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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

General Auditions for Equity Actors

ACT – A Contemporary Theatre holds one (1) day of Equity Principal Auditions annually for local actors, usually some time between December 1 and February 28.

For those auditions we request two short, contrasting monologues: either one classical/one contemporary, or two contrasting contemporary pieces. Songs welcome but optional. Accompanist is provided. Total presentation not to exceed three (3) minutes.

Date for the next round of Generals is still to be determined, but that information will be posted here as well as on the Actors Equity Audition boards, on the Theatre Puget Sound website, and on social media.

Equity members from outside Seattle may request an individual audition 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

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

Apply today!

Current Job Opportunities

JOB DESCRIPTION: Costume Shop Assistant

Date Posted: November 27, 2018
: Jan. 2019, 10 -12 weeks.
Department:  Production / Costume Shop
Reports to:  Costume Shop Manager
Classification: Part Time

Purpose of position:  To provide assistance and support to the Costume Manager and Costume Shop, by means of product research, shopping/ordering, returns, borrowing and rentals, show related paperwork and preparations for the builds of Romeo & Juliet and Urinetown.

Minimum Requirements

  • Three years theatrical costume experience or education.
  • Familiar with costume materials/products and terminology
  • Ability to search products and shop online
  • Proficient in Microsoft word and Excel
  • Valid Driver’s License.

Skills Required

  • Work independently to track information from fitting notes, sort into related working notes or show paperwork.
  • Ability to place and monitor purchases, schedule pick-ups and returns, return dates and vendor relationships.
  • Efficient time management with ability to multitask under reasonable time constraints.
  • Ability to work as a team member and maintain a pleasant attitude
  • Maintain positive relationships with other theatrical entities, suppliers and vendors while representing ACT.
  • Ability to lift, push, or maneuver up to 50 – 70 lbs. repeatedly either alone or with assistance from others.

Major Responsibilities

  • Responsible pricing/sourcing of materials and items as requested by Costume Manager
  • Assist as needed in transportation and shopping.
  • Assist as needed in design assistance by pulling, borrowing or purchasing costume items in consultation with Costume Designer/Costume Director.
  • Track receipts and purchases
  • Computer data entry in recording of costume pieces and purchases.
  • Attend meetings, tech rehearsals as needed and note taking as requested.
  • Assist with costume loans and rentals.
  • Perform other show or costume shop related tasks as assigned by Costume Manager

To Apply

ACT is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in all aspects of its programming and organization.


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 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, or call 206.292.7660, x1060.