We are proud to offer a Volunteer Program for people from all walks of life that leads to personal and professional development through creative training and community service, and provides an opportunity to make a meaningful commitment to our shared community through award-winning programs of The Actors Theatre Workshop.
Volunteers provide support for ATW management, development, and production activities. The program begins with one-week training in theatre operations conducted by senior staff members and enriched by reading essays written by ATW's Artistic Director and Founder Thurman E. Scott, as well as viewing video tape documentaries of past programs and productions. The training period allows volunteers to learn about ATW's core mission and creative philosophy while gaining hands-on knowledge of its operations. Different operating aspects of the theatre that volunteers may be involved with include: theatre administration, production, marketing & PR, fundraising, video production, facility upkeep & maintenance, graphic design, and grant writing. A professional appearance, good phone manner, computer skills, and the ability to professionally interact in a fast-paced business environment with the public and high-profile individuals are a must. Leadership qualities and the ability to work independently are essential.
Each Volunteer Leadership Program includes a series of training sessions in creative process and theatre principals taught by ATW's Artistic Director, Executive Producer and Founder Thurman E. Scott. Mr. Scott provides training in his proven, original creative techniques that help participants deepen their understanding, have more success in all areas of their life and develop their intuitiveness and inspiration. The trainings develop Leadership Program Volunteers' potential so they are able to enhance their productivity, accomplishing more with a sense of ease and creative insight. The trainings also introduce volunteers to new ways of looking at the artistic and administrative projects they will encounter at ATW and help integrate them into the creative ensemble of ATW's volunteer staff.
Each week you will utilize your talents and expertise in a variety of areas to make a real contribution to our organization and the community. The volunteer program includes a regular weekly volunteer commitment of 20 or 25 hours per week, depending on the particular areas in which you volunteer.
The Actors Theatre Workshop: Founded over two decades ago, The Actors Theatre Workshop ("ATW") is an established pioneer in non-profit theatre committed to producing classical and contemporary plays, developing new dramatic works, training and developing actors, writers and directors while making a difference in the lives of homeless children and the community at large. A creative development laboratory developed by strong, experienced creative leadership, ATW's mission is to teach individuals from all walks of life original creative techniques that provide them with the tools to change, and to create new, original theatre that examines the conflicts that have emerged from today's cultural mix and creates hope for fulfillment in the human experience.
"Thurman E. Scott is the inheritor of the Stanislavsky legacy and of my legacy. His work advances acting technique for the next generation. He is a leader in the new theatre of the future."
- Stella Adler
ATW was founded by Artistic Director Thurman E. Scott, an award-winning actor, writer, director and teacher of drama. Mr. Scott's extensive stage work includes a wide range of acclaimed classical and contemporary performances both on and off-Broadway, including six seasons at the Public Theatre, a special performance for the Moscow Art Theatre at Lincoln Center, and an award-winning signature performance in Open 24 Hours. Building on his success in the theatre, Mr. Scott went on to be a major creative force in developing the Dino De Laurentis Film Studios in America. He has also created programs in prisons for incarcerated individuals to train their imaginations and liberate their talents. In 1990, Mr. Scott, with a group of committed theatre artists, opened the doors of The Actors Theatre Workshop on West 28th Street in the heart of Chelsea Garden Community.
Benefits: In addition to their hands-on work at the theatre, participants have the opportunity to develop creatively by participating in meetings, planning sessions, and discussions led by Mr. Scott.
Our society today struggles with finding a way to connect ourselves to the spiritual fulfillment of the lost ideal. We all have ideas that touch us, but often these ideas seem to exist on an intangible level. We live our lives longing to find and experience these ideas in tangible, physicalized form. The Actors Theatre Workshop fulfills this longing in individuals. Through our work in the community, our original programs and productions, and all of our activities, we create a tangible opportunity for individuals to fight against apathy and subjectivity, and to fulfill their longing to connect to universal ideas.
Required Application Information: Please submit a letter of interest, your
resume and an volunteer application to Mariko Enkoji-Busch (contact information
below). In your letter please include any talents, skills and resources that you
feel could contribute to the management and vision of ATW. Prior to the interview
we require that you go to our website: www.ActorsTheatreWorkshop.com and review
ATW background, creative leadership and essays written by Mr. Scott that articulates
the creative foundation on which ATW is built.
Fill out the online application
Schedule: ATW is open seven days a week from 10 am to 12 midnight. We offer 12+ month volunteer positions. Positions are available immediately. ATW will work with each individual to determine a weekly schedule that accommodates both need and availability.
The Actors Theatre Workshop
145 W. 28th St., 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 947-1386 ext. 3
Fax: (212) 947-0642