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It is the policy of TADA! to provide employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and to maintain an environment free of harassment or retaliation as required by law. No phone calls please. EOE.

Employment Opportunities


TADA! Youth Theater, New York City's Drama Desk and Coming Up Taller Award-winning home for kids interested in musical theater seeks a Director of Development.  TADA! is a youth development, education and musical theater company producing original musicals performed by kids (who are part of our free year-round pre-professional youth development program) for family audiences.  TADA!'s renowned arts education program of classes, camps, and   school residency programs are funded through by all levels of government funds as well as foundation, corporate and individual support.

The Director of Development is responsible for creating and fully executing a near million dollar annual fundraising campaign through institutional, government, individual initiatives and special events. The position provides stewardship and manages relationships with donors, including board members, individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies.   The ideal candidate must research and develop strategies to expand these donor groups; be extremely detail-oriented; a creative, entrepreneurial thinker; an excellent writer with exemplary skills at achieving results; and a collaborative worker, who can be both a leader and a "do-er" while rolling with the punches in a fast-paced environment.  

Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
*Developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan and calendar;
*Maintaining relationships and communication with diverse sources of contributed income including government contracts;
*Identifying, cultivating and soliciting potential funding prospects;
*Grant-writing for new and renewed institutional funders, including interim and final reports;
*2-3 direct mail appeals each year;
*Fundraising events each year;
*Work with Board on expanding efforts in the areas of Board Development, Special Events and increasing funding base;
*Oversee a Development Assistant and Interns;
*Work with Business Manager and Managing Director on budget maintenance, projections (including annual and cash flow) and reconciliations; and
*Maintenance of Development Database (based on a Microsoft Access platform) and files.

*3-5 years professional paid experience in non-profit fundraising in New York with a track record of success;
*Reasonable understanding of the non-profit finance/budget process;
*Strong written and oral communications skills;
*Computer and database proficiency (Salesforce experience a plus)
*Positive attitude, hands on, "can-do" approach;
*Must be a self-starter and possess excellent time-management and multi-tasking skills;
*Occasional evenings and weekends required; and
*Bachelor's Degree (advanced degree a plus)

Reports to Managing Director and Executive & Artistic Director.  Salary approximately $60K; Health and other benefits provided.  Looking to fill position immediately. It is the policy of TADA! to provide employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and to maintain an environment free of harassment or retaliation as required by law.

To Apply: E-mail cover letter in body of email, resume attached and include salary history or target salary range and references to afiore@tadatheater.com with subject line: Development Director.  No phone calls please.


TADA! Youth Theater, a Drama Desk Award-winning theater for young actors and audiences, has immediate need for a Production Supervisor for its upcoming production of the world premiere musical Samantha Spade, Ace Detective: the Case of the Maltball Falcon.

Production Supervisor responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing a completed working set as specified by the design and drawings provided by the appointed set designer for the above musical, after pricing out set and confirming that it is within budget. Hiring and supervising any and all carpenters, scenic artists, master electricians, electricians, running crew, staff and volunteers; coordinating the rental of all lighting, video/projections, and scenery elements; scheduling of load in, load out and technical rehearsals with the Production Stage Manager; hands‑on work finding and/or building props; maintaining budgets for sets and lighting and doing reconciliations; organizing, overseeing, and working load‑in, tech week, and strike; attending all technical rehearsals; managing general upkeep and maintenance of the complete 2nd floor, including theater space; and being on call and checking in throughout the run of the play to assure that all production elements are working properly and that any space issues are dealt with in a timely manner. Strike includes returning lights to basic plot and returning light rentals, painting the stage black, returning house seats to rows, cleaning the space, and ensuring the removal of all set pieces and garbage.

Rehearsals began March 12; build is scheduled to begin April 6; tech week begins April 21; and performances run from April 26 through May 18. Strike must be completed on May 20.

We are also looking to fill this position for our summer production of Unsung / Heroes, which begins rehearsals June 6, with performances running from July 11 - August 1. Please indicate if you would also be available for the summer.

Please e-mail your resume and brief cover letter to Phoebe Duncan, Production Stage Manager, at pduncan@tadatheater.com.


-$600/weekly salary.  Most weeks are part-time.


 TADA! is not seeking new Teaching Artists at this time. However, if you would like to submit your resume to our Education Department for any future hiring needs, we'd be happy to place your information on file for our next round of Teaching Artist auditions. Note: TADA!'s in-school, after-school, and in-house class curricula are based in Musical Theater. All classes are team-taught by a Director/Choreographer and Music Director. Please send resumes (artistic, teaching, and/or administrative) and headshot (optional) to Rod Christensen, Director of Education, at rchristensen@tadatheater.com. No phone calls please.

Internship Opportunities

TADA!'s internship program offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the operations of a renowned youth theater and arts education organization. We are always looking for smart, motivated people to join our team.  Send us your resume and a cover letter telling us why you're interested in TADA!. College and graduate student interns can arrange to receive credit and may choose to complete a project in conjunction with their internship with the approval of TADA!'s management and we can work around your class schedule. Please note: TADA! does not provide housing for interns.

Development & Marketing Intern: TADA! is looking for a Development and Marketing Intern to join our team. Intern will assist with various development & marketing duties including: researching grants, assisting with individual giving and special events, marketing, publicity, press and more. Excellent opportunity to gain experience in development and marketing, and be an active player in a great organization. Intern should be organized, computer savvy, dedicated and able to multi-task. College credit available. If interested, please send cover letter and resume to Amy Fiore, Managing Director  afiore@tadatheater.com

Artistic Intern: TADA! seeks an Artistic Intern to join our team. Intern will report directly to the Executive & Artistic Director, Janine Nina Trevens. An excellent opportunity to gain experience in the administrative aspects of a performing arts organization. Intern must be organized, computer proficient in MS Office software and Google Docs, able to multi-task, and possess the ability to function with a wide range of personalities and age ranges. We are also currently seeking an Assistant Director for our summer musical. The position requires working with youth and teens while assisting in rehearsals and Ensemble events. College credit available. If interested, please send cover letter and resume (with availability) to Matthew Haws, Ensemble Manager, mhaws@tadatheater.com

Education Intern: TADA! is seeking Education Interns to support TADA!'s renowned arts education work through arts administration and/or direct teaching artist opportunities. In addition to providing hands-on assistance and observation of our Education Programs, interns will learn how to create, manage and produce effective theater programming for youth. Interns are expected to have a commitment to theater and education, provide administrative support to the Education staff, be well organized and have strong attention to detail, demonstrate computer proficiency, and commit to a consistent schedule for at least one month. College credit and fieldwork hours available. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Maya Turner Singh, Education Programs Manager, msingh@tadatheater.com.

View TADA!'s Summer Education 2014 Internship Posting here!

Production Intern: TADA! is looking for a Production Intern to join our team in providing assistance to our Production Department while learning about the operation of a youth theater from a production standpoint. Intern will report directly to the production supervisor and works closely with all production staff members. Intern should possess demonstrated computer skills, preferably with MS Word and Excel, and interact successfully with a wide range of personalities including staff, artists, volunteers, parents and a cast of kids, on the phone and in person. College credit available. To apply for a Production Internship, please email or fax cover letter and resume to Phoebe Duncan, Production Manager  pduncan@tadatheater.com.