Apprenticeships & Master Classes
Administrative & Creative Apprenticeships
We are committed to training the next generation of creative, passionate arts professionals by building pathways to careers in the arts for candidates from underrepresented communities.
Whether you are an early-career or career-changing arts professional, you can build your knowledge and experience in arts administration with an apprenticeship at City Center.
Receive on-the-job training and learn about the daily operations of a non-profit performing arts center while working alongside talented and experienced arts administrators.
Our 9-month program offers you plenty of hands-on learning opportunities in Education, Development, Marketing, Communications, and Dance Programming.
The program runs from September to May and includes paid training. Apprentices are paid $15 per hour for 20 hours a week. Our administrative office is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm. Weekly schedules vary by department.
Need-based scholarships are available. To qualify, please provide either a recent FAFSA Student Aid Report or IRS 1040 Individual Income Tax Return on your apprenticeship application.
Immerse yourself in the fast-paced production process of Encores! or Encores! Off-Center and work alongside renowned artists and professionals through City Center’s creative apprenticeship program.
Emerging artists receive first-hand training, direction, and guidance with apprenticeships in Costume Design, Directing, Lighting Design, Music Direction, Scenic Design, and Sound Design.
The program includes pre-production training that runs in conjunction with the Encores! (Feb – May) and Encores! Off-Center (Jun – Jul) seasons. Apprentices are paid $15 per hour. Schedules and hours vary by department and production schedule.
Through these programs, apprentices will:
- Work directly with a mentor in their area of focus
- Engage with City Center staff and artists
- Participate in paid training
- Receive professional development
- Observe rehearsals and performances, when possible
- Deliver a final presentation to City Center staff
Highly qualified program candidates will possess:
- A compelling connection to the program’s mission and purpose
- Current authorization to work in the U.S.
- A high school diploma/GED equivalency
- A willingness to learn
- Strong communication skills and attention to detail
- The ability to take direction and work both independently and collaboratively
- Flexible availability that includes some nights and weekends
- Some previous experience or education in the field for which you apply
Questions about the program? Email Education@NYCityCenter.org.
Front & Center
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a musical theater professional in this exclusive master class series.
Audiences have a chance to watch award-winning theater veterans as they coach emerging artists on skills that are vital on and off the stage.
Previous Front & Center master classes have been led by Stephanie J. Block, Alex Brightman, Victoria Clark, Gavin Creel, Tom Kitt, Kathleen Marshall, Kelli O’Hara, Lea Salonga, Bartlett Sher, Ali Stroker, and Jeanine Tesori, who have coached participants on everything from song interpretation and auditioning to strengthening vocal technique.
Participating artists are selected through an online audition process. For information on how to audition and future events, please visit our Front & Center webpage.