Jayla Ebanks seated at a conference room table with framed Broadway images hanging on the wall behind her.

Jayla Ebanks at the offices of The Broadway League this summer. Photo by Tracey Friedman.

The biggest thrill of Jayla Ebanks’s summer internship at The Broadway League so far? Seeing her own name credited in a real Playbill—for her role planning, capturing social media content, and working the red carpet for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (also known as the Jimmy Awards) in June.  Working on this program and others—such as Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth and Kids’ Night on Broadway—has provided an opportunity to develop her skills as a communicator, analyst, and multimedia producer, all with the added perk of getting to meet theater industry professionals working both on stage and off.  Jayla (Tisch '25) shares more details from her experience below.

Jayla Ebanks posing in front of a step-and-repeat at the Jimmy Awards

Red carpet photos courtesy of Jayla Ebanks.

Jayla Ebanks photographing stars on the red carpet at the Jimmy Awards

Jayla Ebanks taking a selfie with her work badge

Photo courtesy of Jayla Ebanks.

Internship title: Digital Content Intern in the Digital Department at The Broadway League

Primary responsibilities: Assisting with video creation for social media; writing posts for social media; social media monitoring; working on strategies and executions for special programs

Jayla Ebanks in front of a sign that reads "We envision a world in which Broadway is the most vibrant & dynamic entertainment experience anywhere!"

Photo by Tracey Friedman.

What that looks like day to day: For Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth in Times Square, I got to meet and help interview Black artists on Broadway for social content. Throughout the week of the Jimmy Awards, I captured photo and video content of the nominees rehearsing for the celebration, having dinner at Sardi’s, talkbacks with Broadway creative teams and performers, on the way to see MJ the Musical, and seeing themselves on a time square billboard for the first time. During the day of The Jimmy Awards, I helped take the two student reporters on a tour of WABC in midtown and helped capture their experience. I also helped record video content of interviews that occurred on the Jimmy Award red carpet; the interviewees consisted of Jimmy Alumni, current and past Broadway stars, and sponsors. 

Jayla Ebanks sitting in a chair near cameras on tripods

Behind the scenes photos courtesy of Jayla Ebanks.

Jayla Ebanks holding up a Playbill for Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth

ring light on a tripod in front of a Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth sign

How lunch breaks are spent: Snacking outside in Times Square, since there are so many options 

Dream job: Producer, casting director, and/or performer (for film, TV, and theatre)

Movie or TV show that best illustrates your career aspirations: Hollywood (Netflix, 2020)

wide shot of Jayla Ebanks sitting at a conference table in front of framed Broadway photos