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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

Young Playwrights Program (YPP) Administrator

Department: Artistic/ Education and Engagement

Reports to: Education and Engagement Manager

Classification: Part Time. Contracted Employee- (August-May)

Average 50 hours per month (Sept – Feb, April-May);

Average 80 hours per month (August, March)


Join us! Now entering its 18th year, ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program (YPP) consistently delivers outstanding arts education and enrichment opportunities to middle and high school students across King County. YPP pairs professional playwrights and theater artists with classroom teachers to engage youth in a 10-week intensive program that includes drama and improv exercises, creative writing prompts, and supportive feedback sessions. By the end of YPP, each student completes the first draft of an original, one-act play. YPP aligns with Washington State Learning Standards, cultivates opportunity for enriching peer-level support and feedback, and enhances confidence in creative problem solving, writing, and self-expression. Partner schools showcase student work by presenting in-school assemblies or special evening presentations. Other plays are selected for the Young Playwrights Festival at ACT Theatre each spring.

ACT Theatre seeks an energetic, committed individual to support the success of this program and to facilitate communication between ACT Theatre, school communities, classroom teacher partners, and teaching artists.

Key Responsibilities:

As a member of the artistic department, support ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program (YPP) and Young Playwrights Festival (YPF).

  • Maintain a strong understanding and openness to continue learning about the intersection of arts education, racial equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Maintain relationships with school partners and teaching artists through email, phone, in-person meetings, on-site visits to schools.
  • Generate and maintain records for letters of agreement, teaching artist trainings, teaching and classroom schedules, YPP/YPF billing and revenue, administrative paperwork/electronic files, communications, festival rehearsal and performance schedules, etc.
  • Work closely with the education manager to share information and updates and coordinate tasks.
  • Coordinate, prepare, attend, and assist with facilitating teaching training sessions.
  • Organize and inventory collateral such as YPP notebooks, pencils, posters, and merchandise. Collect classroom and student data, feedback and other information via site visits and surveys.
  • Distribute surveys and other requests in a timely manner. Manage reminders and deadlines for completion. Aggregate data for reporting purposes.
  • Facilitate the nomination and selection of scripts for the Young Playwrights Festival and participate in adjudicating plays.
  • Support festival-bound young playwrights and their families and facilitate attendance and participation from school communities represented in the festival.
  • Project manage the Young Playwrights Program Celebration, Young Playwrights Festival, and other events as needed.
  • Work closely with the marketing department to ensure education programs have visibility online and in school communities through digital and print communications.
  • Evaluate existing systems on an ongoing basis and develop methods to improve program, service delivery, and organizational systems.
  • Assist with brainstorming and implementing strategies to continually improve upon YPP and YPF for schools, students, teaching artists, festival artists, audiences, and staff.

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred


  • Background in theatre and/or education strongly preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, In Design, and other office programs preferred.
  • Experience as a teaching artist, a plus.
  • A personal commitment to inclusivity and equity a must


  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and diplomacy skills
  • Sense of humor and ability to act with grace under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability communicate effectively with diverse communities
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and interpersonal skills required
  • Creative and academic writing skills, a plus
  • Current driver’s license and a good driving record, a plus

Wage Range: $20-21/hour

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 Education and Engagement Manager Tracy Hyland: tracy.hyland@acttheatre.org

Please include in the subject line: Your Last Name, YPP Administrator Position

ACT Theatre will begin to review submissions the week of June 3.

Digital Communications Associate

Department: Sales and Marketing Department

Reports to: Senior Marketing Manager/ Marketing Manager

Classification: Full Time

Objective: Garner attention and visibility for ACT Theatre through digital outreach.

Summary: ACT’s Digital Communications Associate is at the center of ACT Theatre’s digital messaging, helping to create and implement the organization’s communications plan, ensuring that it aligns with the theatre’s mission, brand and marketing objectives. The Digital Communications Associate leads the organization’s email communication for multiple departments and manages the website content. This position will collaborate with team members and departments to build highly effective, metrics-based, fully integrated digital communications campaigns to build awareness of ACT, increase sales and patron retention, and keep ACT engaged with patrons across all digital platforms. The successful candidate will have an upbeat, can-do attitude and excel in time management in a fast-paced environment.


  • Manage updating all website content in WordPress.
  • Manage the organization’s email deployment in WordFly – creating and sending emails for multiple departments based on a communications calendar.
  • Pull segmented lists from Tessitura for all email outreach.
  • Oversee an email preference campaign in Tessitura and WordFly to help segment patron data.
  • Lead ACT’s social media platforms, working closely with the Press & Promotions Associate to identify, create and implement the appropriate content strategies to enhance ACT’s branding, campaign effectiveness, and continual patron outreach
  • Set goals to increase social media followers across multiple channels, including using organic and paid strategies
  • Coordinate digital ad campaigns with outside agency.
  • Work with IT department to keep ACT’s database updated and clean.

Skills required:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in digital media; understanding how to craft and execute effective online strategies.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Experience with Wordfly or other CRM posting email content and managing an email database.
  • Experience with WordPress or similar web software.
  • Excellent social media outreach experience creating engaging content using a variety of channels such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
  • Excellent digital analysis and reporting experience.
  • Solid graphic, design and creative visual content creation skills.
  • Strong copywriting and communication skills with ability to produce copy of varying tone and messaging based on target audience and medium.
  • Solid time and project management, organizational and multitasking skills to deliver successful results on deadlines.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated, work well independently, and also enjoy collaborating with a team.
  • Proven to be flexible and adaptable to quickly shift priorities and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite.

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. 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, June 14, 2019 to:

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

Subject Line: Your Last Name, “Digital Communications Associate Applicant”


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.