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
INTERNSHIP: Fall 2015 Library Assistant for the Center For Fiction
The Center for Fiction is looking for matriculating students for a fall internship beginning early September, 2015. This is an unpaid position but can be taken for school credit.
Interns will help maintain the Center's 85,000-volume library and independent bookstore, gain experience in original and copy cataloging of materials, circulation, weeding, readers advisory, and work with our nineteenth-century collection. Interns will also help with our roster of fall readings and events. This internship requires a minimum commitment of two five-hour shifts per week from September through December. All interns will receive a free year’s membership to the Center for Fiction (a value of $120), which includes borrowing privileges and discounts on classes and book purchases.
Interested candidates should email the head librarian Jon Michaud at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of their resume and cover letter. Please put “internship” in the subject line of the e-mail.
The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of the Center for Fiction is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. With all our resources, including our exceptional book collection, our beautiful reading room, our website and our ever-growing array of creative programs, we seek to serve the reading public, to build a larger audience for fiction and to create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature.
INTERNSHIP - Fall 2015 Writer's Assistant
INTERNSHIP: Fall Editorial Intern for TV Guide Magazine
TV Guide Magazine interns gain experience in several departments at the magazine. Beginning in the research department, the student will fact check stories and assist the researchers in news, highlights, and feature stories for publication. The student will work closely with editors and staff writers to help compile information for special packages such as our Fall Preview and Winter Preview, among others. The student will attend our daily morning news meetings and weekly editorial meetings and is welcome to pitch ideas to the staff. Interns will also transcribe interviews with actors/producers/directors, communicate with network publicists, and research TV Guide’s rich archives. Depending on the student’s skill set, he or she may have the opportunity to cover red-carpet events, conduct phone interviews for stories, and write short articles for print and online.
We’re looking for interns who are passionate about TV, celebrities, and entertainment. Enthusiasm, efficiency, and organizational skills are essential, in addition to proficiency with computers and social media. Interns must be strong writers, and experience in journalistic research and conducting interviews is a plus. Journalism, media studies, and communications majors are preferred. TV Guide Magazine will provide the intern with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at a fast-paced, biweekly entertainment magazine.
Skills to Be Developed:
• Research skills (through archives, press sites, search engines, etc.)
• Communication skills (with major network publicists on a regular basis)
• Fact-checking skills (under the direction of the research director)
• Interview and transcription skills (either through direct practice or listening to editors’ interviews)
• Organizational skills (to help compile information for special packages/features)
• Writing skills (opportunities in print and online with our sister site TVInsider.com)
Time Commitment: Minimum of two days per week; regular hours are 10am–6pm (flexible according to student’s schedule)
Application: Please include at least two writing samples or clips of any published or academic work, along with one or two references.
INTERNSHIP: Fall Magazine Intern for New York Family Magazine
For someone interested in a magazine internship that's all about writing and reporting and gaining true exposure and experience, New York Family has a wonderful hands-on program that has a strong track record for helping people clarify their career interests, build resumes and land jobs. We are presently recruiting for fall interns. As a part of our team, you'll write stories for both the magazine and the website across a variety of potential subjects, including education, health and fitness, travel, green living, culture, fashion, New York City fun, parenting, and family life. Ideally, candidates should have some experience writing for school publications or other outlets, but we also welcome applications from people with less experience but outstanding writing and communication skills and a strong interest in getting more exposure to journalism. Over the years, we have helped nurture the budding careers of undergrads, grad students, young adults in the job market, and career-changers. For our interns, we pride ourselves on being helpful and supportive mentors. We also offer a fair amount of scheduling flexibility. Interested candidates should check out our website, newyorkfamily.com, and send in a resume and cover letter explaining why this would be a good match.
JOB: Online Staff Writer for Us Weekly
UsMagazine.com is seeking an Online Staff Writer to join our team. The ideal candidate must have 2+ years’ online writing and editing experience and an in-depth knowledge of pop culture. He or she must be familiar with the 24-hour celebrity news cycle, and Us Weekly's unique voice and brand. The Online Writer must be 110% confident writing fast, fun breaking news posts (with an eye for SEO-friendly headlines, decks and body copy), hot pic captions and galleries.
This individual will be responsible for writing original stories based on Us Weekly's original reporting as well as aggregate celebrity news and items as they break throughout the day and night.
JOB: Freelance Writer for Fatherly
- Minimum of 2-3 years experience in a digital media organization, with a published body of work.
- Must be able to produce clean, entertaining and informative copy, consistently and at a high volume (4+ articles per day).
- Must be professionally curious and able to write across a broad variety of topics, including health, relationships, science, products and gear, child development, education, children’s activities and finance.
- Dogged and creative research skills; determined reporting chops.
- High standards of accuracy and a passion for fact checking.
- Understand and maintain SEO and social media best practices.
- Fatherhood is not required, but an interest in kids and kids issues is.
- Curate the best articles relevant to our readership from across the web daily, adding value to each story with original writing and reporting.
- Compose short articles for young parents, guys in particular, targeted specifically to the age/stage of their kids.
- Curate the best kids’ activity content from across the web and compose short articles that explain and summarize them for our readers.
- Contribute research and reporting for annual “State Of” features on key topics including education, family policy, and corporate work/life balance.
- Pitch and execute original editorial ideas for the site’s established feature franchises.
- Brainstorm one-off originals according to site editorial calendar.
- Build and publish articles in the site CMS.
- Write article heds and deks, optimizing for both social platforms and search.
JOB: Entertainment Writer for Zealnyc
Do you have passion for live New York City arts and entertainment? A cultural enthusiast who is in the know and has something to say?
ZEALnyc, New York City's leading source for arts and entertainment news, information and community seeks contributing writers across all live entertainment categories to join our roster of nationally recognized entertainment taste-makers and conversationalists. ZEALnyc is looking for writers of all ages and experience levels.
Though contributing writer content is currently not remunerated, we offer fantastic exposure in a trusted media brand that is growing by leaps and bounds.
Join ZEALnyc and become an important part of the New York City arts and entertainment conversation.
JOB: Broadway Ticket Ambassadors
We spend our day talking to tourists about Broadway shows, educating them about current productions, & making great money while having time to audition and perform!
You Must be:
* Knowledgeable about Broadway or willing to learn
* Full Training
* Team Work Environment
* The BEST pay in this business. We guarantee a shift pay of $65/day plus daily cash bonuses.
Average performers work 28 hours per week and earn $460
Good performers work 28 hours per week and earn $680
Excellent performers work 28 hours per week and earn $980
Amazing performers work 36 hours per week and earn $1180
Other perks include:
* 1 hour for lunch
* Free show tickets
* Scholarships for training with Voice & Acting coaches who also coach current Broadway leads.
Shifts Available 7 days per week at the following times:
8:30am to 4:30pm or 11am to 6:45pm
IMMEDIATE STARTS AVAILABLE.
Salary: $65/day + bonuses
Company: TSE Tickets
Venus/Adonis Playwright Festival/Competition 2015
Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2016
Positions Relevant to Film Studies Majors
Intern - Script Department
Sesame Street Domestic Production is looking for English and Communication majors for the Fall 2015 Script Department Internship. We are looking for proactive, driven, problem solving interns that are interested in learning about the logistics of a script department.
Intern Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:
- Answer Production phone lines
- Assist with the script revision process
- Assist with copying and distributing scripts to cast and crew
- Complete screenings for promos and domestic episodes
- Production and office runs as directed
- Support asset management needs
- Observe both creative and management aspects of production to gain a better understanding of how a Sesame Street episode is produced domestically
- Assist with special projects as needed
- Help Sesame Workshop staff as directed
Works Directly With:
- Script Department
- Final Cut, Premiere
- Final Draft
- Proficient in Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Critical Position Behaviors:
- Computer Literate: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Familiar with Final Cut, Final Draft, and Photoshop is a plus.
- Confident: Possesses and exhibits a level of confidence, but is able to take direction and criticism professionally while communicating efficiently.
- Detail Oriented: Ability to work efficiently and effectively. Ability to keep self and space organized.
- Enthusiastic: Enthusiastic and highly energetic ensuring a willingness to learn and creating a positive work environment.
- Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups as production needs develop.
- Hospitality: Displays a positive attitude with a will to do whatever it takes to get a job done – big or small. Takes time to put pride into work, even in the details of small jobs.
- Initiative: Proactive attitude that focuses on creating ideas and plans for correcting issues or handling daily tasks. Uses resources well and creates projects to use downtime productively.
- Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.
- Team Player: Must thrive in a collaborative environment. Works on personal and professional growth with hopes of inspiring and encouraging growth in others.
- English and Communication Production Majors: Students who are currently enrolled in an English or Communication major are preferred.
Please Note: Applicants must be currently enrolled in College or University. All years are welcome to apply, Juniors and Seniors are preferred.
Internship will start in Late August/Early September 2015 and end in December 2015. Days/Hours Needed: 21 hours/week max.