New York City Center is committed to training the next generation of creative, passionate arts professionals and to building pathways to careers in the arts for candidates from underrepresented communities.

Administrative Apprenticeships
Early-career individuals will experience a season at City Center, learning about the daily operations of a non-profit performing arts center and working alongside experienced arts administrators. Apprenticeships are available in our Education, Development, Marketing & Communications, and Programming departments. The program spans from September to May and includes a paid training week. Apprentices are compensated $15/hour for 20 hours a week. Weekly schedules vary by department.

Creative Apprenticeships
Emerging artists will spend their summer immersed in the fast-paced production process of Encores! or Encores! Off-Center. Apprenticeships are available for Choreography or Directing, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Music Direction, Scenic Design, and Sound Design. The program includes a paid training/pre-production week. Apprentices are compensated $15/hour. Weekly schedules 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 at weekly seminars.
  • Participate in a paid training.
  • Receive professional development workshops.
  • Observe rehearsals and performances, when possible.
  • Deliver a final presentation to City Center staff.

Aiming to reflect the diversity of New York City, we encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and intellectual and physical ability to apply.


In conjunction with the 2020 Encores! season, City Center is searching for an engaged and dedicated early-career individual to apprentice in Costume Design.

The Apprenticeship will run for 9 weeks between January and March 2020. The Apprentice will assist on the Mack & Mabel and Love Life Encores! productions. The Apprentice has a bank of 180 hours to work on both productions, setting a weekly schedule with their department.

Apprentices are compensated $15/hour for 180 hours over 9 weeks, totaling $2,700.  

Available Positions
Costume Design
The Encores! Costume Design Apprentice will work closely with the Costume Designer and Assistant Costume Designer on Mack & Mabel and Love Life, assisting with research, shopping and returns, costume rentals, fittings, and coordinating with Stage Management. The Apprentice will take notes during rehearsals and attend dress rehearsals. Duties may also include receipt collection and reconciliation, documentation of fitting photos, and maintaining the “costume bible.”

Equal Opportunity Employer
City Center is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) based upon any protected characteristic. City Center does not discriminate for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, membership in a domestic partnership, veterans or uniform service member status, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic or national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, medical condition, history of domestic violence or assault, caregiver status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state and local laws. City Center ensures equal and fair treatment of any employee or applicant with known mental or physical disabilities.

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