BAM Fellowship in Production and Stagecraft

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Job Details


Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is 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 unique programming from countries, cultures and languages all over the globe. You will be a part of an experienced, collaborative, dedicated production team that is passionate about doing great work.

BAM Production is dedicated to supporting all individuals regardless of their gender, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or disability status. Traditionally underrepresented folx are encouraged to apply.

This position takes place from February 11th to the end of June 2020 and is a full-time schedule (approx. 29-40 hours per week) 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 from the Lead Instructor on all elements of stagecraft, meeting pre-established benchmarks, and culminating in a final project displaying theatrical knowledge
  • Receive instruction from BAM’s production staff in production management, career counseling and mentoring
  • Tour theaters, venues 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. 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
  • The right candidate for this job will be 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 up to 60lbs
  • The above schedule will feature evening and weekend hours, so a flexible schedule is imperative
  • Some areas on BAM’s campus have limited accessibility, please feel free to ask for more specifics

Application Instructions

  • Must complete an online application through BAM’s website – no phone calls, emails or walk ins, please
  • Instead of a traditional cover letter, please submit a statement of why you would like to participate in this program. 

Pay: $15 per hour, eligible for paid overtime.  This position is not eligible for benefits.


February 11, 2020 – June 30, 2020