The Public Theater


About the Organization
The only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary, and experimental pieces in equal measure, The Public serves as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force in leading and framing dialogue on important issues of our day. These core democratic values, set in place by its visionary founder, Joseph Papp, inform all aspects of The Public’s activities.Conceived nearly 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has served as a model, both in terms of mission and programming, for nonprofit theaters that have blossomed throughout the country since that time. The Public engages one of the largest and most diverse audiences in New York City in a variety of venues—including the Delacorte Theater; its landmark downtown home, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; and the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
(between Astory Pl. & E. 4th St.)


About the Program
The Public Theater’s internship program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience in one of the country’s premiere not-for-profit theaters. Internships are offered in a variety of departments, from the creative to the administrative, and interns are encouraged to explore beyond their department to learn more about how the theater functions as a whole. The internship program aims to provide individuals with valuable mentorship and expert training, bridging the gap between academic education and practice. Interns play an integral part in the inner workings of the Public. Supporting the Public in its daily activities, interns will gain insight, knowledge, and hands-on experience in all aspects of the theater.

Which departments?
Internships vary depending on need; past internships have included:
Associate Producer, Company Management, Development--Institutional Giving, Development--Special Events, General Management, Intranet, Marketing, New Work Development, Operations, Press, Producing, Producing--Under the Radar Festival, Special Artistic Projects, Special Events, Stage Management

Yes; physical requirements may vary by department (inquire further for details)

Varies by department

Stipend (unless otherwise specified)

When it runs?
Varies by department


When to apply?

How to apply?
Resume, cover letter
See here for full details.

Specific to department (see website link)



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