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

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.

Audience Engagement CoordinatorFringe Festival House Manager

Audience Engagement Coordinator

The Audience Engagement Coordinator (AEC) will work to grow our audiences and deepen our audience engagement. Specifically, the AEC will, in collaboration with the Marketing, Programming, and Development Departments, develop and execute our Fringe Ambassador program, and manage outreach to community organizations in support of cultural and community engagement with a broad and diverse constituency. This position reports to the Marketing & Communications Director, and is funded through April 2021 by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation. The audience activation efforts will center around three large scale performances to be presented, one per year, during the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Fringe Festivals.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and implement a community outreach plan to strategically expand and diversify FringeArts audiences; and to deepen the engagement of existing audiences.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee the new grant-funded Ambassador program.
  • Oversee FringeArts social media networks and groups to boost online engagement among Ambassadors and the general public.
  • Recruit community members as performers in our 2019 and 2020 Fringe Populi Festival pieces, vetting amateur participants in the experiential performances for willingness to reach out to friends and family and leverage a robust social network.
  • Activate participants in Le Super Grand Continental (Festival 2018) for the Ambassador Program, as well as participants in our 2019 and 2020 Fringe Populi Festival pieces.
  • Manage distribution of Ambassador memberships and discounted tickets to increase attendance at FringeArts events.
  • Maintain audience and ambassador records in Customer Relationship Management database
  • Assist in development of Ambassador Program manual/content.
  • Assist in developing blog content to engage Ambassadors in ongoing FringeArts programming; assist with overall blog management.
  • Use measurement tools to assist in surveying participants and audiences for Ambassador Program and Fringe Populi feedback.
  • Create and maintain relationships with a broad range of community, educational, corporate and government partners.
  • Manage all logistics of outreach and education initiatives and programs, including scheduling, transportation, and more.
  • Manage and track the outreach budget.
  • Organize events for Ambassadors throughout the year.
  • Document and maintain archives of all outreach and education initiatives; conduct research and document goals and outcomes of outreach and education programs.
  • Reserve and run promotional/information booths for FringeArts at student and community events (eg: Broad Street Run, WXPN’s Music Festival, etc.).
  • Work with Marketing & Communications Director to create community-focused advertising campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • One to three years of experience in outreach or marketing.
  • A love of new technologies and means of social networking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong commitment to excellent customer service.
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail as well as organization and prioritization skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.
  • This position requires both time in the office as well as at off-site events.
  • This position requires occasional evening and weekend hours, and an active supervisory presence at all major events.
  • Previous non-profit arts experience and knowledge of Philadelphia arts community a plus.
  • Salesforce and/or PatronManager experience a plus.

Benefits: This is a full-time position. Annual salary range is $40,000-$45,000. 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. No phone calls please.
EOE: 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.


Fringe Festival House Manager

Fringe Festival House Managers are representatives of FringeArts to the public and our patrons. Primary responsibilities include overseeing the venue Front of House, supervising ushers and box office staff, and ensuring that the experience of each patron is safe and enjoyable at performances, receptions, and other events.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning and maintaining the appearance of lobby and theater areas
  • File timely House Management Reports post performance
  • Opening, monitoring, and closing lobby post performance
  • Maintaining efficient and safe crowd control
  • Understanding of FringeArts Safety & Emergency procedures
  • Understanding of FringeArts FOH and ticketing policies and procedures
  • Resolving patron questions/complaints/issues arising during productions
  • Supervising volunteer ushers and box office ticket sellers at venue
  • Explaining procedures for emergency situations, seating, and holds
  • Having a general understanding of the Fringe Festival, including programming and events
  • Having a comfort level working in non-traditional performance spaces
  • Working closely with the box office staff to monitor attendance and waitlists
  • Working closely with the Venue Manager to insure coordination between Back and Front of House

Qualifications & Requirements:
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and ability to problem-solve with a positive attitude. Previous customer service experience required. Previous house management experience preferred. Previous ticketing database experience a plus. This is a part-time seasonal position, requiring night and evening hours.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to HR@fringearts.com. Include job title and applicant name in subject line. No phone calls please.
EOE: 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.


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: 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.

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 Analysis Intern will be collaborating with the Marketing Department to understand current audiences and build out our research and digital platforms.

Responsibilities: analyze data on Fringe audiences throughout the city, assist in maintaining the 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: 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.