Work with Us

If you are inspired by innovation, creativity, and progress, join us.

We are —

  • Leadership, staff, artists, and members who work together to engage new artists, invite artistic risk, provoke change, and move audiences;
  • A thriving arts complex where we incubate a dynamic and eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and art that defies categorization;
  • Fertile ground for artists to experiment, create, exhibit, and perform;
  • A vibrant and inclusive gathering place where diverse artists, mentors, patrons, and public engage to collaborate and generate cultural community.

Internship Opportunities

From visual arts to theatre, arts administration to marketing, BCA’s internship program offers a variety of ways to get involved, and the opportunity to set individual goals, work on a wide-range of projects, and learn about the local arts community. There’s the added bonus of networking with artists and arts professionals while enjoying the vibrant South End neighborhood.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an integral role at BCA – from our gallery attendants who encourage dialogue in the Mills Gallery, to the dozens of constituents who help the Boston Art Book Fair run smoothly. We love to welcome you into the BCA family with the donation of your time and efforts.

Production Manager, Cyclorama

Career Opportunities

Description:

Position Concept

The Cyclorama Production Manager oversees the execution and production of events on the BCA campus, with most work focusing on the Cyclorama. As a person with extensive knowledge of event technical production and venue management, the manager will supervise and provide consultation on the technical and logistical elements that make an event succeed. The manager shall demonstrate outstanding customer service skills and the ability to successfully problem-solve. The manager works closely with the Cyclorama sales team to ensure client satisfaction and repeat business.

Within the Operations Department, the Cyclorama Production Manager works with members of the operations and artistic staff on the production of internal events in all BCA venues. The manager is responsible for scheduling, managing and mentoring part-time event staff. This position requires flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, and the ability to lift, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, grasp, push and pull.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing events at a roadhouse style venue.
  • Serving as the venue manager for the Cyclorama.
  • Overseeing the technical and logistical elements of events in the Cyclorama. This work may involve lifting, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, grasping, pushing, and pulling.
  • Recruiting, managing, and training part-time event staff in the knowledge necessary for working events on the BCA campus.
  • Scheduling and managing event security.
  • Oversee and coordinate cleaning and maintenance needs for the Cyclorama.
  • Maintaining the safety, security, and functionality of the Cyclorama including safety equipment, procedures, policies, crowd management, evacuation training, and other physical needs to present a professional public venue. Knowledge of OSHA laws and guidelines is expected and may be part of on-the-job training.
  • Providing production support for events, exhibitions and maintenance in all BCA spaces. This may include painting, cleaning, building and maintaining.
  • Assisting to ensure safe maintenance of all public spaces.
  • Attend meetings and serve on teams, as assigned.
  • Assisting with facilities department as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications

EDUCATION: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree with a specialty area in technical production or significant professional experience related to venue technical operations or production management.

RELATED EXPERIENCE: The successful candidate will have: ability to work independently and creatively; skills in theatrical lighting installation and repair, electrical distribution, technical production, floorplan drafting, carpentry, and general maintenance of a professional venue; strong communication skills; experience managing and delegating to others; experience working in a collaborative environment; ability to multi-task successfully; experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite; excellent organizational skills; an ability to maintain the highest professional ethics at all times.

Persons with fluency in both English and one other language are strongly encouraged to apply.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, bend and stoop; use hands to operate objects, tools, and/or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl; talk and/or hear; taste and/or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Employee must have ability to work in outdoor and indoor work environments.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and the names of three (3) relevant references (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Phyllis Y Smith, BCA Director of Venue Operations
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
cycloramaproduction@bcaonline.org

References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant.

Usher for Plaza and Black Box Theatres

Volunteer Opportunities

Description:

We are currently looking for volunteers to help usher for productions in our Plaza and Black Box Theatres. Volunteer ushers are an integral part of the audience experience for fringe theatre companies and ensembles that produce hundreds of performances each season. Volunteers sign up for available shifts roughly one month before each performance. 

Volunteer responsibilities
  • Arriving one hour before showtime
  • Handing out programs
  • Taking tickets
  • Helping seat patrons
  • Answering basic questions about the production
  • Light clean up after the performance
  • Assisting with emergency evacuation in case of emergency
Volunteer benefits
  • Enjoying free performances
Requirements
  • General weeknight and weekend availability
  • Dress code is event black clothing
How to apply

Email your name and phone number to housemanager@bcaonline.org.

Gallery Attendant

Volunteer Opportunities

Description:

Boston Center for the Arts accepts applications year-round for volunteer Gallery Attendants in the Mills Gallery. The Mills Gallery Volunteer Program offers an opportunity to gain experience, knowledge, and insight into a non-profit arts organization and the Boston arts community. Gallery Attendants are the face of the Mills Gallery and an important link between our programs, gallery and our public. They oversee the safety of exhibited work while creating a welcoming environment for visitors.

Responsibilities
  • Opening and closing gallery
  • Enforcing gallery rules in a polite but firm manner
  • Collecting visitor information
  • Becoming knowledgeable about the exhibit and artists on view as well as BCA-wide programs
  • Initiating and encouraging dialogue with and among visitors
  • Serving as a general resource for our public by providing information about BCA programs, exhibits, performances and events
  • Assisting in event/performance production in the gallery
  • Assisting with emergency evacuation in case of emergency.
Benefits
  • Invitations to exclusive talks given by artists, performers, curators, etc
  • Valuable visitor service training including an introduction to educational theories and techniques
  • Professional gallery operations experience
  • Opportunities to work with BCA staff, as well as artists, curators, and special guests
  • Opportunities to create new relationships and networks
Requirements
  • Training in setting up/shutting down the gallery
  • Commitment to a 4-hour shift for the duration of the exhibition

For more information, contact Erin Dimson-Doyle at edimson@bcaonline.org