Employment/Internships

FringeArts Employment

FringeArts has been, and remains committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination. FringeArts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, military status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employment practices; selection of board members, interns, volunteers and vendors; and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. In keeping with this policy, FringeArts seeks to recruit, hire, train and promote into available jobs the most qualified persons and to administer personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, training, and terminations in accordance with this policy. All employees, board members, interns and volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in the work place in a manner consistent with this policy.


Employment Opportunities

Artistic ProducerAssociate Production ManagerInstitutional Giving CoordinatorDirector of Marketing & Communications

FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for this and all open positions.

Artistic Producer

FringeArts’ Artistic Producer works directly with the President/Producing Director to select FringeArts’ programming and develop programming segments. The AP works as a team with our Marketing, Development, and Production staffs to develop a coordinated and creative approach to reaching our audience building, sales and fundraising goals. The AP also manages all artist relationships and logistics, including contract negotiations, travel and accommodations, artist hospitality and coordination with our production staff as well as develops and manages the programming budget.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide artistic content and context to Marketing staff and participate across departments to develop marketing and sales strategies in support of audience building and sales goals
  • Provide artistic content and context to Development staff and participate in developing strategies to support funding opportunities and funding raising goals
  • Provide critical artistic and logistical information to Production staff about the selected programming and work with Production to insure clarity regarding the scope and scale of productions in order to schedule and budget efficiently and cost-effectively
  • With Producing Director select programming and develop programming segments
  • Negotiate terms and draft artist contracts including rider approval and payment processing
  • Manage artist compliance with contracts
  • Maintain relationships with artists on behalf of the organization
  • Manage artist logistics:  travel schedules, travel accommodations booking and hospitality
  • Maintain familiarity with trends in local, national and international contemporary performance and art
  • Develop artistic and financial partnerships with artists, presenters and other opportunities
  • Develop and manage companion programming and contextual events around selected programming
  • In collaboration with Production Manager and Finance Director, create and manage programming budgets
  • Manage Artist Residence Program
  • Manage process for disseminating artistic information to all departments, including Artist Fact Sheet
  • Along with Patron Services Director and Production Manager maintain master Events Calendar

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • At least 3 years experience in artistic producing or related area with a working knowledge of artistic technical riders
  • Must thrive in a fast-paced environment and work well as part of a highly motivated, results-based team
  • Must be highly organized and value accuracy and attention to detail
  • Must excel at interpersonal relations and problem-solving and evidence superior verbal and written language skills.

Benefits: This is a full-time exempt position. Some weekend and evening and occasional travel is required.  Annual salary range is commensurate with experience. Includes generous health and leave benefits.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to HR@fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.


Associate Production Manager

The Associate Production Manager reports directly to the Production Manager and assists the PM with all administrative and management functions of the Production Department.  The APM also manages all of FringeArts’ monthly programming series and rental bookings.  

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist PM with recruiting and hiring all production-related over hire and seasonal staff
  • Schedule crew for all programming and events (i.e., year-round programming, Fringe Festival, monthly series, space rentals)
  • Maintain all building, show and event-related calendars
  • Works with Technical Director on load in/out schedule
  • Helps manage and oversee Festival production staff to advance all presented festival and year-round shows
  • Oversee Head of Audio and ME for show prep
  • Manage FringeArts’ monthly programming series, including organizing tech needs and scheduling crew
  • Review technical riders
  • Assist PM with drafting production addendums for artist contracts
  • Assist PM with communication with artist companies
  • Work with Finance Department to comply with all production department HR requirements
  • Work with Finance Department to track all expenses
  • Work with PM to manage departmental budget
  • Work with Patron Services Director on all rental bookings; including client tours, tech needs and event on site presence as necessary
  • Works with Patron Services Director on in house maintenance matters
  • Main contact between FringeArts and La Peg restaurant for technical and repair matters
  • Liaison to artists booking rehearsal space

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Two to three years of production experience and theater management
  • Strong technical knowledge and stage management experience preferred
  • Familiarity with ETC, ION, Yamaha CL1 and associated apps a plus 
  • Festival experience and knowledge of Philadelphia arts community also plusses
  • Must have current driver’s license 
  • Must be highly organized, a multi-tasker with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be a problem solver and calm under pressure

Benefits: This is a full-time exempt position.  Annual salary range is commensurate with experience.  Includes generous health and leave benefits.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to HR@fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.


Institutional Giving Coordinator

The Institutional Giving Coordinator is responsible for researching and writing grants to foundations, corporations, government entities, and select individuals in support of FringeArts’ operational and strategic goals. The Coordinator reports to and works closely with the Development Director and plays a critical role in planning and implementing our institutional giving funding. 

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Draft proposals to foundations, corporations, government and select individuals, including working across departments to gather relevant information
  • Track grant proposal and reporting deadlines and maintain all institutional calendars
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date grant records in database
  • Research grant opportunities
  • Ensure speedy acknowledgements for foundation grants
  • Draft grant reports
  • Ensure fulfillment of foundation recognition and crediting requirements (appropriate logo usage, name recognition, etc.)  
  • Assist Development department in various event support functions, as necessary

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills including: meticulous attention to detail, establishing priorities and setting objectives
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Prospect research experience, preferably with Foundation Center and Grant Watch
  • Knowledge of foundation fundraising best practices, including record-keeping and database management
  • Understanding of institutional and project budgeting
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Passion for FringeArts mission and artistic commitment
  • Strategic, creative, and progressive thinker

Benefits: This is a full-time non-exempt position.  Annual salary range is commensurate with experience.  Includes generous health and leave benefits.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples (written solely by applicant, one of which is from a successful grant proposal) to HR@fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.


Director of Marketing and Communications

FringeArts’ Director of Marketing and Communications works directly with a cross-departmental team, led by the President/Producing Director, which will drive implementation of FringeArts’ new, forward thinking Strategic Plan.  The DMC will work with our Programming, Production and Development staffs to develop a coordinated and creative approach for reaching our audience building, sales and fundraising goals.  The DMC is responsible for maintaining FringeArts’ identity and messaging across the organization, as well as developing and executing a cohesive marketing and communications plan for FringeArts’ and its programming segments.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Create marketing and communications plans to drive attendance and increase revenue
  • Develop mechanisms for evaluating impact of marketing and communication plans
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally to set sales goals, pricing, and marketing direction for all shows and programming segments
  • Design marketing campaigns to create broader awareness of FringeArts, the Festival and year round programming, increase sales to existing patrons, build loyalty, and attract new patrons
  • Conduct marketing and sales research and analysis to inform marketing strategies
  • Acquire media sponsorships
  • Plan and place advertising across all media
  • Manage web content
  • Develop relationships with local and national media; track industry trends to develop story ideas and proactive pitches
  • Write and distribute press releases; arrange and oversee media interviews, filming and press photography; manage press tickets and packets; maintain online press room
  • Work directly with outside graphic design firm on the creation of a visual identity for programming segments, Festival guide and associated collateral
  • Maintain brand consistency and messaging across the organization
  • Design and implement patron surveys and analysis
  • Manage and coordinate show photography for archival record
  • Provide marketing plans and budgets for grant applications
  • Manage press tracking and reporting, maintain and update internal PR database
  • Oversight and implementation of social media strategy on multiple platforms
  • Develop and manage relations with partner organizations,  including with our restaurant partner; develop creative outreach to develop beneficial new partnerships for the organization
  • Develop Press Packets and respond to media requests and manage press comps, including during annual festival
  • Create and launch press releases, media advisories and other press materials
  • Schedule interviews with media for organization’s representatives and provide information and images and handle all media inquiries
  • Assist Development staff with copywriting and other communications as needed
  • Oversee Ad sales
  • Manage Department staff including marketing coordinator, communications coordinator, information manager, blog manager and distribution manager
  • Develop (with Finance Director) and manage department budget

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum of three years professional experience in marketing and public relations, preferably in the performing arts
  • Ability to develop marketing strategies, advertising campaigns and partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve ticket sale growth
  • Think strategically and react quickly to ever-changing marketplace and institutional needs
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to translate complex concepts into compelling copy for the press and general public; creative thinker
  • Demonstrated interest, expertise and/or experience in the performing arts
  • Adept at multi-tasking and prioritizing in a fast-paced environment, team player
  • Confident public speaker and presenter
  • Working knowledge of InDesign and/or Photoshop
  • Knowledge of regional and national media outlets; existing relationships with members of the press strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of arts and culture as well as Philadelphia community a plus
Benefits: 
This is a full-time exempt position.  Annual salary range is commensurate with experience.  Includes generous health and leave benefits.
To Apply:Please send cover letter and resume to HR@Fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line.
 

FringeArts Internships

FringeArts is an equal opportunity employer. FringeArts works to respond to and reflect the diversity of our city. We encourage and support applicants of color for all open positions.


Internship Opportunities

FringeArts internships offer empirical training for students and emerging professionals whose career interests include performing and visual arts administration, arts production, and all facets of nonprofit administration and management.

Interns of all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome. FringeArts interns support programming, marketing, development, event operations and more. Academic credit may be available. Internships are available year-round on an ongoing basis. Interns are significantly needed before and during our annual 16-day Festival, presented throughout Philadelphia each September. Interns typically serve approximately 20 hours per week, during regular office hours (10-6, M-F), primarily at our Old City offices. Hours are flexible.

For more information or to apply, please contact internship@fringearts.com. Applications should include a cover letter and resume, and additional materials where required (see job descriptions below). FringeArts is an equal opportunity organization. The FringeArts offices are wheelchair accessible. 

Financial Arts ManagementProgrammingPatron Services & Venue ManagementProductionProduction AdministrationFundraising & Special EventsGraphic DesignMarketingCommunicationsDigital Programming & Analysis

Financial Arts Management Internship

The Financial Arts Management Intern will work with the Director of Finance & Administration and the Finance & Administration Associate on the daily bookkeeping, budgeting, and administrative needs of the organization.

Responsibilities may include: assist with financial management operations; learn accounting software; assist with accounts payable, account reconciliation, credit card purchases, and petty cash processing; help update budgeting & forecasting spreadsheets; assist with HR paperwork; and scanning and filing vendor documents.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and organized, and able to handle multiple projects at once. Must have an affinity for numbers and be comfortable/experienced with excel. Prefer candidates with academic backgrounds in Arts Administration, Business/Management, or Accounting.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates:  September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com.  Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter.

Programming Internship

The Programming Intern will assist the Programming Department in meeting the individual and logistical needs of presented and independent artists.

Responsibilities may include: collecting and organizing show information; coordinating housing and travel needs for out-of-town artists; assisting with artist contracts; assisting with Late Night, First Friday, and Scratch Night programming and logistics; assisting with outreach and Festival artist recruitment; purchasing, delivering, and maintaining hospitality items for artists; tracking and reporting expenses to the admin department; and assisting Programming departments with additional tasks as needed. The Programming Intern will also assist in day-to-day operations including communication with artists, mass mailings, and other administrative tasks.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and organized, possess great communication and people skills, and will possess knowledge of the contemporary performing arts scene. The candidate will be experienced in events coordination; a self-starter with initiative who can work on projects independently; detail-oriented and organized; able to work in a high-stress environment; flexible and adaptable to change. Punctuality is essential as well as a warm, friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic personality. Background knowledge of performing arts is a plus, as well as interest in/familiarity with the artists we present.

Position: 3 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit 

Dates: September – December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Patron Services & Venue Management Internship

This is a hands-on opportunity to learn the critical Front of House operations behind producing the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. You will learn the entire audience service process. This internship has high potential for rolling into employment. Ability to work through the September Fringe Festival is critical to encompassing the full extent of this opportunity. You will be working one-on-one with the Director of Venue and Patron Services, who has over 15 years experience in the entertainment and events industry. 

Responsibilities may include: Fielding ticket and membership inquiry calls; assisting with front of house operations at venues; volunteer coordination, helping with building maintenance and general upkeep issues; and other administrative support as needed.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be highly organized and detail-oriented, with great customer services and phone skills. Candidate must be enthusiastic and ready to jump in on the often physical needs of the job. Being on your feet, interacting with audience members, helping throughout various venues to produce shows and events, quick moving and quick thinking, are all part of the gig. Previous Box Office experience a plus. 

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit 

Dates: September – December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Production Internship

The Production Intern will be instrumental in all load-ins, load-outs, and running of shows in the 4 performances spaces throughout the building.  They will work closely with FringeArts’ Production staff.  Specialization within a department is possible dependent on our production schedule.  

Responsibilities may include: set installation/construction, hanging/focusing/running lights, setup/running sound, and unloading rental equipment and scenic elements from trucks. The Production Intern may also aid the production department with administrative tasks as required, such as advancing technical riders, creating and implementing show schedules, and handling equipment rentals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a strong problem solver, with  a willingness to learn new skills and abilities and an excellent communicator. The candidate should be experienced with general stagecraft, such as lighting/electrics, audio, set construction, and/or video. The candidate should also have general knowledge of Mac operating systems, and be comfortable with Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Lightwright, and Qlab3 are a plus. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are a plus. The Production Intern will have the following physical demands: lifting 50 lbs, climbing ladders, comfort with heights.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred. Occasional weekend hours and evening hours may be required for promotional events.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com.  Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Production applicants should detail their technical experience in their cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Production Administration Intern

The Production Administration Intern will work closely with the Director of Production and the Associate Production Manager to help manage the production schedule and the use of the four performances spaces at FringeArts.  The Office Production Intern will help book and schedule over-hire, advance shows, and help out in the theater for load-ins/outs as needed.

Responsibilities may include: Help manage the use of the venue’s multiple spaces, and help manage multiple calendars and shows.  Tasks may include contacting artists for technical information, advancing technical riders, creating and implementing show schedules, and handling equipment rentals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate is highly organized, good at multitasking, and a strong problem solver, with excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn new skills and abilities. The candidate should be experienced with general stagecraft. The candidate should also have general knowledge of Mac operating systems, and be comfortable with Excel and PowerPoint and Google Drive.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred. Occasional weekend hours and evening hours may be required for promotional events.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Fundraising & Special Events Internship

The Fundraising & Special Events Intern will provide administrative support to the Development team as they work across departments to develop resources for all aspects of the organization. Working collaboratively, they create engagement opportunities for audiences and supporters of FringeArts, and research and raise contributed income from foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors, as well as help organize and plan special donor events. Applicants interested in a career in the nonprofit sector will benefit greatly from understanding the mechanisms of a development department as a backbone of any arts organization. The skills learned through this internship are also transferable to many other departments in the nonprofit sector.

Responsibilities may include: Processing and acknowledging contributions and event sponsorships; communicating in a variety of mediums to stakeholders and supporters; collaborating on donor engagement strategies and  filing; preparing mailings; tracking and processing RSVPs; supporting staff in event preparation; working with fellow interns on cross-departmental projects; assisting with prospect research; and gathering information and documents for grant proposals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be personable, enthusiastic, and flexible; able to work independently and collaboratively; is a people person and enjoys working donor events; computer savvy with database experience; excellent writing skills; a quick learner who easily adapts to changing priorities. Preferred candidates will have academic backgrounds in Communications, English, Theatre, or Arts Administration, and have a demonstrable interest in the performing arts.

Position: 2 open, unpaid internships, available for college credit

Dates: September-December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Graphic Design Internship

The Graphic Design Intern will provide promotional support to the Marketing & Communications department by developing and maintaining the visual identity of FringeArts.  Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will develop promotional materials for both print and digital marketing.

Responsibilities: help maintain and keep consistent the visual identity of FringeArts in both print and web materials, communicate with local printers and compare quotes, collaborate with the Development Department on campaign materials, design Festival-specific badges and signage.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates would have training/experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and seek a practical application of the creative process of design to communicate organizational messages to audiences. Prefer candidates with academic background or experience in marketing.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: May-September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred. Occasional weekend hours may be required for promotional events.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Marketing Internship

The Marketing Intern will provide promotional support for the Marketing & Communications department by engaging new and existing audiences.  Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will develop and implement strategies to sell tickets, provide resources for patrons, and increase accessibility to all members of the public.

Responsibilities will likely include but may not be limited to: development and management of promotional campaigns, audience research, management of mailings, collateral distribution, special event promotion and assistance, data entry, marketing collateral editing, public relations support, community engagement events, social media and more.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have strong phone and writing skills and be an enthusiastic self-starter. Preferred candidates will have academic background or experience in marketing or performing arts, and some experience or training in promotions and sales.

Position:1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: September – December

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred. Occasional weekend hours may be required for promotional events.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com.  Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Communications Internship

The Communications Intern will provide promotional support for the Marketing & Communications department by maintaining and developing the written identity of FringeArts.  Working collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team, they will develop strategies focused on social media promotion and press relations.

Responsibilities: help maintain the written identity of FringeArts in print and digital materials, write and distribute press releases, generate social media content, communicate with press, develop content management systems, write copy for various communications avenues, research new shows, create tear sheets, maintain a digital press archive. 

Qualifications: ideal candidates have excellent written and verbal communication skills, are self-motivated, and possess a sense of humor.  An academic background in the arts, English, or communications is preferred, although all are welcome to apply. 

Position:1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit

Dates: Sept – Dec

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Digital Programming & Analysis Internship

The Digital Programming and Analysis Intern will be collaborating with both the Programming and Marketing Departments to understand current audiences and build out our digital platforms.

Responsibilities: work with the Graphic Design intern to redesign the 2018 Festival Digital Fringe website, assist in digital artist Festival recruitment, analyze data on Fringe audiences throughout the city, assist in the planning process of developing a FringeArts app, maintain current databases for audience research, assist with other project tasks as needed

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would be self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized and able to work on multiple projects independently. They will have academic background or experience in research, coding languages (R, HTML, etc.) and website design. Experience with Shiny Apps, and background knowledge of performing arts are preferred.

Position: 1 open, unpaid internship, available for college credit. 

Dates: May-September

Hours: 20 hours per week preferred.  

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to internship@fringearts.com. Include internship title in email subject line and in cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.