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ACT currently has the following available positions:

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 October 30, 2023. 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.

View the full job description here

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: 2023-2024 SEASON AND BEYOND

ACT – Contemporary Theatre is currently scheduling Equity Principal (General) Auditions for local AEA and 4A Union member actors on

Monday, May 8, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday May 9, 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

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

All contracts offered for the 2023-2024 Season will be LOCAL, i.e. they will not include travel, housing, or transportation stipends. By accepting a contract, Actors will affirm their understanding of these terms and that they are being hired as a local Seattle actor.

You can find details about season schedule and roles available by scrolling to the bottom of this post.

Audition presentation should be 3 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/805054CABA728A2FF2-20232024

When you’ve scheduled your appointment, please upload your headshot, resume, and additional information to this Airtable:  https://airtable.com/shrkSKOIMzD1YeMkm

Note: In the event that you’re unable to audition in person, or unable to keep your appointment on the day, you may also use the Airtable to share your audition on video instead.

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

COVID information for auditions:  Masks are required in ACT’s building at all times except when Actor is auditioning.  Auditors will remain masked and socially distanced. Approved face coverings are:  N95, KN95, KF94, or ASTM Level 3 certified three-ply medical masks. Single- or two-ply face masks, cloth masks, gaiters, and bandanas are NOT acceptable face coverings. 

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 most identify with. 

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 an opportunity that particularly interests you.  You may also note this on your Airtable form.

**COVID INFORMATION FOR ACT: ACT does not require proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.  Effective June 1, 2023, ACT anticipates moving to mask optional and no regular surveillance testing.

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 

2023-2024 SEASON – PRODUCTION DETAILS/AVAILABLE ROLES

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND  (LORT C2) by Lauren Yee
(co-production with 5th Avenue Theater in association with Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Center Theater Group)
Featuring music by Dengue Fever
Directed by Chay Yew
1st reh: 9/19/23
1st perf: 9/29/23
Opening: 10/5/23
Close:  11/5/23
Fully Cast

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory A. Falls
Directed by R.Hamilton Wright

1st Reh:  10/31/23
1st Perf:  11/24/23
Open: 12/1/23
Close:  12/24/23

Roles and understudy positions available:

(With the exception of SCROOGE, all actors play more than one role. Only the primary role is listed for each track)

SCROOGE,  50-80, embittered, miserly, misanthropic, but in the end transformed to be full of joy, warmth, and playfulness

BOB CRATCHIT, 30-50, Scrooge’s clerk, a family man, kind, hopeful, optimistic

FRED, 25-40, Scrooge’s nephew,outgoing, friendly, positive,

MRS FEZZIWIG, F, 40-60, warm, lively, motherly

MIDDLE SCROOGE, 25-35, Scrooge in younger days, engaging, ambitious, but already showing signs of misanthropy and greed

BELLE,  20-30, Scrooge’s one-time fiancée, wise, lovely, open-hearted

MARLEY’S GHOST, 40-60, ghost of Scrooge’s late partner, angry, tortured, scary

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT, any age, larger than life, boisterous, bountiful, commanding

6 youth actors under 15 to play CRATCHIT CHILDREN and LONDONERS

3 understudies, 25+, any gender, tracks TBD but can include any adult role, excluding SCROOGE.  Some roles are covered internally by cast members

1 understudy, under 15, for youth actor roles

A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by John Langs

1st Reh:  1/9/24
1st Perf: 2/2/24
Open:  2/8/24
Close: 2/18/24

Roles Available:

KEITH, mid-to-late 30s, Black, male presenting/male identifying, a mortgage broker

RYAN, mid-to-late 30s, White, male presenting/male identifying, a factory worker

STEW by Zora Howard
Director TBA

1st reh: 2/20/24
1st perf: 3/15/24
Open: 3/21/24
Close: 3/31/24

Roles Available:

LIL’ MAMA, A Black girl in her pre-teens

NELLY, A Black girl soon to be 18

LILLIAN, A Black woman in her 30s

MAMA, A mature Black woman. Don’t ask how old she is.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY by Stefano Massini (Eng. translation by Mirella Cheeseman)

Directed byJohn Langs

1st Reh: 4/2/24
1st Perf:  4/26/24
Open: 5/2/24
Close: 5/12/24

All roles available and open to all gender identities:

HENRY LEHMAN, 35+, the eldest Lehman sibling

EMANUEL LEHMAN, 35+, the middle Lehman sibling

MAYER LEHMAN, 35+, the youngest Lehman sibling

(Note: all actors play multiple characters)

NON-UNION GENERAL AUDITIONS FOR ACT’S 2023/2024 SEASON AND BEYOND!

ACT- A Contemporary Theatre is currently scheduling General Auditions for local non-union actors on

Monday, May 15, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday May 16, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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

You can find details about season schedule and roles available by scrolling to the bottom of this post.

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/805054CABA728A2FF2-202320241

When you’ve scheduled your appointment, please upload your headshot, resume, and additional information to this Airtable: https://airtable.com/shrkSKOIMzD1YeMkm

Note: In the event that you’re unable to audition in person, or unable to keep your appointment on the day, you may submit a self-tape instead.  Please contact ACT Casting Coordinator Margaret Layne for how to proceed in that event:  margaret.layne@acttheatre.org

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

COVID information for auditions:  Masks are required in ACT’s building at all times except when Actor is auditioning.  Auditors will remain masked and socially distanced. Approved face coverings are:  N95, KN95, KF94, or ASTM Level 3 certified three-ply medical masks. Single- or two-ply face masks, cloth masks, gaiters, and bandanas are NOT acceptable face coverings. 

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 most identify with. 

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 an opportunity that particularly interests you.  You may also note this on your Airtable form.

**COVID INFORMATION FOR ACT: ACT does not require proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.  Effective June 1, 2023, ACT anticipates moving to mask optional and no regular surveillance testing.

2023-2024 SEASON – PRODUCTION DETAILS/AVAILABLE ROLES

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND  (LORT C2) by Lauren Yee
(co-production with 5th Avenue Theater in association with Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Center Theater Group)
Featuring music by Dengue Fever
Directed by Chay Yew
1st reh: 9/19/23
1st perf: 9/29/23
Opening: 10/5/23
Close:  11/5/23
Fully Cast

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory A. Falls
Directed by R.Hamilton Wright

1st Reh:  10/31/23
1st Perf:  11/24/23
Open: 12/1/23
Close:  12/24/23

Roles and understudy positions available:

(With the exception of SCROOGE, all actors play more than one role. Only the primary role is listed for each track)

SCROOGE,  50-80, embittered, miserly, misanthropic, but in the end transformed to be full of joy, warmth, and playfulness

BOB CRATCHIT, 30-50, Scrooge’s clerk, a family man, kind, hopeful, optimistic

FRED, 25-40, Scrooge’s nephew,outgoing, friendly, positive,

MRS FEZZIWIG, F, 40-60, warm, lively, motherly

MIDDLE SCROOGE, 25-35, Scrooge in younger days, engaging, ambitious, but already showing signs of misanthropy and greed

BELLE,  20-30, Scrooge’s one-time fiancée, wise, lovely, open-hearted

MARLEY’S GHOST, 40-60, ghost of Scrooge’s late partner, angry, tortured, scary

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT, any age, larger than life, boisterous, bountiful, commanding

6 youth actors under 15 to play CRATCHIT CHILDREN and LONDONERS

3 understudies, 25+, any gender, tracks TBD but can include any adult role, excluding SCROOGE.  Some roles are covered internally by cast members

1 understudy, under 15, for youth actor roles

A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by John Langs

1st Reh:  1/9/24
1st Perf: 2/2/24
Open:  2/8/24
Close: 2/18/24

Roles Available:

KEITH, mid-to-late 30s, Black, male presenting/male identifying, a mortgage broker

RYAN, mid-to-late 30s, White, male presenting/male identifying, a factory worker

STEW by Zora Howard
Director TBA

1st reh: 2/20/24
1st perf: 3/15/24
Open: 3/21/24
Close: 3/31/24

Roles Available:

LIL’ MAMA, A Black girl in her pre-teens

NELLY, A Black girl soon to be 18

LILLIAN, A Black woman in her 30s

MAMA, A mature Black woman. Don’t ask how old she is.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY by Stefano Massini (Eng. translation by Mirella Cheeseman)

Directed byJohn Langs

1st Reh: 4/2/24
1st Perf:  4/26/24
Open: 5/2/24
Close: 5/12/24

All roles available and open to all gender identities:

HENRY LEHMAN, 35+, the eldest Lehman sibling

EMANUEL LEHMAN, 35+, the middle Lehman sibling

MAYER LEHMAN, 35+, the youngest Lehman sibling

(Note: all actors play multiple characters)

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