Music Director / Accompanist

AfterWork Theater
New York, NY 10108

Job Details


AfterWork Theater is a non-profit organization that enriches the everyday lives of adults by creating the opportunity to participate in theatrical experiences that promote fun, community, and creative self-expression. No audition required.

We are seeking experienced Music Directors / Accompanists to co-lead a variety of programs including fully-staged musicals, musical revues, weekly classes and more.  All of our programs meet on nights and weekends in NYC. In the past 7 years, we have proudly produced more than 40 shows featuring hundreds of New Yorkers from all walks of life.

The MD will attend all music rehearsals and play for performances. Responsibilities will include:
– Attending production meetings
– Conduct warm-ups
– Accompany rehearsals as needed
– Transpose music to meet the performers’ abilities when necessary
– Create vocal tracks for more advanced harmonies
– Work collaboratively with the director to teach the music to the cast
– Creatively drive the musical aspects of the show
– Recruit, schedule, and manage all band members
– Play keys and conduct the show

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience musical directing, will be skilled at sight-reading, transposing, teaching vocals, will play the piano expertly and be able to assemble and rehearse the band.

AWT strives to produce high quality productions while also ensuring that everyone involved with our company is dedicated to our core values, which guide the process. While it is a must for candidates to have strong musical ability, their ability to maintain a high morale and supporting AWT’s mission of fun, community, and creative self-expression is paramount to all else. If the participants are not having fun, something is not working. The skilled MD must be able to foster personal growth within participants while balancing the incredibly wide variety of experience and abilities in the room. Our performers are not professional actors. Applicants should be fiercely compassionate community builders with a masterful ability to generate a safe, creative, and inclusive space. MDs will be trained in the unique processes and communication styles that make AWT what it is.

If you are interested in working hard and delving into a new community of friends, please submit a cover letter and resume.
Compensation varies depending on program, but ranges from $1000 for small-scale productions to $3600 for full-scale musicals.

AWT’s Diversity Mission
AWT is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and critically conscious community, not just in intention but in action and impact. As a group of storytellers, we believe that the more perspectives represented in the space the more authentic and rich our stories – and thusly our experiences of telling them – will be.

Beyond that, we acknowledge that we are in a position to either replicate or disrupt oppressive systems depending on the practices, policies, and choices we make day-to-day. Creating a space in which every individual feels free to achieve their full potential relies on our being deliberate and responsive in all that we do.

Integrity dictates that this responsibility be reflected at every level of AWT including participants, creative staff, and organizational leadership. We invite all AWT stakeholders to hold us accountable for fulfilling on this commitment.

How to Apply

If you are interested in taking on a challenging and yet rewarding leadership experience in theater, please submit a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “AWT Music Director – YOUR NAME.” Please include answers to the following questions in your cover letter:

– Do you know anyone in the AfterWork Theater Community?
– What excites you about this opportunity?
– What experience do you have working with large groups of people (more than 50)?

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.



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