New Group/Next Fellowships

Applications have closed for 2018. Please check back for future application deadlines. 

The New Group, one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theaters, is seeking full-time annual fellows. The New Group is an award-winning, artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater. In addition to producing four annual productions, the organization’s New Group/New Works play and musical development program champions original works by emerging and established authors. The New Group also operates a variety of theater education programs that provide opportunities for artistically inclined high school, college, and adult students.

The New Group will offer three 12-month Fellowships in the areas of Artistic, General Management and Production. These Fellowships are full-time paid appointments and are designed to train candidates from underrepresented communities in the New York theatre industry who have had limited or no access to arts training.

In addition to the specific fellowship descriptions below, all Fellows will become part of The New Group team in the following ways in order to expand the breadth of their understanding of how a non-profit theatre operates.

  • Participate in weekly departmental and staff meetings
  • Attend and provide event support for Opening Nights, Fundraising benefits and other special events
  • Invitations to one-on-one sessions with senior staff members to gain perspective in other aspects of the organization
  • Additional mentorship and coaching by Founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott and Executive Director Adam Bernstein
  • Resume guidance, job search strategies, and interview preparation
  • Introductions to external industry networks in chosen fields to help cultivate relationships for future employment opportunities

Throughout the fellowship period, there will be an ongoing evaluation process to determine appropriate areas for growth and outline future goals.

At the end of the fellowship, it is The New Group’s intention that the fellows will have gained skills and experience that will make them competitive candidates for future employment in New York’s theatrical workforce.

Fellowship compensation is $13 per hour for a 40-hour week plus a local Metrocard.

The New Group embraces diversity in all forms and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. The New Group is an E.O.E. and people of color, immigrants, differently abled, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are encouraged to apply.


The Artistic Fellow will work directly with the Associate Artistic Director to gain experience in all aspects of the artistic work of The New Group, with an emphasis on play development.

Theater companies are defined by and revolve around the art they produce. The New Group takes pride in the innovative and bold work we present, work that the Artistic Department is tasked with finding and developing. The artistic team seeks out new plays and projects, and then submitted plays are evaluated to determine whether they are the right fit for The New Group and ready for a developmental process. The Fellow will learn to identify prospective plays, read and evaluate the writing effectively, and communicate with authors about their work. They will also assist in the development of new plays and musicals, from initial meetings to workshops to production, and engage in discussions with the Artistic Staff.
Over the course of the fellowship, this position will involve:

  • Requesting and evaluating scripts
  • Communicating with agents and playwrights
  • Tracking status of submissions to Artistic Department and attendant correspondence
  • Producing readings of new plays and musicals, including promotion
  • Attending meetings and rehearsals for New Group productions to become familiar with the next step in play and musical development
  • Coordinating audition sessions and liaising with casting director and actor agents
  • Learning to give feedback to playwrights and directors

The General Management department’s role is to provide financial management, production supervision, and operations administration for the organization.
The General Management Fellow will work closely with the General Manager to gain experience in General, Company, and Financial Management for a non-profit theater. Over the course of the fellowship, this position will involve:

  • Learn union agreements and collective bargaining process
  • Draft contracts and correspond with artist representation
  • Learn QuickBooks to support day-to-day bookkeeping and budget management
  • Learn AudienceView to process House Seat requests, prepare box office reports and track ticket sales and put them in the greater context of production budgets and the organization’s annual budget
  • Liaise with stage management throughout rehearsals and performances to coordinate needs and logistics with venue staff
  • Provide coverage at theatre will call desk to provide customer service and troubleshoot ticketing issues

The Production Fellow will be trained and supervised by The New Group’s Resident Stage Manager.
Among the skills that will be learned and duties performed:

  • Organize production meetings, scheduling rehearsals, communicating and working with designers, directors, cast, crew, stage management, theatre staff
  • Assist stage management in rehearsals, tech and performance
  • Learn how to coordinate and supervise all aspects of backstage activity
  • Serve as production assistant on crews as required
  • Coordinate production needs for New Group/New Works play development program and special events
  • Assist production manager and technical director with logistics and administration of load-in/out of theatre
  • Learn practical technical theatre skills in stagecraft, lighting, sound, and wardrobe from department crew heads
  • In between productions and seasons, participate in pre-production and season planning efforts