Why Get Involved?

 

Rattlestick gave first productions to young, unknown writers who now are household names, including Lucy Thurber, Adam Rapp, Halley Feiffer, and most recently Martyna Majok. Rattlestick, in partnership with Women’s Project Theater, produced Martya Majok’s Ironbound in 2016, Majok’s first New York Production. This opportunity transformed Majok’s career. Ironbound is now being seen by thousands of audiences around the country, and her subsequent plays have been produced at Williamstown Theater Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center. 

Since producing Diana Oh in Fall ‘17, theaters in NY and around the country have contacted Rattlestick about bringing {mylingerieplay} to their city and/or engaging Diana in other projects. This commitment to producing unknown, fiercely talented writers makes Rattlestick essential.

 

Rattlestick Membership Benefits

TICKET DEALS

· One first choice premium seat for our Mainstage and Middle Voice shows
· Discounted guest tickets
· Unlimited Ticket Exchanges (subject to availability)
· Advance notice & Discount Offers to all of our cool stuff - readings, special events, partner productions, talkbacks, StickTalks, festivals, workshops, classes - you name it, we got it, and you'll know first!

EVENTS + COMMUNITY PERKS

· Subscription to our E-newsletter for great deals, what's new and next, and all things Rattlestick
· The best, most friendly CUSTOMER SERVICE in NYC Theater

SPACE RENTALS

· Discounts on space rentals for special events

FEES

Just $125 to become a Rattlestick Member!
($99
for Renewing Members)

Please contact us at marketing@rattlestick.org if you have any questions!

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PATRON PROGRAM

 
 

As a patron of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, you help us provide enduring support to our artists, making Rattlestick home to some of the boldest and most ambitious voices in the American Theater.

Listed below are just a few of the ways we show our gratitude to supporters at every level!
 

DABBLERS
Up to $149:
Names listed in our program and on our website and our endless gratitude! 

CONNOISSEURS
$150-$499:
The above, advance notice about ticketing, unlimited ticket exchanges, and our endless gratitude!

APPRENTICES
$500-$999:
All the above, invitations to select readings and special events, and our endless gratitude! 

MENTORS
$1,000-$2,499:
All the above; invitations to select openings, private readings, and board parties featuring Rattlestick artists; two complimentary tickets to one Rattlestick production*; and our endless gratitude!
*(value of non-tax-deductible goods and services rendered equivalent to $82)

EXPERTS
$2,500-$4,999:
All the above, one membership (one ticket to all Rattlestick shows and Middle Voice productions) and two complimentary guest tickets to one Rattlestick production*, and our endless gratitude!
*(value of non-tax-deductible goods and services rendered equivalent to $191)

STARS
$5,000-$9,999:
All the above, two memberships and four complimentary guest tickets*, meal and insider conversation with Rattlestick Artistic Director Daniella Topol, and our endless gratitude!
*(value of non-tax-deductible goods and services rendered equivalent to $382)

LUMINARIES
$10,000+:
All the above, two memberships and eight complimentary guest tickets*, and our endless gratitude!
*(value of non-tax-deductible goods and services rendered equivalent to $546)

REVOLUTIONARIES
$25,000+:
Be an Off-Broadway Producer on a Rattlestick production with access to first rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and development conversations; two memberships and eight complimentary guest tickets*; advance notice about Rattlestick season planning, meal and conversation with Rattlestick Artistic Director and artists; invitations to select openings, private readings, and board parties featuring Rattlestick artists; advance notice about ticketing; unlimited ticket exchanges; names listed in our program and on our website; and our endless gratitude!
*(value of non-tax-deductible goods and services rendered equivalent to $546)

 

 
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Stick Studies

Rattlestick’s arts education program,‘Stick Studies is aimed at connecting groups of NYC high school students with one or more shows in our Mainstage Season. In 2016-17, Rattlestick began a partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), a foundation established by Ann Tisch to support programs that empower students to break the cycle of poverty through education. YWLN supports a network of five 6th-12th grade all-girls secondary schools in NYC. 

Last season, we worked with the senior classes from the Brooklyn and East Harlem schools. Students studied the cultural context of Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood and Mashuq Deen’s Draw the Circle. As they did in the previous season, our teaching artists worked with the students by addressing all five NYC DOE Blueprint Standards in the Arts, before the students attended a dedicated student matinee for both performances. Students had the opportunity to participate in facilitated post-performance conversations with the artists. There was another in-class session after the matinee, which involved writing prompts and the option to perform original student-created work. This program served 200 students (100 from each school) in February 2018.

Bring Rattlestick Teaching Artists to Your School

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Usher at Rattlestick

Ushering is a way to join our community and see our shows for free. If you would like to sign up for an usher shift, please contact us at ushers@rattlestick.org, and a staff member will get in touch with you.

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Our Partners

Rattlestick is committed to being a home for the individuals it serves. Our community is made up of artists, audiences, staff, interns, local businesses, educational artistic partners, ushers, and more. We are always looking to expand our community at Rattlestick, and to welcome more people into our home. 

Become a Local Business or Education Partner

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Intern with Us

 
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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a multi-award winning organization, dedicated to producing new, ambitious plays that provoke conversations in response to the complexities of our culture. Rattlestick is run by a small, dedicated staff of four, and supports over one hundred artists each year. Rattlestick interns will get hands-on experience in their chosen department, and will work directly with one or more supervisors.

Read below for dates, deadlines, and descriptions of the internships Rattlestick has to offer:

ARTISTIC INTERN: (not accepting applications at this time)

The Artistic Intern will work directly with Daniella Topol, and Directing Fellow, Shadi Ghaheri, to support Rattlestick’s Artistic Department. Responsibilities include: supporting Rattlestick’s production work including rehearsals and tech, attending and supporting Rattlestick’s workshops and readings, evaluating script submissions, scouting shows in New York, and building and maintaining Rattlestick’s artistic archive.

All candidates must be well-organized, proactive, detail-oriented, creative, possess strong communication skills and be able to multi-task. Candidates must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week.  

DEVELOPMENT INTERN:

The Development Intern will work directly with the Core Team member in charge of development to gain hands-on experience in fundraising for arts non-profits. The Development Intern will assist in grant writing and research, brand maintenance, database management, financial planning and other administrative tasks. Interns are encouraged to attend Rattlestick productions and events to better understand and articulate the unique qualities of Rattlestick's work.

All candidates must be well-organized, self-starters who are detail-oriented and possess strong communication skills and ability to multi-task. Proficiency in MS Office a plus. Strong writing and research skills encouraged. Candidates must commit to a minimum of 18 per week. Degree credit may be arranged. 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT INTERN:

The General Management Intern will work closely with Managing Director on financial management, day-to-day operations, and all general management tasks that go along with producing our mainstage and apprentice productions. The GM Intern will be encouraged to develop and contribute strategies and systems for general management within the company and non-profit industry at large. The GM Intern will be encouraged to collaborate with other Rattlestick staff members on fundraising and marketing tasks as well. This internship is an opportunity for aspiring arts management professionals to gain experience in a fast-paced, hands-on organization, focused on producing and general management.

All candidates must be well-organized, proactive, detail-oriented, possess strong communication skills and be able to multi-task. Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, & Outlook) is important. Must have a strong interest in theater. Candidates must commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. Degree credit may be arranged. 

LITERARY INTERN: (not accepting applications at this time)

The Literary Intern will work directly with the Lit Team to read and evaluate scripts, take notes during Lit Team meetings, and establish systems to keep Rattlestick’s script archive organized and useful to the Lit Team.

All candidates must be well-organized, proactive, detail oriented, and possess the ability to multi-task. Proficiency in MS Office and MailMerge highly encouraged. Must be able to read a minimum of two plays per week. A passion for reading, talking about and writing about plays is crucial. Strong writing skills encouraged. Flexible schedule to be determined by Intern and Supervisor.

MARKETING & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERN:

The Marketing & Community Engagement Intern will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement on community outreach, day-to-day operations, and all marketing plan management tasks (especially social media outreach) that go along with keeping our theatre community engaged throughout the year. The Marketing & Community Engagement Intern will be encouraged to develop and contribute strategies and systems for community outreach within the company and non-profit industry at large. The Marketing & Community Engagement Intern will be encouraged to collaborate with other Rattlestick staff members of fundraising and general management tasks as well. This internship is an opportunity for aspiring arts management professionals and/or arts-based community organizers to gain experience in a fast-paced, hands-on organization, focused on building and maintaining community relationships.

All candidates must be well-organized, proactive, detail-oriented, possess strong communication skills and be able to multi-task. Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, & Outlook, in addition to the suite of Google Applications) is important. Knowledge of all social media platforms (particularly Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) is required. Must have a strong interest in theater. Candidates must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week. Degree credit may be arranged. 
 

Rattlestick accepts interns for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. We accept applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Fall: Sept. 4th - Dec. 14th

        We will begin reviewing applications July 5th

Spring: January 7th - May 24th

       We will begin reviewing applications November 20th

Summer: June 3rd - August 30th

      We will begin reviewing applications March 1st


If you are interested in applying for an internship, please email a cover letter and resume to interns@rattlestick.org. Please include the term and title of the internship for which you are applying in the subject line of your email (ie. Fall Artistic Intern Application). You may apply for more than one internship position.