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BAM Fellowship in Production and Stagecraft (Spring)

Department: Production
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is an internationally recognized presenter of contemporary performing arts and cinema. We are seeking three full-time, seasonal Fellows to learn the technical and theatrical skills necessary to become a backstage technician. Stagecraft is a lucrative and exciting career and this program is a unique opportunity to learn while working with experienced production crews and instructors in the field.

BAM is proud to present some of the most unique programming imaginable from countries, cultures and languages all over the globe. You will be a part of an experienced, collaborative, dedicated production team that is incredibly passionate about doing great work.

Brooklyn Academy of Music is currently undergoing an anti-oppression process; BAM recognizes that historic institutional practices lead to a non-inclusive environment, and is working to address diversity inclusion in all forms. Not uncommon when addressing power and privilege, individuals in BAM are experiencing their own pace during this process. BAM Production ensures that the Fellows engage with BAM staff dedicated to ally-ship. 

This position takes place from February 11th to the end of June 2019 and is a full time schedule during that time.

Fellowship Components and Opportunities

  • Learn backstage theatrical skills and techniques in areas such as lighting, rigging, carpentry, sound, video, costumes and more
  • Work with stage crews, getting firsthand experience with how the elements of stagecraft combine to create a show
  • Take classes in an academic setting on all elements of stagecraft, meeting pre-established benchmarks, and culminating in a final project displaying theatrical knowledge
  • Receive instruction from BAMís production staff in production management, career counseling and mentoring
  • Tour theaters and shops throughout the New York area learning different types of stagecraft employment opportunities
  • Provide an opportunity to network and make connections within the New York theater industry
  • Meet other departments at BAM, providing insight into work and employment possibilities surrounding theater
  • See BAM performances and films. Gain access to see some of the most coveted shows in town

Fellowship Role and Responsibilities

  • The Fellows will follow a schedule created in advance by the Production Manager. This schedule will consist of instruction, working calls onstage, visiting local venues and shops, and more
  • The Fellows will be expected to arrive promptly for all work calls and classes
  • In assisting and taking part in crew calls, the fellows are expected to:
    • Receive and follow instruction from Department Heads and Production Staff
    • Observe and follow appropriate safety protocol
    • Fellows are expected to study related materials in technical stagecraft, meet regular benchmarks


  • Interest in pursuing a career in theatrical production
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ready to work, eager to learn and have a positive attitude
  • Physical ability to take part in work calls up to 14 hours in length, ability to a lift and carry 30lbs
  • The above schedule will feature evening and weekend hours so a flexible schedule is imperative

Compensation: $15 per hour, eligible for paid overtime.  Not eligible for benefits. 

Application Instructions: must complete an online application, including both resume and cover letter, through BAM's website - no phone calls, emails or walk ins, please.

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