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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.

Available Positions

Note: The Public is currently participating in remote work unless otherwise noted in the job description, but will require all candidates to reside in NYC upon the Public’s return to in-person work.


  • Manager, Special Events

    Reporting to the Director of Special Events, The Public Theater is seeking a Manager, Special Events. This position will project manage and lead many in-person and virtual events in a fast-paced development office.

    Please email your cover letter and resume with "[Last Name, First Name] Special Events Manager" in the subject line to [email protected].

Human Resources

  • Human Resources Coordinator

    The Public Theater is looking for a Human Resources Coordinator to support the daily administrative processes of a high-volume, collaborative department. The HR team at the Public Theater helps to create an engaging employee experience for an incredibly talented group of colleagues across artistic, production, and administrative departments. This role represents a unique opportunity to drive continuous improvement toward the HR team’s goal of being trusted advisors to Public employees. This position reports to the HR Manager. We’re looking for a flexible, positive problem solver, someone who is mission-aligned, and who is excited to be a part of this growing team.

    Please email your cover letter and resume with "[Last Name, First Name] Human Resources Coordinator" in the subject line to [email protected].

  • Human Resources Director

    Reporting to the Senior Director of Human Resources, the Director will be a key member of a highly collaborative team of HR professionals and manage at least one person in a full-time capacity. They will bring strategic talent skills, expertise in core human resource functions, a systems building orientation, and a deep commitment to supporting organizations and people in being actively anti-racist. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced human capital leader to develop systems and implement best practices designed to enhance the overall employee experience at The Public Theater.

    Qualified Individuals, please apply: https://www.on-ramps.com/open-positions/2258

Marketing and Communications

  • Digital Engagement Associate 

    Reporting to the Social Media Manager, the Digital Engagement Associate provides project support to the Digital Engagement team, primarily by assisting in the ongoing implementation of The Public’s social media and digital strategy (both paid and organic).

    Please email your cover letter and resume with "[Last Name, First Name] Digital Engagement Associate" in the subject line to [email protected].

  • Graphic Designer

    Reporting to the Senior Graphic Designer & Photographer, The Public Theater seeks a full-time Graphic Designer to join our in-house team. Brand Studio develops all internal and external materials with The Public’s signature visual identity. Our range of work includes Free Shakespeare in the Park, Joe’s Pub, and a full season of new musicals, plays, events, and programs at The Public’s landmarked six-venue building at Astor Place. The ideal candidate will uphold the visual consistency of the brand, while supporting and contributing to the creation of a variety of materials including print and digital, with a desire for motion. Projects include research and design for show artwork, social media, programs, development materials, signage, advertisements, brochures and booklet, postcards, flyers, motion graphics, merchandise, installations, presentations, and more.

    Please send cover letter, resume, and either: portfolio website, or link to portfolio with "[Last Name, First Name] Graphic Designer" in the subject line to [email protected].

  • Public Relations Manager 

    Reporting to the Associate Director of Public Relations, the Public Relations Manager will build and maintain relationships with key reporters across the media, develop captivating narratives and pitches for a wide array of productions and programs, collaborate closely with colleagues and artists across the organization, and support the continued development of the PR team through innovative thinking and some departmental duties.

    Please email your cover letter and resume with "[Last Name, First Name] Public Relations Manager" in the subject line to [email protected].


  • Operations Coordinator

    The Operations Coordinator, reporting to the Director of Operations Administration, is responsible for providing administrative support to all aspects of the Operations Department. Note: This position requires working onsite at Public Theater Facilities and compliance with The Public’s COVID-19 testing and safety protocols

    Please email your cover letter and resume with "[Last Name, First Name] Operations Coordinator" in the subject line to [email protected].


  • Prop Manager:

    The Public Theater Prop Department is seeking organized and creative people to expand our list of Prop Managers.  The job duties include maintaining a list of ongoing projects, creative problem solving, delegation and coordination of prop making, and representing the department in meetings with the design team.  You will be expected to plan and execute the creation of all props in the show within a given budget and manage a team of people.  Excellent communication skills are key as you will be communicating daily with stage managers, designers, directors, and production staff of The Public Theater. Schedule varies during tech and there will be some 10+ hour days. Applicants should be prepared to work on their feet and assist in physical tasks such as moving materials and furniture.  Previous Prop Management experience at a professional theater required.  This position is paid an hourly rate and hired for the duration of a project.

    Please email your cover letter and resume with "[Last Name, First Name] Prop Department Manager" in the subject line to props[email protected]

  • Overhire, Scenery Department

    The Scenery Department of The Public Theater is looking for energetic and hard-working carpenters, scenic artists, and run crew to expand its overhire crew list.  We are interested in creating a team with a variety of skills and knowledge and will prioritize enthusiasm, flexibility, reliability, and a willingness to learn above theater experience.  Our typical starting rate is between $25-$27/hr. 

    If you would like to join our list for any of the positions below please read over our ideal skills and apply by submitting your resume and indicating your interest using this survey

    Ideal Specialty Skills:  
    • Scenic Carpenter  
      • Knowledge of standard (wood) construction practices and techniques  
      • Knowledge of job site safety  
      • Ability to read a construction drawing 
      • Proficient in the safe operation of saws, power tools, pneumatics, and hand tools  
      • Comfortable working on ladders, genie lifts, and scaffolding (training will be given)  
      • Able to lift/carry 50lbs   
      • Experience with rigging, automation, welding (MIG), or general metalworking a plus  
    • Scenic Artist  
      • Proficient in the application of paint and other surface treatments (texture, glaze, stain, etc.)  
      • Knowledge of appropriate cleaning techniques for scenic tools (brushes, rollers, trays, sponges, etc.)  
      • Ability to apply highlight and shadow, texture, age, grime, and other faux treatments to various build surfaces, usually wood, metal, or foam.  
      • Knowledge of color theory and color mixing a plus  
      • Experience with foam carving or stretching and painting soft goods a plus  
    • Run Crew  
      • Show Cues may include operating any moving scenic elements, striking or setting Props, or assisting with quick changes or backstage movements 
      • Ensure preset of the stage, including sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping of stage deck and backstage areas  
      • Organizing and ensuring that on-stage and off-stage areas are clean, organized, and “actor safe” at all times
      • Minor repairs and paint touch-ups of the set throughout the run as necessary
      • Continual safety check and upkeep of all moving parts and constructed scenery



Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak New York is navigating, we have put all internships on hold at The Public Theater. We will update this section of our website when we resume hiring, so please check for updates in the future.