TONYC is looking for a Community Engagement Intern for Winter-Spring 2017!

TONYC is looking for a Community Engagement Intern for Winter-Spring 2017!

Dec. 14, 2016

TONYC seeks a Community Engagement Intern for Winter-Spring 2017! Deadline to apply is January 9th, 2016.

What We Do: Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) partners with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theatre.

How It Works: Through partnerships with social service organizations, advocacy groups and city agencies, TONYC creates theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues. The troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, engaging diverse audiences in theatrical brainstorming - or Forum Theatre - to creatively challenge systems of oppression. TONYC audiences also include elected officials and policy-makers, leading to policy proposals generated through a creative, community-based process, or Legislative Theatre. Through our partnerships, we activate communities and creatively challenge systems of oppression.

Work With Us: TONYC is seeking a Community Engagement Intern for Winter-Spring 2017! This position works in collaboration with the Program & Communications Associate and the administrative team, as well as volunteers, to assist with communications and partnership building through outreach and web content creation, volunteer coordination and assistance with programs, as well as daily administrative tasks.

This internship has a flexible schedule and requires approximately 16 hours per week, during weekdays from 10-6 in the office, and occasional weekends or weekday evenings for events. It is compensated with a transportation stipend, free participation in a weekend-long Joker Training intensive, and college credit, if requested. Our office is located in DUMBO.

In 2017, our 6th year, TONYC’s priorities include formalizing pipelines for leadership opportunities throughout the organization, and strengthening our non-arts partnerships to amplify the impact of ongoing movements in NYC. TONYC seeks to reflect the politics and ethics of our programs throughout every aspect of our organization including strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, evaluation and governance. Join a team that values social action, creative problem-solving, leadership development and a lively work environment.

Responsibilities include:

Communications and Partnership Building
• Social media content creation
• Blog content creation
• Attending partnership building meetings with the Program & Communications Associate
• Outreach to community partners about event engagement and participation
• Assisting with marketing for shows and events

• Assisting with volunteer coordination for shows and events
• Organizing props and costumes and check-out system for our theatre troupes
• Observing occasional rehearsals and compiling content for our blog and social media
• Compiling media samples for grant applications and reports

• Mailing list data entry on our online database, Nationbuilder
• Logging comment card data from shows
• Intervention data entry in Google Drive
• Tracking show dates and venues
• Tracking actor agreements and photo releases

Skills and Experience:

• Must know how to independently manage time and prioritize important tasks ­
• Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team ­
• Ability to think creatively about challenges ­
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills ­
• Proficiency in or desire to learn Google Drive programs
• Ability to create engaging social media and blog content
• Availability on evenings and weekends as needed
• Flexibility, including possible shifts in schedule
• Must be able to attend TONYC’s Legislative Theatre Festival and its lead-up events in the Spring (dates TBC)

• Interest or experience with theatre or performance
• Interest in cultural organizing and/or using creative tools for activism
• Prior experience with similar arts and social change work, innovative activism, community-engaged arts organizations, etc

How to Apply: ­ Email Devyn Mañibo at with a single PDF that includes cover letter, resume, information for two references, and short writing sample (blog post, press release, memo etc), with Community Engagement Intern in your subject line.

Be sure to mention:
• Available Dates from January to May, plus commitment to attend the Legislative Theatre Festival and its lead-up events in the Spring (dates TBC)
• Weekday Availability
• Whether you will be requesting college credit
• Any work/volunteering experience involving communications and partnership building, program assistance and volunteer coordination, and administrative work
• What excites you about Theatre of the Oppressed NYC?
• What do you hope to contribute and what do you want to learn in your internship?
• How does this internship fit in with your professional goals?
• Tell us about a time you solved a problem creatively

Deadline: Monday, January 9th, 2017 or until position is filled


Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply. TONYC does not discriminate based on age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, housing status, disability, or previous incarceration.

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