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ACT is dedicated to nurturing a safe and inclusive workplace. We are always seeking creative and motivated people to join our collective. We love thoughtful problem solvers, dreamers, visionaries, great communicators and value a diversity of both professional and lived experiences.

ACT is proud to be an equity opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, military and/or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, neurodiversity, education, socio-economic status, cultural affiliation, language, marital or family status, genetic information, political ideology, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking or any other status or condition protected by the applicable federal, state, or local laws or other characteristics prohibited by law.

We believe that how we do things is just as important as what we do. Come work with us!

Work with Us!

ACT currently has the following available positions:

Head Cutter/Draper

ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle’s premier company for developing and producing new work, is seeking a Head Cutter/Draper to join our team. This job opening is a fantastic opportunity to be an integral part of supporting the artistic vision of ACT’s productions. The Head Cutter/Draper sets workroom construction standards and coordinates the flow of the costume build through the Costume Shop.

The Head Cutter/Draper works with Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer to create patterns, facilitate construction and alteration, make fabric considerations and recommendations, and address issues relating to structure, material, cost, use, or artistic objective of all costume pieces necessary for all programs. The Head Cutter/Draper executes the realization of the costume designs collaboratively and creatively. The position operates under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with IATSE Local #887. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position. The terms of employment are from July 29, 2024 – June 29, 2025, with scheduled layoff periods totaling approximating 5 weeks during the employment period.

Benefits include access to health insurance, pension, paid sick, vacation, and holidays, per the IATSE CBA. In addition, we offer $5 downtown parking and free tickets to ACT productions.

Please apply with your resume and cover letter for immediate consideration at work@acttheatre.org. Include in your cover letter what you hope to bring to this role and how your prior experience has prepared you for this opportunity.

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ACT Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Washington seeks its next Managing Director (MD) to partner with Artistic Director John Langs in leading the city’s premier company for developing and producing new work. ACT has been an integral part of building Seattle’s reputation as a first-tier theatre city, occupying a unique role in the theatre ecology as a mid-sized company that has in its history helped develop the careers of many of our leading playwrights, many of whom consider ACT an artistic home. Likewise, its commitment to local artists – actors, designers, directors, as well as writers – has had a major impact on creating the significant community of theatre professionals who call Seattle home. The next MD will be a key partner to Langs, with both reporting to the Board of Trustees, to lead the theatre’s team through this challenging era of emergence from pandemic closures to help ensure that ACT continues to make its significant contributions to the city and to the field.

The search is being led by Cynthia Fuhrman, Vice President/Executive Search at Tom O’Connor Consulting Group.

The priority application deadline for this search is March 28, 2024. Applications received by this date will be given priority consideration. While we will still accept and consider applications received after this date, we encourage you to apply as early as possible for the best chance at being considered for the position. Please note that meeting the priority deadline does not guarantee an interview.

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Volunteer Ushering

ACT invites you to be an essential part of our performances and patron experience. Ushering is a wonderful opportunity to share your gift of time and talent assisting the Front of House team, while helping to preserve ACT’s important place within Seattle’s thriving arts community. We encourage you to join us and be a part of the ACT family. For information on ushering at ACT, please contact volunteer@acttheatre.org.

Artist Submissions

EQUITY PRINCIPAL (GENERAL) AUDITIONS: 2024/25 SEASON AND BEYOND

(** NON-UNION GENERALS WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE TBA**)

 ACT Contemporary Theatre is currently scheduling Equity Principal (General) Auditions for local AEA and 4A Union member actors on
Monday, March 18, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Auditions will be held at ACT Contemporary Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA.

Audition presentation should be 3 minutes: 1 classical/1 contemporary monologue, or 2 contrasting contemporary pieces.  Please note that the co-production of “The Last Five Years”, directed by 5th Avenue Artistic Director Bill Berry, will be a part of 5th Avenue’s EPAs as the musical-theatre producing partner. We will not be hearing songs at ACT’s EPAs.

Please sign up for your preferred date and time here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054CABA728A2FF2-48155674-20242025

When you’ve scheduled your appointment, please upload your headshot, resume, and additional information to this Airtable:  https://airtable.com/appOQls3vrixcAxrH/shrwDpozdgXi731KY

Note: In the event that you’re unable to audition in person, unable to keep your appointment on the day, or submitting as an out of town artist, you may submit a self-tape by sharing a link to it in the Airtable field provided.

Callbacks will be scheduled as needed on a per-show basis.  If you receive a callback, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

The 2024-2025 Season will offer five mainstage productions plus our holiday tradition A Christmas Carol. Our official season announcement will be in mid-April. Casting opportunities are open to actors of all races/ethnicities, gender identities, disabilities, and neuro-diversities, except where particular identities are specified by the playwright and/or director as integral to character and/or narrative.

Additional season information is available for AEA members on the Equity website (Auditions & Job Opportunities).

If you’ve worked with us before, please feel free to reach out directly to Artistic Director John Langs (john.langs@acttheatre.org) or Casting Coordinator Margaret Layne (laynem@acttheatre.org) and let us know if there’s a project that particularly interests you.  You may also note this on your Airtable form.

To ensure the well-being of artists, collaborators, board members, and staff to engage in the spirit of an ever-improving process, ACT has created the following documents that express ACT’s cultural values, accountability, commitments, and agreements.

We Believe

Production Commitments and Agreements

NON-UNION & EMC GENERAL AUDITIONS FOR ACT’S 2024-2025 SEASON AND BEYOND!

ACT Contemporary Theatre is currently scheduling 2024-2025 General Auditions for local non-union and EMC actors.

Auditions will be held at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA on

Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM 
Thursday, April 11, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM 
Friday, April 12, 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

 Productions on ACT’s 2024-2025 Season will be announced officially in mid-April. Please note that our already announced co-production with 5th Avenue Theatre of The Last Five Years, directed by 5th Avenue Artistic Director Bill Berry, will be wrapped into the 5th Avenue’s general auditions.  We will not be hearing songs at ACT’s generals.

Available roles on the season are open to actors of all races/ethnicities, gender identities, disabilities, and neuro-diversities, except where particular identities are specified by the playwright and/or director as integral to character and/or narrative. Gender non-conforming, gender-queer, transgender, and non-binary actors, please submit for the roles you feel most drawn to. 

Your presentation should be no longer than 2 minutes: 1 classical/1 contemporary monologue, or 2 contrasting contemporary pieces.

Please sign up for your preferred date and time here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054CABA728A2FF2-48821196-20242025

When you’ve scheduled your appointment and received confirmation from SignUpGenius, please complete your registration by uploading your headshot, resume, and additional information to this Airtable:  https://airtable.com/appDdBsVrhqqGS9Y7/shrisxpxd6qGad8qK

Note: In the event that you’re unable to audition in person, unable to keep your appointment on the day, or based somewhere other than Seattle, you may submit a self-tape instead by providing a link in the field specified on the Airtable form.

Callbacks will be scheduled as needed on a per-show basis.  If you receive a callback, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

ACT accepts full script submissions from Literary Agents and/or theatre professionals with a letter of introduction/recommendation.

Northwest playwrights (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho) are especially encouraged to submit, and are welcome to submit a full play or up to a 15-page script sample, with a cover letter and play synopsis.

Please allow for response time of up to 6 months; if you have not heard from us, feel free to reach back.

Please submit all work digitally using this form: https://airtable.com/shrusOI7cxbQIsBG6