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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


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


Non-Union (EMC Candidate) Wait List Sign Up


Non-Union Wait List Sign Up


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

Donor Events & Stewardship Coordinator

Department: Development

Reports to: Individual Giving Manager

Classification: Full Time


Build deeper relationships with ACT’s donors through the production and management of donor events and communications.

Overview: The ACT Donor Events & Stewardship Coordinator leads the theatre’s efforts to engage and steward our donors through meaningful events and strategic communications. 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.

The Donor Events & Stewardship Coordinator collaborates with the entire Development Department to build and deepen relationships with theatre donors. A successful candidate will value collaboration, strategic thinking, and demonstrated experience in planning and executing events.  Key areas of experience are desired in the following areas:

  • Event Planning and Management
  • Strong writing and communication
  • Knowledge of donor stewardship

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.


Donor Events

  • With the Individual Giving Manger, acts as the lead on all donor events related to the Mainstage season including a Tech Talk and Opening Night Celebration for each production (approximately 10 events)
  • Coordinates invitation design and delivery for all donor events related to Mainstage productions
  • Works with Development Coordinator to ensure accurate tracking of RSVPs for all donor events related to Mainstage productions
  • With Individual Giving Manager acts as the lead on annual events like the Season Announcement and Season Soiree. Responsibilities include: coordination of invitation design and delivery, catering and décor, oversight of RSVPs, and other responsibilities as needed.
  • With Development Officer and Director of Development, acts as support on implementation of the Past Presidents’ Luncheon, Legacy Circle Luncheon, and Producers Circle ($7,500+) events throughout the year (approximately six events)
  • Provides critical support for ACT’s annual Gala
  • Attend all stewardship events
  • All other duties as assigned

Donor Communication

  • With the Individual Giving Manager, acts as the lead on coordinating all donor communications
  • With the Development Department, will implement a new, quarterly donor newsletter
  • Manage mass mail and email communications
  • Write and edit donor communications as assigned
  • All other duties as assigned

Donor Stewardship

  • Supports the Individual Giving Manager in preparing for Individual Giving Committee, a committee of trustees focused on stewardship of ACT donors
  • Supports the Development Officer and Director of Development in special initiatives to steward major donors
  • With Development Coordinator, executes acknowledgement letters for donations
  • Assists donors with inquiries in partnership with the Development Coordinator
  • All other duties as assigned

Preferred skills

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent experience
  • Proven experience in planning and executing events, with preference giving to donor events
  • 1+ years of Development experience 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 Microsoft Office suite, 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 $38,000-$42,000 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, July 26, 2019 to:

Claire Eisenfeld, Individual Giving Manager at claire.eisenfeld@acttheatre.org

Subject Line: Your Last Name, “Donor Events & Stewardship Coordinator”
No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please

Customer Service Representative

Department:  Audience Services/Marketing
Reports to:  Ticket Office Manager
Classification: Part Time 25-32 hours weekly

Scheduling:  Hours per week and shift times will vary depending on our performance schedule; shifts tend to be 6-8 hours. Must be available to work between the hours of 11:30am-8:30pm on Tuesdays through Fridays, as well some Saturdays or Sundays. Must also be available to work holiday weekends and some actual holidays.  Please only apply if your schedule matches these specific requirements.

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


  • 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 25-35 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 


  • 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

To apply: This is a part-time position, 25-32 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. Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Gail Baraff, Ticket Office Manager

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.


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, x1316 .