Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2016
Our Eighth Festival Season
There is no question why Venus/Adonis has taken the world of playwrighting festivals by storm, becoming the second largest festival in the country in just 4 years.
It's because playwrights enjoy staging their plays with us!
We are a group of playwrights who, after years of staging our plays in NYc festivals, said: "Why don't we create a festival that includes everything we dreamt of having while being part of others?"
The result is beyond our wildest expectations. In just a few years, Venus/Adonis has caught fire as the number of submissions we receive continues to grow every year.
Is this sheer luck or an acknowledgment of what we offer?
Let's find out:
Our participating playwrights receive:
1) Acknowledgement in the form of excellent prizes: $2,500 for Best Play and $500 each for Best Actress, Actor and Director, as well as
$300 for Best Musical and $200 for Best Original Play. This is more than any other U.S. festival that we know of.
2) A two-and-a-half month-long festival that lets each production breathe, with 45-minute set-up and breakdown times and prime performance hours. And since we offer free tickets to all shows for the cast and crew of every production, participants have the opportunity to learn from the work of their artistic colleagues.
3) Five hours of tech for every show, whether 30 or 90 minutes long. We believe that each play needs the same amount of care no matter how long it is!
4) A 99-seat theater with beautiful, fixed red fabric seats, and six places for wheelchairs.
5) 54 lights on our grid! Yes, you read right; 54 lights, including colored gels and LED lights in order to let you paint the moods and atmospheres of your scenes.
6) A projector that covers a 12x16 area on our stage's backdrop.
7) An electric piano that all productions can use.
8) Fifty-five prop pieces, including varied pieces of real furniture, that every production can use. Ninety percent of our past participants have created their sets with our props. No more double parking rental vans, while you rush to unload props, trying to outsmart meters!
9) Enough storage space to allow you you to leave your costumes and props in the theater during your run.
10) Winners selected by a panel of outside judges, who are well-known in the world of NYC theater. We don't have popularity prizes for bringing the largest audience. In our festival, sometimes the barest production with the smallest audience attendance wins first prize simply because it was excellent!
11) Two professional reviews and four written evaluations for each play selected for the finals.
12) No seasonal volunteers! One of our principle founding members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times and performances
13) The opportunity to have your play professionally filmed for a very affordable price.
Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
Below are opportunities offered by organizations that have contacted the English Department directly. Please also consult the Career Development office and our bulletin board near the northern stairwell of the fourth floor of Barnard Hall.
- Positions Relevant to English Majors
- Positions Relevant to Film Studies Majors (Some relevant to English majors as well.)
Note that though the posting may be outdated, some of the internships listed are on a recurring basis.
Below are a list of sites online where you can search for a variety of jobs and internships to fit your needs.
ALL JOB TYPES (external links)
Most of these sites are updated daily, so check back often for the best chance to find that perfect position!
Positions Relevant to English Majors
Venus/Adonis Playwright Festival/Competition 2015
Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2016
JOB: Staff Writer and Editor for TED
TED is looking for a staff writer/editor for ideas.ted.com, the editorial platform where we track big ideas for an intelligent global audience. The ideal candidate is a terrific writer and skilled reporter capable of turning around smart pithy pieces on a short timeline, as well as an agile editor capable of bringing out the voice of contributors.
Our areas of coverage are wide-ranging — from architecture to entrepreneurship, philosophy to philanthropy. So broad areas of interest and expertise are needed. The key areas in which you’ll need to become particularly fluent: Technology, design, business, science, global development, and — broadly speaking — humans.
Our emphasis is on covering ideas that truly matter. So we don’t chase daily headlines. Rather, we create our own agenda based on a combination of the calendar, the news cycle, and the ideas surfacing through TED and TEDx events worldwide. Your role? You may work with TED speakers and other thinkers to craft short, idea-focused opinion pieces (the written equivalent of a TED Talk). You may track great ideas across technology, science, business and design, and find the single best person to interview about each one. You may ask important questions and find the right people to answer them.
One more thing to note: This role isn’t about writing prominent bylined features, but rather being part of an editorial team that amplifies the world’s most fascinating ideas through smart, accessible writing.
We need someone with:
Journalistic fluency. You watch a TED Talk; you know what a reader wants to know next or when to check in for an update. Well-honed reporting skills. You can write quickly and accurately, with heart and passion. Editorial acumen. You can work with TED speakers to craft essays that make their ideas shine. A strong focus on ideas, not just news. TED puts ideas at the center of all our content. We don’t chase daily news or simply relay facts. If you thrive on trigger-fast news reporting, this role probably isn’t right for you.
New media skills. You understand how storytelling works in a digital age.
Creativity. You can envision and execute editorial packages that could only be told at TED.
Professionalism and media savvy. You’re unfazed by working with some of the world’s most influential people, and you can get the best out of them.
Cross-disciplinary expertise. We know not everyone can be an expert in every topic TED covers, but this role calls for an ability to be fluent in a wide array of subjects. You need to hold your own.
Broad interest in the world. A full 60 percent of TED’s audience lives outside the U.S. and our coverage needs to match this global mindset. If you’ve lived outside the U.S. or traveled broadly, that’s a plus. Fluent in languages other than English? Another plus.
At least 5 years professional experience as a science writer or editor working on assignment and on deadline. We’re open to individuals with a wide range of experience; don’t worry about being over-qualified.
Clips (including blog posts and tweets) that show interest in a broad range of topics, including science.
Comfort with basic HTML and online publishing platforms such as WordPress. The skills to manage your time on concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment. An ability to listen deeply and critically. A passion for TED's mission and the prospect of sharing ideas worldwide through our many projects and platforms.
This is a full-time job in the TED office in Manhattan. TED is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value diversity. We encourage applicants of any background to apply. This is a full-time, in-house position. Please include links to your writing samples, as part of your application. Also: We only hire extremely nice people.
JOB: Lifestyle Editor for The Daily Dot
The Daily Dot is looking for an editor who can effectively lead the Lifestyle section and ensure authoritative coverage of its core focuses: sex and dating, health and body, LGBT issues, food, and fashion. The editor will directly manage a team of staff writers and a stable of freelance contributors, develop story ideas, edit the day’s top news, maintain a features calendar, and assist with promotional efforts and larger strategic development. Daily Dot section editors lead by example with agenda-driving features and breaking news reporting as necessary. The position reports directly to the Managing Editor.
Location - Anywhere, USA
Desired skills and expertise
*A proven ability to find, pitch, and edit features and direct editorial operations
*Three-plus years of journalism experience
*A thorough understanding of Web culture
*Proven ability to work on deadlines
*Experience working as part of and managing a virtual team a plus
*Must be able to multitask and prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment
Roles and responsibilities
*Develop and maintain a section budget and editorial calendar
*Find, assign, and edit stories, ensuring that each one has appropriate art and multimedia
*Hold weekly section meetings
*Help develop and execute social media strategy, including Facebook, Twitter, and newsletter promotion
JOB: Social Media Editor for the Natural Resources Defense Council
You will play a key role in rapid response to daily news, making sure we stay in the bloodstream of what people are talking about right now on social media. You will also work with other aspects of NRDC’s Communications Division, including campaigns, marketing, youth engagement, and media relations, to create content designed to motivate activists, achieve policy goals, build membership and support, and increase our reach and influence. You will understand the mission and brand of NRDC and relish the idea of representing it with creativity, nimbleness, and poise in the social space. In this job, you’ll be on the frontlines every day and love it.
•Provide hands-on daily management of NRDC’s key social media channels.
•Monitor breaking news and social conversation, crafting creative and responsive social media messages and memes that illuminate key NRDC positions in real time.
•Increase NRDC’s audience size and engagement metrics across social streams.
•Consult and coordinate with advocacy campaigns, executing social media strategy for achieving policy goals.
•Live tweet big news events like presidential speeches, election results, protests and other shared cultural milestones with an NRDC-infused point of view.
•Work with colleagues to develop and execute strategies for promotion and awareness of major reports, court decisions, and other public education and engagement opportunities.
•Organize and manage live events and public interaction via social streams, such as Hangouts, Twitter chats, Reddit AMAs, and other venues.
•Review, monitor, collect, and report analytics data for key social media accounts.
•Monitor social media industry news and trends to keep NRDC competitive.
•Cover some weekends and holidays as needed.
•Bachelors degree or greater.
•At least 3-5 years of experience in a social media or engagement role, preferably at a news organization, political campaign, nimble nonprofit, or agency that requires rapid response capability.
•Excellent writing skills with a knack for distilling stories into short, compelling copy for a digital audience.
•The ability to understand and adopt a “voice” that matches the one we will be establishing for NRDC in the digital space (light touch, conversational tone, highly accessible, pop culture-infused, smart but not snotty).
•Strong strategic and tactical editorial skills, honed by previous experience.
•Hands-on experience with social media tools such as Google Analytics, Chartbeat, CrowdTangle, Bitly, Sprout Social, Hootsuite Enterprise, Tweetdeck, or Social Flow.
•Demonstrated ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, organize time, and identify resources for projects as needed.
•Experience with Google Adwords and/or promoted social media posts.
•Experience organizing and managing live online events.
•Basic knowledge of HTML.
JOB: Copy Editor for Metropolis Magazine
Metropolis seeks an experienced copy editor to work, 10:30 am to 6 pm with some flexibility to work until 7 if necessary, for approximately two weeks out of each month.
Using Adobe InCopy, this person will copy edit all of the stories in the issue. This includes checking for grammar, spelling, and style, as well as suggesting improvements in clarity and tone. The copy editor will also review the final stories before they go to pre-press and keep the magazine’s style guide updated.
The right candidate will be proficient in Adobe InCopy and familiar with Chicago style. Experience in architecture and design journalism is preferred.
JOB: Editorial Associate for the Rainforest Alliance
The Communications Associate will contribute to the overall mission of the Rainforest Alliance as a vital member of the Editorial Unit, which is responsible for conceptualizing and producing organizational publications, web pages and short videos, as well as managing the blog and key social media properties. S/he will work closely with other members of the editorial team to create engaging content that clearly conveys the breadth and depth of the Rainforest Alliance’s work and makes it accessible to diverse audiences—from farmers and foresters to companies and consumers.
- Write copy for organizational communications vehicles, including the website, blogs, annual report, newsletters, brochures, etc;
- Contribute to the Rainforest Alliance blog: generate story ideas, research and create original content and edit content prepared by colleagues;
- Contribute ideas and manage content for key social media properties of the Rainforest Alliance (including Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest; increase both followers and engagement);
- Liaise with colleagues across divisions to stay abreast of newsworthy developments in other programs;
- Copy edit as needed; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, English, journalism or related field;
- Minimum of 4 years of experience in journalism, communications, public relations or related field;
- Strong creative drive, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Demonstrable writing and copy editing skills, including web copy writing;
- Deep commitment to rigor and accuracy in research and reporting for content
- Excellent organization and research skills;
- Keen judgment and ability to juggle sometimes competing priorities;
- Mastery of WordPress;
- Demonstrated experience in social media management;
- Strong self-starter, meticulous attention to detail and good follow-through;
- Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills;
- Excellence in written and spoken English required; mastery of a second language a plus.
Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package provided.
INTERNSHIP: Junior Writer for R Couri Hay Creative Public Relations
We are a highly regarded integrated news media and PR agency based in New York City and Southampton.
Our range of work includes luxury brands, philanthropic organizations, hotels, restaurants and top-tier nightlife venues. We also cover art, fashion and beauty clients, architects, interior designers, celebrities, social figures, and experts in the health and wellness fields.
The role is for a junior writer, with previous writing experience. The candidate will work with a small team to write 450-word to 1000-word bylined profiles and features that will run in 4 to 6 NY and Southampton magazines. This is a fantastic opportunity for a junior writer to secure bylined articles in NYC and Hamptons based media. The role is part-time.
• The candidate will be responsible for elements of story creation from receiving a brief, researching the subject, interviewing in person or on phone, reviewing the piece with a senior editor and agency CEO and submitting to editors.
• The candidate will be required to copy edit the senior editors articles.
• The candidate will be required to provide support in researching and cataloguing content for a style history book.
• Research and edit travel features
• Journalism or English graduate
• Previous writing experience – should have had at least a handful of bylined articles published in print or online
• Excellent grammar and spelling
• Excellent attention to detail
• Excellent phone demeanor
• Excellent verbal communications skills
• Ability to manage time
• Comfort in fast-paced environment with ability to balance multiple projects and interface with senior level employees
• Ability to multi-task
INTERNSHIP: Social Media Content Writer for Fresh Digital Group
FreshDigitalGroup (FDG) is a mobile solutions provider-agency based in NYC. We need a quick-thinking, intellectually curious, and engaged individual who is interested in the inner workings of the digital world and is intrigued by the shift to mobile i.e. apps, mobile web, rich media, user experience, social media, etc. We are looking for a self-motivated and innovative thinker who understands the “big picture” of media platforms, brands, publishers, agencies, etc, their significance, and is inspired by the inflection point of traditional and digital. You want an opportunity to lead, and work closely with the internal/external teams on key initiatives.
The ideal candidate will be an extremely organized, detail-obsessed self-starter with passion for everything digital. Do you want to or can you already juggle multiple projects and stay calm and collected under pressure? This must be part of your DNA. We are looking for a driven, quick thinker on our communications team, and the role has an extremely broad set of duties. For starters, you must be prepared to learn on your feet and quickly adapt to the fast-paced and results-driven environment of digital media. Once you have proven your growth trajectory, you may be asked to attend events with the CEO. This is a privilege, not a right, but can offer amazing opportunities in the NYC media playground while learning how to be an executive and interacting with clients. We are looking for someone who is extremely personable and articulate, but also can direct traffic in the office. You will be responsible for assigning tasks to other interns and ensuring that the weekly objectives are completed and documented. Believe in our vision. Are you a great talent?
The responsibilities listed for this position include only the basic skills an communications intern must possess. When working with us, you may be asked to complete many tasks that you are unfamiliar with. As you will be working directly with the CEO, you must have a large breadth of knowledge involving mobile and the leaders of mobile. A keen interest on learning the ins and outs of the industry is imperative.
• Develop social media and content strategies for FDG's clients and future pitch
• Create and curate content for social media postings, including copywriting
• Draft FDG's deck slides, SlideShare, corporate framework, talking points and key messages
• Assist in managing FDG’s social media platforms to protect and enhance the company’s reputation
• Work closely with business segment leaders to identify specific employee communication opportunities to help drive increased employee engagement, assessing the value and fit and developing the necessary communications
• Contribute to the content creation processes and tasks, including concept creation, writing, proofreading, editing, routing and publishing to different internal and external communication vehicles
• New business development, including pitch presentations, RFP responses, lead generation and networking
• Excellent written and verbal skills (native English speaker or close-to-native proficiency)
• Creative and energetic personality
• Strong knowledge in running social media campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.
• Passion and enthusiasm for everything social, from copywriting to creative visuals to overall strategy to simply engaging with people on social platforms
• Excitement about being on the cutting edge of social strategy and testing new things
• Thorough understanding of the importance of data and ability to analyze trends and respond with solutions
Required - English, Social Media, Copywriting
Preferred - American English, Social Media Blogging, Social Media Communications, Public Relations, Social Media Strategist
INTERNSHIP: Blogging/Content Creator for ComicsVerse
Gone are the days when comic books are just for geeks -- now, they are big news! Do you love comics and graphic novels? Do you love to write?
ComicsVerse is looking for bloggers and content creators for our podcasts, videos and website! We are particularly interested in readers of comic book and graphic novels that are both mainstream and independently published to write about them two to three times per week. You may choose to work from home or in our apartment office in a cool friendly atmosphere.
In the past, our interns have interviewed comic book creators at various New York City comic conventions, starred in video reviews of comics and graphic novels and had posts of theirs read on an affiliate website more than twenty thousand times.
You will learn to be a better writer, pick up some SEO techniques, gain experience with WordPress, better your social media techniques and if desired, venture into video editing, videography and setting up a studio.
Check out http://ComicsVerse.com to get an idea of how the site works and feel free to get in touch with us if you're interested!
-Researching and reading comic books and graphic novels in order to analyze them in blog format.
-Posting to various social media platforms.
-Scouring news sites for the latest comic book news to post on social media.
-Posting articles in WordPress
-interviewing comic book creators (artists and writers)
-possibly attending comic book events like conventions such as New York Comic Con
-possibly starring in video reviews or writing written reviews for comic books and graphic novels
-attending meetings online and possibly in person
We only require that you be interested in comic books, graphic novels, art or comic book movies!
Positions Relevant to Film Studies Majors
INTERNSHIP: Script Writer for GG Magazine
We are looking for talented up and coming script writers to help assist in writing for filming a leading travel and lifestyle show. Must have humor, and knowledge of international trends, pop culture, people, and lifestyle trends. Must be accessible to meeting in the Manhattan, New York area. Full or Part-time
- Assist with editorial projects and provide support to the Managing director.
-Writing for our episodes that feature international trends, lifestyle, people, places, travel, and culture.
- Assisting with filming when shooting out on location
- Strong organizational and communication skills with keen attention to detail and problem solving skills
- Knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Word.
INTERNSHIP: Videographer for SamyRoad
SamyRoad, Europe's fastest growing tech/lifestyle start-up, is a content discovery platform that works with influential creators to curate incredible campaigns for the world's leading brands. Since it's launch in spring of 2013, SamyRoad has built a 150K+ community of influential creators and has worked with over 25 Fortune 500 brands. Following a successful seed-funding round, SamyRoad received over 400 press mentions, and was nominated for 20 international awards. Being a part of Samy means that you live every day for your passions, and aspire to create endlessly to make the world a better place than you found it. For more information and to browse content and creators, visit www.SamyRoad.com
Samyroad is looking for an experienced Freelance Videographer Intern to join its expanding in-house content team. The internship includes a monthly stipend, with the aim of full-time employment. If you love nothing more than to be in the field shooting and producing video content, you’ll love this job.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Must have access to professional-grade equipment and be able to shoot, edit, and deliver footage on a deadline.
• Shooting a variety of styles of original and branded content, in the field and in the studio, including documentary pieces, commercial-style shoots, long-form, etc.
• Organizing shot footage for post-production as well as for archives.
• Working with producers to properly set up shoots and projects.
• Travel for domestic and/or international shoots, as required.
• Helping create and develop ideas for specific shoots or serialized shows as a member of SamyRoad creative team.
• 3+ years of experience shooting – both DSLR and pro-sumer cameras.
• 2+ years of experience of some kind of production experience.
• Know how to handle, both audio and video in the field; knowledgeable on how to light scenes.
• Strong understanding of storytelling – visually and narratively.
• Workable editing skills using FinalCut or Adobe Premiere
• Unwavering desire to learn more about your craft and continue to become better.
• Ability to cohesively and effectively work within a large creative organization, to embrace new experiences and take direction well. Your ideas will not always win out and you have to be ok with that. We welcome smart, intuitive candidates who have a passion for working in video production and for storytelling.
• Access to own studio is highly recommended.
• A deep love of fashion, art, music, adrenaline, travel, and/or start-ups is a bonus.
Required - Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, Lighting, DSLR, Post Production, Audio Editing
Preferred - Directing, Social Media Advertising, Start-ups
INTERNSHIP: Video Production for Global Poverty Project
The Global Poverty Project (GPP) is an international education and advocacy organization whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty by 2030. We are best known for our online platform, Global Citizen, and for the annual Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park. The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will take place on September 26 with headliners, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam, and Coldplay.
We're currently looking for a passionate, focused and organized intern to work with the GPP's Production team for Fall 2015.
The role requires the design and production of video-based media, from filming, motion graphics and editing through to final output. Primarily focused on executing internal and external promotional materials that engage and excite viewers.
Working closely with the Creative Director and Campaign leads this is a role to help define your style and become involved in other aspects of the creative industry. We thrive in a fast-paced environment that demands excellent time-management skills, the ability to work quickly and keep your humor intact!
- Versatile filming skills, including use of camera, lighting and sound equipment.
- Confident in Adobe Premiere Pro
- Knowledge of basic After Effects.
- Thorough understanding of video formats, online delivery, and associated technical requirements, e.g. compression codecs, aspect ratios, data rates.
- Comfortable in both PC and Mac environments.
- Ability to use your own equipment valuable