitions, and closeouts.
  • Deliver projects on time and within budget.
  • Ensure communication flow with the theater’s staff and Board of Trustees by providing regular updates and attending Executive, Capital Projects & Facilities Committee, Executive and Full Board meetings; bring resolutions forward when necessary.
  • In collaboration with Administrative Chief of Staff, work with the various city agencies, including but not limited to, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Design and Construction, Economic Development Corporation, Office of Management and Budget, Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, Landmarks Commission, Arts Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, etc. to provide long and short term capital improvement strategies.
  • Coordinate with finance department and development staff in managing capital revenues and expenses.
  • In collaboration with Administrative Chief of Staff, represent theater at town hall and community board meetings related to proposed capital projects.
  • Manage smaller institutional capital expense projects as needed.
  • Monitor construction activities including contractors’ site safety plans and proper separation of contractors’ workforce from Public staff and visitors.
  • Coordinate Obtaining project approvals and proper work permits and sign offs from various city agencies, such as Department of Buildings, Department of Design and Construction, Con Edison, etc.

Requirements: 10 years’ experience in construction project development and management. Knowledge of City Departments and governmental procedures and agencies and New York City building code. Hands on experience with architectural design and development and project managing complex projects. Experience developing and managing budgets. Experience supervising staff as well as contractors, architects and construction managers. Experience with NYC funded projects and agency procedures (Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Design and Construction, Economic Development Corporation, etc.) is a plus.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater is of, by and for the people.  With five stages at its Astor Place home, Free Shakespeare in the Park, its Mobile Unit, its innovative and now national Public Works, Joe’s Pub, Public Forum, Emerging Writers Group and a track record of generating new works that enter the canon of American theater, The Public stands alone in its values, brand and commitment to excellence and inclusion.  Led by Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public has enjoyed solid financial and institutional growth over the past 10 years in which contributed revenues and budgets have more than doubled.  With an engaged Board of Trustees, The Public is planning to launch the largest Capital Campaign in American theater to address its ageing facilities and to secure its future.  


The Director of Individual Giving and Major Gifts will report to Chief Advancement Officer, Terry Morello. This staff member will have significant responsibilities for the management of a team of individual giving staff members in raising annual support of more than $10M.   


The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, energetic, goal-oriented development leader with demonstrated experience in running comprehensive individual giving campaigns in a crowded cultural marketplace. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator in verbal, written, and presentation forms. This staff member will have good interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with marketing, development and membership colleagues to support a busy year-round scheduleThis individual will advise and set strategy for best practices in development, data management, direct mail fundraising programs, small gift efforts, and events to support restricted and unrestricted giving as well as a Major Capital Campaign. 


This is a busy and exciting role within one of America’s leading theater organizations.




1. STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT: In consultation with the Chief Advancement Officer, design and implement a comprehensive annual giving campaign strategy, with measurable goals and objectives that meet The Public’s annual operating requirements and which lay continuing groundwork for increasing contributed revenues in subsequent seasons/development cycles.  Additionally, this position will oversee planning and strategy for small-gift campaigns throughout the year and support the strategy for launching a capital campaign. 


2. INDIVIDUAL GIVING: In consultation with the Chief Advancement Officer and reporting staff, design and execute specific revenue strategies for The Public’s giving initiatives: its Partners Program (approximately 1,800 donors of $2,500-$25,000+), and its Young Partners Program (approximately 300 donors aged under 40 years); its Major Gifts Councils:  Producers Council, Shakespeare Council and Musical Theater Council; and liaise with the Marketing department to fundraise for the Public Supporters Program.  This position will be responsible for aligning donor benefits and ongoing stewardship; evaluating and setting strategies for direct mail acquisition, renewals, and administration; program-related sales and marketing materials.  The Director of  Individual Giving and Major Gifts will develop and implement a planned giving program and strategy for The Public that can be launched next Season. 


3. MAJOR GIFTSWorking collaboratively with the Chief Advancement Officer and senior departmental colleagues, spearhead an increased organizational focus on major gifts fundraising to support an ambitious Capital Campaign.   Devise and implement new strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade major donors; identify new artistic and program-based giving opportunities to attract and retain major donors and increase their loyalty.


4. STAFF MANAGEMENT: Recruit, train, mentor and supervise an enthusiastic development team of Major Gift Officers, and early-career professionals and interns; create best practice training materials and written departmental protocols for standard development operations; train staff; manage and monitor work goals and objectives of reporting staff.    


5. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: In consultation with the Chief Advancement Officer, track and analyze individual giving program performance on an ongoing basis; prepare annual operating budget revenue and expense forecasts; monitor financial performance against budget and prepare monthly financial reports for senior management; manage departmental expenditures to budget. 


6. SPECIAL EVENTS Working collaboratively with departmental colleagues, strategically support the effective implementation and execution of an annual events schedule, including donor cultivation events, performance receptions, Galas, performance ticketing, and related efforts.  


7. MARKETING LIAISONPartner with the marketing team to build online fundraising capacity and attract additional financial resources to the organization; coordinate the creation of new online fundraising initiatives with the marketing department and outside agencies as necessary.


  • A minimum of 10 years of development management experience; 
  • A track record of successfully closing major gifts and exceeding contributed income goals in a competitive fundraising environment; 
  • Experience with Capital Campaigns planning and operations to support strategic solicitations for Major Gifts that do not compromise annual giving;
  • Knowledge of theater and a passion for The Public’s mission, programs, and future plans;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully recruiting, managing and retaining staff; 
  • Strong planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, analytical, and communication skills;
  • Prior experience in marketing will be favorably regarded, as audience development, database mining, prospect research, and the fundraising application of new technologies are all high priorities for the institution.    
  • Proficiency in Tessitura, The Raiser’s Edge, or a comparable fundraising software; and 
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings/weekends to manage The Public’s fundraising events program. 


Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater is seeking a highly organized assistant to support the General Management department and keep up with a fast-paced work environment. The individual in this position reports to the General Manager.



  • Assist the General Manager with all general administrative needs
  • Maintain the General Manager’s calendar and ensure that he has all meeting materials
  • Facilitate all correspondence within the General Manager’s office, including monitoring and responding to emails,
  • telephone coverage, and determining the best channels for information distribution
  • Ensure the smooth operation of the office, including filing and organizing the office, phone coverage,
  • maintaining department databases, and reconciling department Amex expenses
  • Assist with house seat ticketing when needed
  • Track departmental expenses
  • Maintain the physical and electronic files of the department
  • Approve Playbill/Press releases
  • Create, own, and maintain Show Overview documents
  • Administer GM allotment of opening night tickets
  • Serve as Intranet Administrator for the GM, Delacorte and Downtown Shows pages


Requirements: The ideal candidate will have at least one year of office experience and the ability to work independently. Must be well organized and flexible. The ability to interact with staff at all levels, sometimes under pressure, remaining proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail are equally important. Knowledge of the industry a plus.


This is a non-exempt position.


Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public Theater seeks an organized staff person to support to the Administrative Chief of Staff (ACOS) and advance The Public’s work to engage appointed and elected officials in support of its programs and advocacy goals.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Provide support in all areas of Government Affairs to ensure that activity is efficient and effective.
  • Cultivate elected and appointed officials and staff.
  • Schedule regular meetings with key government officials and their representatives to facilitate understanding of the theater’s programs and the audience that they serve.
  • Attend meetings with key government officials
  • Support ACOS in inviting key community stakeholders, elected officials, and government staffers to performances, receptions, and special activities related to community engagement programs (i.e. Borough Nights, Mobile Unit tour performances).
  • With Admin COS, represent The Public at government events (i.e. State of the City, City Council Testimony, community board meetings) and Public Theater events (i.e. greeting elected officials speaking preshow, attending community engagement events with Council Members)
  • Solicitation, proposal development and reporting for some governmental funding
  • Developing documents with focused research and data relevant to government and community leaders
  • Draft documents regarding community programs and services (i.e. monthly newsletter to City Agencies and elected officials, monthly newsletter to Board government relations taskforce).
  • Update and manage government database and invite lists via Tessitura.
  • Prepare Department of Cultural Affairs reporting including monthly IDNYC report, Culture Stat, Final Report, and Capital Request.
  • Handle all administrative duties for the department including department budget.
  • The position is non-exempt

Position Requirements:

  • 2+ years of administrative experience working in an office environment
  • Interest in the arts, advocacy, social justice, public policy and relationship building
  • Strong communication, organizations and time management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Tessitura preferred
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Production Department is often on the lookout for qualified overhire technicians and stage managers. Cover Letters and Resumes may be submitted to the addresses below. Please note that we cannot respond to every submission.

















Stage Management


The Public Theater seeks an unflappable Assistant for our Public Works Team! This position is a hands-on role which supports all Public Works initiatives and reports to the Associate Director of Public Works. Public Works is the community-based theater program here at the Public. Public Works’ mission is to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working deeply with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances at The Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.


Duties include:


Community Outreach

  • Assist with the scheduling of cross-partner events in the five boroughs and act as community point of contact for logistics and communication around production, supplies, and space needs
  • Draft community flyers and proof programs, press releases, newsletters, and marketing materials
  • Draft/send reminders, invitations, and announcements to community members as needed
  • Track class, potluck, and event attendance
  • Maintain and update master contact database(s)
  • Track community member auditions and facilitate communication regarding casting
  • Attend and support community classes, by taking attendance, participating and answering questions as needed

Rehearsals/production support

  • Facilitate the attendance of guests at rehearsals, technical rehearsals, and performances
  • Track and process ticket requests for Director, guests, donors, and artists
  • Track and update production contact info and community attendance as needed
  • Provide logistical support and welcome community members at all Public Works auditions, potlucks, and events, as well as rehearsals and performances as needed
  • Conduct production-related online and phone research

Administrative Support

  • Serve as liaison between creative/administrative team, Marketing, Development, General Management, and other internal departments as needed
  • Oversee Director’s calendar and departmental calendars
  • Assist Associate Director with tracking spending and process monthly AMEX reconciliation
  • Arrange travel (including local ground transportation) for departmental staff members
  • Serve as Public Works intranet liaison
  • Maintain departmental files and document departmental processes
  • Take notes at meetings and maintain a master task list

Requirements: 2+ years of office experience. Interest—and ideally strong experience—in community organizing and/or theater is a plus. Strong organizational abilities, attention to detail, and skill at multitasking. Ability to work with many people of diverse backgrounds. Sense of humor and capacity to stay calm in a fast-paced work environment. Proficiency in MS word, Excel, basic graphic design, and database usage.


Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@publictheater.org

The Public’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Shakespeare, which he began in 1957, evolving into the New York Shakespeare Festival and ultimately becoming The Public Theater. Joseph Papp had a simple idea—that Shakespeare belongs to everyone—and this idea remains at the heart of the Public Theater’s work to this day. The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues throughout the five boroughs. Over the past three years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to a three-week tour to eighteen venues, each Mobile Unit production then “sits down” at The Public Theater downtown, providing New York audiences with low cost tickets to world-class Shakespeare.

Past Mobile Unit tour venues include: Rikers Island, The Fortune Society, Park Avenue Armory Women’s Shelter, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Community Centers throughout the city, Charlotte’s Place, Borden Avenue Veteran’s Shelter, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center


Position available from February 2017 through May 2017, for an experienced Company Manager for the spring touring Mobile Shakespeare Unit as part of the General Management office of The Public Theater.  Primary responsibilities include day to day company management duties for these productions including:  union payroll, fee payments, tracking budgets, and contract drafting & negotiations. Company Manager for the Mobile Unit must have a valid driver’s license and will be responsible for driving a 15 passenger van to and from tour locations around the NYC area. Other opportunities include assisting with opening night planning, house seat coordination, artist hospitality, and working with the GM on day to day operations and management of The Public Theater. Company manager must have an understanding of, and appreciation for, the unique responsibilities of a touring company.  Prior theatrical company management experience required, this position is non union. Nights and weekends required. Minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Please email cover letter and resume to rsherman@publictheater.org, Attn: Rebecca Sherman.  No phone calls please.

The Public Theater is now accepting resumes for Wardrobe Supervisors and Dressers for its 2016 – 2017 season.  The Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for the load-in, load-out and set-up of the wardrobe area and dressing rooms, managing the wardrobe crew and overseeing the on-going care, laundry and maintenance of all of the costumes.  Dressers assist the supervisor in the above tasks as well as atten d to all costume changes and back stage needs during the performances. 


Please forward resumes to Luke McDonough at lmcdonough@publictheater.org

The Public Theater is seeking an administrator to assist on the logistics of our Mobile Unit program. This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) that would take place from March 13- July 31. Some evenings and weekends required.

Specific duties include:

Acting as Community ticket liaison, coordinating community group attendance to Mobile Unit sit-down performances; acting as Marketing liaison with venues for tour performances; acting as tour venue support person, maintaining database of tour venues, helping prepare surveys and pack programs; working with Mobile Unit alumni by maintaining database and coordinating invitations; working with program manager to support all extra programming projects, and support the program by tracking receipts, collecting petty cash receipts, etc.

Requirements: 1-2 years of administrative experience or community organizing experience preferred. Excellent organization and communication skills. Experience managing multiple competing priorities. Successful candidates will have experience building collaborative relationships with a people from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Experience working in an environment that prioritizes diversity and inclusion is strongly preferred. Experience in theater is not required. Fluent in Spanish a plus.

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Please send resume and cover letter to mobileshakes@publictheater.org with the subject line “Mobile Unit Assistant application.”