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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: Executive and Artistic Manager

Date Posted: November 6, 2018
Department: Executive
Reports to: Managing Director, Artistic Director, Board Chair
Classification: Full Time, Hourly with Benefits, Non-Exempt

Summary: Responsible for performing administrative duties to support the leadership of the theatre, as well as the Board of Trustees. The position helps to ensure a high functioning office environment by coordinating the appointment calendars for the Managing and Artistic Director and assisting in the management of their correspondence and tasks. The Executive and Artistic Manager will schedule the meetings of the Board and record the minutes. The position is also responsible for assistance in human resources and organizational administration.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities

Executive Facilitation

  • Coordinate executive communications, including taking calls, responding to emails, and interfacing with patrons, trustees, artists, vendors, and partners
  • Prepare internal and external documents
  • Schedule meetings, appointments, and manage travel itineraries
  • Record official minutes for the board and special committees
  • Arrange meetings for special initiatives in the building hosted by ACT leadership
  • Coordinate staff meetings and appreciation events
  • Develop and sustain a level of professionalism among staff and partners

 2nd Floor Office Management

  • Manage and update the annual department budgets, reconciling monthly with the Finance Office
  • Maintain an organized filing system of paper and electronic documents
  • Coordinate technology needs with the IT Department
  • Establish systems in alignment with the Operations Department for office furniture, equipment, and space needs
  • Track the work schedules of the department staff, assist in timesheet delivery
  • Manage inventory of supplies on the 2nd floor
  • Serve as safety team committee representative for the office

Human Resources

  • Onboard all new staff members, including oversight of new employee paperwork and insurance forms
  • Update the Employee Handbook and support the Managing Director in communications about HR activities, trainings, tools
  • Support the administration of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion staff committee
  • Assist in posting job openings and resume collection
  • Assist management processes related to staffing, organizational infrastructure, and strategies that support the mission and vision of the theatre

Board Liaison

  • Serve as the administrative support for the Board of Trustees, communicating about ACT initiatives and responding to inquiries
  • Schedule meetings, record minutes, oversee logistics of Board meetings
  • Assist with the maintenance of the Board website
  • Assist the Managing and Artistic Director in executing staff and board initiatives, ex: strategic planning committee, special task forces, social mixers, job shadowing, orientations, tours
  • Additional tasks as needed to support the day to day administration of ACT

Experience & Skills

  • Minimum of 2+ years of experience reporting directly to senior management
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, with an ability to become familiar with company-specific programs and software
  • Proficiency in collaboration and delegation of duties
  • Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with impeccable multi-tasking abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Uphold a strict level of confidentiality

Personal Attributes

  • Values that include a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all forms
  • High standard of ethics and accountability
  • Positive attitude and workplace interactions
  • Work-life harmony is encouraged

To Apply

  • Position open until November 28, 2018, with a desired start date of Jan 3, 2019.
  • Please email a current resumé to:
  • Subject Line: Last Name, Executive and Artistic Manager
  • No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please

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

JOB DESCRIPTION: Audience Services Manager

Date Posted: October 26, 2018
Department: Operations
Reports to: Operations Manager
Classification: Full Time, Hourly with Benefits, Non-Exempt

Summary: This position maintains the quality of the front-of-house experience for those attending ACT Theatre’s events and productions. Candidate should possess strong customer service and employee management experience, including working with teams in busy, high volume and time sensitive situations. Candidate will need to have an upbeat, can-do attitude with strong self-initiative in completing tasks. The position oversees performances that take place over evenings and weekends.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities

  • House Manage for Mainstage, ACT Lab, Co-Productions, Rentals, Outside Produced shows
  • Supervises House Manager, Assistant House Manager, and House staff
  • Hires and trains Audience Services staff, including providing customer service training
  • Schedules, coordinates, and trains volunteer ushers
  • Attends twice monthly scheduling meetings
  • Onsite liaison with Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes catering for concessions
  • Responsible for over-seeing employee scheduling
  • Monitoring employee timesheets for payroll
  • Oversees emergency operation procedures (evacuation) for all venues in the building
  • Responsible for overall safety of audience members
  • Communicates with Stage Management and production staff to make sure the show runs smoothly from the audience preparedness perspective
  • Create, print, distribute, retrieve Preview Response Forms for all Mainstage show previews
  • Manages all program/wrap distribution and stuffing needs, followed by inventory, archiving, and recycling
  • Support Marketing and Development departments with onsite forms, seat cards, and donations
  • Liaison for pre-show lobby events
  • Liaison for assistance services for Audio Listening Devices, Audio Description, ASL performances, and Closed Captioning
  • Communicates organizational messaging to the Front of House staff
  • Coordinates seasonal meetings to address the staff outside of performances
  • Adheres to budget expenses for the department.

Necessary Skills and Experience

  • 2 years Customer Service and Team Management experience, previous experience at a theatre or seated-event venue is preferred
  • Ability to delegate tasks
  • Experience of working with the public and being immersed in high-volume and high-stressed situations in this capacity
  • Availability to work days, nights, and weekends
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of database software; internet software; order processing systems; spreadsheet software and word processing software, i.e., MS Word and Excel, and ticketing software (preferably Tessitura).
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.

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  • Being kind, courteous and friendly to our patrons whenever our patrons are present
  • Always address patrons with a friendly greeting
  • Remain calm whenever a patron addresses you with an issue or complaint
  • Offer the best possible assistance to a patron whenever they need help
  • Represent ACT Theatre with a level of class and professionalism with your appearance, approach and overall manner

To Apply

  • Position open until filled, with a desired start date of November 12, 2018.
  • Please email a current resumé and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position to:
  • Subject Line: Last Name, Audience Manager Applicant
  • No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please

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

JOB DESCRIPTION: Child Supervisor
Department: Production
Reports to: Production Manager
Classification: Part -Time, Hourly, Seasonal. Non-Exempt
PREFERRED START DATE: November 5, 2018
Salary Range: $15 /hr


The Child Supervisor for the annual ACT production of A Christmas Carol is on- site to supervise all actors who are minors (under 18) when they are not on stage, be the families’ primary contact during the rehearsal process and production run, and work with the stage management team and ACT production staff to make the production experience successful for the children, insuring they have a positive experience during rehearsals. There will be 7 child actors involved in the production between the ages of eight and fifteen.

Job Description

  • Monitor drop-off and pick-up process of kids with families.
  • Help the kids focus any downtime during rehearsals to learning lines or doing homework.
  • Help stage management maintain the schedule with the child actors.


  • Detailed oriented
  • Patience
  • Effective communication style
  • Creative problem solver
  • Background check required


  • Previous child care experience a plus

To Apply

This position is open until filled.
To apply, please send a current résumé and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position to: Meaghan Darling, Production Associate –

Please include in the subject line: Your Last Name, Child Supervisor

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