The Shed at night, photo by Simon Luethi.
The Shed at night, photo by Simon Luethi.

Available Positions:

Graphic Designer
The Graphic Designer will serve as part of The Shed’s internal Graphic Design department within the Marketing and Communications team. The Marketing team is charged with driving local, national, and global visibility for The Shed’s opening in spring 2019 and developing comprehensive efforts to promote all performances, exhibitions, programs, initiatives, and events. The Graphic Designer will work closely with the Director of Graphic Design to conceptualize, develop, present, and execute graphic materials across The Shed’s digital, print, and environmental platforms. The Graphic Designer will work in close collaboration with all institutional departments to create materials that engage a variety of audiences and foster appreciation for The Shed’s programs and mission, including but not limited to supporting the visual identity, exhibitions, programs, and advertising.

Production Manager
The Shed is a commissioning organization devoted to supporting leading artists to create new work in a variety of venues from a large hall, theater, and art galleries. The Production Manager should demonstrate an aptitude and willingness to brainstorm creative strategies and solutions to productions throughout the Production Process; to implement best practices while developing the Shed-way; to think outside the box with the artists, and Shed colleagues.

Technical Director
The Technical Director will have strong technical design and development skills, work well under short time constraints, and be able to pivot easily from one task or idea to another. They should be experienced with all aspects of technical production, and have an in-depth knowledge of NYC vendors and practices. Theatre, music, and event production experience is essential, as well as an open and creative approach to the production process. Sensitivity to varying artists’ and clients’ needs and patience amidst changing priorities will help immeasurably in this position.

Ticket Services Manager
The Ticket Services Manager is a key member of the Marketing and Communications team that will be responsible for developing, launching, and managing ticketing operations for The Shed. Reporting to the Director of Ticket Services, the Ticket Services Manager will lead the frontline team, oversee the ticketing platform, and help achieve the customer service goals of The Shed. The Ticket Services Manager will be part of the core team that is responsible for the audience experience and rethinking how technology and new engagement strategies can shape that experience. The ideal candidate has experience optimizing ticketing systems and ticketing operations for cultural organizations in seated, general admission, and timed ticketing environments. They have expertise in both the performing arts and visual arts, which is essential for the interdisciplinary nature of The Shed’s programming. They have leadership experience, a demonstrated enthusiasm for The Shed’s mission to advance contemporary culture, a strong interest in the arts, popular culture, science, and technology, and can work collaboratively with colleagues across a quickly growing organization.

Director of Marketing
The Director of Marketing will play a key role within The Shed’s Marketing & Communications team, which is charged with driving local, national, and global visibility for The Shed’s opening in spring 2019 and developing comprehensive efforts to promote all performances, exhibitions, programs, initiatives, and events.

Accounting Manager
Are you an accounting professional with an appreciation for the arts? Are you a collaborative problem solver, driven to create solutions and systems to support a dynamic, highly accomplished and skilled team? Do you have an almost obsessive attention to detail and organization? If so, The Shed wants to hear from you about the opportunity to join our Finance team. The Accounting Manager plays a key role in coordinating The Shed’s organizational accounting and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the general ledger.

The Publicist will play a strategic role within The Shed’s Marketing & Communications team, which is charged with developing and driving local, national, and global visibility for The Shed’s opening in 2019 and creating comprehensive campaigns to publicize all performances, exhibitions, programs, initiatives, and events. The Publicist will work closely with the Director of Communications to build awareness for The Shed’s multidisciplinary exhibitions and performances and develop strong relationships with the media to foster a broad appreciation for The Shed’s artistic vision and programs. The ideal candidate will be someone who connects deeply with The Shed’s mission to nurture artistic invention and can work collaboratively with colleagues across a new and quickly growing organization.

Engineering Manager
The Engineering Manager is responsible for developing, implementing and supervising operational programs for all facility systems, including HVAC, mechanical, electrical, digital technology, vertical transportation, kinetics and life safety systems. The Engineering Manager will supervise the engineering and maintenance staff, including hiring, scheduling, training and personnel development, as well as outside contractors.

Recruitment Manager
The Shed seeks a full-time 6-8 months Recruiting Manager who will work with the Director of Human Resources to lead and execute recruitment efforts for The Shed. Due to the start-up nature of The Shed, the Recruitment Manager will be tasked with growing the organization’s talent with Shed culture minded individuals, who are aligned with institutional values. The Recruitment Manager will act as a business partner to all hiring managers and will drive recruitment efforts, processes, and goals. This role has the unique opportunity to work across all departments, at all levels of leadership, and directly impact teams.

Digital Content Producer
Reporting to the Editorial Director, the Digital Content Producer will conceptualize, develop, and execute original multi-channel content as a critical component of The Shed’s overall communications strategy. The Shed is committed to bringing the creative process behind each Shed commission, from concept to presentation, closer to audiences. The Digital Content Producer will be charged with building, communicating, and executing an engaging, unique, and timely strategy to convey these stories via videos, multimedia features, archival projects, editorial content, and other interactive experiences.

A Prelude to

May 1–13, 2018

  • ABRA
  • Kunlé Adeyemi
  • Arca
  • Asmara
  • Azealia Banks
  • William Forsythe
  • Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray
  • Dorothea von Hantelmann
  • DJ Haram
  • Josh Johnson
  • Cedric Price
  • Asad Raza
  • Tino Sehgal
  • Total Freedom
  • Yves Tumor
10th Ave and 31st St

From May 1 to 13, The Shed will present our pre-opening program A Prelude to The Shed, a free arts event, at 10th Avenue and 31st Street in Manhattan, one block from our permanent home opening in spring 2019.

A transformable structure is as vital to the architecture of Prelude as it is for The Shed, a building designed to flexibly accommodate multiple artistic disciplines under one roof. Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Works has collaborated closely with artist Tino Sehgal to design a temporary space in which dancers move and reconfigure the structure in a fluid integration of architecture and choreography.

A stroll through the fun palace presents an influential but unrealized project developed in 1961 by architect Cedric Price and theater director Joan Littlewood: The Fun Palace, a key reference for The Shed’s permanent building.

Each afternoon, and into the early evening, Sehgal’s work This variation will be enacted in alternation with choreographer William Forsythe’s Pas de Deux Cent Douze, a radical reimagining of the central duet from his seminal 1987 ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated specially commissioned for Prelude.

D.R.E.A.M. Ring dance battles, organized by Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, take place early evenings. The D.R.E.A.M. Ring dancers are part of The Shed’s pre-opening commission FlexNYC, whose participants (elementary through high-school age) explore social issues and self-expression through flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up.

Schema for a School is a two-week-long experimental course for students of varied backgrounds taking place throughout Prelude. Developed by Asad Raza, together with Jeff Dolven and D. Graham Burnett, Schema aims to enact more embodied models for teaching and learning. The main thematic focus of this course is “We”—the first-person plural. It will be open to the public on Saturday, May 5, and Saturday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m.

On multiple evenings Prelude will feature a series of live solo concerts by Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter ABRA; Venezuelan electronic music producer, DJ, and songwriter Arca; and New York-based rapper and singer-songwriter Azealia Banks.

Prelude’s series of evening conversations on new institutional models for the 21st century considers the politics of ritualized gatherings and the role of art and culture in social connectivity. Dorothea von Hantelmann, Professor of Art and Society at Bard College Berlin, and Shed Senior Program Advisor Hans Ulrich Obrist organized the talks; The Shed’s Chief Science and Technology Officer Kevin Slavin served as an advisor. Von Hantelmann has written an essay, specially commissioned for Prelude, that considers new ritual forms for the 21st century. Von Hantelmann’s booklet will be distributed freely at the Prelude site.

If you are interested in participating in Schema for a School please apply here.

Prelude is programmed by Alex Poots, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Julia Simpson, Tamara McCaw, and Kevin Slavin. 

The site for Prelude has been generously provided by Frank H. McCourt, Jr., and McCourt Global.

We are grateful to our Board of Directors and to our early supporters for their vision, courage, and commitment to our growing, ambitious organization.

Selection from the Cedric Price Archive curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. All works by Cedric Price are from the Cedric Price fonds at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. 

We are grateful to the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance for supporting the development of William Forsythe’s commission.

We are grateful to the Office of the Provost and the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY, for supporting the participation of the CUNY students taking part in Schema for a School.

Thank you to Lorenza Baroncelli, Scientific Director of the exhibition Cedric Price & Lucius Burckhardt, A stroll through a fun palace, and to the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia for their support of the exhibition’s presentation at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.


Are Prelude tickets free?

Yes, admission is free. A number of walk-in tickets to all events, including those sold out online, will be available onsite daily

If an event is sold out in advance, will there be a standby line? Is it worth coming for the standby line?

Yes and we recommend trying the standby line. We will do our best to accommodate as many people as possible.

Can I leave and come back?

Please note that we have a no re-entry policy. If you leave the Prelude site you will need to get a new ticket at the onsite box office, if they are available.

Is this a rain or shine event?

Yes, Prelude will take place outdoors and will continue in all weather. Free ponchos will be available in the event of rain. Please leave umbrellas at home so that all attendees can view the stage.

Is this a seated event?

Tickets are standing room, general admission.

What shoes should I wear?

As this is an outdoor event with variable terrain, we recommend flat, closed-toe shoes.  

Is the event ADA accessible?

Yes, the ADA entrance is located at 31st Street and Tenth Avenue. Please speak with our staff if you have additional needs that will help you enjoy the program.

How can I learn more about The Shed?

Please explore this wesbsite and follow our social channels @theshedny.

How can I support The Shed?

Please click here to learn more about becoming a Shed Mover, our new membership program, for only $10, or to make a donation.

Is there anything I can’t bring on site?

Please note the following items are prohibited on the Prelude site:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Large bags and suitcases (larger than 13” x 17”)
  • Professional cameras / video / audio recording devices
  • Tripods or selfie sticks
  • Bicycles, skates, scooters, skateboards, segways, drones, or similar devices
  • Chairs or blankets
  • Coolers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Flags or signs
  • Pets
  • Umbrellas
  • Flammable or explosive devices
  • Any items deemed to potentially cause a safety or security concern

Is there food available on site?

Yes, there is a café that will serve grab-and-go fare, as well as beverages including wine and beer. Please note, payment is only accepted by credit card; no cash will be accepted onsite.