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Production Positions

2024 Production Positions

Organization: American Dance Festival
Job Location: Durham, North Carolina
Website: www.americandancefestival.org
Application Deadline: February 15, 2024 or until positions are filled.

Start Date: June 4, 2024
End Date: July 31, 2024

Available positions for 18-plus performance schedule:

  • Technical Director / Carpenter
  • Sound Technician
  • Production Stage Manager
  • Master Electrician

Please include a cover letter, résumé, and the names and phone numbers of three references. To apply, please send materials to:
American Dance Festival
Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708

An ADF intern works with a lighting rig on a large stage

Summer Internships

Each summer, ADF offers internships in all areas of arts administration and production. Administrative internships provide hands-on experience for those interested in arts management. Production interns work on the crew for the summer performances.

All interns work in an invigorating arts environment, as an integral part of the ADF staff. Each intern plays an important role in carrying out ADF’s mission to serve dance, dancers, choreographers, and artists in related fields.

Teaching Opportunities

ADF School Intensives
As a general rule, the ADF School does not accept unsolicited teaching inquiries. We take the selection of faculty seriously and are constantly examining the dance landscape for exemplary educators.

ADF Samuel H. Scripps Studios
If you are interested in teaching a weekly class or a special workshop at ADF’s Studios, please send your performance/teaching resume and proposed class description to studios@americandancefestival.org. We offer a variety of classes for all ages and levels. Typically, the weekly class schedule is set several months in advance, and special workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis.


ADF prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Volunteer at ADF

Over the years, ADF Volunteers have proven to be an invaluable part of our community. From distributing marketing materials to hosting faculty members, your help is immeasurable. We invite you to join us and support one of North Carolina’s cultural gems.

Benefits of being an ADF Volunteer:

  • Experience ADF as an insider and discover the behind-the-scenes.
  • Meet fellow dance artists and enthusiasts from around the world.
  • Share your passion for modern dance by utilizing your skills.
  • Enjoy complimentary perks as a token of our thanks!


Volunteer Opportunities

ADF Office/Events Volunteers

Year-round opportunities. Different opportunities will require different amounts of time and hours,  possibly including short training sessions.
Ideal volunteers will be personable, dependable, detail-oriented, and modern dance enthusiasts.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Administration
    Answering and transferring incoming phone calls, sorting and distributing incoming mail, filing documents, preparing large mailings, and assisting specific departments as needed. Operating office machines such as computers, printers, and scanners may be needed.
  • Special Events
    Assisting ADF staff with special dinners, events, and parties. Volunteers may help with decorations, set-up and break down, sending invitations, food service, and more.
  • Language Translation
    Translating written materials as well as interpreting at tech rehearsals, in press interviews, for the school office, and more. Various languages may be needed.
  • Promotion
    Distributing promotional materials (season brochures, posters, postcards, etc.) to local merchants, libraries, bars, restaurants, public bulletin boards, and more.
  • Ushering
    Handing out programs, showing patrons to seats, and assisting with front-of-house activities before and after performances at various venues.
  • Store
    Sellinh ADF merchandise at theaters before performances and during intermission. All proceeds support ADF tuition scholarships.
  • Driving
    Picking up and dropping off faculty, choreographers, performers, and VIPS at the airport and transporting them to Duke’s East Campus.

To become an ADF Volunteer, please complete this form.

Please contact Becca Gargiulo at becca@americandancefestival.org with any questions.

4 hours = 1 complimentary ticket

ADF Scripps Studios Work/Study
Year-round. Once a week. 2-5 hour shifts.

Ideal volunteers will be personable, dependable, and modern dance enthusiasts.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Helping set up and break down for informal showings
  • Running check-in for adult and youth classes
  • Performing simple office tasks
  • Cleaning lights
  • Watering plants
  • Assisting Studio Manager as needed

To become an ADF Studios Work/Study, please complete this form.

Please contact Jennifer Scully-Thurston at jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org with any questions.

ADF Studios Work/Study  receive free studio drop-in classes and studio space in exchange for their work.

ADF Scripps Studios Camp Volunteers

ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios is introducing a teen volunteer program for our summer Youth Dance Camps beginning this summer!


  • 16 years old by June 1, 2024
  • Available for one 40-hour week in June or July
  • Parent/guardian confirmation
  • 1 letter of recommendation

Ideal volunteers will also be personable, dependable, and modern dance enthusiasts.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Setting up activities and classroom materials
  • Signing students into class
  • Supervising campers
  • Assisting teachers
  • Tidying up the space

To become an ADF Studios Camp Volunteer, please complete this form.

Please contact Jennifer Scully-Thurston at jscullythurston@americandancefestival.org with any questions.

ADF Studios Camp Volunteers will receive free studio drop-in classes in exchange for their work.

ADF Community Hosts

Summer: 1-7 weeks in June and/or July

Consider opening your home to the extraordinary faculty, musicians, and artists who travel to Durham each summer to be part of ADF!

To become an ADF Community Host, please complete this Community Housing form.

Please contact school@americandancefestival.org with any questions.

Hosts receive 4 complimentary festival tickets of your choosing to ADF’s performances in Page Auditorium or Reynolds Industries Theater for summer 2024.

Alternatively, ADF also welcomes subletting opportunities. If you have a space you are interested in subletting, please complete the same form above.