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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

Job Description: Communications Manager

Department: Sales and Marketing Department
Reports to: Director of Sales & Marketing, as well as the Senior Marketing Manager
Classification: Full Time


Garner attention and visibility for ACT Theatre through media and public relations initiatives.

Summary: The Communications Manager is at the center of ACT Theatre’s messaging and communications 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 Communications Manager builds awareness and enthusiasm for ACT’s programs and initiatives through storytelling and relationships in a variety of forms. A successful candidate will have an upbeat, can-do attitude and excel in time management in a fast-paced environment.


  • Manage 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
  • Create 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.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with local and national 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.
  • Provide on-site media and/or general support at specific events at ACT and in the community.
  • Manage invitations to appropriate lists for various special events, opening nights, open houses, etc.
  • Editor and content manager for Encore programs for all Mainstage shows; manage process from start to finish.
  • Participate in the editing of marketing materials.
  • Work closely with Digital Marketing Manager on the coordination of social media and online networking strategies.
  • Follow current industry standards and trends in order to effectively position messaging and public relations activity.
  • Maintain media contacts in Tessitura database.
  • 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, March 22, 2019 to:

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

Subject Line: Your Last Name, “Communications Manager Applicant”
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, x1060.