Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Location: New York, NY

Founded: 1956


The Lincoln Center was built through an unprecedented collaboration of public and private organizations, led by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, III. In 1956, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was incorporated and still exists as a private non-profit organization.

Notable Products

  • American Songbook series
  • Lincoln Center Festival
  • Lincoln Center Out of Doors
  • Live from Lincoln Center
  • Lincoln Center Presents
  • 26 performance venues

What to Expect

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers more than 400 performances annually, through its numerous resident series and festivals and in 2010, hosted more than 5,000 performances, welcoming more than 3,000 guest artists from around the world. Beyond traditional musical theater and straight plays, the LCPA produces opera, symphonies, video installations, folk and modern dance, as well as traditional kabuki theater and puppet performances. The Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center telecasts allow millions of home viewers to enjoy a selection of the performances, in addition to the hundreds of thousands that visit the 26 separate performance venues within the complex. The LCPA is also the manager of the 16.3-acre campus, providing support and services to the 11 additional organizations in residence.

To operate the numerous, and simultaneous, events that are produced by the LCPA, the organization employs a staff of more than 100 full-time, part-time, and temporary positions. That number can swell by considerably more, depending on the production schedule. Administrative roles include positions in donor relations, public relations, programming, sales, and production management. There are also jobs in education and community outreach through the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts Education. Production support, including backstage roles, is staffed through a collective bargaining agreement with the International Alliance for Theatrical Stage Employees. This means that technicians must be members of the stagehand union. Additional employment opportunities do become available, as needed, for graphic designers and temporary creative staff like lighting designers, directors, and costume designers. Entry-level work can include serving as an administrative assistant to one of several production or management departments.

Several internship programs are supported by the LCPA and offer training in visual art, production, tours, house programs, ticketing, visitor services, and corporate funding. Those interested in applying for an internship should consult the LCPA website to investigate the available programs, as each has separate requirements and application periods. Volunteering is also an excellent way to build a relationship with the staff. It is quite common for the dedicated service of a volunteer to be rewarded with preference for regular employment when positions become available. Any hiring manager is more likely to offer a permanent job to an individual who has demonstrated commitment and passion for the organization, rather than a fresh face off the street.



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