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Join the ACT Community Today

Thank you for your interest in supporting ACT! We have many ways for you to collaborate and participate in the ACT community: job opportunities to join a team on our staff; participating as an artist; becoming an intern in one of our departments to learn more about non-profit arts organizations; or, volunteering to help our non-profit theatre achieve its goals and create positive experiences for the patrons.

Whatever your area of expertise or experience, these options, also listed on the right, can tell you more. So why wait? Check out how you can get involved today!

For Artists

EQUITY PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS (GENERALS) FOR 2019 SEASON AND BEYOND

Monday, February 4, 2019
10:00 am – 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

ACT – A Contemporary Theatre will hold one (1) day of Equity Principal Auditions for local actors on Monday, February 4, from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm and from 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm.   Representative for the theatre will be Margaret Layne, Director of Casting.

Although we are required at this audition to give priority in scheduling to AEA members and Equity Membership Candidates, in past years we have had the opportunity to also see 40+ non-union actors from the Wait List, so members of the non-union community are strongly encouraged to sign up for a possible appointment!

Additional general auditions for non-union actors will be scheduled at a later date(s) for actors on that Wait List who don’t get a spot or who aren’t available on the 4th.

We especially want to connect with diverse artists in our community, and hope that actors of all races/ethnicities, gender identities, neuro-diversities, and the diversely abled will sign up to share some of their work with us.

PREPARATION:  two short, contrasting monologues:  either one classical/one contemporary, or two contrasting contemporary pieces. Song welcome but optional.  An accompanist will be provided.  Total presentation not to exceed three (3) minutes for AEA/EMC, two (2) minutes for non-union.

TO SCHEDULE:   On Line Sign-Up starting Wednesday, January 23.  Wait Lists will be maintained for (a) EMC Candidates and (b) non-union actors.  Wait List applicants will be notified of appointments as they may be available when all AEA members have been accommodated, but no later than Friday, February 1. Please click on the buttons below to access all sign-up sheets.

AEA Sign Up

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Non-Union (EMC Candidate) Wait List Sign Up

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Non-Union Wait List Sign Up

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Headshots and resumes should be brought in on the day of the auditions, along with AEA membership card or proof of EMC status as appropriate.

Equity members from outside Seattle may request an individual audition at a later date when they are visiting the city. Please contact Margaret Layne, Director of Casting, by phone at (206) 292-7660 ext. 1226, or via e-mail at laynem@acttheatre.org.

Submit your own work for consideration in our programming lineup

ACT accepts script submissions from Literary Agents and/or theatre professionals with a letter of introduction/recommendation. Northwest playwrights (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho) are welcome to submit up to a 15-page script sample, with a cover letter and play synopsis.

Average response time is six months.

Please mail work to:
ACT Theatre
ATTN: Submissions
700 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101

We do not accept unsolicited scripts.

Kenan Fellowship in Directing at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

The University of North Carolina School for the Arts (UNCSA) and ACT are pleased to announce the Kenan Fellowship in Directing at ACT. The Kenan Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNSCA as part of the Career Pathways Initiative to broaden opportunities for sustainable careers in the arts.

The Kenan Fellowship in Directing at ACT seeks to provide emerging directors from the School of Drama at UNCSA with practical knowledge and experience as artists embarking on a career in regional theatre.

Each Kenan Fellow is mentored by Artistic Director, John Langs and the entire ACT staff, in varying capacities. Mentors support and assist the Kenan Fellows through their learning of ACT’s approach to making theatre, and guide the Fellows through the challenges and realities of what it means to be an artist in Seattle. Additionally, the Kenan Fellowship supports time to pursue artistic growth, attend performances, and the further development of networking in their professional field. Kenan Fellows are also encouraged to apply to produce and develop their own performance project.

For more information about the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the Career Pathways Initiative, visit www.uncsa.edu/kenan.

Apply today!

Current Job Opportunities

Data Resources Manager

Department: Information Technology
Reports to: IT Director
Classification: Full Time

Objective

Provide PC software and hardware support to ACT Theatre users.  Serve as lead on our database and Ticketing application Tessitura, including troubleshooting, managing support requests, Tessitura upgrades and user training.

Summary: The Data Operations Manager teams with the IT Director, the Ticket Operations Associate and other key staff to manage Tessitura tasks and requests,  implement PC roll-outs, replacements and upgrades, respond to Help Desk tickets and assist with other standard ACT applications, such as Office 365.

Responsibilities

  1. Provide Lead Tessitura support which includes:
    • Become ACTs Tessitura Expert
    • Manage Tessitura and RAMP Accounts and security.
    • Team with Tessitura Ramp staff on upgrades and problems.
    • Support \Administer our Tessitura integrated email management tool, WordFly.
    • Team with Ticket Operations Associate on Season Setup and TNEW.
    • Communicate key Tessitura news and information to ACT Staff.
    • Promote Tessitura usage and Training.
  2. Provide Workstation, printer and copier support and troubleshooting.
  3. Respond to user help requests in a timely, pleasant manner.
  4. Provide backup support to IT Director.

Skills required

  • BA or equivalent degree in related field.
  • Experience using Tessitura or a similar CRM database
  • Office 365 application support and training.
  • Ability to manage projects independently and on a team
  • Customer service minded and comfort in working in a collaborative environment

Other Bonus Skills

  • SQL Server\SSRS
  • Experience with Android and Mac devices
  • Experience with Windows Active Directory Account Management
  • WordPress, JavaScript experience.
  • Windows 10 configuration and imaging.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. ACT is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in all aspects of its programming and organization.

To apply, please send a current resume and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position by Friday, April 26th, 2019 to:

Rica H. Wolken, IT Director:  rica.wolken@acttheatre.org;  Subject Line: Your Last Name, “IT Support Technician”

No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please

Individual Giving Manager

Department: Development
Reports toDirector of Development
Classification: Full Time

Objective

Build a greater base of support for ACT‘s annual operations through the cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of current and new donors to the theatre.

Summary

The ACT Individual Giving Manager leads a comprehensive, strategic, integrated effort to cultivate and steward ACT Theatre’s members and annual fund donors, with particular attention paid to donors giving $5,000 and below. This position is integral to the success of the Development Department and holds a key role in executing department wide initiatives that further the mission of ACT and ensure our financial stability.

ACT produces over 500 events and performances each year in our historic landmark building. The 8-story Eagles Auditorium is home to ACT’s five performance and event venues, drawing annual attendance of over 140,000 visitors. ACT has five artistic programs including our six-play Mainstage Season, 12-15 event ACTLab Season, Young Playwrights Program, New Works Development Program, and Core Company.

The Individual Giving Manager builds awareness and broad support for ACT’s programs and initiatives through donor communication, annual giving campaigns, and leadership of the Players Circle and Actors Circle membership programs. A successful candidate will value collaboration, strategic thinking, and demonstrate extensive experience in data and metrics driven fundraising.  Key areas of experience are desired in the following areas:

  • Membership & Annual Fund
  • Database Administration
  • Donor Stewardship
  • Data-driven Fundraising

Responsibilities

Membership & Annual Fund

  • Manages ACT Theatre’s Players Circle ($100-$1,499) and Actors Circle ($1,500-$7,499) membership programs
  • With the Director of Development, creates an annual plan for membership that captures strategic renewal cycles with integration of annual fund
  • Implements a comprehensive strategy for identifying and acquiring new members, renewing expired members, and upgrading current members through direct mail, online campaigns, telefunding, and all other special initiatives
  • With Director of Development, creates and execute an annual plan for the Annual Fund program
  • Creates and executes all annual fund initiatives outside of a regular cycle; GiveBIG, Giving Tuesday, and other campaigns as necessary
  • Develops strategy to convert single ticket buyers and subscribers to annual fund donors and/or members
  • Collaborates with Major Gifts Officer and the Director of Development on the annual fund solicitation strategies of trustees and major donors
  • Develops campaign branding and writes copy for membership and Annual Fund activities, including direct mail appeals, e-marketing, web copy, stories and related copy for ACT programs, brochure copy, and acknowledgement letters

Tessitura Database

  • Works with Development team to create campaign hierarchy in Tessitura
  • Maintains and updates best practices for data entry in Tessitura, to ensure accuracy and maximal usability of data
  • Works within Tessitura database to develop reports, segment audience, and analyze data and patterns. Uses data to increase targeting and efficiency of message and strategy for all constituencies.
  • Works with Director of Development and colleagues in Finance to reconcile Tessitura with finance records
  • Acts as the department lead in data management
  • Oversees distribution of gifts throughout department as well as coding, to ensure correct data entry

Donor Stewardship

  • Strategizes and executes all donor benefit events in collaboration with the Donor Stewardship Associate; Tech Talks, Opening Night Celebrations, Partner Backstage tour, Season Soiree, Season Launch party, and other events as necessary
  • Drafts copy for acknowledgement letters and oversees fulfillment
  • Manages small portfolio of donors in the Actors Circle ($1,500-$7,499)
  • Staff the Individual Giving Committee, which is charged with stewarding our annual fund donors, Players Circle ($100-$1,499), and Actors Circle ($1,500-$7,499) members
  • Attends ACT performances as needed to cultivate and steward members and donors
  • Assists donors with inquiries as needed

Administrative and Management

  • Manages Donor Stewardship Associate and part-time Development Coordinator
  • Creates and manages expense budget with the assistance of Director of Development
  • Supports special events with a particular focus on annual Gala
  • All other duties as assigned

Skills required

  • BA or equivalent degree in arts administration, communications, marketing, or business preferred
  • 3-5 years of Development experience required
  • Management skills preferred
  • Excellent written & verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • A high degree of creativity, resourcefulness, and energy
  • Ability to manage projects independently and on a team
  • Knowledge of local cultural arena, preferably theatre/performing arts
  • Experience using Tessitura or a similar CRM database
  • Basic knowledge and comfort level with office software, internet functionality, and technological skills
  • Comfortable executing fast-paced, deadline-driven tasks in an open, busy work environment
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, and non-traditional work hours
  • Passion for artists and the performing arts
  • Driver’s License with automobile preferred, not required

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. ACT is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in all aspects of its programming and organization. Position to start immediately.

Starting annual salary is $50,000-$60,000 based on experience, with benefit options.

To apply, please send a current resume and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position by Friday, April 12, 2019 to:

Michael Breeden, Director of Development – michael.breeden@acttheatre.org

Subject Line: Your Last Name, “Individual Giving Manager”
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please

Weekend & Evening Customer Service Representative

Company:  ACT Theatre
Department:  Audience Services/Marketing
Reports to:  Ticket Office Manager
Classification: Part Time / Weekends & Evenings

Summary

ACT Theatre is seeking candidates to join our ticket office team as a part-time Customer Service and Ticket Office Representative.  This is a great opportunity to be part of the arts scene in Seattle!

A Ticket Office and Customer Service Representative serves as an ambassador for ACT Theatre to patrons, assisting them over the phone, in person, and via email.  Typical services to patrons include selling single tickets, subscriptions, ACTPass memberships, subscriber exchanges, knowledgably answering questions regarding performances and programming, and concierge services; all the while providing excellent customer service.  Computer proficiency and general office skills are required.  Previous experience with Tessitura, ticketing, and customer service are a plus.  This position reports to the Ticket Office Manager as well as Ticket Office Assistant Manager and Ticket Office Leads.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Processing individual ticket orders, subscriptions, ACTPass memberships, and exchanges
  • Up-selling and cross-selling when appropriate
  • Maintain accurate data entry and best practices within patron database (Tessitura)
  • Reply to patron inquiries via email in a timely and thoughtful manner
  • Will Call and Sales service on performance dates (matinee and evening)
  • Represent ACT Theatre and our mission as the first line of contact with patrons
  • Attend and participate in Ticket Office staff meetings and other ACT special events
  • Complete side projects in a specified time line as assigned

Qualifications

  • Enjoy proactively, politely, and calmly interacting with a variety of personalities in a fast-paced environment; you must truly enjoy people to thrive in this position
  • Strong customer service skills; ticketing, sales, or other arts organization experience a plus
  • Be punctual and ready to work for each shift
  • Microsoft Office Suite and database management; Tessitura software experience a plus
  • Available to consistently work 15-25 hours per week
  • Ability to appropriately manage confidential information
  • Skilled at multi-tasking with a high attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for theatre arts and a genuine interest in working with the public
  • Possess a positive, caring, respectful attitude; sense of humor a plus

Perks

  • Fun work environment with a great team of colleagues
  • Complimentary tickets to performances
  • Great downtown location with a roof deck and comfy staff lounge
  • Being connected with the local arts community

Requirement

Must be available to work most weekends and many evening shifts. Holiday weekends and some actual holidays are also required.  Some weekday shifts might be incorporated depending on the candidate’s availability. Please only apply if your schedule matches these specific requirements.

This is a part-time position, 15-25 hours per week, which requires sitting, standing, working on a computer, and speaking on a telephone via a headset. The position will be open until filled.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Gail Baraff, Ticket Office Manager
gail.baraff@acttheatre.org

Please include your first and last name, and “Customer Service Representative” in the subject-line of your email.

ACT is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.  This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.  Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please.

Weekday Customer Service Representative

Department:  Audience Services/Marketing
Reports to:  Ticket Office Manager
Classification: Part Time with specific days/shifts

Scheduling: Must be available to work Tuesdays through Fridays, 11:30am-6pm.  Some weekend or evening shifts might be incorporated depending on the candidate’s availability. Please only apply if your schedule matches these specific requirements.

Summary

ACT Theatre is seeking candidates to join our ticket office team as a part-time Customer Service and Ticket Office Representative.  This is a great opportunity to be part of the arts scene in Seattle!

A Ticket Office and Customer Service Representative serves as an ambassador for ACT Theatre to patrons, assisting them over the phone, in person, and via email.  Typical services to patrons include selling single tickets, subscriptions, ACTPass memberships, subscriber exchanges, knowledgably answering questions regarding performances and programming, and concierge services; all the while providing excellent customer service.  Computer proficiency and general office skills are required.  Previous experience with Tessitura, ticketing, and customer service are a plus.  This position reports to the Ticket Office Manager as well as Ticket Office Assistant Manager and Ticket Office Leads.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Processing individual ticket orders, subscriptions, ACTPass memberships, and exchanges
  • Up-selling and cross-selling when appropriate
  • Maintain accurate data entry and best practices within patron database (Tessitura)
  • Reply to patron inquiries via email in a timely and thoughtful manner
  • Will Call and Sales service on performance dates (matinee and evening)
  • Represent ACT Theatre and our mission as the first line of contact with patrons
  • Attend and participate in Ticket Office staff meetings and other ACT special events
  • Complete side projects in a specified time line as assigned

Qualifications

  • Enjoy proactively, politely, and calmly interacting with a variety of personalities in a fast-paced environment; you must truly enjoy people to thrive in this position
  • Strong customer service skills; ticketing, sales, or other arts organization experience a plus
  • Be punctual and ready to work for each shift
  • Microsoft Office Suite and database management; Tessitura software experience a plus
  • Available to consistently work 20-29 hours per week
  • Ability to appropriately manage confidential information
  • Skilled at multi-tasking with a high attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for theatre arts and a genuine interest in working with the public
  • Possess a positive, caring, respectful attitude; sense of humor a plus

Perks

  • Fun work environment with a great team of colleagues
  • Complimentary tickets to performances
  • Great downtown location with a roof deck and comfy staff lounge
  • Being connected with the local arts community

This is a part-time position, 20-30 hours per week, which requires sitting, standing, working on a computer, and speaking on a telephone via a headset. The position will be open until filled.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Gail Baraff, Ticket Office Manager
gail.baraff@acttheatre.org

Please include your first and last name, and “Customer Service Representative” in the subject-line of your email.

ACT is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.  This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.  Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please.

Press & Promotions Associate

Department: Sales and Marketing Department

Reports to: Director of Sales & Marketing, as well as the Senior Marketing Manager

Classification: Full Time

Objective:
Garner attention and visibility for ACT Theatre through media and promotional outreach.

Summary: The Press & Promotions Associate is at the center of ACT Theatre’s messaging and promotions strategy. ACT produces over 500 events and performances each year in our historic landmark building. The 8-story Eagles Building is home to ACT’s five performance and event venues drawing attendance over 140,000. ACT has five artistic programs including the six-play Mainstage Season, the 12-15 event ACTLab season, the Young Playwrights Program, New Works Development Program, and the Core Company of Actors.  The Press & Promotions Associate builds awareness and enthusiasm for ACT’s programs and initiatives through storytelling and promotional outreach that connects people to the ACT experience. A successful candidate will have an upbeat, can-do attitude and excel in time management in a fast-paced environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the annual communications plan for institutional messaging and show-based campaigns
    • Draft, route and distribute press releases
    • Pitch features, schedule interviews and maintain publicity files for accuracy and archives
    • Send opening night invitations, manage opening night media relations, tickets and attendance at subsequent performances or company events
  • Develop compelling stories and pitches to increase exposure for ACT’s brand, including Mainstage and ACTLab productions, the historic landmark building, ACT’s Core company, the Young Playwrights Program, and various milestones throughout seasons.
  • Create and manage promotional events within the community that garners media attention and builds audiences.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with local media working in print, digital, and broadcast outlets.
  • Assist with pre-production and production photo shoots/videography, serve as liaison to show and event photographers, and manage distribution to media.
  • Accompany artists and media when needed for interviews and appearances.
  • Manage invitations to appropriate lists for various special events, opening nights, open houses, etc.
  • Edit Encore programs for all Mainstage shows; manage process from start to finish.
  • Create content for social media and oversee online communication.
  • Follow current industry standards and trends in order to effectively position messaging and public relations activity.
  • Maintain media contacts.
  • Implement and manage a media page with available downloads on ACT’s website.
  • Attend various community events throughout the year as a representative of ACT.Skills required:
  • BA or equivalent degree in arts administration, communications, marketing or business preferred
  • Excellent written & verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • A high degree of creativity, resourcefulness, and energy
  • Ability to manage projects independently and on a team
  • Knowledge of local cultural arena, preferably theatre/performing arts
  • Experience using Tessitura or a similar CRM database
  • Basic knowledge and comfort level with office software, internet functionality, and technological skills
  • Comfortable executing fast-paced, deadline-driven tasks in an open, busy work environment
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, and during non-traditional work hours
  • Passion for artists and the performing arts
  • Driver’s License with automobile preferred, not required

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. ACT is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in all aspects of its programming and organization. Position to start immediately. Starting annual salary is $40,000, with benefit options.

To apply, please send a current resume and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position by Friday, May 3, 2019 to:

Amy Gentry, Director of Sales & Marketing – amy.gentry@acttheatre.org

Subject Line: Your Last Name, “Press & Promotions Associate Applicant”
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please

Internships

ACT provides professional development opportunities within several departments at different times during the year: Development and Fundraising, Board Relations, Marketing and Communications, Education, Production, Artistic and Literary, Events, and Finance and Administration.

Currently, ACT is not accepting internship applications. However, ACT has multiple internships that become available throughout the year, so please check back for more opportunities!

To apply for an internship at ACT, please email a cover letter and resume, titling the subject line with your last name and the internship you are interested in (Last Name, Position) to ACTinterns@acttheatre.org. No phone calls please.

General ACT Volunteer

ACT has a variety of emerging opportunities for volunteers. Help ACT maintain its elegant state of the art facility, reach patrons, members, and donors, and keep up to date on administrative tasks by adding your name to our growing volunteer pool. We have a broad range of tasks available to our volunteers, appealing to whatever ability or interest you bring to the table:

  • volunteer ushering
  • helping with mailings and administrative tasks
  • staffing parties and galas
  • distributing materials and acting as an ambassador for ACT
  • . . . and more!

Volunteering can be a tremendous opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who wants to be involved with Seattle’s thriving arts community and to preserve ACT’s important place within it. Plus, there are plenty of perks for volunteers, including an annual appreciation event, discounts or passes to attend our productions, and more.

We hope you’ll consider volunteering and becoming a member of our expanding family.

To add your name to the growing volunteer pool, please contact us at volunteer@acttheatre.org, or call 206.292.7660, x1060.