Assistant Performance Producer

New York, NY
Temporary to Full Time
Entry Level

A full-time temporary position is available for an Assistant Performance Producer at the Whitney Museum. Reporting to the Performance Producer, the assistant will support the coordination, scheduling, and supervision of performance activity while liaising across museum departments.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in supporting each performance’s specific pre-production, set-up, execution, and post-production requirements, in close coordination with the Performance Producer.
  • Assist Performance Producer in researching, ordering, receiving, and deploying required materials and equipment needed for projects.
  • Assist Performance Producer in drafting production schedules and managing complimentary tickets for performances.
  • Schedule and supervise any onsite rehearsals and site visits with artists and collaborators.
  • Act as a point person for artists and members of museum staff during rehearsals and performances.
  • Ensure production materials, props, and equipment are effectively catalogued and tracked during productions.
  • Attend, contribute to, and take minutes at all production and post-production meetings.
  • Under the guidance of the Performance Producer, assist in drafting and distributing relevant Performance Agreements and negotiate terms with artists and managers as needed.
  • Under the guidance of the Performance Producer, contribute to all aspects of performance production management, including acquiring rental quotes, booking tech and production labor, and supervising load-ins and load-outs.
  • Supervise performances on days the Performance Producer is not on site.


  • B.A. required; art history or performing arts preferred
  • Minimum three years of experience working in a theater, museum, or similar setting
  • Background in live performance, exhibitions, and events planning
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a positive, professional, and proactive demeanor
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Well organized, self-motivated, and flexible, with a collaborative spirit
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects and meet tight deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, Adobe, PC and Mac OS
  • Some evening and weekend work required 

             About the Whitney:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

          EEO Statement:

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

       COVID guidelines:

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.




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